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Series: The Dark of Night #1
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing on March 24, 2015
Genre(s): Paranormal (NA)
Isabel Stone wanted a normal life. But when the unexpected death of her father leaves her at the helm of the family business, things quickly go from weird to worse. Vampires are on the loose and out of the coffin, and only Isabel can walk the fine line between the world of the living and the world of the undead.
Torn between letting go of her past and embracing her future, Isabel will have to decide who she can trust, and be willing to use all the weapons at her disposal, to get to the bottom of a terrifying string of deaths that lead right to her doorstep—before she becomes the next victim. In a city where nothing is what it seems, ending up the target of a deranged killer might actually be the high point of her week. Because in this town, the things that go bump in the night… just might kill you.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Isabel has taken over her father’s PI business after his death, giving up her dream of being a teacher. Now she kinda supports the family with her meager earnings, while trying to keep from being murdered during a case.
Did I mention her ex-fiancé, Shane, is now her vampire business partner that lives in her attic? Yup.
Isabel takes a new case about a missing suburban mom that the police were never able to solve. It takes her deeper in into the world of vampires and werewolves, something she’d been kind of avoiding since Shane was changed against his will the night before their wedding.
Mixed in with the danger of the new case, Isabel also has to deal with someone leaving dead bodies on her front porch like presents, and the ex-fiancé brining his undead girlfriend around.
This book was short and action packed. It was kind of like if Veronica Mars was placed in the True Blood universe, both of which I very much enjoyed. Isabel was smart, witty and a bit of a badass. She doesn’t let people intimidate her. She also has a friend that is in a motorcycle gang, which was a little too close to VMars but whatever.
I felt like Shane was a jerk. No, he didn’t ask to become a vampire and leave Isabel at the altar, but he flaunts his new girlfriend in front of Isabel and that really irritates me. It’s clear he still has some kind of feelings for Isabel and I know he needs to try and embrace the vamp life but his new girlfriend is terrible and I hate her. Which makes me kind of hate Shane.
I was digging Xavier (who is like of like Erik from True Blood) and his not so subtle ways of “wooing” Isabel. I hope he’s featured more in the next books.
I kind felt the story was a little rushed and the ending wrapped up a little too quickly but there was never a dull moment in the book. Also, I’d like a little more information about Isabel’s sister Heather that comes back after taking off at 16.
I enjoyed the book overall, it kept me interested and I’m a sucker for badass female characters and vampires. I recommend!