Sunday, 17 April 2011

Forever Vampire by Michele Hauf - Book Review

Title: Forever Vampire
Author: Michele Hauf
Publisher: HQN
Publication Date: April 2011
Format: Ebook - PFD
Pages: 380
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC from NetGalley

Vail the Unwanted is a pureblood vampire. But raised in Faery, he has neither home nor peace, and when his aid is sought in the recovery of a priceless diamond gown, his price is information. Specifically the whereabouts of his accursed father. His goal is revenge, and the supernaturally sexy Lyric, the icy blond vampiress with whom he must work, is a distraction he can't afford.

Outwardly as cold as the diamond dress in which she was kidnapped, Lyric has her own secrets. Desperate to break free from her criminal family, she aligns herself with the brooding Vail. Together they seek justice while each secretly works for freedom and a fresh start. For Lyric that means holding herself apart, even from the smoldering blue-eyed Vail. For Vail, it means a battle to the death for revenge—and for a temptress he can't deny.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

This was an enjoyable read, but it didn't rock my world. With so much vampire fiction out there these days it takes something special to stand out and, while there was nothing wrong with this book per se, I felt it lacked a certain spark.

The storyline itself was fine and I liked the association of Faery dust with drugs and the way Vail has to wean himself off it to become who he was meant to be. There was plenty of action and a reasonable conclusion to everything by the turn of the last page.

I found the lead characters a little stereotypical at times though and Vail's constant use of the expression "ch'yeah" really grated on me after a while.

This book was fine for a one time read, but I don't think it really had anything new and original to say that would draw me back for a second look through.

This was the first piece I have read by Michele Hauf. I might try something else by her in the future, but I wasn't inspired enough by this offering to dash out and buy her entire opus yet.

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