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Dirty Blood | Dirty Blood 1
by Heather Hildenbrand

dirty-bloodSummary:

I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and an old piece of pipe I found lying next to the dumpster. But that’s not the part that got me. The part that scared me, the part I can’t seem to wrap my head around and still has me reeling, was that when she charged me, her body shifted – and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. But by the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was a girl again. That’s about the time I went into shock… And that was the moment he showed up.

Now, all I can do is accept the truths that are staring me in the face. One, Werewolves do exist. And Two, I was born to kill them.

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HEE Summary:

At first, Wes is the only Dirty Blood known, and he carries pretty heavy on that. Turns out, Tara is one as well, but for her it's her mother's Hunter side that dominates her genes. Tara was determined to keep her mother Elizabeth out of everything, because she believed her dead father to be a Hunter and her mother human, but the one wanting her dead is actually her uncle, her Werewolf father's brother. So at first, Tara only has Wes and his Werewolf foster parents, Fee and Jake, to go to learn all about her true self. They are also all part of The Cause, a movement to bring peace between the two races that at one point had members who married inter-racial and even had mix-blooded children, before they were all slaughtered, both Wes' parents and Tara's father among them. After that, Elizabeth leaves everything behind to hide her mix-blooded child.

While Tara is being stalked and attacked by her evil uncle Leo, she and Wes get close really fast. It's like there's a magnetic pull between the two of them, but first Wes tries to keep his distance to protect her, doesn't want her involved in the Cause, and then Elizabeth forbids her to see him. That no one asks her opinion really pisses her off. When Elizabeth goes with Leo in exchange for Tara's protection, the members of the Cause are all for helping Tara, because they believe in a kind of prophecy by Vera, another Hunter member, stating that she and Wes will be the new and powerful leaders to the Cause -- as a couple. That's part of the reason why Wes is trying to keep his distance.

After finding ot an address for Leo's hideout, the Cause waits until nightfall to attack and rescue Elizabeth. It's an ambush, though, and the Cause members are lucky that Tara's Hunter grandmother, Edie, was contacted beforehand and joins in with reinforcements. It is revealed that not just Wes and Tara are Dirty Bloods, but a new Hunter to the Cause, Miles, is actually Leo's son, so Tara's cousin, and a mix as well. Miles wanted to win Tara over, away from the Cause, but Leo just wanted her dead. In the final battle, Miles aims a gun at Tara, but Jake takes the bullet for her. Miles gets away while Tara and Leo fight, which Tara barely wins.

Both Tara and Jake survive, Jake might never get back to his full fighting strengh, and Elizabeth sends Tara to Wood Point Academy, a school for Hunters. That means Tara and Wes will be apart again, but Tara can train properly with other Hunters. Wes promises he's not breaking up with her, never was in between either, that they'll make it work.