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  • Posted July 31, 2013

    A delicious start to a brand new series!!!!! I imagine it¿s no

    A delicious start to a brand new series!!!!!

    I imagine it’s not easy for an author to find a new twist on a long standing genre, but Sara Humphreys has scored a hit!
    This book filled with action, passion and dark suspense has launched an enthralling series. Add to the mix mystery, desire and a perilous menace, and you have a story that will lure you in and hold you captive until the very last page.
    With an incredible cast of interesting characters and assorted personalities, Tall, Dark and Vampire provides a stimulating plot and promises to be the start of an addictive new series!
    Thank you Ms Humphreys, I do love my Vampires!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2014

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    Tall, Dark, and Vampire is the first in a spin-off series by the

    Tall, Dark, and Vampire is the first in a spin-off series by the fab Sara Humphreys.  I’ll admit it took a bit for me to get into it but once I did I couldn’t put it down.  The characters are engaging and the story sucks you into a world of vampires, shape shifters and other creatures that go bump in the night.  Because it is a spin-off you don’t have that awkward getting to know the world that the story takes place in.  The author is already comfortable there and even if you haven’t read any of her other books you will be comfortable there too.  The story is fast paced and will keep you wondering just what is going to happen next.

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  • Posted September 14, 2014

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    Reviewed by Nadene R. Book provided by NetGalley for review Revi

    Reviewed by Nadene R.
    Book provided by NetGalley for review
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    When I first chose this book, I had no idea what to expect as this was my first time reading Sara Humphrey’s work. As I began reading I knew this was going to be a story that I was going to enjoy and I was right. It drew me in from the very first page and I had a hard time putting it down.

    Tall, Dark and Vampire is a paranormal read that combines romance, action, mystery and suspense. This was a good read for me and I do believe that readers of paranormal romance would enjoy this story. It’s the first book in the Dead in the City series. I loved Ms. Humphrey’s portrayal of vampires which is somewhat different from the typical vampire reads that I have come across. There were vampires that were part demon and part angel. Vampires had their own government and newly turned vampires had to be registered. There was also the rule as to the amount of persons that a vampire could turn.

    The characters were amazing. My favorite character is Olivia, who is the female lead in this story. She was a very self-reliant individual who had great personality and was not afraid to show her softer side. She cared deeply for the persons whom she took under her wing and was willing to do anything to protect them. She is a 300 year old vampire and the owner of a popular human night club. She was also the leader of a coven of vampires.

    Olivia had experienced loss from an early age when she witnessed the murder of the love of her life. That very same night she was turned into a vampire. Since then she has lived a lonely life, not getting close to anyone. She found herself linked to her dead lover in her dreams which was rather strange as it was impossible for vampires to dream.

    Unexpected and catastrophic events led police detective Doug Paxton to Olivia’s doorstep. Olivia received a shock when she noticed that he had an uncanny resemblance to her dead lover. Doug was equally shocked as he recognized her as the woman he had been dreaming about. How could this be? To find out you will have to read the story for yourself and when you do you may likely experience a OMG, how is this even possible moment, like I did.

    This is a beautiful story of how love can transcend time. Tall, Dark and Vampire is fast paced, sizzling, on the edge of your seat read with non-stop action. It had a lot of twists and turns and it had me turning the pages as I had to know what was coming next. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this title and I am looking forward to the other books in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Slow but good

    Good story if you can stick with it.

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  • Posted August 28, 2013

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    A great new series by Sara Humphreys! Det. Douglas Paxton knew

    A great new series by Sara Humphreys!

    Det. Douglas Paxton knew there was something off when he arrived at the nightclub known as The Coven and saw the redheaded beauty standing outside the club. The same beauty who has been haunting his dreams for years now. There was no possible way that she was real. But Doug also knew trouble when he saw it and this place was sending his cop-senses screaming that something was just not right. He had to get his head back into the game and stop focusing on her. People we dying and the killer’s trail was leading right to her doorstep. She might look like his dreamscape beauty, but she was also a possible suspect in the brutal slayings.

    Doug wasn’t the only one reeling from their first meeting. To Doug, Olivia was simply a woman he met in vivid dreams. For Olivia, Doug looks just like her great love who she lost the night she was made vampire 300 years ago. As Olivia comes to realize that Doug doesn’t just look like her true love, he is her love reincarnated. She also comes to realize that unless she is willing to turn him, she will be forced to someday watch him die once again.

    Although forcing a vampire life on Doug is the last thing she wants to do, when the killer leaves Doug for dead behind her nightclub, Olivia knows she won’t lose him again. When he wakes, Olivia finds that in fact Doug might never forgive her, especially when his turning is…off. He wakes too early from his turning, he has an older vamp’s control of his bloodlust, and his new abilities fall to him naturally…too naturally. Is there such a thing as a naturally born vampire?

    As Doug tries to adjust to what is happening to him, they still have a killer to find. A killer who seems to be bringing death right to Olivia’s front door.

    A great start to a great new series. There are a few campy vampire abilities, like flying; not changing to a bat, but just flying. Overall, the story was well told and kept your attention, and the characters were well written.

    Doug was a stand out character here: dedicated cop unaware of the supernatural, who drawn to the heroine through dreams. He was flawlessly turned into a vampire as if he had been turned hundreds of years ago and not just this morning. That alone kept you guessing as to what was up with Doug, let alone the whole “who is the killer” mystery.

    We also met many other characters who I am sure will be the focus of future novels.

    A great new paranormal series.

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olso

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
    *eARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

    Tall, Dark and Vampire, the debut book of Sara's new DEAD IN THE CITY series, was a fun vampire romance with some great
    characters, a sweet love affair, and just enough action to keep things interesting!

    Our heroine, Olivia, was first introduced in book #4 of Sara's AMOVEO LEGEND series. She's a very strong female lead - nightclub
    owner, head of the coven, ex-sentry - and yet has this incredible hidden weakness, her desire to be loved, which makes her just
    vulnerable enough to be 'real'. 

    Doug, our hero, is a no-nonsense detective working on a mass murder case, but when he comes face to face with the woman of his
    dreams (literally), his world is forever shaken and nothing remains as it was.

    The couple had a tense love affair, with neither side wanting to give much and adapt to the way things needed to be, but it made for
    some steamy scenes. And the HEA in this book... STELLAR! 

    The story as a whole was chock full of fun twists and awesome action, and if you call the 'whodunit' at the end I will be surprised. I'm
    usually pretty good about figuring these things out ahead of time, but this one most definitely shocked me. :) 

    While there is some bleed over from the AMOVEO LEGEND series, the book reads fine as a stand alone. There are some returning
    characters and some references that will probably make more sense if you have read the other shifter series, but you won't be lost if
    you haven't and decide that you want to jump right into the DEAD IN THE CITY series.

    Recommended?  Absolutely. :)

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  • Posted August 24, 2013

    So...if it is written by Sara Humphreys, you can pretty much bet

    So...if it is written by Sara Humphreys, you can pretty much bet it is going to be fun, exciting, and awesome. This book was definitely all of that and then some! The whole bloodmates thing is fascinating, and something new for the world of vampires. I loved it! This group if characters is going to make a great series! I highly anticipate the next book! 

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  • Posted August 19, 2013

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    ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blo

    ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    I am so excited I’ve finally read a Sara Humphreys book! My OCD tells me that I’m cheating because I read book 1 in a spin off series. I may still be twitching about that, but I’ll get over it.

    After being on what felt like a paranormal fast, TALL, DARK AND VAMPIRE has rekindled my appetite for all things fangy and paranormal.

    First of all, I’m a fan of the night club setting for books. Charlaine Harris gave us Fangtasia, Ellen Schreiber wrote about The Coffin Club and J.R. Ward created Zero Sum. I love the paranormal clubs. A bit goth and full of lurking supernaturals. Now we get “The Coven” a hip NYC club run by vampires, and kickass chicks at that.

