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The Vampire Shrink

(Kismet Knight, Ph.D., Vampire Psychologist #1)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  2,920 ratings  ·  409 reviews
The 2007 version is out of print. I hope you'll read the rewritten/expanded version of The Vampire Shrink (UK version), released by Quercus Books, September, 2011. Or the new USA version (rewritten/expanded) from Sterling Publishing/Silver Oak April 3, 2012.

Paranormal Women's Fiction

Bloody, Sexy & Funny . . .

Kismet Knight, PhD, doesn't believe in the paranormal. She especi
Paperback, 1st Edition, 392 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Medallion Press
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Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Great idea but......

Where do I start with this one?
I loved the idea of this book and it seems ages since I lost myself in a really good vampire book but unfortunately despite wanting this to work it didn't, well for me anyway.
The blurb's good and there's loads of reviews so I'll skip my usual summary and just give my opinion.
Kismet annoyed me from the start, she's a psychologist but her thoughts seemed so childish and silly, on top of this Kismet has no confidence with the opposite sex, which i
May 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: vapire readers
Recommended to Rebecca by: Romantic Times Book Review magazine
As a woman who has read a gazillion of vampire stories...this one is the best. A new twist to an old story line and none of the cheesiness that seems to be popular these days. It is romantic, sensual, and totally engrossing...and I'm not even done with it yet!

UPDATE: Ok, now that I'm done. Here is a shocker...this story is so well written and so engaging, and I'm a long time Laurell Hamilton fan, that I have closed my Hamilton collection down to make room for this fabulous new series. The charac
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Opening Line: " My involvement with vampires began innocently enough."

Dr. Kismit Knight is a respected Denver Psychologist who doesn't believe in the paranormal. She especially doesn't believe in Vampires. Kismit's character has been written like a real person, not your average romance heroine, she could be you or me and that's what makes it so great when she stumbles into the Vampire world. It could also be you or me.

The story begins with Dr. Knight taking on a patient with a Vampire fetish. T
It wasn’t only that they’d invaded my privacy, or that they appeared dangerous, or even that they could assault me at any moment. It was something else, some basic preverbal fear that caused the hairs on my arms to stand up and the warning system in my head to fire a red alert. I kept having the strange, less, than-comforting intuition that death was in the room, and my usually manageable radar was picking up so much fearful information that it plunged into overload and threatened to shut down. ...more
Aug 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book had real potential. It's a new premise after all on the old and abused vampire/human love.
However it read like fanfiction. The author used the word ORBS to describe eyes. That is unforgivable. Beyond that it's just cheesy. The erotic scenes are borderline tasteless and crude. Dev says things like "You have the nicest breasts I have seen in 800 years." Puuuhlease. I think the next book will be better but this one is on my black list for it's fanfiction faux pas.
Feb 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
I gave this book 273 pages to improve but it never really did lift from its bottom level of cheesiness. Probably the worst vampire book I've ever read. I gave up during the part where she had to go to a "protection ceremony" and then was dressed up by nubile female vampires. Ugh! Don't waste your time. ...more
Not very good, maybe 1.5 stars. Definitely a different kind of vampire culture than I've seen before, but not good enough to redeem the book. The main character was very cold blooded except when facing the "overwhelming" arousal of being near any hot male, which got pretty tiresome after a while. However, much of the book was tell tell tell with very little show so it's really hard to get engaged with it. Having a clinical psychologist as your main character who basically seems disassociated fro ...more
Kismet Knight’s in for a new world

I’d say The Vampire Shrink (Book 1 in the Vampire Psychologist Series) by Lynda Hilburn was pretty entertaining. The main character, Kismet Knight, is a young clinical psychologist who specializes in helping those that believe in all things paranormal. She recently decided to take on a client who believes in vampires. Of course, like anyone else, Kismet herself doesn’t believe in these things, and she often struggles between maintaining her professionalism t
It's so hard to say something about this book but I'll try.

First thing... for 80 pages this book was sooooo boring , but I insist... and I glad I go on and finished.

