Friday, December 30, 2011

Kiss of the Vampire by Cynthia Garner

Once a generation, the rift between the paranormal world and the human world opens, allowing supernatural entities to cross. Vampire, demon, or shapeshifter, they can save the word-or sendit spiraling into chaos.

Half-demon, half-human, Nix de la Fuente is accepted by neither and mistrusted by both. Determined to prove she's more human than not, she devotes herself to solving crimes between the world's mortals and its most unsavory undead. But her latest case brings her face to face with the one vampire she could never resist...

Called in to investigate a string of violent murders, special agent Tobias Caine isn't interested in rekindling his relationship with Nix. yet one look and the vampire knows his need for her is as strong as ever. Once, their all-consuming passion nearly cost Nix her fragile hold on her humanity. Now, as their hunger for one another intensifies, exposing them to an unimaginable danger, it could cost them both their lives.

I have to give total props to Garner for creating a new scenario for the otherworldly characters we love so much. Vamps, werewolves, etc. are all actually aliens that have come through the rift and taken over human beings. Some mythology is correct, some isn't. Now that prets (the otherworldly), have come out into the open, both they and humans are trying to find a way to co-exist. It's a great idea and was probably the one saving grace of this book, but I wish it had been executed better.

The storyline is slow and doesn't flow. I had to force myself to keep reading page after page. The characters are average, nothing overly exciting. Their rapport is average. The mystery is slow to develop. Honestly, I had had a really hard time staying interested in this book. Vamp, werewolf and demon lovers may get a kick out of this, but don't expect it to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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