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I Belong

Review: Kiss of the Vampire by Cynthia Garner

Title: Kiss of the Vampire

Author: Cynthia Garner

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Warriors of the Rift (Book 1)

Publication Date: February 1, 2012

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0446585114 (Grand Central Publishing)

ISBN-13: 978-0446585118 (Grand Central Publishing)

Reviewed by: Kristie


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.

Quick & Dirty: Enjoyable characters and dialogue but the ending felt a little lacking.

Opening Sentence: In just under two years this planet will see another Influx of incorporeal beings.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Nix de la Fuente is a Human liaison for the supernatural community. As part of her job, she helps investigate murders involving humans and the supernatural. Nix passes herself off as human but most of the people who know that she is a demon treat her like a ticking time bomb and don’t trust her. Half-demon, half-human spawn go insane a few years after they turn twenty and Nix is twenty-eight, long past time for her to go crazy. The only person who doesn’t look upon Nix as an evil demon is her human Detective partner Dante MacMillan but unfortunately for Dante, Nix doesn’t harbor any feelings towards him. Nix still has feelings for Tobias, her vampire lover that broke her heart five years ago.

Tobias Caine believes that he left Nix five years ago for her own good, but he dumps her in a dick move. He comes back into town after receiving a message from one of his good friends. Once back in town Tobias is relegated to be in charge of solving a series of vicious vampire murders, an investigation that Nix is also working on. It doesn’t take long for the old feelings to come to light as they are trying to investigate why vampires are being murdered in such a horrendous way.

One thing that I found unique about Kiss of the Vampire is how the supernatural came to be on Earth. Vampires, Demons and Shape-shifters are all ED’s, Extra Dimensional aliens that have come to Earth through a rift in space. This rift happens to coincide with a comet that passes closely to Earth every 73 years. The aliens that come through are often criminals and when these aliens come through they possess human bodies. The bodies then take on the traits of the alien that inhabits them. The alien aspect really wasn’t a huge issue in Kiss of the Vampire, it was more of a background element to the story.

I have mixed feelings about Kiss of the Vampire. I liked the characters of Nix and Tobias. I really enjoyed the banter with Dante. He was my favorite character in the book, which leads me to high hopes for Secret of the Wolf.  The pacing of the story is more mystery based then action to move the story along. The plot is just a basic police procedural following the clues to the murders, which leads to a nefarious plan. The final battle was full of action but I was disappointed by the ending of the main conflict. I felt like there should have been more to end the storyline, even though Nix and Tobias’ relationship does have a good stopping point.

Overall, I truly enjoyed the story of Tobias and Nix. I liked the premise that the supernatural are creatures from outer space. I would like to see an alien or aliens that have just crossed over from the rift and the consequences/relationships of coming from another planet and learning to live on Earth. Because of the anti-climactic ending, I have a feeling that Kiss of the Vampire, first of a planned trilogy, would actually be better read as a series.

Notable Scene:

As much as she’d like to help him, she had her own six-and-a-half-foot problem to take care of. And he was coming at her again. This time, as she tried to dodge him, he latched his fingers onto her hair and held fast. She couldn’t contain a yelp of pain. He laughed and hauled her back against him, wrapping his free arm around her waist. “Looks like I got you now, girly. Game’s over.”

When they had their fangs on display some vampires could talk and sound menacing, and others . . . not so much. This guy’s lisp was so pronounced he sounded like a girly-man. He was the pot calling the kettle black. And she was tired of it. No more Ms. Nice Guy from her.

“Don’t call me girly,” she ground out. Knowing she needed an edge, she actively summoned her demon side, letting it burst into a full, glorious explosion of strength. Everything became tinged in yellow, her insides burned with rage. Her horn buds popped, and for once she welcomed the pain that accompanied the stretching of the skin on her forehead.

She slumped against his arm, pulling him off balance. Then she reared up, slamming the back of her head into his face. He grunted, his hold loosening enough for her to pull free. As she left what felt like half her hair in his fist, she growled and spun her leg up, ramming it into his gut.

He staggered back. His eyes completely black, he stared at her for a second, rage turning his face red. Blood from his bullet wounds covered the front of his white Tshirt, making it stick to his chest, and now also dripped from his nose. His tongue swept out, licking it off his lips. “You’re gonna pay for that one, girly.” His hands fisted. “You’ll die screaming for mercy.”

Nix shot a quick glance over his shoulder. Tobias appeared at the top of a rise, heading her way at top speed, when he was tackled by yet another vamp. He rolled to his feet, going into a fighter’s stance as yet another vamp ran up to help his buddy. He appeared to be holding his own against the two vampires he fought – though all three showed signs of battle with blood and dirt covering them – and Dante had managed to stay out of the grasp of his vamp. She put her attention back on the bloodsucker in front of her. “You really think you can take me, akh khantu?”

He bristled at being called a carrion eater. She hoped her false disdain based on a long-lived prejudice would keep his outrage amped up and hopefully cause him to make a fatal mistake.

The Warriors of the Rift Series:

1. Kiss of the Vampire

2. Secret of the Wolf

FTC Advisory: Grand Central Publishing provided me with a copy of Kiss of the Vampire. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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