Sara Humphreys' first installment in this spin-off series from her Amoveo novels is unfortunately brief and unconvincing. While the world building andSara Humphreys' first installment in this spin-off series from her Amoveo novels is unfortunately brief and unconvincing. While the world building and passion will leave readers breathless, TALL, DARK AND VAMPIRE just isn't the most believable romance.
Olivia tries to live a normal life...well, normal considering she is a vampire running a nightclub in New York City. She has spent the last three hundred years pining for the one true love she lost in a brutal murder, but she doesn't know fate has a huge surprise in store for her. When Detective Doug Paxton walks into her club, Olivia is reunited with the man she swore to love for eternity.
Doug may not remember loving Olivia in his past life, but he knows he is finally face to face with the woman that has invaded his dreams for years. As he tries to focus on finding the person responsible for the brutal killings near Olivia's club, he can't help but wonder why she feels so familiar to him. Fate has brought them together again, but this time Olivia won't let anything tear them apart.
If I were to dissect this book in multiple parts, there were plenty of things that I loved. The characters are fun and well crafted, adding interesting personalities to this paranormal world. The people that Olivia surrounded herself with made a great and unique family. They were charming, humorous characters and gave the novel a lighthearted feel. A few will be familiar to fans of Sara Humphreys' Amoveo series, but new readers will have no trouble jumping right into the action.
Another thing I appreciated was the world building. The author uses general vampire lore...some that is kept in traditional form and other things that she gave her own unique twist. It kept this particular journey into the paranormal genre interesting and fresh. TALL, DARK AND VAMPIRE spends plenty of time involved in the action and excitement from this classic good versus evil tale. The lives of her vampire hierarchy and the dark world were beautifully descriptive, leaving me eager to learn how it would develop throughout this series.
The passion and chemistry between Olivia and Doug was delectable. Sara Humphreys can write steamy love scenes that leave you short of breath, but the romance to support it just left me confused. The first half of the book, the two protagonists hardly spent any time together and the second half had too much going on to develop a solid romance. The premise of this instant love connection was supported by a reincarnation plot. I loved this in theory, but it could have been developed and explained just a little bit more. I found myself wanting to know more about Doug's previous life with Olivia and why their bond was so strong now. Yet in TALL, DARK AND VAMPIRE, I felt like I was just supposed to believe they were meant to be together, with nothing to support it.
I read nearly 300 pages, but for as far as the story developing, I felt like I read half that. It seemed as if the lengthy descriptions of the world building left the main characters looking a little flat. Their justifications for various actions throughout the novel just did not match. Doug for instance was furious about his change in circumstances halfway through the book, but one chapter later he miraculously understood everything and all was forgiven. He seemed to move through the motions way too quickly and left me wishing I understood why.
If I didn't have such high expectations for the romance, TALL, DARK, AND VAMPIRE would have been a stellar read for me. The excitement and action from this dramatic vampire world certainly left me satisfied and curious to know more. I would like to believe my disappointment in Doug and Olivia's romance was just a fluke in this case. I was charmed by this undead family and as this series develops, I would love to get to know them all better.