    As I said before, this book ties in with Ms. Humphreys “Amoveo Legend” books but it gives a glimpse of a different side of her supernatural world. Dead in the City is not about her shifters but more about vampires. Olivia is the club owner and also the ruler of the coven. She’s been celibate since she was turned because she lost her human love that same night. She’s also been taking in strays (making vampires of people who needed rescuing). And throughout all these centuries, she’s never forgotten her human love. However she has created some powerful enemies along the way.

    I’m a sucker for second chance romances and Olivia does get a second chance to be with the only man she’s ever loved. Doug may be human now but he’s had dreams about Olivia in vivid detail since he can remember. Now that he finally finds her, it’s in the middle of a murder investigation he’s leading which seems to center around her and her club. But the inevitable attraction and pull they have towards one another are greater than any risk and any danger there could be in them being together. Sizzling chemistry!

    Vampire politics, big bad councils, love and betrayal. TALL, DARK and VAMPIRE packs a punch of smexy and mystery that will leave you hooked for more. Definitely an enjoyable read which will make me rectify the fact that I haven’t read this author’s work before, sooner rather than later.

    *ARC provided by publisher

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  • Posted August 12, 2013

    Olivia was in some of the Amoveo books . I really ;liked her and

    Olivia was in some of the Amoveo books . I really ;liked her and I loved this book. Doug is such a great guy and their previous love so strong he has come back to her in a another body so similar to the one she loved before there is no doubt who he is. This was so full of action and surprises I can't wait for the next one in this new series. Highly recommend both Ms Humphreys series.

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  • Posted August 12, 2013

    Emperor Zhao full of surprises I love Sara Humphrey¿s The Amov

    Emperor Zhao full of surprises

    I love Sara Humphrey’s The Amoveo Legend series and when I saw she was introducing another series, (spin off the Amoveo) I was totally excited.

    Olivia Hollingsworth is a 300 year old Vampire, with a heart of gold, excuse the pun. For a Vampire she has a lot of compassion and is always trying to help or save the underdog.

    Can you imagine watching your fiancée being murdered in front of your eyes and being totally helpless to do anything but go into shock. Then the next thing you know you are waking up like the monster who took your soul mates life. Their one moment in time would be their last. He was the love of her life, her soul mate; this is exactly what happened to Olivia Hollingsworth 300 years ago. And for 300 years she has remained celibate driven by guilt and a broken heart that no one could mend. Olivia spent the obligatory 100 years with her maker Victor, then decided she’s had enough and decided to strike out on her own. Olivia over the years had a little coven of her own started. She was a very compassionate vampire and would only turn someone who was dying. Her little family consisted of Peter (Cop and part Demon) who was her best friends mate, and turned him so he wouldn’t die. Trixie, Sadie and Maya (Maya being the newest and youngest), then you have Damien and Suzie both employed by Olivia but are human, and we can’t omit Van Helsing (her brute of a dog) I loved him. This was her life and this was her family. Together they ran Olivia’s club “The Coven.”

    Without going into detail and spoiling the read for everyone I’ll try to set this up. Maya being the youngest and most recently turned had a knack for getting a little carried away and playing with her food ( l loved this term). So when one of her toys showed up dead and witnesses told the detectives the last place he was seen was “the Coven” they decided to pay Olivia Hollingsworth a visit. When Doug Paxton walked into the club with his partner Tom you can only imagine Olivia’s shock when she saw him. She knew immediately who it was but couldn’t understand the how’s and whys. I’ll give up just this one teaser, Doug Paxton was Olivia’s Fiancée. As the story plays out Sara Humphreys gives you flash backs of their past. It was just enough information to help explain what was unfolding and why. The twists and surprises in Tall, Dark and Vampire kept you in suspense the entire time. The ending, OMG the ending was unfreakin believable. I totally enjoyed this book and look forward to her next installment. Sara I give this 5* and I believe you have another hit series on your hands.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Tall Dark and Vampire gives us an insight into the owner and pro

