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Vampires exist among us. They can be our neighbor, best friend, our child's teacher ... They alter their aged appearance based upon the amount of blood they consume. They move to a new area, drink a lot of blood, and appear young. Slowly they limit their intake of blood and age, right in front of our unsuspecting eyes. After decades, they fake their death, move, and do itVampires exist among us. They can be our neighbor, best friend, our child's teacher ... They alter their aged appearance based upon the amount of blood they consume. They move to a new area, drink a lot of blood, and appear young. Slowly they limit their intake of blood and age, right in front of our unsuspecting eyes. After decades, they fake their death, move, and do it over and over again. Most live quiet lives in an effort to blend in. Some however want power and control. The Colony is an elite group of vampires sworn to protect the President of the United States from these rogue vampires. Sterling, a half-breed vampire who works with a covert team of vampires to protect the President of the United States, is the weakest link in the chain for his team, and he knows it. His unique ability to glean information from inanimate objects has Sterling spending much of his lonely life down in the evidence room at FBI headquarters. His current case involves the kidnapping of vampire children by a religious cult trying to save them. Sterling snatches the opportunity to do some field work by teaming up with a purebred vampire, Kate, who is the nanny of one of the missing children. Sterling's world is turned upside down by Kate. She is everything Sterling could hope for in a mate, and he wonders if she'd ever consider loving a half-breed. Kate is beautiful, intelligent, charming and sophisticated - but has led a sheltered life and is considered handicapped by vampire standards. Will she be willing to trust Sterling with her dark personal secret? Could she be able to open her heart to a bad-boy who's never known true love before? Together, can they save the children and find true love?...

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ISBN : 9780988822276
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Number of Pages : 370 Pages
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United Service Reviews

  • Crystal Marie
    2018-11-29 23:02

    4.5 Stars!!After reading Eternal Service, we were introduced to one of the main characters in this book, Sterling. His character seemed to have his downfalls, and being honest, going by what I just read in Eternal Service, I wasn't sure if I would even like him! So when I found out that this book was his story, I was unsure if I would even want to read it.I am so glad that I did decide to read his story! I don't want to give too much away with my review, but I do know that I was really excited to find out the story behind the way he acts. And I do feel bad about how I judged him, I don't completely forgive him, but I do still like him!The story that takes place in this book was a really good one, I enjoyed following the whole plot. Although thinking about now, the plot line seemed simple, but sometimes simple is better and it worked out great with this book. Being able to explore different types of vampires and finding out things about them that make them different from each other.Kate's character was definitely very different and not at all what I expected. She has a way about her that kept you wanting to read more about her. She added a lot to the story and was able to draw attention to herself without being completely obvious about it at the same time. The innocence factor that she has about her was very well written.During the course of this book, we were able to catch up on some of the various characters that we met in the first book. I really enjoyed how that was done because the other characters didn't take over the story, they were able to add to it. Being able to find out what was going on in the lives of the others was very nice and fun to do.This book completely caught me off guard with how much I enjoyed it. I can't wait to read more in the series and find out what happens next in the family.

  • Candy Golden
    2018-11-29 03:56

    I received this book for an honest review, and here it is. WOWEE! I suffer from insomnia, and what a way to pass the time not sleeping, than with this great book. This book is full of action, humor, edge of your chair oh em gee's, lovable characters, and HOT love scenes! Sigh, what more do you need? (and by the way, the epilogue was EPIC)I said it in my review of Eternal Service, and I'll say it again: if you've ever read Lynsay Sands' Argeneau series, then I would rate this blossoming series right up there with hers. Ms. Morris has just the right amount of flair in her books as Ms. Sands does, and kept me riveted the entire time. I love the premise that all Vamps are NOT all perfect in every way, and that some do have imperfections that they have to deal with. I appreciated the fact that every vamp has their own unique "gifts" as well. Good on Ms. Morris that she came up with a storyline that was feasible for Sterling. I had so wondered how she was going to do that, and what she came up with was ingenious. The way that the characters and family members intertwined was a great subtle way to let us know what was happening in their lives that the last book left off at. Thank you to the author that gave me this opportunity, and the only thing I'm HATING right now is that I don't have the 3rd one to read yet!!!

