Book One in the Dead in the City series: Published 8/6/13 : 289 pages
I borrowed this book from my library
He’s dying to have her…
She always knew Fate was cruel…
The last person Olivia Hollingsworth expected to see at her Greenwich Village vampire club was her one true love, Doug Paxton—whom she believed to be dead for centuries. Olivia thought she had moved on, but when Doug reappears, her heart knows she’d rather die than lose him again.
But this is beyond the pale…
Ever since Doug can remember, a red-haired siren has haunted his dreams. He never thought she could be real until he goes to investigate a murder at Olivia’s night club. However, as the bodies keep piling up at her feet, he must fight to prove her innocence—even if it costs him his life…
This is a new author to me. I was approved for the upcoming release, The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire, in this series through Net Galley and since it isn’t coming out until next year I decided I had time to read the first three books in the series before the review request title. I did not realize that this is a spin-off series from this author’s The Amoveo Legend series. It appears to be set in the same world and has some crossover characters, but on the whole I think that I am fine starting here as there is only some slight reference to other characters. I do want to go back and pick up the other series at some point though because from this first taste of this author I think she is right up my alley.
I have to say the cover through me for a loop just a bit. When I started it I thought it might be one of the lighter chick-lit funny vampire romances. Not that that is a bad thing, some of my favorite series (Argeneau series by Sands) fall into the same category. This series was a little grittier, darker and had more substance. There was more meat on the bones of this story than just a funny romp of two love interests coming together. I was pleasantly surprised and that will teach me to judge a book by its cover.
So what delighted me about this story. The main character just clicked for me. I could identify with her determination and loyalty. I felt for her sacrifice and admired her inner spunk. I also liked how this vampire romance centered around a female vamp and a human male, not that I haven’t read this setup before, but I think the paranormal world tends to be written in the reverse more often. It was nice to see a male adjust to the new strange world around him instead of the other way around for a change. The rules seemed fairly typical for most vamp romance stories, no big change or strange twist here. There were hints of other paranormal creatures that I look forward to learning about, although I imagine the other series could be a good source for the information. The cast of supporting characters were an interesting mix and created a fun new family to explore as the series continues. Lots of options for future stories.
The romance in the book was on the tamer side from what I’ve read. Nice amount of steam, but nothing scandalous. If you aren’t into all the more erotic side of romance this will be a nice safe option for you. The story was more mystery driven then about these two jumping in the sack. There was plenty of teasing, but the sex was kept till the very end of the story to build up tension. I started out really liking the male lead Doug, then half-way he turned into kind of an ass, but was redeemed by the end. I like the twist of history between these two characters, but will not say more for spoiler reasons. The bad guys were pretty run of the mill and one’s purpose I questioned right up until the end. I did see the ending coming, but was surprised in how the author brought us to the point.
Not a lot that didn’t work for me. Just a few character’s purpose that I questioned and I didn’t care for Doug’s little temper tantrum in the middle of the book. A bit predictable perhaps, but still a fun read, nice little romance and a good mystery to figure out. If you enjoy paranormal romance or urban fantasy I would definitely put this author on you list of to-read. Looking forward to the next, which I’m going to start right now.