Thirst: An Energy Vampire Novel

Thirst: An Energy Vampire Novel

by Jacquelyn Frank

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Overview

Thirst: An Energy Vampire Novel by Jacquelyn Frank

A hidden society of vampires—and the humans they love—are at the heart of this opening novel in a biting, all-original series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightwalkers saga.

Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire, soaking up nourishment from the sun—and, only when necessary, drawing sweet sustenance from humans who are pure in body and spirit. As the right-hand man to his queen, Rafe is a key player at a historic peace summit in New York City, which will unite the vampire nations against a common threat: the sycophants, who feed on humanity and kill indiscriminately. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blond police detective may put everything at risk.

Detective Renee Holden has never worked a homicide quite like this. The victim has twin puncture wounds on his neck, and the only eyewitness swears she saw a vampire. Now’s definitely not the time to get distracted by a seductive stranger. But the suave, darkly austere, exotically handsome Rafe DaSilva is a hard man to deny, and as Renee falls under his spell, she also falls prey to his enemies. Desperate to protect her, Rafe lifts the veil on a shadow realm she can only visit—a world of intoxicating power, terrifying dangers, and forbidden pleasures.

Praise for Thirst

“With all the delicious alpha men (and equally awesome women), Thirst will renew your interest in vampire novels!”RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

“Ms. Frank’s so-very-different and quirky take on familiar paranormal species keeps me coming back every time I hear she has a new release.”—The Good, The Bad and The Unread

“Whenever I pick up a Jacquelyn Frank book I know I will find myself in an intriguing, beguiling world that I won’t want to leave. . . . If you are looking for a book that will hold you in its grip, with characters you will love and the perfect amount of romance with equally intriguing action, then Thirst is just what you need.”—Fresh Fiction

“With Thirst, Frank takes us on a suspenseful, action-packed ride.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers

“A lovely twist on a common story, Thirst gives us a slightly different spin on the vampires many of us love to read. . . . Add an unflappable, smart heroine to the mix with an action-packed murder mystery to solve and you’ve got hours of reading enjoyment.”Kirkus Reviews

Thirst has a little bit of everything. . . . There are different elements at work in this story including great romance, . . . great friendships, what could be an evil mastermind and the rogue vampire issue. This first book of this series has set up this series for more exciting books to come.”—Romance Between the Sheets

Praise for Jacquelyn Frank’s World of Nightwalkers novels
 
“A highly entertaining paranormal series.”—Fresh Fiction
 
“If you loved the original Nightwalker books, you’ll enjoy this.”USA Today, on Forsaken
 
“Jacquelyn Frank uses a deft hand to weave the layers of this series together. . . . The love affairs have been wildly romantic with some very sensual love scenes.”The Romance Reviews
 
“The relationships in this series are intriguing. . . . The ancient struggle between two forces gives this story plenty of action and sizzle.”RT Book Reviews, on Forever
 
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425286241
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Series: The Energy Vampires , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 70,833
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jacquelyn Frank is the New York Times bestselling author of the World of Nightwalkers series (Forbidden, Forever, Forsaken, Forged, and Nightwalker), the Immortal Brothers series (Cursed by Fire, Cursed by Ice, Bound by Sin, and Bound in Darkness), the Three Worlds series (Seduce Me in Dreams and Seduce Me in Flames), the Nightwalkers series (Adam, Jacob, Gideon, Elijah, Damien, and Noah), the Shadowdwellers novels (Ecstasy, Rapture, and Pleasure), and the Gatherers novels (Hunting Julian and Stealing Katherine). She lives in North Carolina and has been writing romantic fiction ever since she picked up her first teen romance at age thirteen.

