Praise for Oil and Water-
"Lara Ann Dominick's Oil and Water is a great addition to the paranormal romance genre... Gripping, entertaining, and moving, this paranormal romance has more than one surprise in store." - KJ Simmill, Award winning author of the Forgotten Legacies Series⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"This isn't a Twilight rehash, although some readers may be tempted to compare the two. Dominick's vampire work stands on its own, and you will find yourself breezing through this addictive story with the desire to see how it all plays out." -Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"The characters are gorgeous and the idea of danger is written about in an exciting manner. The writing is strong and the author uses it to lure the reader into the psyche of the protagonist, and as they turn from page to page, the surprises just keep piling up. Lara Ann Dominick's gift for plot comes out strongly in Oil and Water, a title that makes for a great canvas that readers will enjoy." - Jose Cornelio for Readers' Favorite⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"Oil and Water by Lara Ann Dominick is a wonderful story that is brilliantly written... Lara Ann Dominick's prose is as strong and beautiful as the story she tells and I enjoyed the way her characters are interconnected, and the stakes she weaves for them. It is fast-paced and packed with steamy action." - Romauld Dzemo for Readers' Favorite⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"Fans of complex new adult paranormal romances will really enjoy the many characters and twisting plots that surround the romances and intrigues within this tale. Author Lara Ann Dominick has crafted a fully-realized tale that goes beyond the basic tropes of the genre, delivering dark surprises and sudden twists of the plot that are both satisfying and unexpected. The character work is stellar and holds the novel together at its core, presenting us with relatable heroines who have their own strengths but are flawed and hard-done-by in the tale so that we can root for them to rise up and own their power. What results is a lavish and graphic dark adventure for a bold readership" - K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
In this debut paranormal novel, a human and a vampire form a bond.
At the beginning of Dominick’s book, a young woman named Elsie Taylor, one of the main characters, is just finishing a YA novel and assessing it: “An easy read, both in terms of writing and the way I’d found it far too easy to get absorbed in the unrealistic romance, to lose myself in the somehow simultaneously overdone and watered down action; to picture myself living within the impossible real of the story.” Elsie is a college graduate in her 20s saddled with a useless liberal arts degree and a mountain of debt. In her own estimation, she’s “athletic but curvy, strong but soft,” and she’s in a sort-of relationship with Sam (“I couldn’t even say that Sam was my very first love,” she reflects. “But I did lose my virginity to him, so he was my first something”). Yet she’s finding it more and more difficult to picture herself as the protagonist in a fantasy drama in which a woman meets an alluring supernatural creature and a plot ensues. It’s a canny bit of foreshadowing, since in short order just such a plot engulfs Elsie when she meets a man named Cyrus Kelley and her growing feelings for him become complicated by her realization that he’s a vampire. His fellow vampire and ex-lover Amber has a special animus against Elsie as soon as the human is transformed into a vampire. Connected to Amber is a powerful, dispassionate vampire with plans of her own for the Council that governs the affairs of the undead.The metafictional nature of the story’s opening—will Dominick’s own book be an easy read with an unrealistic romance?—is reflected in the rest of the contemporary novel. All of the characters, particularly Elsie, live in a world that’s very much aware of both vampires and vampire romances. Elsie has always acknowledged her penchant for watching TV shows and movies about “heartthrobs without heartbeats.” And the author’s smart, knowing narrative nods in that direction as Elsie’s relationship with Cy blossoms. The book’s action is slow to develop, and, more importantly, Elsie is sometimes a bit of a bore until the machinery of the plot pushes her beyond her limits. But Amber is a deliciously angry villain, and the plot swerve involving Cy in the tale’s final act is a genuine winner, albeit underplayed. There is no way to avoid the comparisons with a slew of bestselling modern novels about young women entering the world of the undead. Dominick quite knowingly traffics in many of the same gimmicks and clichés. But the familiarities of the setup are renovated by the intelligence and vividness of the author’s approach. Her decision to focus so much of the story around Elsie has both weaknesses—for too much of the book, the character isn’t all that intriguing—and strengths, deriving mainly from the protagonist’s personal struggles with the fundamental change in her existence. As a coming-to-grips-with-vampirism novel, the book’s best analogue is Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire.
A bustling and energetic contemporary vampire tale that’s perfect for fans of the Twilight series.