  • Brandy Dorsch
    2018-11-12 20:13

    I received a copy in exchange for my review. I was lucky to be able to discover Regina Morris. She contacted me to review her first book Eternal Service and I was just entranced with the world she created. When she asked me to review Sterling’s book, I was all over it!Sterling intrigued me. As a half-breed he is seen as a reject. This hurts my heart because he is in constant pain to help with anything and everything that comes his way. His father, Raymond seems to be a little harsh towards the way Sterling has to live his life but some things can’t be changed. When vampire children start being kidnapped, Sterling knows he will do whatever it takes to bring them home. When he meets a beautiful, but odd woman named Kate, he decides she might be the missing piece to this puzzle.Kate was an enigma and when I discovered her secrets, I was touched by the power in her soul and the lengths she went to in order to have a life. So many would have given up but she dominated and took control. I LOVE THAT! Ms. Morris has me hooked and I can’t wait for Enduring Service!

  • Maria
    2018-11-19 23:15

    Loved Sterling's story and getting to understand why he's does things a certain way. Kate was sweet and perfect for him.

  • Julianne
    2018-12-08 02:05

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 stars.Reviewed for For Whom The Books Toll4 1/2, Hot Vampires exist among us. They can be our neighbor, best friend, our child’s teacher …They alter their aged appearance based upon the amount of blood they consume. They move to a new area, drink a lot of blood, and appear young. Slowly they limit their intake of blood and age, right in front of our unsuspecting eyes. After decades, they fake their death, move, and do it over and over again.Most live quiet lives in an effort to blend in.Some however want power and control.The Colony is an elite group of vampires sworn to protect the President of the United States from these rogue vampires.Sterling, a half-breed vampire who works with a covert team of vampires to protect the President of the United States, is the weakest link in the chain for his team, and he knows it. Because he was born to a human mother, he has no standing in the vampire world, and really has no place in the human world either.He has a unique ability to glean information from inanimate objects, and his life is kind of like CSI meets the West Wing, where key positions are held by vampires. Vampires can alter their age based on the amount of blood they consume, which should allow Sterling to blend into human society, however his ability has painful side effects that cause him to live a lonely life down in the evidence room at FBI headquarters. He's a lonely bad-boy looking for love in all the wrong places.His current case involves the kidnapping of vampire children by a religious cult who is trying to save them. Sterling teams up with a pure-bred vampire, Kate, who is the nanny of one of the kids. Would Kate ever consider a relationship with a half-breed who is constantly in pain?Kate has led a sheltered life and is considered handicapped by vampire standards. She creates a symbiotic relationship with Sterling, who helps her to discover that she is able to have a normal life, with all the joys and sorrows that it brings.Together, can they save the kidnapped children and find true love for themselves? My review:In Eternal Service, the focus of the story was Raymond with some mention of the secondary characters, Sterling, Ben, William, Sulie, Dixon, and the villain. United Service is Sterling's story. Sterling is a half-breed and his special power allows him to get information from inanimate objects. But after touching the items, it leaves Sterling in pain. How he manages to deal with the every day constant pain he lives in. There are only two things that help him diminish or lessen the pain, a woman's touch or rain. To help with the debilitating headaches, sex is the way he can get relief. Sterling hasn't let himself form any feelings with any of the women he's had sex with, none of them has stirred his heart.Kate Spencer is a full blood vampire with her own set of problems caused by her special power. She's young, beautiful and a little naive.When Sterling passes Kate in the corridor of the FBI headquarters, his heart does a pit-a-pat and he gets aroused. Something that no other woman has been able to do.The two unlikely partners work together to find those who are responsible for kidnapping vampire children and murdering their parents. They seem to start off on the wrong foot, with Sterling seeming to always say the wrong thing at the wrong time. Those scenes were quite funny and I so enjoyed them.I'm really not sure how Sterling is able to live in constant pain, but he's willing to do that so he catch the scum bags who do the worst crimes. His father is always on Sterling's case about finding a mate and thinks the worse about his son. I really felt bad for Sterling that his father never gave him the benefit of the doubt, never asking questions just assuming the worst.United Service is full of action, suspense, romance, love and self discovery. It was so awesome to see where the author took these characters throughout the book. The story moved along at a nice pace, was well written and has some great surprises along the way. I am really loving this series and can't wait to get my hands on book 3, Enduring Service.

  • Liezel Felix
    2018-11-11 21:58

    It was mentioned to me that this book could be read as a standalone and that was what I was planning to originally do. I found myself thoroughly enjoyed this book that after reading United Service I decided to take advantage of the $0.99 Eternal Service promo and ended up reading both instead. I have to say that it gave me an even better appreciation of this series.What I found most intriguing about it was the unique vampire world building that was involved. There are so many different vampire folklore out there and while I prefer the traditional variation, the distinct characteristics of the vampires in this series is what captured and held my attention.While Book 1 is about Raymond and Alex, 2 focuses on Sterling and Kate. Honestly I found both characters annoying in the beginning. Kate is this sexy and sophisticated woman one minute then next she’s this immature person reading trashy magazines while popping gum like a maniac. At first I thought she was a teenager hiding in a woman’s body but nope – I wasn’t even close. It took a while for her to finally let out her secret but when she does every odd behavior is totally explainable. I would have never guessed what was going on with her and I loved how unpredictable it all was.Sterling on the other hand was this heartless and arrogant half-breed that just seemed to dislike life in general. Come to find out he’s just misunderstood. Because of his odd lifestyle, he is constantly being misjudged by those closest to him. For decades he holds on to these very important secrets that could change every atrocious opinion that they have of him but he decides to keep it to himself which causes him even more despair. On top of all that, he also experiences excruciating side effects when using his vampiric gifts. Mind you that those gifts are always used in a selfless manner. Knowing all this, I felt sorry for the guy who I thought was extremely annoying in the beginning.Kate is just unexplainable eccentric while Sterling is just plain weird. Can this possible be a good pairing? Hell yeah! Wait until you see how amazing these two complement each other. They are fantastic together in every way and I can not wait to see how they both will further grow and progress in the future books.I have to admit that I did have a hard time getting into the book at first because of the tedious bloodline/family line information that was necessary to know but after getting through all of that it was smooth sailing from there.United Service isn’t just a notable paranormal romance, it also has a very strong and suspenseful plot line that makes it even more captivating. Just like the first book there is a perfect balance between the two which I also appreciated and this is one of the many reasons why I’m looking forward to reading more of this series.liezelsbookblog

  • Stephanie- The Boyfriend Bookmark
    2018-12-04 03:50

    In the second book in the Colony series by Regina Morris, we are looking at the life of Sterling, a half-breed. His mom was human, his dad a vampire. His mother became pregnant before she could be changed which resulted in Sterling. Sterling is an amazing member of the Colony, an elite group of vampires that work directly with the President of the United States, the CIA and the FBI. And he is great at his job, but he has always been held back by the fact that he is not a full-fledged vampire. Mostly this is an internal struggle, but he knows that no female vampire will take an interest in a half-breed.Sterling’s current case involves several missing children and he wants to help to bring them home and put a stop to what is going on. These are not just ordinary children though… they are vampires who have not gone through the change yet. One of the children that Sterling is looking for information on is a little girl who was taken while the nanny was watching her at a park.When they have a suspect in custody, Sterling goes to question him but is completely caught off guard by an angel. He can’t take his eyes off the woman who just walked by him. But he knows she is something special. By the time Sterling figures out who Kate is, the suspect’s mind has been turned to mush and cannot assist him with the information he needs to save the children. But when he discovers that, he also discovers that Kate is a vampire.Sterling is in awe of this beautiful and smart creature, but somewhere deep down he knows that there is no way she could ever love him because he is not a full vampire. But Kate has her own issues and all she wants is to be with Sterling. Will the two of them be able to save the kids and themselves? Can Kate get Sterling to trust her and open up about his past and his anger towards his father?This was a good book with a lot of suspense and action but along with those things, it had a very soft side to it as well. Kate and Sterling seem to need each other so much, not only because they have so much love for one another, but because they physically seem to heal each other with their unique characteristics and abilities.My heart broke for Sterling time and time again, but he always seemed to come out stronger than before and is truly one hot guy with one real passion. That passion is Kate. Kate was a fun character and full of life, well kind of… I found myself hoping that the two of them would end up together and I struggled when they were apart.This was a well written and full of suspense. For a romance book, it provided great adventure and twists and turns at every corner. I am looking forward to the next book in this series! Regina Morris has a great writing style and I have really enjoyed the books in the series.*I recieved a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

