21 September 2012

Engagement Ring

Blood Bath and Beyond (Immortality Bites #1) by Michelle Rowen (Obsidian mass market, 7 August 2012).

Sarah Dearly has only been a vampire for a few months, but she's engaged to a six-hundred-year-old vampire named Thierry de Bennicour.  She's madly in love with him, but even though he's not very open about his feelings (or anything else), she's pretty sure he feels the same way. 

After saying goodbye to her best friend (still human) who's moving from Toronto to Vancouver, she returns to the condo she shares with Thierry to find a large suitcase just inside the door.  Apparently, Thierry has received an "offer he can't refuse" from the vampire council known as The Ring.  Thierry was actually instrumental in organizing The Ring centuries earlier, but hadn't been involved with it for a long time. 

Although he refuses to tell her what hold they have over him, he does finally agree to her going along  with him on his first assignment.  Their destination is Las Vegas, where human corpses have been found for several days in a row, drained of blood and with fang marks on their necks. 

Sarah, however, is a trouble magnet.  Everything that can go wrong, does, including Thierry being falsely accused of murder and put on house (luxury suite) arrest.  He does manage to get the council to agree to let Sarah return home, but she can't just sit around and wait.  To her, the only option is to clear Theirry's name.

There are many, many paranormal novels being released lately, and this is one of the better ones.  With Sarah Dearly, Michelle Rowen has created an appealing protagonist, who, despite attracting trouble at every turn, somehow manages to keep going.  Rowen's writing is polished, and the story is lightly, wryly humorous.

At the end of the book is an excerpt from the second book in the series, Bled and Breakfast, though no publication date is provided.

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