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.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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. 🙂