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Review: Intervamption by Kristin Miller

8 Aug

Intervamption by Kristin Miller
HarperCollins (July 2011)
Mass Market: $7.99 (on sale 8/9/11) ; ebook: $3.99 (available now)
ISBN: 9780062115737

Favorite Line: “And her scent…that drive-him-mad fragrance…made him want to kneel at her feet and beg forgiveness for wasting himself on every other woman he’d ever had.” (p. 119, egalley)

Congratulations! Either one or both of your parents has vampire blood. Welcome to the vampire race! Please keep a few things in mind as you ease into the most difficult phase of your life:

1. Light sensitivity, humming teeth, and stomach pains are completely normal. You’ll also be faster, stronger, and sexy as hell (if you’re lucky.)

2. You’ll bloodlust and go crazy if you deny your body’s urge for blood. Why fight it?

3. Do not pierce the skin of a mundane involuntarily. We’re not animals and will not behave as such.

4. Therians, our shapeshifting brethren, cannot be trusted. Their loyalties shift as often as their identities.

And finally…

5. Lighten up — you’re not dead.

Contact Dylan, owner of ReVamp, in Crimson Bay, California for more information.

The cover does not do this book justice. I absolutely hate the cover. There is nothing enticing about it, unlike its great title. I loved telling people what I was reading because it is such a cute play on words.

When I read the blurb on the back of the Kristin Miller‘s book, I thought I was getting a light-hearted romance about vampires. I’m pleased to say that is not what I got. Intervamption is a book about survival. The characters and races introduced are all doing what they feel is necessary to survive.

Dylan is the vampire in control of the blood banks which feed the vampire population. She is trying to find a contaminate in the blood which is making vampires weak. While at work a male vampire enters and denounces an arranged marriage before committing suicide. Dylan looks into the dead vampire’s claims and is sucked into a conspiracy which may end in her death.

Enter Dylan’s soon to be love interest Slade. Slade is a therian (shape shifter) and a former assassin. He failed an assignment in the past and lost his highly revered position. Almost a hundred years later, wanting redemption, Slade agrees to take on a new assignment. He is to shift into the body of a vampire, infiltrate a vampire khiss (nest) and perform some action which will be disclosed at a later date. It’s a dangerous mission because the vampire’s body is incompatible with the therian’s body. Basically it’s a suicide mission.

For Dylan and Slade it’s lust at first sight and it’s really unfortunate seeing as how Slade is a spy and Dylan is all about doing the right thing. But the two star crossed lovers will be together; it has been prophesied.

Okay, don’t freak on me, but I like all of the characters in Intervamption even the bad guys. The evil ones were well-rounded and well…evil. And Miller gives just enough information about the secondary characters to make me want more. I want to see where she’s taking this series. I already know two will become one and give birth to a great ruler. Getting to that point is what I want to watch. It’s kinda like watching a good tv series, but I’m hoping it has a clear end. Not a 20 book end, but a three or four book series end.

Intervamption is a vampire romance with a serious tone. While some aspects of the story are predictable, Miller surprised and hooked me with the character driven story. It’s the first book in Miller’s Vampires of Crimson Bay series and the next book is due to be released Dec. 6, 2011.