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5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
Not Written Like a Novice
Working as an Enforcer for the FBPI (Federal Bureau of Preternatural
Investigations) in a tiny Mississippi town, vampire Alexandra Sabien has fought to thrive beyond her family history and her race to develop a tentative relationship with the humans. Maintaining order-in a town where the human to vampire ratio is almost equal-is noticeably complicated and the challenges are aggravated by the obvious contempt of the local Sheriff.
Disturbed and discouraged by her inability to solve her current case-a serial killer hell bent on staging gruesome crime scenes featuring headless vamps-Alex makes the call to FBPI headquarters to request forensic backup. She might have sided with her human counterparts had she known that her past and former fiancé would arrive to haunt her.
The words virtually drip with sexual tension as Alex and Varik reunite in the search for a killer and Holmes, although new to the scene, never lets the temperature drop. The race to finish will make any fan of dark urban fantasy stand in line for the next installment.
Reviewed by Suspense Magazine
posted by Suspensemag on July 26, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
Wish I Liked It...
posted by empresz on July 12, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 30, 2011
Posted September 7, 2010
Couldn't even finish it - It was that bad
I won't review the actual plot as I only got about a third of the way through the book before I gave up. I will, however, write about the main characters. The heroine, Alex, started off ok, but her supervisor seemed to have little to no faith in her for no discernible reason and so, without informing her, assigns her old mentor and ex-fiance, Varik, to "help", i.e. takeover, her case of a serial killer. Why is Varik her ex-fiance, instead of her current husband? It turns out that he attacked her and almost killed her and so she left him. Good for her, I think. One reason why I like Sookie Stackhouse so much is that when Bill attacked her and almost killed her, she left him even though Bill was clearly contrite and had been in no position to control his blood lust. Varik is the opposite of Bill here - he had the opportunity to feed before going home to Alex but didn't take it and he never seemed to be sorry for attacking her. Varik is clearly supposed to be the steotypical supreme alpha male vampire but comes off as simply as abusive, violent, arrogant, and obnoxious. We are supposed to believe that he was a manager (director?) of a dept. in the FPBI but he has no people skills and seems to make matters worse every time he opens his mouth. He also apparently had no problem with getting involved with his direct employee (Alex). Oh, and for some reason, Alex's mother wants Alex to get back together with this jerk.
As for Alex herself, as I said, she started off ok, but quickly became this weak, concilatory woman who faints all the time and wants nothing more than to get back together with Varik.
As for the "villians," there's no subtle characterization there either. They are one dimensional and completely obvious from the second page.
Don't bother with this book. There are plenty of excellent vampire/supernatural/urban fantasy books out there but this is not one of them.
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