Review: Kiss of the Vampire by Cynthia Garner

30 Jan

Kiss of the Vampire by Cynthia Garner
Grand Central Publishing (Feb. 1, 2012)
Mass Market: $7.99; ebook: $7.99
ISBN:  9780446585118

Favorite Lines: “Her hatred was a small price to pay for her sanity. For now, they had about a three-hour drive ahead of them. Three hours from him to collect his thoughts and steel his resolve to be around Nix as little as he needed to be.” (p. 80, egalley)

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.

Another new series in the paranormal romance market is Cynthia Garner’s Warrior’s of the Rift series. Book one, Kiss of the Vampire, introduces a world with a variety of paranormal creatures such as demons, werewolves, vampires and other shapeshifters. Most of the creatures were sent through a rift in space from another world and are bad guys being punished for some crime. Tobias is the exception. As with all societies there is a perceived “scum of the barrel” and in the paranormal community it is demons. Being a half-demon is even worse as they are know to “go over the deep end.”

Poor Nix is constantly battling herself and the supernatural community’s opinions of her. She is treated as a second class citizen and it is aggravating. I began to connect with her and want more for her, but the story took a dramatic turn and all connection disappeared. Part of the reason is because I was confused often.

Most of the relationships have already been established and the reader is thrown into the world with no warning. The preconceived opinions were trying. I dislike repetition. And boy did I get repetition when it came to Nix’s feelings about her mother and grandmother. The stories about horrible Nix’s grandmother and mother became monotonous  and irritating. I could have lived with all of that. My problem is the romance.

We meet Tobias and instantly learn about his past relationship with Nix. We are also bombasted with Nix’s anger toward him; Tobias walked out on her without telling her why he was leaving. After pages of anger and distance there is a sudden shift. By mid-book Nix and Tobias are “together.” They simply pick up where they ended years prior. For me, this was simply unbelievable and the romance didn’t work for me.

I like the direction Garner took the story: aliens from another planet taking over human bodies paired with the possibility of more aliens arriving on earth.  However, the story is a paranormal romance. I expected to read a love story with a supernatural tone or filled with supernatural creatures. I didn’t get that. I got a story with half a romance. I’m calling it that because I don’t feel like it was fully fleshed out.

Overall, the story was okay. I won’t be re-reading it, but I’m not angry that I read it. I’d rate it slightly lower than other books that were mid-road.

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