The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Darkly Romantic Mystery

The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Darkly Romantic Mystery

by Clark Hays, Kathleen McFall


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ISBN-13: 9780738721613
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date: 10/28/2010
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A poet and journalist, Clark Hays (Portland, OR) was raised on a 3,000-acre Montana cattle ranch. Hays’ work has appeared in journals, magazines and newspapers. Most recently, he was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for a short story appearing in Opium magazine.

Kathleen McFall (Portland, OR) is a journalist with a master’s degree in filmmaking from The American University. She was awarded a fellowship for fiction writing from Oregon Literary Arts.


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Cowboy and the Vampire: A Darkly Romantic Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
donnas1 More than 1 year ago
This book is not at all what you would expect when starting a vampire novel. It is not strictly any one genre but rather a combination of multiple At some points it reminds you of a classic western while at other times it seems like more of a paranormal romantic suspense. I thought this did vary a lot depending on what city the story was taking place in at the time. For example while in Wyoming it is much more of a classic Western, while in NYC its more of the paranormal suspense. The story was very well-written and the genre mixing happens pretty much seamlessly. Which is quite a feat in and of itself. The characters are well developed and interesting. With their own well detailed backgrounds. There is also the revised take on the vampire myth. They take the classic myth and add their own unique twists. While it was not my favorite of the year I did enjoy reading it and dont regret starting it. If you are looking for a well-written new vampire twist with some cowboy action thrown in you should definitely pick this one up. For myself, I am looking forward to seeing what else they have written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read it three times!!!
ErinColeWrites More than 1 year ago
Embark on Tucker and Lizzie's journey into the dark world of vampires, secret ancient heritage, and their fight to save humanity, with the help of a cowboy and his posse, which includes his peculiar father, weapon/conspiracy-savvy friend, and his faithful, canine companion, Rex. What I enjoyed most about The Cowboy and the Vampire was the balance of genre-romance, mystery, horror, and comedy, all wrapped up in a delightful adventure that keeps the pages turning. Lizzie and Tucker fall in love unexpectedly after she literally crashes in on his world, but his cowboy lifestyle and her city life bring them at odds, though only in the beginning-for love teaches them soon that is has no boundaries, even when your lover grows fangs. After Lizzie, a reporter, interviews a vampire named Julius, and witnesses a gruesome turning of people, she flees to Tucker, unknowing that Julius' goal is to capture and potentially kill her. And Lizzie is also unaware, much to Tucker's dismay, that she is at the heart of a 2,000 year-old legend that could ultimately change the structure of good and evil forever. Tucker and his posse team up with another vampire, Lazarus, to save Lizzie and themselves from Julius' wrath. Who will live or die becomes a suspenseful journey that will have you cheering to the end. I found the pacing of this novel very smooth, as authors McFall and Hayes pinpoint key plots and emotional drama in a witty, rich language that balances horror, romance, and comedy. Though Julius' character fit the classic vampire role, other characters, such as Lazarus, Tucker, Elita, Lenny, and Tucker's animals were as real as you and me. The dialogue Tucker has with his animals is hilarious, and I think some of that bleeds over into his relationship with Lizzie, which sets up great character development between the two. I also enjoyed the surprising twists layered through the scenes, because they were not only logical, but also added conflict, and progressed the plot well. I thoroughly enjoyed this book-it is sexy, dark, witty, and nothing less. I gave it five stars for good writing, thorough attention to details and character development, originality, pacing, and a perfect balance of genres.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow... an unexpected great read! Especially, since this book was first released before the Twilight/ Trueblood craze. I can see why this book has it's own cult following, and can't wait for the next book from Hays and McFall.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
Much better than I expected. The writing is superb, the plot is truly imaginative, and the love story transcends everything I have read so far. I confess, I have always had a thing for vampire stories. However, this book is so much more than a vampire story. The origins of these vampires lie with the origins of Christianity, and the entire story is suffused with religious overtones. I wish I could think of a better title, because this title is accurate, but gives no clue to the incredible story contained within. This vampire story illuminates all that is good in human nature, The characters may be a little weird, but they are clearly real people, and their story is told brilliantly. The scenes are described so well that they form images in the reader's mind, leaving the reader drained as the action is conmpleted.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ivelisse Review copy provided by Bewitching Book Tours I love vampires and cowboys so I was truly excited to read this book. The book is broken up into three parts, the first part is written in first person from two characters POV: Elizabeth and Tucker. The last two parts are written in third person POV. The reason why I mention this is because the first part of the book it was hard to keep track of who was saying what. I would have to go back to figure out if it was Elizabeth or Tucker speaking. Once I passed those parts I was intrigued because it was not a typical vampire book I read, but once I kept on I found myself rolling my eyes and at one point actually said aloud "Really". I like to read books that step out of the norm and this one does but not in a way I liked. There is a lot of reference to the bible and the authors even wrote how Jesus was a vampire, also mentions Lazarus who is one of the oldest powerful vampires who is at war with Julius. The other things which bothered me were mention of menses and how Julius needed to drink from Elizabeth during this time to become the most powerful vampire. I did not find it very appealing. Overall there were good fight scenes and at times suspenseful, but then felt short lived because either the scene was not long enough or they would skip it altogether and felt like things were missing from the story. It was okay, I think some things needed to be clarified a little better and other things were explained too much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago