Kiss of the Vampire – Cynthia Garner [Review]

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Blurb for Kiss of the Vampire

Once a generation, the rift between the paranormal world and the human world opens, allowing supernatural entities to cross. Vampire, demon, or shapeshifter, they can save the world-or send it spiraling into chaos.

Half-demon, half-human, Nix de la Fuente is accepted by neither and mistrusted by both. Determined to prove she’s more human than not, she devotes herself to solving crimes between the world’s mortals and its most unsavory undead. But her latest case brings her face to face with the one vampire she could never resist . . .

Called in to investigate a string of violent murders, special agent Tobias Caine isn’t interested in rekindling his relationship with Nix. Yet one look and the vampire knows his need for her is as strong as ever. Once, their all-consuming passion nearly cost Nix her fragile hold on her humanity. Now, as their hunger for one another intensifies, exposing them to an unimaginable danger, it could cost them both their lives.

 Jen’s Review of KISS OF THE VAMPIRE

Kiss of the Vampire coverI read Kiss of the Vampire because I had heard great things about Cynthia Garner, and I grabbed up a copy at a book sale.

This is a revised and expanded review. I first reviewed this book on our old blog booksthathook.

The Story

Nix is a liaison between the Council of Preternaturals and the local human authorities. The book starts with her arriving at a crime scene where a vampire has been murdered. This is the second vampire that has been killed. It’s Nix’s friend, Rinda.

Nix’s ex-boyfriend, Tobias, shows up at the crime scene. He’s been appointed as a vampire liaison. He thinks demons are involved in the murder. Nix, being half-demon, isn’t ready to jump to that conclusion.

Nix takes some heat from the Council for not being able to give them immediate answers. She finds, though, that is mostly just a way to give her hell since some of the Council members are prejudiced against half-breeds, especially those with demon blood.

Really, not a lot happens in the first five chapters to help solve the murder. All we learn is that Rinda was having a secret relationship with someone. I think a little more time could have been spent on trying to solve the crime and less time spent on thinking about Tobias’ hotness. Sure, I know this is a romance, but it was repetitive. However, since it did start out strong with a dead body and conflict between Tobias and Nix, I got hooked into the story.

Nix and Tobias have to deal with their sexual attraction while trying to figure out who is viciously killing vampires. Although they are slow getting started with the investigation, I liked that didn’t forget about it as the story went on. Sometimes in romances, the investigation gets overshadowed by sex. That didn’t happen in Kiss of the Vampire.

The Characters

Nix and Tobias are likable characters. I felt they were sufficiently developed. Dante is the character who adds a little humor to an otherwise intense story.

One thing that was nice was there wasn’t insta-love in this book because the couple were already in love. It was just a matter of understanding one another and overcoming their differences to be able to get back together.

I can’t decide if I like the vampires in this story are aliens from another planet. On page 251: “He did discover, though,that the bastard wasn’t even from Tobias’s planet. He had a parent who was of Tobias’s species, but the other parent had been from another planet, another species entirely.”

It’s a different way of presenting vampires, which is good. However, it just doesn’t feel right to me. So I’m still unsure about that aspect.

The Writing

This is another author whose word choices for male and female sexual organs annoyed me.  I’m willing to overlook this minor irritating thing because it really is a good story.

The book is written in third person, alternating between Nix and Tobias. This worked well; it’s pretty standard for romance novels. I was thrown off, however, when a third character was given a POV, because it only happened in one small part of the story.

The author was redundant at times. The character would think something and then say the same thing. Why not just say it and save a paragraph of introspection?

I didn’t like how the villain said that bad guys only divulge their evil plans in the movies, but then he went on to do just that in several paragraphs of explanation.

Do I Recommend?

Although I had some complaints, most which felt like beginner mistakes (other than my pet peeve, which is very common in romance novels), I did enjoy reading Kiss of the Vampire. I have had the rest of the books on my TBR for a while, and I do plan to continue the series when I get around to them.

All in all, I think Cynthia Garner created a very interesting world and characters that I want to more about. I hope some of the writing and pacing issues improve in the other books.

I know this is an older book, but if you haven’t read it, I do recommend Kiss of the Vampire. This book would appeal to readers who like paranormal romance with a different take on vampires. Also, I think readers who prefer more investigation and danger than sex and romance will like this book. Both are present in the story, but the investigation is the main focus once it gets going.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (B)

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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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