I kind of have a thing for vampires. It’s worsened since the powers that be cast Alexander Skarsgård in True Blood. Thankfully, this novella didn’t wend up taking a hard left into whatthefucksville like a certain previously mentioned HBO series.
Author: Ellis Carrington
Publisher: Ellis Carrington
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
From the Publisher
After a heart-pounding brush with danger on Valentine’s Day, Caleb runs into a handsome stranger and decides to roll the dice on a one-night-stand. Things don’t work out the way anyone intended when Caleb gets sick. He wakes up alone the next day, extremely confused and utterly embarrassed.
Angelo is an insomniac vampire who leads a solitary existence. Once a year he comes out of hiding—each Valentine’s Day—to soothe one lonely human soul while drinking the blood he needs to survive.
When Caleb falls ill, Angelo winds up connecting with a human as never before. But helping this human puts Angelo’s own life at risk.
This is my second experience with this author. She has raw talent and good ideas. Immortal Valentine is longer than Yes, Sir, the first thing I read, which allowed for more character development, better plot development, and a good plot twist. So, why only 3 stars then? I’m not quite sure. It’s good but missing something. Tension maybe? I was thoroughly enjoying it and thinking 4 stars up until about the halfway mark.
The relationship is almost entirely developed through sex, so that’s probably part of what I found lacking. The sex starts off with a bang but fizzles, and that was a bummer. There is biting though then again, I think that comes with the vampire package. If there’s no biting, your vampire is defective and needs replacing immediately. I hope you took the warranty option otherwise…
I think what it boils down to is telling rather than showing the connection between Caleb and Angelo. The dialogue is good. The characters are likable. Ms. Carrington’s take on vampires is decent. There’s no melodrama which is always appreciated, but there’s no spark, magic, zing, whatever. It’s a good read and I’ll continue to monitor this author though it’s sloppily edited.
Where to Buy
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