Thursday, January 26, 2012

Kiss of the Vampire by Cynthia Garner


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.

My Review:

Kiss of the Vampire (Warriors of the Rift, #1)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nix is a hybrid, half demon/half human, working for the council of Preternaturals as the human liaison. When attacks on vampires brings back her old flame, Tobias, she isn’t sure whether she hates him, or wants to just rip off his clothes and have her way with him.
Tobias hasn’t seen Nix in five years, and the only reason he left was because he felt that it was the only way to save her sanity from her conflicting demon side. He thinks he can stay strong, not tempt her demon to come out and play, but in such tight quarters as looking for a murderer, things do not always go as planned.
As secrets are revealed, and friends and enemies take their places in this game of life or death, will Nix and Tobias survive long enough to be together, or is forever too much to ask?

Every now and then, you read a book that accomplishes all that you need a book to do. I mean, I read books all the time, and really I read for specific reasons. It is what I do for fun, to relieve stress, and to just plain get away from the real world. And this book accomplished all three of those requirements.

In this first book in the series Warriors of the Rift, Cynthia Garner creates a great spin on the preternaturals that we knew, loved and feared. Here we find out that preternaturals are not actually from Earth, but rather from another dimension, and they take over human bodies. To top it all off, we discover, that the preternaturals have “come out of the closet” so to speak, and the world is not only aware of them, but they know how they arrive: Through the rift every 73 years or so.

Nix is a great character. With all her baggage of her childhood, you can’t help but want her to win, to show that she can. Because she is part demon, she faces so much bias and discrimination; sometimes you would think that it would just be easier to forget about being half demon. Unfortunately, she is already walking a tight line, as most hybrid human/demon children go crazy in their early twenties. She is now in her late twenties and is constantly worrying about loosing her sanity, her humanity.

Then there is Tobias. He is the epitome of a great male character: gentleman, lover, protector, and just plan stupid at times (didn’t see that one coming did you?). He makes decisions to protect Nix, without consulting her… It is why they were separated for five years, because he felt that it was because of him that she would loose her sanity. Honestly, you want him to protect you, because you know that it is done in love.

With some great supporting characters, and some really funny scenes with Nix scrambling to do some tai chi, you can count on some humorous points mixed in with the blood, guts, and romance.

I must say, I really liked this book. With the mystery of why there seems to be a vampire serial killer, the romance between Nix and Tobias, and the action scenes between any of the preternaturals, you just can’t help enjoying yourself as you read it. Only point that I think might have helped was something other than the “editorial” to introduce the preternatural story. I mean, it was good introduction, but I think that there could have been a better one, maybe with a bit more explanation of vampires or demons. Overall, I highly recommend this book, and I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.

Happy Reading!


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