September 13, 2012
Review: Blood of the Vines by Ann Cory
Author: Ann Cory
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books (Jun 10, 2012)
Get it: Amazon, B&N
NOTE: Book suited for mature readers, 18+, due to sexual situations and language.
Once a vampire, now a vampire hunter, Regan Fellows walks a fine line with her reputation. Unable to afford her favorite Italian leather outfits, she takes any job she’s offered. When the owner of The Vines, a popular nightclub, asks her to investigate strange occurrences within her establishment, her investigation takes a disturbing turn. As Regan explores the labyrinth of rooms within The Vines, she discovers blood-filled carboys, discarded bodies, and shadows that follow her every move. But they aren’t the only problems.
Sexy bartender, Garrett Reynolds is a bona-fide distraction, and flawless at the art of breaking down her resistance. Even in the midst of tracking a ruthless horde of vampires, Regan can’t deny him. And that attraction puts her in more danger than any job she ever accepted.
Regan Fellows meets with Selena, the owner of a nightclub called The Vines that caters to vampires. Selena wishes to hire Regan, a vampire hunter, to find out where a new supply of blood is coming from. Selena wants her club to provide healthy, filtered blood to her vampire patrons but the higher-ups are doing some shady business. Tainted blood can kill vampires and that's not good for business.
While at the nightclub, Regan meets Garrett Reynolds, the sexy bartender. Despite her professional work ethic, she finds herself often distracted and unable to concentrate when Garrett is around, potentially putting them both in danger.
I found the idea that Regan was once a vampire but went through some sort of painful extraction process in order to make her mortal again very interesting. Though mortal now, she still has some special vampire abilities she's not particularly happy to still have but they do come in handy in her line of work.
The mystery aspect of the story was interesting. I found myself very curious as to what was really going on, and what or who the shadows were that seemed to follow Regan around.
Now, although I thought the idea behind the story and the writing was good, I think that the story would have been better had it been longer. It's novella length, and for me, I felt that the story was rushed. I would have liked to have gotten to know Regan and Garrett more, and the big confrontation with the bad guys was resolved too quickly, too cleanly. I can't be sure exactly but one of the sex scenes may have taken longer than the confrontation. I did feel a build up to the story but was rather disappointed with the way things were resolved. At times I felt a bit lost and confused as well.
Blood of the Vines is book one of a series, and despite everything, I am interested in Regan's next adventure.
** I received a copy of Blood of the Vines for review as part of the Knights of the Round Table group on Goodreads.**
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