  • Rebekkah Ford
    2018-11-10 23:06

    I have to say, I enjoyed this story. United Service by Regina Morris, is part of a series; however, it can be a standalone book.Sterling is a vampire who works undercover for the government. He has the ability to touch objects and receive information from them—psychometry. It’s a gift that helps him and his uncover team capture villains, but it’s also a curse. After Sterling uses his ability to get a lead on a case, he’s plagued with horrendous headaches, and his entire body itches. The only things that relieve those maddening symptoms is rain water and having sex with a woman who freely wants to. He can’t compel them to hop in bed with him because if he did, his pain won’t subside. So for over a hundred years, Sterling has used women to remedy his ailments. He’s never been in love and has given up on the idea of having a mate. He’s a half-breed, which in the land of Harry Potter, is equivalent to being a muggle. Pure-bred vampires tend to look down their noses at Sterling, so in his mind he has no hope to ever marry within his kind.Sterling and his team are working on a case where vampires are being murdered. After the killer performs his brutal act, he kidnaps the offspring. These children will eventually become vampire themselves and a wacky religious cult called The Hands of God knows it. Kate is a pure-bred vampire, and a nanny to a child who gets abducted. Kate winds up helping Sterling and his partner when she discovers The Hands of God has the child who was in her care. At first, Sterling is annoyed by Kate, but then he can’t deny his fierce attraction towards her, as well as his curiosity. Something is not right about Kate.She’s hiding a secret. Her behavior with Sterling is running hot and cold, perplexing him. And why in the hell is she so damn clumsy?I’m not into CSI type of stories, but I’m totally into this series, because it’s unique and much more than investigating a crime and catching the bad guys. There’s personal growth, dealing with family issues, romance, and of course the paranormal world of vampires living among humans undetected. I think Regina is brilliant, and there are love scenes in United Service that are so well written and thought out, that I actually felt like a fly on the wall. Amazing.This book is a must read, and I recommend it to anyone who loves reading these types of books.

  • Twinsie Talk Angie J
    2018-12-01 02:01

    Check out this review and others at www.Twinsietalk.blogspot.conwww.facebook.com/twinsietalk@twinsietalkI received this review from the author for a truthful review.So IF you know me, you know I started reading Paranormal. I love Paranormal and Yes Vamps are my fav paranormal to read with shifters a very close second. I red the first book (Raymond abd Alex's story) earlier this year. I loved it but I have to admit as much as I loved it, This book was way better!!! Can you believe it?So you meet Sterling in Raymond's book. Raymond paints his son as a man-Whore. To be honest, I didn't expect to really like Sterling based on his dad's descriptions. Man do I feel bad because listening to Sterling tell his story. It broke my heart. His dad has him ALLLLLLLL wrong. Sterling is a half-breed vampire. Noone want him...human or vampire. He knows he is a "loser" in the worlds so he will be alone, have meaningless sex to heal himself and be lonely his whole life. So he is on a case and he sees a smoking hot human, very clumsy human at that, stroll past him. He soon realizes she is a vampire but she doesn't give off any "signs" of being a vamp so *GASP* could she be a half-breed like him???? Well he finds her and she kicks his ass....*snickers* and he is stunned to find out she is a full on female vampire!!! WAIT!!! How can she not give off an aura???? Well the two (along with another Colony worker) begin to work to find the kidnapped vampire children that are being help by a bat shit crazy religious chick.Well we find out what is Kate's "deal" and man was i loving how her "handicapped" qualities worked so well with Sterling's abilities. My favorite scene was the two of them on the lounge chairs in the rain...sigh....such love.This series is a quick and awesome read. I love how the books just flow and I cant put them down and cant wait to pick them back up when I am reading. My suggestion is to buy the novel IF you like paranormals because I abso love the series.

  • Jackie
    2018-11-26 23:15

    Sterling is a half-breed vampire. He is half human and half vampire. He is a covert operative that works for the government. He is on a team led by his father. His ability to read the history of an object just by touching it is useful but painful. After using his ability he has severe migraines that only a woman’s given touch can cure. A new case comes a long for Sterling. Vampire children are being abducted. He must get down to the bottom of this before anymore children get taken. But, in getting to the children the nanny of one of the missing children distracts him with a wanton that he has never felt. Though as he works with Kate, the nanny, he learns that she is hiding more than one secret herself. While the clock ticks by for the children, Sterling and Kate become closer. But, once this case is over will they have a chance or will the barriers of those around them force them to part ways?I loved Sterling from Eternal Service and was ecstatic to find that he was the center of the second book. I love his character and I am so glad we got to hear his story. Kate as his match is perfect. Though Sterling finds happiness with Kate, his relationship with his father is a huge plot point. I thought that through Sterling’s eyes Raymond was much harsher than I remembered. I was glad how their relationship turned out. It was a nice resolution for the two characters. This book was just as action packed and fast-moving as Eternal Service. The sex scenes are pretty hot too, but you would expect that with Sterling’s book. Overall, it was a great follow-up in a wonderful paranormal romance series. If you haven’t read Eternal Service you need to pick it up then you’ll be clamoring for United Service right after.

  • Denise
    2018-11-16 02:01

    United Service begins shortly after the conclusion of Eternal Service and while this installment focuses on Sterling and Kate and could stand alone, it is a much richer more satisfying read having first read book one. When Sterling was introduced in Eternal Service he was portrayed as a sexually promiscuous playboy with a bad attitude and in United Service we get to know the real Sterling and what drives his behaviors. I have to say I really loved this book. It was wonderfully heart wrenching and again has loads of action and a wonderful romantic twist with the introduction of Kate. The writing was clean and well paced and I would even venture to say better than book one. The storyline was great and I eagerly devoured every word. We also got to know more about the other characters in the Colony household, which really rounded out the world building previously begun in book one well. The conclusion again was very satisfying and I can't wait to see what comes next in the series and who we will get to know better next time. I requested this book from the author and received it with a request for my honest review without any compensation whatsoever, other than the joy of reading a new book.

