SOPHIA ROSE’S REVIEW
Alright, alright! True confessions and all that, I chose this book based on the title for the most part with a smidge of wanting to try the author after hearing good things and another smidge that thought the blurb sounded good too. I knew about Sara Humphreys’ Amoveo series and it has a good rep, but I was behind so thought I’d start this new series instead. Much to my chagrin, I discovered that this is a spin-off to that series so the worldbuilding and some characters were crossovers. It was not a total loss or just a very tiny one that I felt for not starting with the original series because I was able to enjoy and track with this book just fine. It was deliciousness from start to finish.
Olivia is a three centuries’ old vampire who has a heart of gold for her created vampire coven family made up of ‘strays’ that she has rescued over the years. She is careful to teach her coven to deny the monster within and live good, productive lives. Olivia gives to these others, but she remains separate and lonely avoiding relationships of a romantic nature because no one can replace the love of her life who died the night she was turned. Oddly enough, in the last few years she has started dreaming about Douglas and the dreams are vivid.
One night, Olivia’s well-ordered world comes crashing down around her when her latest vampire child gets the whole coven particularly Olivia into a bit of a pickle when a human she was last seen with turns up drained and very dead not far from the night club where Olivia and all her coven live and work. The death is discovered by the human police and Olivia is shocked down to her stylish Loubatins when the detective on the case is in the spitting image of her own long-dead lover, Douglas.
Doug stands before the beautiful night club owner and can’t utter two coherent words together because here stands the woman of his dreams- literally. He has dreamed about this woman’s likeness for years and his instinct tells him that she is keeping secrets in relation to his new case. Doug wants answers and Olivia evades.
Both are working the case from their own ends and soon their investigations converge. The danger stalking the streets and threatening all that Olivia cares about forces them to work together against her better judgment. As her secrets come out, she is terrified that the answers will drive Doug to want nothing to do with her.
This new series has everything that I enjoy blended together: strong and likeable characters, creative paranormal worldbuilding, intriguing mystery and passionate romance. In retrospect, I do wish that I’d started with the other series first- something I will rectify soon because I loved this one so much. As an intro to a new series, this one did great and I’m eager for the next installment.
I liked how the story switched perspectives and I appreciated that the instant attraction was not satiated immediately between Olivia and Doug. They had to work out all the secrets first, but then wowsers were they good together. She was a strong gal because she had been alone and fending for herself for a while, but he was the perfect blend of stronger male who was understanding, yet firm. He was also a tender, possessive and passionate lover with her. The secondary characters weren’t just fillers and I look forward to running into them again in future stories.
It was an enjoyable start to a new spin-off series that paranormal romance fans who love strong characters and spicy romances should give a whirl.
Thanks to Net Galley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book for review purposes.
Who can resist a book called Tall, Dark and Vampire? I have wanted to read a book by Sara Humphrey’s for some time. Her angel series looks so good. So when I saw this on NetGalley, I just had to give it a try.
Olivia Hollingsworth has spent the last three centuries being true to the one person she love, but was taken away from her the night she was turned into an vampire. Imagine her shock when her love walks into her bar one night investigating a murder. Doug Paxton is totally human, but how can that be, when she watched him die so long ago?
Olivia isn’t the only one left feeling confused. Doug sees Olivia in his dreams each night. Loving and lusting for a woman he has never met. And Olivia? Well vampires don’t dream, but Olivia does. Each visit with her lover from the past reminds her of her lonely existence.
When the two meet, they know each other from their dreams, but Olivia won’t remind him of their past from so long ago, condemning him to a life of a vampire. But more and more people are disappearing or winding up dead drawing Doug back to Olivia’s club and into her presence.
When Olivia is faced with the ultimate decision, you understand why she makes her choice even if Doug doesn’t agree. There is a lot of action going on in the background that you get hints too. Someone is after Olivia’s family of vampires and willing to do anything to bring her down.
Through the course of the story, you meet a lot of characters and see where the series will take off. Olivia has a soft heart even if she can kick ass. Saving people on the brink of death by giving them a choice of living forever as the dead. Her small family has grown and they are family in every sense. We meet Doug’s former partner who is part demon and vampire, but married to a bear shifter who is pregnant. There’s the woman raped and beaten to the brink of death, but who is so young at the time of turning, that she still is cooping with her past. There is the DJ spinner who was Olivia’s first turn along with a bartender. Each have a story to tell, or at least I hope to get to hear it.
While most stories don’t have a ruling class, this story does and it is evil in ways not like most vampire stories. You are only allowed to turn two people into vampires a year. They must all be registered. The ruling class seems to be total rulers, but you meet one of the oldest vampires that I would adore to find out his story.
While I enjoyed this story, it felt off in places that left me wanting more from it. There were twists and turns that left me confused. I think this suffered from some first book problems, where the world building has to be flushed out in the first book and isn’t as interesting. That is why I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
I recommend this to anyone looking for a different type of vampire story with enough passion to steam up the room, but also enough love to jump through time. It has it’s bumps, but overall, it does entertain and kept me guessing on a few things, while at other times not so hard to guess. A great start to a new series.