Disclaimer: I acquired this novel at a convention through a book trade with the author, whom I consider a friend.
Not gonna lie — I probably never would have picked this novel to read without outside influence. But I met the author at a convention and we hit it off immediately, and I knew based on her personality alone that I had to read the book that had come out of her brain.
Now, my girl-crush on the author extends to the delightful world she’s created. Even the setting itself is unique — Florida, the Sunshine State itself, is a far cry from the big city where most paranormal romances take place, with plenty of places for the inhuman to lurk. As for the fantasy side of the world-building, her take on vampirism is refreshingly straightforward. And most importantly in any novel, the vampires and humans alike are fully fleshed characters with unforgettable personalities.
And even more important: the fully fleshed characters are not the typical tropes in romance novels, whether paranormal or not. None of them are perfect people, but you can’t help but love them also for their flaws.
There were a few moments where I thought the action dragged. I didn’t understand why some of the scenes were necessary, when the relationships were already solid.
But here’s the best part:
Without spoiling anything, all those places where you might be tempted to set the book aside for something different? They were important, and the way all the conflicts and threads tied up at the end was fantastic, brilliant, and laugh out loud hilarious.
I can’t wait to see what these characters get up to in the sequel.
Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.
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