Review: How To Save a Human (VRC: Vampire Related Crimes #4) by Alice Winters

Rating: 4🌈

How To Save a Human is the last story in the VRC: Vampire Related Crimes series by Alice Winters.

Books one and two had the same couple as it’s focus, Finn and Marcus. Their romance and Finn’s arc took both novels to finish. Both were major characters in the VRC unit.

So was Alexei Karsynov aka Karsen, a Detective at the unit and Finn’s best friend. Claude Church was Marcus’ brother as well as a major character in the plot. So not surprisingly How to Lure a Hunter was their story and romance.

They could have actually had a two parter as well. But since they didn’t, Winters wrote a fourth story. It’s couple had a secondary character that only made brief appearances throughout the other stories and a completely new character.

It was based on a sentence, a mere mention of a boyfriend, a book or two ago …that … well honestly I’m not sure if that is what is the foundation for this. Anyway. Unlike, the other three, I felt no real need to read this other then to complete the series.

However, it turns out I did enjoy How to Save a Human. It was a slow start because neither character was especially appealing after the dynamic characters they followed. But I found both grew on me.

River did the more of his current situation and past was revealed. Bentley DeGray, who I’d never given much thought to at all, became something more than just so much background noise next to everyone else.

But all that took time. The other couples were there, working on the investigation at hand, which helped keep me engaged while I was waiting to feel connected to the main couple.

That did happen and then I was involved in their struggle but , something was missing here.

There were a few plot holes. Investigative problems within the tight knit group that felt “off” . Questions not asked or answers accepted without hesitation.

Either way. I felt at the end this was a good story but not as satisfying as the three that preceded it.

I’ll still recommend it and the series. Make sure to read them in the order they are written.

VRC: Vampire Related Crimes Series:

✓ How to Vex a Vampire #1

✓ How to Elude a Vampire #2

✓ How to Lure a Hunter #3

✓ How to Save a Human #4 › showHow to Save a Human by Alice Winters – Goodreads


When I meet Bentley DeGray, I’m at the lowest point in my life because no matter how much I fight, my past won’t let me escape. Bentley makes me laugh and care and love, but what does any of that mean when I’m living a lie?

Things get complicated when I find out he’s with the Vampire Related Crimes Unit, the organization looking for answers about the abductions of prominent vampires.

The same organization that stands in my way.

My time is ticking down while I’m wound up in this role I’ve been forced to play, but I know that I would be drowning without Bentley by my side.

We’re facing something that runs so deep that we don’t know who we can trust besides each other, even within the VRC. River makes me feel like every day is worth living and enjoying—like I’m not so alone. I can’t imagine life without him. But I know that if I want to keep him by my side, I will need to do everything I can to help him so our love doesn’t get cut short before it can truly grow.

How to Save a Human contains a cat who shows her affection by not drawing (much) blood, art projects that are a little… sketchy, the most underwhelming “bull” ride ever, and vampires that may or may not be in the mob.

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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