  • Vettech
    2018-11-23 19:50

    Well, this is a record for me, I started this book Sept. 2 and finished it Sept. 6. I'm known as a slow reader, but this book I just couldn't stop reading. This is the second book in The Colony series by Regina Morris and sure to be a huge hit with the vampire romance crowd. I loved this book as much as if not more than the first book in the series Eternal Service. I found this story to be much "darker" than the first book, but only in parts. It revolves around Colony member Sterling, the so called "weakest link" in the Colony team. Being a half-bred vampire, he has a rough time of it. When he sees Kate, a purebred vampire, for the first time....fireworks go off and the angels sing, you could say!! A case the Colony is working on involves kidnapped vampire children and Kate is the nanny of one of the missing kids. The developing relationship and love story between Sterling & Kate is wonderful. The author created the perfect "mate" for Sterling in Kate. I recommend this sweet love story to all the vampire lovers out there who root for the underdog. I look forward to the next book in this series with much anticipation!!!

  • Stacy
    2018-12-04 19:59

    I was given a copy of this as an ARC for an honest review along with the first book and not even halfway through I went and bought both books. I had to support Regina Morris by buying them because they are great. This book was better than the first and it was good and I really enjoyed it but this one was so much better. She was able to make it seem like it could be real. I mean you are reading about the vampires but it is almost like you forget they are not real and they could be your best friend, neighbor, co-worker or just anyone. Now I liked Sterling in the first book and I could see that he was maybe just misunderstood or hiding something behind his tough manwhore ways but wasn't sure. I just knew I wanted to know more about him. I am so glad I read this book. He story is a little heartbreaking because like a lot of us he has "flaws" and he feels unworthy because of them. This is a MUST read for anyone but especially if you like paranormal. It has everything you could want in a book! Mystery, crazy cults, action, and steamy love scenes. I knew I wanted to read it when I finished the first book in the series but with this one I am hooked and can't wait for the next book.

  • Satarupa
    2018-11-19 03:07

    I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side!Firstly I would like to thank Regina Morris, author of United Service, for this great opportunity.I really liked the book a lot, it's a fresh splash in the vampire genre because it's not all serious and gory like other vampire books rather it has the humorous edge to it which was totally great and really enjoyable.If you like unique stories then this is the book for you! It has suspense, unpredictable twits and turns which will keep you going through it till you finish.The main characters are just awesome and you'll love them from heart as I did. The story is fast paced and really interesting which will grip your interest from the very first page.

  • Brittney
    2018-12-09 21:06

    I loved this one. I really enjoyed the first one but this was even better. It starts off not long after Eternal Service. I found the case they were on very interesting and was so happy when the crazy bad people got what was coming to them. I loved the romance in it and was so happy he finally found happiness. It was really great getting to know more about him. He's completely different that what I thought from Eternal Service. LOVED the ending and can't wait for the next book. :) I'll do a full review later.

  • Diane
    2018-12-04 23:05

    I received a complimentary copy to read and review. I love the second one. I liked how this one was about Sterling and told his story. Sterling is one of my favorite characters in the series. The plot was good. It had great twists and turns. I would highly recommend it to others. I look forward to reading more of Regina's books.

  • Pennie
    2018-12-03 23:56

    Amazing read. The first book in the series drew me in to a new world of vampires and paranormal romance. I could not wait for the second book to be released. I read this book in one night and could not put it down. I highly recommend this book.

  • K3
    2018-12-02 21:10

    Review to come!

  • Debra
    2018-12-01 23:50

    Great book, better than the first. Sterling, a half breed vampire, is working on a case about kidnapped children when he meets Kate. As they work on the case together, sparks of all kinds fly. The plot in this book is so realistic, and again there is a strong cast of characters with a very strong family line throughout. Once again I didn't want to put this book down once I started reading it, and was up late into the night just so I wouldn't miss anything and Ms. Morris doesn't disappoint. Plenty of action and suspense, with a happy ever after. I am highly anticipating the rest of the books in this series.

  • Kai
    2018-11-10 23:08

    United Service is a very paranormal crime romance story. Sterling, a half-breed, works undercover for the U.S. government. He is handicapped with side effects of his vampire unique ability of reading inanimate objects. Only rain and a willingly woman's touch could smooth the agony of his itching skin and painful headache. Sterling teamed with Kate to find the kidnapping of children of vampire descents. Kate is on her mission to find the girl, she was babysitting. She was kidnapped under Kate's watch and Kate will goes through anything to get her charge back. Sterling has been misunderstood by his father. With all the one-night stands, he had, his father believed that he is a disappointment. His father believed the worst of him. Kate has always lived a sheltered life but instead, she has watched her parents' relationship drifted apart. She vowed that she will never marry despite her handicapped of relying on pins to get feeling through her body and to gain control of her body to function.Sterling thought Kate was beautiful but quickly got annoyed with her for all the quirkiness, Kate exhibited. He couldn't stand her bubble-gum chewing and blowing habit. But as he started to know Kate, he realized that Kate was intelligent, brave, and funny.The narrator, J. Bruce McRell does a wonderful performance of the characters. I love the confident that Sterling exert among the FBI agents. I can even hear the swagger in Sterling's movement. As for Kate, the narrator made her more human than vampire which makes Kate the perfect match or Sterling.I even love the confrontation when Sterling finally told his father and aunt the truth of what happened over 200 years ago of the incident that cause the riff between him and his father. The narrator really made Sterling a lovable character.This book has it all from mystery to suspense to romance in an alternative universe of where vampires exist in secret and only served in high position of the U.S. government and only known by the government. Readers/Listeners will love the dynamics of the vampires and human interactions with each other. Since this is the first book, I read, this series sounds like vampires are protectors and making the difference in the human worlds.I have received this audiobook from the author and volunteered to write an unbiased review for this book. I was not compensated or influenced in any way in writing this review.

  • Lady Entropy
    2018-12-10 21:57

    DNF

  • Casia Courtier
    2018-11-30 00:11

    I received this First Reads Goodreads Giveaway book for an honest review.I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway without having read Regina Morris' first book in her series. Luckily, you don't really need to have read the first one to understand the second one. And may I also mention that the author is wonderful. She sent me a thankyou note with the book. It really gives me warm feelings about the author. Anyway, onto the book review.UNITED SERVICE is set in modern day USA with a twist, vampires have been living amongst us taking on identities to hide their longevity (Morris might be onto something, there are a lot of Smiths in the phone book, but I haven't met one yet, hmmm). These vampires are closer to the old mythos of vampires. For instance, they don't sparkle. And as much as I love/hate the Twilight series (I am a Twihard, though I don't know why), nothing irks me more than the glittery form of the Cullens. Morris' vampires are a great change of pace in that they are not sparkly and they have interesting issues with mirrors and silver (something you can find in some vampire myths).I would say the book is divided into two different storylines. One is the mystery of the missing vampire children and the other is more about the family dynamics between Sterling and his father. Though I liked both of them, I feel that Morris could have integrated them together. I would have loved it if the mystery would have lasted just a bit longer. As it was, it does take up about 3/4ths of the book. I just would have liked more.However, I love that she delved into her world, explaining to the reader the way vampires are governed and how they limit their population (they are able to procreate sexually as well as changing). I was worried how she would explain that, but I liked what she did with it. I also like that with abilities there are side effects. It makes more sense that a person with a special ability would have both negative and positive traits. I liked that.Now, for the romance. Kate is a lovable character and I do like Sterling a lot too. I was hesitant about him, some of his character traits was a bit shady and he seemed too down. I'm glad he found someone that really softened him. That sort of change is what I look for in a romance. If the two characters aren't changing for the better because of one another, I feel something is wrong. And as for the sex, sorry die hard soft porn fans, the sex scenes are not Morris' focus. There is some sex and you do feel the UST coming out of the two leads, but there isn't sex in the beginning or middle (though Sterling does have sexual encounters in the beginning, you don't get a play by play). I actually really liked that fact. You don't need a lot of sex scenes to see that Sterling and Kate do feel about each other. Really, this book was more on the romance of cultivating a relationship, whether it was between family or lovers. I liked that. If you like romance and vampires, then you should give Morris a try.

