BY EMILY BEX JULY 15, 2022
Oh, Rissa…how do I hate thee? Let me count the ways! Rissa is the character you love to hate. She
appears in chapter one of book one, and my beta readers all hated her by the end of the first chapter.
Rissa was once a mortal, but she has already been turned when you meet her in the book. She is the conniving mate of the master vampire, Alec. Alec’s character was written such that he needed someone who could carry out his will, and Rissa is all too eager to please her mate.
She sees herself as a diva and is not above a good pout or a temper tantrum if it will get her way. These
Her relationship with Alec is one of a dom/sub, which is not entirely consensual. However, she wants
Alec, and Alec makes the rules. Alec uses sex and feeding to control her behavior, but in the end, Rissa must be Rissa, and her defiance always costs her.
Every story needs a good antagonist, and Rissa is as good as it gets. As one beta wrote, “Sometimes I
would feel sorry for her, but then I would remember…oh wait, this is Rissa, never mind.”
Poor Rissa. There is one who loves her, though. He loves her, and it’s not Alec. You’ll have to read the books to figure that one out. I don’t write spoilers in the blog!