Review: Don’t Bite the Messenger by Regan Summers

19 Jan

Don’t Bite the Messenger by Regan Summers
Carina Press (Jan. 16, 2012)
ebook: $3.99
ISBN: 9781426893070

Favorite Lines: “Vampire blood: the elixir of life, the medical miracle. If only the side effects didn’t hit one out of ten lappers. Blood-bonding, an artful phrasing of dependency on your donor. If you didn’t drink regularly, you’d suffer permanent loss of reason. Cardiac arrest. And I had no idea what it might do to me.” (p. 35, egalley)

Anchorage, Alaska

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 …

Don’t Bite the Messenger is a short, fast paced story which took little time to read. Regan Summers has taken the idea of vampires, set them in Alaska (it gets awfully dark there in the winter) and run with a concept which feels like the beginning of a new series. My simple touch nook displayed the story as 91 pages long, but we are given enough information to introduce a couple and their possible future together in the rough and tumble world of night creatures.

One thing that I absolutely loved about the book was the way the heroine stayed true to herself. Love didn’t blind her to possible danger nor did it force her away from her long-term goal which was set into motion years before meeting the hero. Sydney did all she could to hedge her chances of survival in a vampire society. As a human she is vulnerable, but to her becoming known to individual vampires was unthinkable. She changed her appearance and scent on a daily basis to obscure her identity all in hopes of earning enough money to retire some place shiny and warm. A place without vampires. She sure didn’t count on meeting a vampire capable of turning her world around.

That vampire, Malcolm is the hero and an enigma for most of the story. I knew he was important, but the role he was to play was unclear and unfurled slowly. He’s not top dog, but he’s not to be trifled with either. Malcolm adds an air of excitement and later sexual tension to the story. He has the potential to be number one vampire hero material.

Expect Don’t Bite the Messenger to be a teaserish (It’s now a word, damn it!) book. It is a complete story in and of itself, but it’ll make you want more. The story ends at a point that makes you wonder about their next adventure. I’m assuming they’ll be good together, but I’m pleased to report they don’t find instant love. They agree to investigate a possible relationship while on adventures together.  I really can’t wait to pick up the next book in the series, but I have no idea when it’ll be released.

(Psssst….I’ve read reviews which remarked Don’t Bite the Messenger has a cliffhanger ending. I don’t think it does. We are told that a problem still exists, but the immediate drama and danger is resolved.)

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