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Thirst: An Energy Vampire Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many holes in the plot. Not as good as her nightwalker series
Eloise_In_Paris More than 1 year ago
I liked that there are daywalking vampires featured in this story, and their society was interesting. But the insta love was ridiculous even for this genre of story and way they feed doesn’t really make sense in the modern world. Rafe approaches Renee in a supermarket and boom they’re hot for each other. These two people aren’t teenagers. Rafe is over 300 years old. I have a hard time believing he would be so fascinated by an intelligent strong woman. Renee is a NYC detective,even though she acknowledged it it’s still weird how quickly she let a complete stranger into her life. And that upon learning such crazy information she didn’t take any time to process it, but instead decided to join up in a fight against beings that could squash her like a bug. One thing that really bothered me was what picky eaters EVamps are. They only can feed from people who eat totally organically and don’t touch alcohol or drugs or they go “bad”. First of all the only people who can afford to eat that way at all times in major cities with no slip ups are few and far between and have money. Which makes them difficult prey. And even then there is always some expose lurking around the corner about how not so organic any given organic labeled brand is. Unless they keep people locked up and only fed food from their own farms I just don’t see how they haven’t starved to death or all gone phant. Basically this book was a very flawed start to a potentially great series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story was good and kept the pages turning. A lot of information to convey in just over 350 pages so series still has holes to fill in. Can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jacquelyn Frank never disappointes. This is a very good start to a new series. Exciting, steamy and a whole different spin on vampires. The bonus chapter of book two has me eagerly waiting for the release. Get going and grab up the first book and you'll see why!
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Thirst is book one in The Energy Vampires series. I was so excited for this book but it fell a bit short for me. I got really intrigued by the spin on vampires since I hadn't seen one that didn't drink blood that only wanted energy. We start off meeting our leading lady, Detective Renee Holden who is investigating a strange murder. The victim was killed in daylight and the witness said a vampire did it. Renee isn't one to believe in vampires, so she's trying to turn up any leads possible. That's when she meets a handsome man (Rafe DaSilva) at a supermarket and they decide to have dinner together at an organic restaurant before a snow storm hits. Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire that is helping his queen hold a peace summit to get an agreement signed. He hears about the sycophant (evil energy vampire) that killed a human in daylight and decides to glean information from the detective on the case. He doesn't count on the fact that he'd be interested in her and she's one of the few humans that eats organic and takes care of herself so he can actually feed on her energy. They wind up in a sort of relationship and the beans are spilled about vampires when they're attacked. Thirst is an interesting spin on vampires that I haven't seen before. The whole energy vampire bit was unique and I can appreciate that. They are able to absorb energy by being in the sunlight, or they could feed on clean humans that basically ate organic and didn't do anything bad for their bodies. Another thing I enjoyed was that there were enemies in the mix, it spiced up the story. That being said, I did have a few issues while reading. The main thing being that it felt heavy on the dialogue instead of the characters doing the things. I also had an issue with some of the scenes feeling repetitive. All in all, if you're looking for a vampire book that is different from all the rest, you might enjoy this book.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Renee Holden and James/ Jimmy Franconi were partners and are homicide detectives. The were called in to the homicide of Arnie Cooper who lived in the building very close to the alley where he was found and died. Anna Sophia a very rich lady had seen Arnie being attacked and swore it was a vampire . Rafe was a vampire bounty hunter and had been in the crowd and heard all that had been said. Rafe also knew what precinct Detective Holden and her partner worked at. Rafe went to the precinct but just sat in his car . then was a big storm that was suppose to hit that night and it had started to snow when Renee got out of work late , she went home and changed and headed for the organic market as she really had no food in her third floor apartment and even though tired she had to eat. The market was only a few blocks from where Renee lived. While at the store Renee and a hot stranger started to chat he then asked her to coffee but then she was really hungry so she went home and dropped