Claire has come to realise that the undead of Morganville just want to live their lives. But there's a new extreme sport being broadcast over the Internet - bare-knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against one another - or, worse, against humans. What started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville.
When a vampire opens a new gym in town, Shane is pleased at the thought of having somewhere to work off his aggression. When Gloriana takes an interest in his ability, he agrees to join the secret Fight Club at the gym where humans and vampires fight and train together. He is then introduced to the mysterious protein drinks that let him go harder and longer than normal but what are they? Shane cares little and finds a new purpose, threatening his relationship with Claire and his friends.
Claire's lab partner Doug steals some vampire blood after their class experiment but rather than report it, Claire wants to steal it back and return it to keep Doug out of trouble. She enlists Eve and Michael to help but find Doug dead. Jason is arrested in connection with the crime but when Myrnin and Claire are summonded to Founder's Square to talk to him, they are attacked by someone who seems familiar. Jason insists that it was an old vampire who made him take him to Doug, and he fled when he saw what happened. Bishop is on the loose again.
Claire becomes concerned by Shane's aggression and moodswings and the injuries that he keeps getting. His violent attitude explodes when he hears that Eve and Michael are planning to get married. When they find out that there is an online site showing humans fighting vampires, they are horrified to discover that Shane is involved. Fearing Amelie's reaction to the news, Claire thinks that Kim might be their best chance of tracing the signal and finding out where the location is that hosts the fights. Will Kim cooperate in time?
This is not the best book in the series. Shane becomes a complete arse in this book and I actively hated him, especially in this never ending attitude to Michael. The fact that he almost assaults Eve left me with little sympathy and I wouldn't have cared much if he died or was chewed on. It was all about his angst and his feelings, and having his POV in the book just made it all a bit repetitive for me. The first half of the book I found dull, with everyone bitching and fighting with each other. It only really improved when it got to the involvement of Kim, but by then it hadn't been the greatest of reads compared to others in the series.
Read May 2017.