  • Jacinda Buchmann
    2018-11-25 03:01

    4.5 stars!UNITED SERVICE, a paranormal romance by Regina Morris, was the first adult, vampire book that I have read, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised on many levels. I expected to like the book, of course, but I was impressed with the originality; it didn’t stick with the usual “vampire rules” that many books seem to follow. I love the fact that the author took the concept of vampires but put a whole new twist on it.UNITED SERVICE is almost like two stories in one. It begins with a central focus on the main character, Sterling, a half-breed vampire who is a part of the secret service and lives in what is known as the “colony”, basically a mansion where a large group of vampires live together and are dedicated to protecting the president.As the story begins, Sterling is thrown into a murder/kidnapping investigation. It has the feel of a CSI story in the making except that the detectives are vampires. The story takes a turn when Sterling meets Kate. There’s an immediate chemistry between the two, but for some reason she resists him. She is an intriguing character and though mysterious, she is very likeable. Sterling and Kate are both new to the idea of love which brings a whole new layer to the story.I love that even though the book is about vampires, Regina Morris, manages to bring a realistic twist to the story and makes it seem almost believable that vampires could actually live amongst us. I enjoyed the originality of the story.I rated the book 4 stars, however if I would really give it 4.5 stars if I could. The only reason it didn’t receive 5 stars was because I felt there was too much separation between the detective portion of the story and the actual love story. At points I felt like I was reading two stories instead of one. The plot was fantastic however and the characters were very likeable and well developed. Regina also did a fantastic job in creating the supporting characters.UNITED SERVICE is the second book in the Colony Series. I haven’t had the opportunity to read the first book yet, ETERNAL SERVICE, but I definitely plan to. The cool thing about this series is that each book can be read independently. Even though I haven’t read ETERNAL SERVICE, I wasn’t lost because each book is a unique story. The characters between the stories are intertwined, but each book focuses on a different main character. I was excited to learn that Regina has two more books in the series that will be forthcoming. Book #3, Enduring Service, and Book #4, Reliant Service. I have added them to my Goodreads list and look forward to reading them.

  • The Good Fairy Nicci
    2018-12-10 03:00

    While I did notice the occasional instance of a missing word from a sentence, it was never anything that would detract from the enjoyment of the novel. I can see the progress that Miss Morris has made in her writing… but there’s a downside to this. The sentences were simple and uncomplicated, but there were times that I would have enjoyed a little complexity to the writing. Words were used more than once, resulting in a shaky rhythm that lacked a smooth reading flow. That’s not to say that there wasn’t some good description involved. There was plenty of that! While I did feel as if the dialogue could be improved between some of the characters, many of the vampires shined and amused me greatly throughout the novel. Jackie and Kate had some great conversations and text!I’ve seen and read a lot of vampire stories over the years and this one didn’t disappoint me. I was worried about having a Twilight rehash in my hands, but I was given something entirely different. There was an actual mystery and an action plot involved in this tale. The action moved fast, the pacing was intriguing, and you quickly discover that the story surrounds more than the hottie male protagonist and his cute female interest.I love Sterling, I love his view toward women, I love his sensitivity, and I love the touching conversation that was delivered between father and son later in the novel. Prepare for some daw, prepare for a big secret, and prepare to have your expectations of Sterling ruined. There’s more to him than what I expected. I gotta say that while I loved Kate, I wasn’t so much in love with her weakness. It felt strange and … simply strange. You’ll have to read it yourself to understand, but what I can say is that the romance felt cute at some moments and flat at others. A case of too much perfection wrapped up too soon, and in the end I didn’t feel that the story’s big love affair had enough development to progress so swiftly. Does that detract from the rest of the story? No. It’s worth reading a second time, I think, even if I didn’t quite buy the whirlwind romance that sprung from it.Spelling & Grammar - 5Word Flow - 4Plot - 4Characters - 5Originality - 4Romance - 3Final Rating: 4.2

  • The Suburban Eclectic
    2018-11-26 23:02

    United Service is a crime/mystery novel with a paranormal twist. You’ve got the requisite haunted, somewhat reluctant hero with a bit of a chip on his shoulder, Sterling. Next add the tightly wound, sarcastic, but sweet heroine Kate. These two are thrown together to solve the mystery behind a series of child kidnappings. Of course two such opposing personalities are sure to clash. And by the way, they are all vampires, or at least half in some cases.This book is touted as the story of vamps as they protect and serve the President of the United States. I was expecting a crime thriller with lots of action, however it is surprisingly tame and there is little protection of presidents, past or present. However it does do a nice job of presenting something new in the vampire arena. They are not just blood sucking monsters or twinkling dreamboats, but part of society, coexisting in quiet respite. And some of them happen to be crime solvers.Sterling has a special gift, in that he can glean information from inanimate objects. However, in doing so, he experiences intense pain that can only be soothed by the some sexual healing. A situation that could be lessened if he was to take a wife or mate, but he just hasn’t met the right girl yet. Kate is that girl, and after a close encounter they find that they can provide mutual stimulation to both their needs.United Service is a bit of a mixed bag. It suffers from a sagging midsection that muddles along. The pacing drags, the details are overly generous, and the romance is awkward and mechanical. I was looking for more excitement and tension in the mystery, but major plot points are divulged in exposition thus losing the suspense. I wish that the author had focused on a singular plot point, the mystery or the romance rather than flipping from one scene to the next with little transition. United Service is best in its quiet moments, for example when Sterling contemplates his situation while he enjoys the rain. I think a cleaner edit could unlock more of these hidden gems, but paranormal fans should check it out and decide for themselves.

