Honor at Stake

One is a heartless, merciless killer. The other is a vampire.

College freshman, Amanda Colt knows few people and wants to know fewer still. She enjoys fencing and prefers facing a challenge every once in a while. She is beautiful, smart, and possibly the most interesting person on campus...and most people stop after the first adjective. 

Then she finds Marco Catalano in her fencing class. He is tall, attractive, and very intense. With a mind like a computer and manners of a medieval knight, he scares most people. Except Amanda. They both have secrets, for they are both monsters. 

As they draw closer, they must find the line between how much they can trust each other, and how much they can care for each other. Each carries a secret that can destroy the other. They must come to grips with their personal drama soon, because a darkness is rising. Bodies are turning up all over New York, and an army of vampires is closing in on all sides. 

They have only one hope ... each other.

2016 Dragon Award Nominee for Best Horror.

Available in print and ebook from Amazon.com

Honor at Stake has 60 Amazon reviews with an average star rating of 4.4.

I think my favorite reviews was one I was given directly....

"OM... you did NOT do that! You did NOT just leave it at that! I think I hate you! Gaaaaahhhh!!! I still can't believe you did that!! *thud* I was just sitting here, into the home stretch, telling my husband, "You know, I don't like vampire stories much, but this one is so different... the action, the theology even, and the romance is so... so... NOOOOOO!!!!" Can't wait for the sequel and I'm highly recommending it when it's released!"

From Karina Fabian, who I think is getting back at me for something...okay, she's not, she sort of does puns on a reflex.

"When Vampires try to take a bite out of the Big Apple, they'd better watch out. From street gangs to the Mafia to Vatican ninjas, the best and the worst of humanity bond together to save their city. Finn is a master of the fight scene and nonstop action - Honor at Stake will leave you feeling sucked dry."

From The Catholic Geeks. As of this minute, the full review is on Amazon.

"Honor At Stake is what happens when a monster-killing action flick meets a solid romance and a compelling character study in a world where "good vampires" actually make sense. It is thoroughly enjoyable, and I can't wait for another installment."

From Margot St. Aubin,

"The closest thing you could describe me as in high school was a Goth .... then there was Twilight. Sure, an enthused friend handed them to me. She did a fine job of convincing me they were awesome. They weren't. Then Declan Finn comes out with Honor at Stake. Dammit, I thought I was over this. I'm even hauling out my Rasputina and Black Tape for a Blue Girl thanks to his guy. He already knows he's responsible for all the Cruxshadows appearing in my playlist. And, he's not sorry at all. That's a good thing. It will be all his fault if I start wearing black lipstick again, I swear. Okay, I'm joking about that last part. No, seriously, this guy writes about... ahem, real vampires, not the sparkly fucked up Jar Jar Binks of the vampire world. They are deadly hunters, with vestiges of humanity that make them more frightening."

Coffee Time Romance says,

"This book was so very, very good. I love the characters, especially Marco and Amanda; they were both complex and strong characters .... The action scenes were impressive - I could clearly picture what was happening. Finn’s take on vampires was unique in a genre that can feel flooded with the same kind of character, just with different names. The snark and humor made me laugh, the world-building and well-developed characters held me in awe. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who does not mind violence, a unique take on vampires, and a lot of action with a bit of awkward romance thrown in."

The Otherwhere Gazette called it a "Gripping Read."

"Mr. Finn delivers one of, if not the most unique and plausible explanations of the vampire mythos that I have ever read. The plot is interesting and engaging, with more twists and turns than the New York City neighborhoods and trains that the tale winds through. This is not a story where you can read a quarter of the way in and figure out how it will play out, which can happen all too often in urban fantasy. The main characters are both well developed and believable and the budding relationship works despite the age difference, because they are emotionally about the same age. in fact, this books works both as urban fantasy and Young Adult without insulting an older audience."

My Antimatter Life
"Vampire romance is popular these days, but this book is vampire romance for readers who think. How many vampire novels have you read that feature a discussion on philosophy, as it relates to vampires, with references to Thomas Aquinas?"

Books & Art
"I am such a sucker for a good romance and this one delivered a sweet clean romance that left me begging for the next book to come out. Declan creates a story that expertly balances action, suspense and romance that is less Twilight and more Christine Feehan's Carpathian series."

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"Honor at Stake by Declan Finn is a new take on vampires. Declan Finn leaves traditional vampire lore in the dust and makes his own unique vampires. With characters that are realistic, Honor at Stake is an awesome book. To add to the uniqueness and awesomeness that is Honor at Stake, Declan Finn breaks down his version of vampirism and makes it seem like vampires really could live among us in today's world. I will be looking for the sequel to Honor at Stake. I've got to know what Amanda and Marco find themselves up against next!!!"

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