    Tall Dark and Vampire gives us an insight into the owner and proprietor of the Coven (A Church once before, now the location of a
    Vampire owner night club; with the Goth population, leather and lace as well). We were tease a little about Olivia Hollingsworth in
    Undone (The Amoveo Legend; The Amoveo are shapeshifting animal who live secretly among humans. Spoiler alert, if you have
    not read Undone, please do, before reading Tall, Dark and Vampire). Oliver is just not another vampire, she has true feelings for
     the weak, and truly believes in love. The creations of Sara Humphreys sucks you into Oliver's world and refuses to let you go,
    until the very last sentence. Readers of romance, vampires, paranormal, humor, suspense and so much more will truly enjoy
    this novel. Dough Paxton  is the perfect man for Oliver, and their story leaves you wanting more! Lets not forget the steamy under
     the sheets scenes; hooray for Sara Humphreys!


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    Great book!

    COULD be next hbo series when true blood ends Its that great a story hope more follow of this. vammpires, shifters,.demonds, this story has it all an more . Great paranormal romance an great love story

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

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    "Tall, Dark And Vampire" is the first book in the 'Amo

    "Tall, Dark And Vampire" is the first book in the 'Amoveo Legend' series spin-off "Dead In The City" by the fantastic Sara Humphreys and I can say, with total confidence, that this new series will be a huge hit!
    We head back into the world of Ms. Humphreys vampires, whom we first caught a glimpse of in "Undone", which was Pete & Marianna's story.. 
    The gorgeous & mysterious vampire Olivia Hollingsworth, who was previously introduced to us as Marianna's best friend, finds herself looking into the eyes of a man she thought long dead.. And maybe he was.. Is reincarnation of the love of her life even possible? 
    Doug Paxton, NYC homicide detective & drop-dead sexy human male, ends up at Olivia's dance club, investigating the grisly murder of a man who was last seen in the company of one of Olivia's beloved employees.. Olivia won't take this sitting down. She loves her employees just like she would love family... And they truly are family, in her mind..
    Not to mention that Olivia can't believe her eyes.. The man before her looks exactly like her soul mate.. Who died three centuries ago... And Doug, for his credit, believes that Olivia is the woman from his dreams, literally.. He is astounded by the connection he feels to the beautiful Olivia, who looks just like the woman from his nightly dreams.. He wonders if he's losing his mind.. He very well might be, when he & his partner are attacked and he swears he sees a monster... A vampire?
    Olivia finds herself a witness to the attack on Doug.. But is it too late to save his human life? Will she lose her love of a lifetime, once again? And if she does manage to save him, will he retain his sanity once he finds out what Olivia truly is?
    Sara Humphreys weaves a beautiful, intricate, dramatic novel, with passion, love & all the adventure we've come to love from her.. The words seem to flow from her like pure poetry & they pull the reader in & keep us held, enraptured, until the very end.. Sara, as with her amazing "Amoveo Legend" series, never misses a single detail & proves once again why she is the very powerhouse of an author that we've come to know & love, with her past novels...
    "Tall, Dark And Vampire" is one tale that you don't want to miss! Just a few chapters into this breathtaking story and you'll see why Sara Humphreys is one of my very favorite authors... ~ Vicki Rose

    Platinum Reviews gives Sara & "Tall, Dark And Vampire":
    4.5 Platinum Rings!

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

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    Tall, dark, and vampire, who doesn¿t like to have their own pers

    Tall, dark, and vampire, who doesn’t like to have their own personal super being with a bite? Vampires or shifters, they have super strength, wealth, and the physique of a god, not to mention their specialty in seduction! I was completely swooning off my feet by Ms. Humphreys’ amazing talent of weaving a love story of a woman who’s after my own heart. A heroine with spunk, intelligent, stubbornness, strong willed, and loyal to those around here. A woman whose conviction is her own passion!

