The vampire population may have created an economic boom in Alaska, but their altered energy field fries most technology. They rely on hard-living—and short-lived—couriers to get business done...couriers like Sydney Kildare.
Sydney has survived to the ripe old age of twenty-six by being careful. She's careful when navigating her tempestuous clients, outrunning hijackers and avoiding anyone who might distract her from her plan of retiring young to a tropical, vampire-free island.
Her attitude—and immunity to vampires' allure—have made her the target of a faction of vampires trying to reclaim their territory. Her only ally is Malcolm Kelly, a secretive charmer with the uncanny habit of showing up whenever she's in trouble. Caught in the middle of a vampire turf war, Sydney has to count on Malcolm to help her survive, or the only place she'll retire is her grave...
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sydney goes by Mary as a runner for a very powerful Vampire in Alaska. Her only goal is to make it out alive and to get to someplace warm to retire. But a turf war breaks out, and she is one of the targets. Only with the help of the mysterious Malcolm can she survive, or will she?
Sydney is a good beginning character. She has her flaws, she has her baggage, and she has a difficulty trusting anyone. But then Malcolm comes into the picture, and he starts to turn her world upside down. She just doesn't seem to know what to do with him. Or why she is reacting to him the ways she does.
I loved Malcolm. He was great character, with the way he wanted to protect Sydney, and even when he finds her in Hawaii, he can't seem to resist wanting to be with her no matter what.
I think that Ms. Summers did a good job of describing Alaska and the way the lifestyle of a vampire's runner could be extremely dangerous. I will admit, I found the beginning a bit slow, but once Malcolm entered the picture, there was plenty of action to keep my attention.
This short story is a great intro, could be even considered a prequel for a series if the author should decides to... Which I think would be a great idea. There are still a lot of secrets between them, both past and present, that would be a great way to lead into another short story, or a full novel.
Overall this was a great little short story. I recommend this book for a quick read.
**Adult content - Not appropriate for all readers**