Thirst was ... interesting.
I liked Renee. She was a kickass heroine and I really appreciated her courage, dedication to keeping people safe, and her ability to stand up to anyone that needed it. Rafe actually paled in comparison to Renee, which was a fun switch from the usual, where it seems like the hero is always the more kickass one.
The issue: I didn't really buy their relationship. For two jaded people who can be very cynical, they kind of just fell into each other and into love. And unlike the usual by this author, there's no mention of fate or destiny or so such to soften how hard they fell. What I saw of their conversation initially was, to be honest, fairly bland. Certainly not exchanges that would explain anything as it was mostly centered around food and clean living. Which brings me to my next problem with the book - in the end the story was starting to read like one long drawn out advertisement for organic foods and clean living. As a person who does try to insist on pasture-fed, organic when possible, it was grating on my last nerve. Enough, we get it already. And that sentiment also goes for the other bits of info-dumping that went on. I get that it's a first book and the author wants to set up the world, but I felt that the dialog was a bit strange at times because the characters were clearly explaining more than they usually would if they were "in" character. That said, I did appreciate knowing what was going on, so your mileage may vary.
A hidden society of vampires—and the humans they love—are at the heart of this opening novel in a biting, all-original series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightwalkers saga.
Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire, soaking up nourishment from the sun—and, only when necessary, drawing sweet sustenance from humans who are pure in body and spirit. As the right-hand man to his queen, Rafe is a key player at a historic peace summit in New York City, which will unite the vampire nations against a common threat: the sycophants, who feed on humanity and kill indiscriminately. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blond police detective may put everything at risk.
Detective Renee Holden has never worked a homicide quite like this. The victim has twin puncture wounds on his neck, and the only eyewitness swears she saw a vampire. Now’s definitely not the time to get distracted by a seductive stranger. But the suave, darkly austere, exotically handsome Rafe DaSilva is a hard man to deny, and as Renee falls under his spell, she also falls prey to his enemies. Desperate to protect her, Rafe lifts the veil on a shadow realm she can only visit—a world of intoxicating power, terrifying dangers, and forbidden pleasures.