    Olivia is a vampire unlike other, she disliked leather-tight clothing, she dressed to blend in with the party goers frequent at her nightclub, and she liked engaging with human and other vampire, the only different about her from the rest of the human kind is her thirst for blood. And even with the blood thirst, she still refused to see human as “live-stock” and only taking the synthetic from the blood banks. To top it all, THE WOMAN IS KEEN ON CELIBACY!!! Talk about wasting her seduction skills. Nonetheless, Olivia is unique in her own ways, she has her own principles and her heart is yearning for a bloodmate. So, celibacy it is until she came face to face with the man her soul has been searching for.

    Meet detective Doug Paxton, a great cop, loyal friend, and the reincarnation of Olivia’s bloodmate. Possible or impossible? Doug wasn’t sure if the woman standing in front of him is an illusion or a real-life-breathing-kicking-person. For a long time he has been dreaming of her, yearning for her, but only to wake up in sweats and memories of what transpired the night before. But now the fiery vixen standing here is made of flesh and blood, her lips curved into a seductive smile and her fair skin glistening under the moonlight. Lost in lust and love, Doug couldn’t help but be drawn to Olivia, even though her nightclub is under investigation of a murder.

    They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, is that still true when two lover birds are put to the test? What will each of them do if their love is denied? You’ll find all that in this 1st installment of the new series by author Sara Humphreys. Tall, Dark, and Vampire is riveting, outstandingly written, and it possess the hearts of the readers. A must read for all vampire lovers and anyone who needs motivation to be stronger than they were before. ~ Jenni

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    Sara Humphreys Tall, Dark, and Vampire Dead in the City #1 If y

    Sara Humphreys
    Tall, Dark, and Vampire
    Dead in the City #1

    If you’ve read Undone (Amoveo Legend Series, Book 4) then you’ll know some of the characters in this book, if you haven’t then the characters may not mean as much to you (at least to begin with) but you’ll still enjoy the read.

    I wasn’t sure what to expect from this new series but I was completely drawn in within the first couple of chapters. I read a lot of vampire books, but this one definitely stuck out from the rest and was unique and different to the mass of vampire books available. Despite Olivia being a vampire, she tries to save people where she can and together they form a family of sorts who all help run her nightclub. Working hard, she doesn’t let people close romantically and has been celibate for 300 years after losing the love of her life. Doug, a policeman, is investigating a murder when he pops by the nightclub to question a barmaid but is left speechless when coming face to face with Olivia, who is literally the girl of his dreams.

    I loved the chemistry and history between Olivia and Doug, who have always been connected. Together they become whole and will do anything to keep what they have, and their family, alive. The emotions clearly shine throughout the book, and the descriptive nature allows the reader to easily imagine the whole storyline. A well written story that provides characters you’ll care for and want to carry on reading about.

    I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

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    OMG that book was amazing!! Ok, I'm not instantly crazy over a b

    OMG that book was amazing!! Ok, I'm not instantly crazy over a book simply because there are vampires in it .. that's usually if it's a shapeshifter novel (for me personally). That being said, I could NOT put this book down! I loved how she built the characters slowly throughout the book and I loved the role reversal. Usually it's the woman following the man but in this the man had to take lead from his heroine. Loved it. Absolutely incredible! I was hooked from the first chapter. Can't wait for book #2!

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    This was a nice refreshing vampire read! It has some action, hum

    This was a nice refreshing vampire read! It has some action, humor and of course steam, so all the way around it's a win-win. The characters were great and I am hoping to get to see more of all of them in the future books. I recommend giving this book a try, especially if you are looking for a vampire book that is a little different from what's already out there. I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    - Twelve percent in and already I love the loose ties this story

    - Twelve percent in and already I love the loose ties this story has with her Amoveo series. Not enough to be considered a spin off unless of course she is thinking on more books to follow this one.

     Just reached the part where the hero was introduced. Humphreys did a great job of introducing the heroine, giving insight about her character without doing an info dump.

     - Fifty-percent in - Both the heroine and hero's personality are well established. With Olivia she is the perfect balance of "tough as nails" (aka bad ass) with "Softie" for the outcasts and loss causes. She treats the few she converted as family than pawns to be used. Compassionate when called for obstinate and unyeilding when necessary.

