Title: Kiss of the Vampire
Author: Cynthia Garner
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: January 2012
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One
Synopsis can be found here.
Nix is half demon, half human and works for the Council as a liason between demon and human relations. When her ex boyfriend, dangerous vampire Tobias comes back into town to investigate a string of vampire murders, Nix must do everything in her power to keep her feelings for him outside of the investigation. Easier said than done.
As the murder investigations gain speed, it becomes apparent that there is more than just revenge against vampires. It has something to do with the riff, and an enemy from Tobias’s past.
There were a lot of new and creative stories in this book. Paranormal creatures are sent through this riff in space and end up on Earth. Only then do they mere with corporeal humans do they change into vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, etc. No one knows how or why and no one has any control over what form they will take.
I love the space element, that most of the creatures sent over are criminals. Their society has seen fit to exile them into this riff, not knowing where it sends them, not caring.
I liked Nix enough, but wasn’t in love with her. I liked her spunky attitude, and her need to prove herself. She was strong minded, with a temper. The thing that really bothered me was that she was this confident, strong female character on one side, but whenever it came to Tobias, she became this heartsick teenager. She’s twenty-eight years old. I know, I know, love and all that. But truthfully, I felt like she flip flopped too much.
At the beginning, when they weren’t getting along because he had abandoned her with just a “it’s not working out” line, she was able to stand more ground. As the novel progresses, and they finally have some softer moments, she becomes this puddle of goo, willing to give up everything for him and his quest.
Dante MacMillan is a great character and I can see why he’s the lead in the second book. He’s funny, easy going and a great comic relief.
It’s a fun and easy read. The author has come up with a new and interesting world that I enjoyed being in and will read book two, especially because of Dante.
Rating 6 Good, but wouldn’t own a copy