Devereux (the main male character) is really interesting... you will discover a little about him (and when I said "a little" I'm saying, "almost nothing". Lynda Hilburn let a lot to be told).
Kismet (the main female character) is so annoying! She is a shrink (oh yes, the title has a meaning) and everything she saw she try to analyze
Jennie Damron
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Incredibly entertaining and fast paced. The story was better than I expected and it was hard to put down. Because the title is so cheesy, I almost passed it up, but I'm glad I listened to my gut. One of the things that got on my nerves was all of Kismet's inner dialogue. It got annoying and at times took away from the flow of the story. Also the one sex scene left little to be desired which was shocking because she was great with the sexual tension. That being said I am glad I read th ...more
I have a weakness when it comes to paranormal romance books, especially the kind I’m too embarrassed to read in public. You all know the types I mean – the embarrassing titles and the covers that make old women raises their eyebrows in questioning. Thus, it was no surprise The Vampire Shrink grabbed my attention when I stumbled upon it.

The main thing to grab me about The Vampire Shrink was the promise of something a bit different – a paranormal romance book that was mixed with psychology. Being
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: PNR readers
I'm honestly surprised by the number of people on GR that rated this 5 stars. While I found it a decent read at the start, it quickly lost coherence, and the vampire worldview was barely drawn in a consistent way. At first I found the heroine very likeable, a retiring, sensitive psychologist who hated shopping and loved take-out food. However, as events spiral out of her control, her moods swing wildly from one extreme to the other and I feel she loses coherence and believability. She also suff ...more
Laurie Garrison
Jul 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like a mix of PNR and UF

I love this book. it’s a mix between PNR and UF, so you get a little of both worlds. There is no HEA in this one. If you like a book where a woman is torn between two loves and you like to read about vampires fighting with fangs out and blood everywhere, teleporting in on you when your not expecting it, abilities to telepathy, an air of danger around them.

Kismet is a PH.D , A vampire shrink, to those who believe to be vampires, but are they really? Kismet thinks not. So one of her clients tells
Oct 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
*groan* I have no idea how I managed to drag myself through this book, but somehow I did.

It felt like the author went through a 'new age vampire checklist' ticking off necessary characters and info.

*Totally clueless human woman who thinks of herself as ugly, can't talk to regular men and hasn't had sex in a while and is therefore justified in wanting to jump every cute guy she sees. Lives alone, doesn't take care of herself, and seems to be waiting for someone to come along and sweep her off her
Jul 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Paranormal Fans!
#1 Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series

6/1/09: Reread - At the top of The Best of The Best ... one of the most enjoyable, unique and entertaining paranormals I've read ... and I've read lots of them.

Simply outstanding, a *gem* - definitely on my Top Reads of 2008! One of those "Oooo, why didn't I read this sooner?!" books :-)

Lynda Hilburn's unique tale features Kismet Knight, a sensible professional psychologist who does not believe in the paranormal, vampires, etc. counseling people whom
Sep 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
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To paraphrase the beginning of the book, my involvement with this novel started innocently enough.I picked it up at the bookstore, read a couple of pages; it seemed like something witty and funny, so I decided to give it a go. Not to mention I am, in fact, a psychologist and a book named "The Vampire Shrink" would surely catch my eye. Little did I know it would turn out to be one of the worst books I've read in my life. First of all, the main character is a complete and total dimwit. She's stupi ...more
Sep 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I must start by saying that I only got half way through the book before throwing it aside in disgust. Admittedly part of my negative review is duet to the fact that I was expecting so much more from a book with an original plot idea with potential for some great character development. As someone that is a fan of the vampire genre and a psychology student, I saw the potential for some really interesting plot twists. Yet instead of getting a horror novel with a bit of romance, or even a psycho-sex ...more
May 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Probably not
Shelves: stinkers
This novel had potential to be something interesting only it fell miserably flat. The book read like a really long and disconnected fan-fic. Simply wasn't enjoyable at all, the characters were silly, there were plot-holes, et cetera... ...more
Yeva B
Apr 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm ashamed that I even read this... ...more
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
2013 has only just started and yet I have already found a book that I believe will make my top reads of 2013! The Vampire Shrink was flat out amazing! I enjoyed this so much and I am so happy to report that! Lately the paranormal (urban fantasy) genre has been..meh for me, it's just a genre I can't get myself into lately, but Vampire Shrink completely flipped that around! If you're someone that loves vampires, a steamy romance, hot men, hilarious dialogue, and action then this is a book you need ...more
Paula  Phillips
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've always been a huge fan of Vampire fiction and The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn was one of the earliest I read , so when I read that she was doing a new cover , I thought that I would do a review and ignite it to all those readers out there who have yet to discover its awesomeness.
If you love Vampires and Pyschology , then this is for you and if you love the suspense and mystery element then you have that chucked into the mix also. I have a thing for covers and at the time I had the cover
Maggie Lauren
Apr 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is by far the worst book I've read since Terry Goodkind (and I've suffered through Twilight and 50 Shades). From the get-go I hated the main character. "For someone who sits on her butt all day talking to people I can still move pretty fast when I want to. I am blessed with one of those long, lean runners' bodies, an inheritance from my father's side of the family, and my body fat percentage is on the low end. But thanks to my mother's genetic contribution, I am too well-endowed to actually ...more
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea where to start. I really should have stopped reading it, but some thing intrigued me to keep going ... there fore I finished it and gave it 2 stars.

