Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Vampire Affair-Livia Reasoner

The Vampire Affair
Livia Reasoner
Silhouette Nocturne, Nov 2009, $5.25
ISBN: 9780373618231

When investigative reporter Jessie Morgan learns that supernatural creatures exist, she is unaware of how dangerous that knowledge is. Vampire hunter Michael Brandt takes it upon himself to keep the intrepid journalist safe, but she rejects his plea to forget what she knows and move on back to her old world.

Instead Jessie demands Michael and his family of hunters train her in vampire combat. When a vampire enemy of his bites Jessie, Michael desperately tries to save her life; having lost one woman to this ancient scourge. However, taking a bite out of Jessie is not enough to destroy her as her Native American heritage enables her to stand by the man she loves hunting down the bloodsucking predators.

Although a modern day paranormal romance highlighted by what businessman playboy and hunter Michael carries an attaché case (filled with legal pad, gun, knife, wooden stake and holy water, etc), the super The Vampire Affair feels in some ways like a throwback novel. Livia Reasoner leaves no doubt about the good and evil conflict that places Michael in a difficult situation as the rule is one bite and you’re dead. Sub-genre fans will fully appreciate this terrific taut thriller as the hero knows his duty but cannot for the first time in his career carry it out as Jessie has metaphysically taken a bite into his heart.

Harriet Klausner

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