off her groceries and met Rafe DeSilva and an organic Cafe she knew not far from her apartment. Renee knew it was crazy to have dinner with a stranger but her gut told her he could be dangerous he wouldn’t hurt her and she had her gun and could handle herself so she did meet Rafe to eat.. Renee never gave Rafe her last name. Rafe said he was an ambassador and not from America and Renee felt his courtesy and the gentleman he showed himself to be proved this Then after dinner Rafe gave her a card with his name and cell number he wanted to see Renee again but left this up to her. Then Rafe kissed her at her doorstep and seemed to drug her with his kiss after awhile he bit Renee in the back of her neck she felt a harsh pain but shortly after it felt like nothing she had ever felt before.when Rafe was done he hypnotized Renee to forget everything but the kiss. Rafe was an energy vampire and was very careful to find pure clean sources to feed from Renee was such a choice now yet there was something even more special about her energy. It was not easy to find this kind of clean person. There was also evil bad lower culture vampires called sycophants and they fed off anything old or diseased or even a child and drained their victims at will. They didn’t care and often weren’t careful such as the one who killed Arnie Cooper in broad daylight. I had mixed feelings about this story. I thought I would like the energy vampire definitely a different twist on vampires but didn’t really like them that much. Also there wasn’t much of anything for the vampire to be a afraid of and every vampire has to have something to fear just as do humans the balance thing. I didn't like how Rafe cold heartedly planned to just use Renee as a food source as well as to keep up with the case. But then he found Renee brought out something Rafe thought he would never have and it was feelings. He became protective of Renee and wanted her safe and that wasn’t easy as had enemies. Also clean vs dirty was used to much in this story. But i did like Simone was the queen of the vampires and wanted to bring then all back together as a species.Rafe works closely with the queen but he was gaining strong feelings for Renee and i liked she was no longer just something for him to use to get what he needed. Anyway there were things I liked about this story and things not so much.
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
Another new author for me! I liked her writing style. I really enjoyed this twist to vampires and look forward to the next book in the series. I seem to be in the minority of liking this book, but I truly enjoyed it. Renee is good at her job as a NYC police homicide detective. She is known to sift through leads, has good instincts and is a hardnosed detective. She and her partner get a case that has them baffled. A man is killed in broad daylight and the witness swears he was bitten by a vampire. The woman gives a detailed description. Of course, they think it is a person that has dental implants, but they have to work the leads and see where it takes them. Rafe has to find out what the beautiful detective knows. He is responsible for the peace summit that is going to be held in NYC. He promises the Queen that he will get the information needed to find out who is threatening the vampire culture, as well as threatening the summit with the blatant killing of a human. Rafe follows Renee and strikes up a conversation with her. He is charming, handsome and Renee is attracted to this mysterious stranger. He asks her to go out for coffee, she hesitates, but takes him up on his offer and meets him at the coffee shop. He charms her and gives her his phone number. He told her I want you to want to see me again so the ball is in your court. Needless to say, Renee contacts him again and they go out on a date. They are attacked by rogue vampires known as sycophants. They kill two of the three, with the third threatening Renee that she isn’t safe. Rafe, under vampire, law is not to divulge what they are to humans unless the human is approved by the council. Rafe is worried for Renee’s safety and doesn’t want anything to happen to her so he feels it necessary to tell her what they are and who he is. An energy vampire. They draw energy from hosts that are pure, clean living with no drug or alcohol abuse, clean eating and exercise. The theory you are what you eat. They pierce the back of the neck at the base of the spine between the neck and vertebrae drawing the electrical impulses from the spinal cord. They only take what they need and hypnotize the hosts, so they don’t remember why they are feeling tired and a little run down. After 24-48 hours, the host is back to full strength. They also get energy from the sun. Renee is floored. There is a lot more to this story and I am not going to tell you anymore. The secondary characters are strong and some are outrageously funny! There are so many twists and turns in the story. It held my interest and it was so entertaining. I loved the idea of energy vampires. I can’t wait for the next book in this series and can’t wait to see what’s next! If you want an interesting twist to your usual paranormal vampire series, give this one a try, I highly recommend it.