  • Tonya
    2018-11-30 04:13

    I am reviewing this book for Rising Indies United. This is a continuation of the first book, but instead of Raymond being the main character, this is Sterling's story. In the first book, I did like Raymond and thought that Sterling was a jerk and a man whore. But after reading this book, I know my opinion was very wrong of Sterling. Sterling is a half-breed vampire, his mother was human but died while having him. He was raised by his father, Raymond, and his aunt, Sulie. He has a unique gift, but it does have some major side effects. He can read inanimate items and learn their history and the history of the person who owned it. But the downfall is that his body is basically allergic to it. He needs a woman's touch to stop the itchiness of his skin, that includes having sex with them to cure his major headaches. Rain also helps to calm his skin.Vampire kids, pre-turning, have been getting kidnapped by a religious group. One man has been arrested, Sterling goes to question him, then realizes someone has gotten to the man first. Kate, is a pure-blood vampire. She is a little off though. Sterling can't sense her as a vampire, Ben can't read her aura. She comes across as dead. She has piercings. No vampires have piercings, but somehow she does. She is the nanny for one of the kidnapped girls. Together, Sterling, Kate, and Ben try to figure out where the kids are and how to rescue them all. While they are doing this, Sterling and Kate are falling for eachother. Both have secrets about their bodies that need to come out. Will they be able to save the kids and figure out everything that is going on between them? This was a great read. I enjoyed it more than the first book (which I did like also). After reading about Sterling, my feelings for him have changed completely. He isn't what I thought he was through the first book. Can't wait to start the next book.

  • Leah
    2018-11-13 01:51

    I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review! This book combines everything that is awesome about the paranormal genre! Right from the start I fell for the main character, Sterling. He has an extraordinary gift with terrible side affects. His only remedy is the touch of a women. This makes everybody he knows think he is just a womanizer who will never settle down. Sterling never believed he would fall in love, never find someone who accepted all his flaws until he met Kate. Kate is a pureblood with some secrets and issues of her own, and when they meet the chemistry is undeniable! The characters are beautifully crafted, so much so that they come alive as your reading! One thing that I found unique to this book is all the science behind vampirism. Regina Morris goes to great lengths to make vampires not only probable but also real. The biology referenced in terms of the vampire condition makes this story completely believable. Like I mentioned before, this book has everything you would want or need in a paranormal romance. Action, murder, mystery, serial killers, fanatical cults, and of course HOT HOT HOT main characters and Steamy love scenes. This book is a great read and will leave you wanting more! *** Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite: www.Facebook.com/Nerd Girl.ng***

  • Jacquelyn Smith
    2018-12-05 20:09

    A touch of magic***Do they really exis? Are you dating you one? No, I am no crazy ! I was just thinking about a book that I read from Regina Morris called United Service, where vampires are all around us and we do not know it or do we ? This is the second book in this great series about vampires protecting the president of the United States, if only he can be that lucky. All I will tell you is that it's worth the read and you will not put this book down until you are done. Kate and Sterling will steal your heart or get on your last nerve, but that what makes this a great read.This story is a paranormal romance topped; with a little suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat. So go pick up your copy and let me know what you think, dreamers :http://cometomefantasy.blogspot.com

  • Paula Gardner
    2018-12-08 00:18

    Second in the Colony series by Regina Morris. Really enjoyed this one. I got hooked on the series after the first book. This one is about Sterling and Kate, how they met, fell in love, and discovered they completed each other in so many ways. A real love story with lots of ups and downs and danger too. If you're looking for a good read that keeps you up at night still needing to turn the page to see what happens next, this is one for you. This is a really great series. Well written, moves, has humor, action, romance, has you laughing, crying, and sitting on the edge of your seat. This series would make a great TV series Regina, you need to talk to Hollywood!

  • Helene Zemel
    2018-11-21 19:57

    Ms. Morris provides an interesting twist on vampire lore in her Colony series. These vampires live among us and use their powers to protect innocent citizens and the President of the United States. But don’t be fooled, these vampires can be relentless killers against criminals that would do us harm.In United Service, Ms. Morris has written a suspenseful thriller that will have you turning pages. At the same time, she creates a tantalizing and beautiful love story that develops slowly among two vampires.