     With Doug I was not certain about him. We learn little factors about his life growing up that sort of defines his adult life for the good.

     Like with the Amoveo shape shifters Humphreys created a heirarchy for her vampires that is different from all others, unique and all her own. The momentum of the story was neither too slow or fast moving at a good clip.

     Overall it was a great introduction to this new world. The characters had enough grit and sass to appease me (okay so I am a sucker for a strong, gusty, sarcastic heroine). And that is something coming from a person (moi) who is not into vampires often finding them blase. 

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    Once again, Sara has written a story that I simply could not put

    Once again, Sara has written a story that I simply could not put down.  It had heat, adventure, true love, and even a bit of mystery.  Most importantly, it had characters I loved. I will admit it.  I am a sucker for the "I dreamed about my true love" story lines.  In fact, hubby dreamed about me 20 years before we met, so I find it beyond romantic and magical.  Add to that a strong heroine with a heart of gold, a true love that is hot, alpha, and a true hero, and an exciting new world of vampires to explore and Sara has created a winner.  

    To be honest, when I first heard that the next book to release would be a vampire story I was a little disappointed.  Not because I do not like vamps, but because I sooo love her shifters.  I was so silly.  This book is every bit as amazing as her other works and in some ways, it is even better.  She created this amazing new world  that, while it overlaps the world of the Amoveo, it is new and fresh and filled with so many possibilities. While there are a few carry over characters from her Amoveo series, you could easily read this book without having ever even heard of them.  They are just little treats for us devoted fans of her amazing shifter crack series ;) . I can not wait for her to write more from this world.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    Sara Humphrey¿s is truly a master at her craft, and she just kee

    Sara Humphrey’s is truly a master at her craft, and she just keeps getting better! She has delivered yet another amazing start to a very promising new series!
    Tall, Dark and Vampire is the first book in her new Dead in the City series, a spinoff of her popular Amoveo Legend books, and she has made that transition flawlessly. Be forewarned though!! Read this book after you have read the other series through UNDONE. In my opinion, there is too much back story and character development to read Tall, Dark and Vampire without the benefit of the prior books.

    Olivia Hollingsworth has been a vampire for centuries. The night of her ‘turning’, she watched as her true love died in her arms from a vampire attack. Since that day, she has been celibate, aching from his loss, and believing no one else could take his place. Instead, she channels her emotions into taking care of her family, human and vampire. She heads an all female coven, which also includes two human members, and they work at the club she owns in New York City, aptly called The Coven.
    Vampires don’t dream, but hers have returned and they are filled with her long ago lover. There is a legend among her race, that when a Vampire dreams, it is because they have found their BLOODMATE. How can that be possible when the man in her dreams has been gone for almost 300 years?
    When a murder is committed outside her club, Olivia’s family comes under scrutiny by the local police. One night as she is making her rounds, she hears a familiar voice and inhales a scent she has not come across in centuries, awakening sensations and desires she thought long buried. Stopping dead in her tracks, she turns and comes face to face with her lover, who is very much alive in the guise of one very sexy cop!
    Officer Doug Paxton has been dreaming about a woman for as long as he can remember, never believing she is real. Yet, Olivia Hollingsworth stands before him, living proof that she does, indeed, exist. He’s a dedicated, serious cop, but she throws him off his game, making it difficult for him to get his brain to function in cop mode in order to interrogate her. A man has been murdered outside her club and he suspects that she is hiding something important from him and his partner. The cop in him needs to discover what she is hiding; the man in him wants to investigate her very personally. Molten desire races through him just looking at her and he aches to find out what will happen when they finally touch.
    As the attraction between Olivia and Doug heats up and ignites, they are thrown together in order to solve the murders which seem to be piling up around them.
    In true Sara style, this story is packed with action, a great plotline, humor, sexual tension, hot-steamy love scenes, characters you fall in love with and a never-saw-that-one-coming surprise involving her hero. Now, tell me, what more could you possibly want!!!????

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