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Not Human Enough

by Kazy Reed

Not Human Enough - Kazy Reed - Amsel Clan
Part of the Amsel Clan series:
Editions:Kindle
ISBN: 978-1-4874-0694-3

Puberty is hard. Highschool's harder. Growing up in a house full of vampires? Priceless.

Jake Reinbach is the son of vampires. He is also a high-school senior, hoping to live as normal a life as possible within the human world, but his bright purple eyes and vampire parents make him an outcast. When falsely accused of threatening a classmate, Jake is forced to withdraw from school, and back into the clan in which he was raised. He is devastated, but a young human comes to his door one evening with a startling confession.

Will Hayden is secretly attracted to Jake, and is bereft when the young vampire leaves public school. Fascinated with immortals, Will unfortunately lives in a household where hatred of vampires is part of the daily diet. He realizes his father is entangled in a conspiracy against the vampires, and he goes to Jake’s family and tells them of his suspicions. When he then confesses his feelings toward Jake, he sets in motion a series of events that will change his life—and Jake’s—forever.

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Excerpt:

New York City, 2033

A light snow fell on the thousands of people who’d gathered outside the United Nations Headquarters. Hundreds of reporters, photographers, and Interweb newscasters huddled together to beat off the chill of the late February morning.

Officers from the NYPD had blocked off all traffic around the UN, from 42nd Street up to 48th, and from the East River back to Second Avenue. The National Guard had even been deployed, in anticipation of the protests that were sure to erupt after the announcement of the UN’s ruling.

They were all waiting for the outcome of one of the most important decisions ever to be made by the organization. Would vampires be recognized as merely a different race of humans, or would they remain a separate species?

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It was a well-known fact that vampires existed, but many humans were still wary, and some were downright terrified. Everyone had heard the stories regarding Alder von Drubich. Only twenty-one years had passed since the mad vampire had been destroyed, thwarting his plans to create a vast army of immortals. His brother, Freyr Amsel, had been responsible for Alder’s ultimate demise, but what was to say he wouldn’t now follow in his brother’s demented footsteps?

Amsel staunchly denied such allegations. Supporters of the Immortal Inclusion Act cited the success of his company, Amsel Global Security, whose vampires had assisted countries around the world to bring peace and order to their people, when all hope seemed lost. AGS had brought down dozens of terrorist groups and violent dictatorships; they’d broken up hundreds of drug cartels and human trafficking rings. Tens of thousands of human lives had been saved... by vampires.

The Immortal Inclusion movement was one of the most controversial topics in history. If accepted, the law would give immortals the same rights and privileges as other humans. They could run for public office and hold jobs within the general population. Their children would be even allowed to attend public schools and universities.

Opponents of the act lined the streets across from the UN building. Their signs and chants varied from “God Shall Punish You” to “Don’t send your child to school with a son of Satan!”

The group who were the most outspoken against the Inclusion Act called themselves the Sons of God’s Wrath. The SGW considered all immortals the product of Satan and called for the destruction of all vampires, whom they blamed for everything from global warming to deadly pandemics. It was God’s judgment for allowing such evil creatures to roam free. The religious zealots said the world would not be safe from the wrath of God until every vampire was purged from the earth.

At ten o’clock, the doors to UN Headquarters opened, and the crowd surged toward the building. The spokeswoman for the UN, Carla Seaton, stepped up to a podium and cleared her throat. The murmuring crowd stilled. Cameras clicked and live video began to stream around the world. Finally, she made the stunning announcement.

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Reviews:Carly Rose on Carly's Book Reviews wrote:

Jake is witty, slightly irreverent and falling head over heels for Will Hayden. Their romance is sweet enough to melt like chocolate in the summer sun and has a perfect amount of spice. Combined with a little bit of drama and adventure, Not Human Enough is a paranormal treat.

REVIEWER'S NOTE: This is a second-generation continuation of book one, Remember Him. It's not as engaging as Not Human Enough but I strongly recommend reading it first in order to fully understand the history that brought Jake and Will's story to fruition.


This book can be read on its own, but you'll have a better understanding of Jake's backgrounds if you read Remember Him first.

About the Author

Kazy Reed grew up on a small island off the Maine coast. At the age of sixteen, she announced to her parents that she was going to move to Denmark for six months as an exchange student. That trip changed her life, and sparked her love of travel, languages, and art history. After graduating from college with a degree in Art History, she moved back to the island where she began to write short stories. Ten years later, when she was introduced to gay erotic fiction, the seed was planted and she never looked back. Kazy now lives near the coast of Maine, with her very understanding husband and two ridiculously precocious children.