lucy117 More than 1 year ago
I was given ARC copy in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and Loveswept. Jacquelyn Frank will sweep you into a new world. Get ready to be transported to a new series by the best!!! Come into the new world of a new vampire series .
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This was a good read for me, the story has plenty of drama and is entertaining, a new take on vampires. I liked Renee and Rafe although the chemistry between them isn’t as good as I would like it to be. I am looking forward to more in the series.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
A hidden society of vampires—and the humans they love—are at the heart of this opening novel in a biting, all-original series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightwalkers saga. Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire, soaking up nourishment from the sun—and, only when necessary, drawing sweet sustenance from humans who are pure in body and spirit. As the right-hand man to his queen, Rafe is a key player at a historic peace summit in New York City, which will unite the vampire nations against a common threat: the sycophants, who feed on humanity and kill indiscriminately. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blond police detective may put everything at risk. Detective Renee Holden has never worked a homicide quite like this. The victim has twin puncture wounds on his neck, and the only eyewitness swears she saw a vampire. Now’s definitely not the time to get distracted by a seductive stranger. But the suave, darkly austere, exotically handsome Rafe DaSilva is a hard man to deny, and as Renee falls under his spell, she also falls prey to his enemies. Desperate to protect her, Rafe lifts the veil on a shadow realm she can only visit—a world of intoxicating power, terrifying dangers, and forbidden pleasures. Review: I was drawn to this first by the cover, very sexy. Then I was intrigued by the blurb. I have to say I have read a lot of vampire books, but this one had a new twist to their mythos. The vampires in this new series draw on humans energy. Some things were the same, like mind erasing part and others were different as the can walk in daylight and light actually helps strengthens them. Though how they started out as a race was a little much. I did think the chemistry and sexy between Renee and Rafe was great and I liked them as characters. Both were strong and smart and super likable. There is some action and intrigue in the story as well. This is the first in this new series and I think it was a good start. I will definitely read the next one to see where the series leads. 3.5Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
MayaTheBookExplorer_Blog More than 1 year ago
3,5 STARS I love PNR books and I really enjoyed the plot and characters in this story but I can't say I'm a fan of the authors writing style. At times the dialog and words between the main characters seemed too clinical, I just couldn't get that emotional connection. Also the origin of the vampires was a bit silly, to be honest. But original for sure, I can't say I've heard that one before. Aside from that, the romance is sweet and I loved how the hero dealed with these new emotions. What I liked the most was the action and mystery. Both characters amde a great team in solving the problem. I also liked their connection and how they didn't do unnecessary drama. There were some things that did bother me, like how easy they accepted their new relationship. That came across a bit unnatural and plastic, at least to me. I like it when I can really get into their minds and connect thrugh that to the other character. The story has potential to become a series, since we do get to know some interesting secondary characters that could have their own story told. This is a fun read and while I don't think I would re-read it, I still recommend it to PNR fans. All in all a great read. :)
Rainn2978 More than 1 year ago
This book is a different take on vampires and their world. I absolutely loved it! The concept was completely different and the storyline flowed extremely well. Rafe and Renee are great characters that I cant wait to see in future books. I especially loved Renee as she was such a strong, kick butt woman! I will definitely be reading future books in this series! I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
I am tempted to dismiss this book as vampire porn, but it does have several interesting and imaginative features. The concept of e-vampires is new to me and adds excitement and interest to the idea of creatures who feed on humans. Rafe, the lead vampire, is created in depth and is a charming and likeable character. Renee, the human female lead, is a little too perfect, but carries much of the story. The writing is clear and straightforward with a purely chronological timeline. I enjoyed the book, but I am not keyed up for more of Rafe and Renee.
repsgoddess More than 1 year ago
