Tall, Dark, and Vampire

Tall Dark and Vampire is the first book in Sara Humphrey's “Dead in the City” series. I attempted to like this book and certain aspects did capture my attention. Overall the book was just a dead read for me. Ms. Humphrey's possesses a talent for writing, but it was the chemistry between the hero and the heroine that I found to be lacking, strongly.

When I met Olivia I admired the fact she had remained faithful to her dead lover. A lover that was murdered on the night that Olivia's life was eternally changed by a single bite to her flesh. Olivia is a rare beauty of the night, but is possessed by the dreams of the life of the man that perished so long so. Olivia is certain she will never love again, but fate proves otherwise. We meet the hero Doug Paxton within the walls of Olivia's nightclub. The uncanny resemblance Doug has to Olivia's lost lover is unquestionable.

I think this is where things started going downhill for me. Doug Paxton seemed like an odd hero for the book. I honestly didn't think that he fit Olivia's personality very well. Stepping into Olivia's nightclub Doug is on the hunt to find the true identity of a murderer. Once he lays his sights to the red flamed hellcat that is Olivia everything changes. Like Olivia, Doug is plagued in his sufferings from his dreams. The woman that stands before (Olivia) is the one that haunts his slumber and that only can prove deadly to Doug's search.

When the body count begins to double in size Doug realizes that he will have to trust Olivia as the two of them work together avoiding the lustful temptations that lurk around every corner. Both Olivia and Doug have a shot at happiness, but only if they can survive the hunt.

I liked how well Ms. Humphrey's established the foundation of the novel itself. What I didn't like was how mythology and modernization collided within this book. The competition is high as authors of the paranormal genre revamp the classics and this book just did not make the cut for me. It iscertainly by no means an awful read. It just isn't my forte. However the book is recommend for readers that are seeking a new means of the vampire universe.


Book Blurb for Tall, Dark, and Vampire

She always knew Fate was cruel...

The last person Olivia expected to turn up at her club was her one true love. It would normally be great to see him, except he's been dead for centuries. Olivia really thought she had moved on with her immortal life, but as soon as she sees Doug Paxton, she knows she'd rather die than lose him again. And that's a real problem...

But this is beyond the pale...

Doug is a no-nonsense cop by day, but his nights are tormented by dreams of a gorgeous redhead who's so much a part of him, she seems to be in his blood. When he meets Olivia face-to-face, long-buried memories begin to surface. She might be the answer to his prayers...or she might be the dead of him.


Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2013 3.00