Here is my analogy on how I feel about the book: It's as if a friend of mine wants to tell me this awesome story and there's all this babble and talk that seems to take away from the focus of the story and then I get to the end and I think - that was a horribly told story and it really wasn't worth listening to. But I'm confused becaus
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I start on the review, here is my heartfelt plea to Quercus!

Guys, honestly, the cover is atrocious - fake blood and peroxide-burnt hair? What were you thinking?!! It hurt my eyes. This is how you imagined delicious Devereux with his lustrous long hair the colour of moonlight? Like Curt Cobain-wannabe?

Now getting back to my review. This is a revised and extended version of the original story which I read in 2007. Of course, when Lynda HIlburn contacted me, I was very curious to see how the
WTF Are You Reading?
Kismet is defined as "fate or destiny" and after having read Lynda Hilburn's "The Vampire Shrink," this reviewer is quite convinced that that is a story that readers are destined to love.

As it happens, Kismet Knight PhD, is also the unlikely heroine of our little tale. In Kismet readers will find a woman who should have the world on a string...beautiful, talented, brilliant...empathic.
Yep, that's right!
Look out Sookie Stackhouse, our girl Kismet's got skills.
The thing is she's afraid to use them
Willow Brook
If I could have forced myself to read more than 27% through this book, I'd rate it one star. But that seems unfair. Maybe it would have improved at some point after I threw in the towel. I doubt it. But maybe.

My first major hurdle was the depiction of Kismet as a psychologist. I know that is my own stuff after close to 25 years in Mental Health and perhaps others wouldn't notice or care. I was surprised to see the author states on her GR page that she is a psychotherapist. I found little believ
Jan 14, 2012 rated it liked it
An interesting premise to begin with; a young psychologist (KIsmet) begins advertising herself as the "vampire psychologist" after meeting with a new patient who is a vamp wanna-be and claims she's hanging out with real vampires. Well, of course, Kismet expects to write a book on how she's helped all these "Twilight" created neurotics but ends up becoming involved in a real vampire grudge war. Along the way she meets a long list of strangely interesting characters...both human and non-human beca ...more
Jun 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Extremely good read. An absorbing look at vampires and vampire society through the eyes of a non-believer, a psychologist who keeps trying to help the 'delusional'. As she is sucked [:)] further in she keeps clinging to denial but is finally forced into acceptance. The pace of the book - which includes an XFiles-style FBI agent, multiple murders, mind control, rabid fanatics, magical elements, the rise of Evil, politics played as a blood sport and lots of vampires and those who love/hate/fear th ...more
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Lynda's books can be classified as urban fantasy/dark fantasy with romance, suspense/mystery, satire, horror, humor and sex.

Lynda Hilburn writes paranormal fiction. More specifically, she writes vampire books. After a childhood filled with invisible friends, sightings of dead relatives and a fascination with the occult, turning to the paranormal was a no-brainer. In her other reality, she makes he

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