Thirst by Jacquelyn Frank is Book 1 of The Energy Vampires Series. Thirst gives us an unique twist to our beloved vamp romances and is a good kickstart to a new series. Ms. Frank entertains us with an interesting storyline, endearing characters and major heat, while doing a bang up job on the world build-up. Couple small issues with the plot and the whole good versus bad vamps, and hope that this will be taken care of prior to final publication. Overall a nice read, original read and looking forward to the next in the series. An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
nku More than 1 year ago
Reviewed this book on Netgalley. This is a new series by Jacquelyn Frank and I did enjoy it..as always with a new series there is a lot of information on the "Energy Vampires" what they are and where they came from and their arch enemies the "sycophants". Rafe is an EV who falls for Renee and this is their story. I will look forward to more books in this series. Reviewed on Goodreads and will review on Amazon when it is released.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Energy vampires and their society have remained hidden from humans for centuries; the phant (rogue vamps) are killing humans in sight of witnesses, putting the society in danger of discovery! Also threatening a new worldwide vampire treaty! Renee and James, human detectives are assigned to find the killer(s); Rafe, a negotiator (upper echelon e-vampire) is on the case, as well.Rafe seeks out Renee to discern what she's learned and discovers an unexpected attraction between them... A fresh spin on vampires. The story drags in spots and is action-packed in others. Liked the characters of Rafe and Renee, for the most part. Loved Halo and was intrigued by Leopold, Draz, and Sensha. A good paranormal romance. Looking forward to book 2. Book free for honest review thru Netgalley and publisher.
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
Did not do it for me. I was fortunate enough to have gotten a copy of the book through NetGalley in exchange for a review, which I am happy to provide. I am not sure why the book did not resonate with me more, it had everything that I usually like in a book, a strong female heroine a very sexy Vampire with plenty of chemistry between them, some action and a little bit of mystery and some steamy lovemaking. But somehow it just did not do it for me, maybe its the slow pacing of the book or the plot, but it never ensnared me enough to want to follow the series. Sometimes this just happens you either connect with a book or not, despite it being well written and entertaining. I think Jacquelyn Frank is a talented Author and I would check out other books of her anytime.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
I loved the unique take on vampires in this series. They are nothing like I've read before. I felt the author succeeded in introducing a new species instead of harping on the same stereotype. They feed off of energy in a person rather than blood. You get a full explanation at the end of the book about how and why. Add to that, Renee could actually feel Rafes energy spark through her body when they were intimate. I thought that was brilliant of the author since that makes their sex scenes more intense and very hot! I did have a few minor issues in the story. I didn't like how much it talked about how humans are mostly just a food source. Rafe even thinks about how they see humans like a human would see a cow. It was thought of more than once and it kept throwing me off. Hard to sell an attraction with that. The other thing that kept throwing me off was it felt like Renee was trying to be the man in the relationship. I'm all for girl power and I did like how she proved herself capable but I think we needed to see a more feminine side to her. Rafe was great and is the only reason I could see a softer side to her. Overall, I liked this fresh new take on vampires and I will definitely read Halo's story. He intrigues me because of how much he's feared. ARC provided by NetGalley.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Thirst" felt a bit like a romance book that was trying too hard. We have Renee, the gorgeous police detective who is investigating a murder that a witness claims was committed by a vampire- and the bite marks on the victim to support her story. Then we have Rafe, the sexy and uptight e-Vamp (short for energy vampire), which is a "new" type of vampire. I was not so impressed with the e-Vamp idea. It seems like they took the whole vampire thing and just added that they like the sun. They still need to drink from humans with puncture marks. Even accepting the energy vampire as being a "new" type of vampire, the book was a little hard to believe. There was undercover stuff that felt a little silly and the alternate community felt like so many before it. The romance aspects were OK, but I wasn't really cheering for Renee and Rafe as a couple- he just seemed to be using her. Even though there was all this bit where he couldn't stop thinking about her, etc., I just couldn't really buy it. It also had a pretty slow start, and I kept putting it down for that reason. Although I think it is a promising premise, it felt like just another mediocre paranormal romance. I won't be continuing with the series for that reason. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.