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Don't Bite the Messenger by Regan Summers
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Jan 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: netgalley, vampires, urban-fantasy, on-the-run, happily-for-now, short-story-or-novella
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Expected Release Date: January 16, 2012 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Carina Press
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Vampire Messengers
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Vampires are real, and are even productive members of society. However, vampires have one trait that makes it impossible for them to mix in with large communities — they give off an energy field that disrupts most technology. Phones, fax machines, computers, and the like, are unpredictable at best when a vampire is near, so large populations of vampires have congregated in areas where there are fewer people, such as Alaska. Vampire factions operate similarly to the mafia, with rival factions constantly attempting to infiltrate another in order to secure their own domination, and a tendency to try to intimidate and even harm messengers for the other side.

Sydney has not lasted so long in the business by being careless. She alters her appearance daily, always alternates her route through the city, and is careful to vet potential clients – and to never, ever betray one.

Her immunity to vampire allure, the hypnotic power that vampires possess to bend humans to her will, makes her an incredibly valuable asset to her vampire clients — one that also makes her a target.

When a move is made to shift power in the vampire communities, Sydney finds herself depending on the mysterious Malcolm — a vampire with his own agenda — but can she really trust him?

Overall, this was a fast-paced, exciting urban fantasy. Sydney and her life as a messenger for vampires was fascinating, and Malcolm was mysterious and dangerous while still being sweet and sexy.

While a fairly short read, the pacing was wonderful, with plenty of action but not skimping on character development or plot either.

I sincerely hope that this is the beginnings of a new series, as I would love to see where Sydney and Malcolm go from here.

4/5 Stars
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