Thursday, December 15, 2011

Another Good Cheap Read

Love is Darkness   99¢
Book #1
Another surprisingly decent cheap read. I am again struck by how many good Indy authors there are out there. The first book in the series is a twist on the very overdone subject of Vampires.  But don't let that deter you from checking out this very engaging and fast read. A little more UF than PNR, but there are still plenty of hot scenes to take in.
Valerie Dearborn wants a cotton candy life, but it’s more like a puffer fish: pointy, unusual, and—if not prepared exactly right—deadly. In London for graduate school, Val knows she's finally free. Her father and ex-almost-boyfriend are back in California and she's out of the Vampire hunting biz for good. Or is she?

She draws the attention of Lucas, a 1600 year old Vampire, and King to his kind. He’s also wicked hot. As golden as Lucifer, and just as tempting, he makes Val an offer she can't refuse— help him find out if the Others (Empaths, Fey and Werewolves) still exist or he'll stop protecting those she loves.
Okay, I had a few issues with this book. Namely, the various typos & mistakes peppered throughout. We also get the same worn out plot of the old sexy Alpha Vamp and the innocent pretty human girl. And of course it wouldn't be a hot Vamp novel without a love triangle. But in this case, it is more like a love square for good number of chapters.  How many love interests does one girl need anyway?

My 2nd biggest issue is the dialogue & interaction between Val and the hot Vampire King, which seemed sophomoric, unoriginal, and uninteresting at times, but the scenes with her childhood friend, Jack, more than made up for it. Also, points off for the semi-confusing beginning and soft mild.

Still, this was a very engaging read, that I gobbled up in no time flat. I looked forward to reading the newly released sequel soon as well. And if you aren't that big into the Vamp craze, a promise of more para-creatures, intrigue, and a further world-building, makes this series more than a little enticing to continue.

Warning: Adult Content and Violence

Valerie Dearborn

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