I received a copy of She Kissed a Vampire, book 2 of The Werewolves of the West series, in exchange for my review. With Chloe being falsely accused of murder, her best friend Melanie has made her way to Palm Beach. Once there she discovers the existence of the supernatural world that she had only thought existed in fiction. Soon she realises that the supernatural guys around her are attracted to her, though there is one in particular that has caught her attention, the MIA vampire, Alcuin. With it becoming more and more clear that the Faery courts are involved, and that the whole situation goes way further than a power play by the vampires or werewolves, meaning that Chloe and Zane, along with the rest of their pack, really have their work cut out for them...
I liked the fact that in this book the viewpoint switched between Chloe and Melanie, but that it did it obviously (their names appear before their sections) but also I thought that there was quite a distinct difference between the two women's monologues.
There was also more of the lore involved in this book, particularly the lore related to the blood bond between vampires and the people that drank their blood, which I thought added another depth to the story, as well as being a pretty major plot point in regards to the romance between Alcuin and Melanie.
There were also conflicts between the characters that were friends. It may seem like a slightly strange thing for me to mention, particularly as I'm saying it is a good thing, but in my mind it made the relationships seem far more real. Well as real as they could be considering that the books are about the supernatural!
All in all great series so far and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next one!
She Kissed a Vampire
Werewolves of the West
Carol Van Atta
Print Length: 278 pages
Publisher: Cambridge Press US
December 16, 2013
Best selling author Melanie Larson’s relationship with her friend, Chloe Carpenter, is bleak. Falsely accused of murder, Chloe’s future rests in the hands of her mate, Zane Marshall, and the Pacific Pack’s purebred werewolves. In an effort to help, Melanie joins forces with the pack and soon discovers the monsters she writes about in her paranormal novels really do go bump in the night.
As Chloe struggles with legal troubles, an unwanted blood bond with a master vampire, and a reunion with her mate, Melanie untangles the attention of multiple supernatural suitors determined to claim her as their own. Strangely attracted to a brazen vampire, she must decide if the blurred line between passion and pain is worth crossing.
Werewolves, vampires, and fae royalty race to unearth an ancient artifact with the power to extend their existence. Can Chloe and Melanie restore their friendship in time to stop magical mayhem from ruining everything they’ve worked so hard to redeem?
I Kissed a Dog
The Werewolves of the West Series Book One
Carol Van Atta
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Charles River Press
Number of pages: 446
Cover Artist: Ann Falcone
Chloe Carpenter isn't like other women. She can communicate with animals. A gift she unwrapped following one of her frequent dances with death.
In her otherwise wacky life, she's finally found a semblance of sanity working at the Plum Beach Wildlife Park, where her unique talents can make life or death differences for the animals in her care. That semblance is shattered when a new veterinarian roars into the park in his spiffed up sports car and sets his golden gaze on her. If she had her way, he'd roar right back out.
Problem: He's her new coworker and he's saved her life twice - in the past twenty-four hours.
Zane Marshall, Enforcer for the Pacific Pack of purebred werewolves, has a job to do - figure out who or what is mutilating the young men of Plum Beach.
With orders to find the woman who talks to animals, he accepts a position working alongside the fiery Chloe Carpenter, a female who ignites his interest far more than he ever expected. Remarkably, she's the one elusive female with potential to bring meaning and passion to his empty existence.
Problem: She despises him.
Together, they're forced to unravel a mystery of supernatural proportions, a murderous mystery with eternal implications for everyone. In the process, they discover opposites really do attract.
Major Problem: Zane is pledged to another woman, and she'll do anything to keep him from Chloe.
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/jeuDqevNSXM
About the Author:
Like most authors, Carol Van Atta is no stranger to the written word. She penned a short novel at age 12 (somewhat frightening illustrations included, and lots of bunnies were involved), and had a creative writing piece published in her high school newspaper (about David Bowie's Diamond Dogs LP). Yes, she's an ex-80's chick.
Devouring books from numerous genres, Carol developed a deep thirst/hunger for more reading material, and could almost always be found with her nose in a book.
She has contributed to several popular inspirational anthologies and devotional books, and lives in the rainy wetland of Oregon with a terrifying teen (another in college) and a small zoo of animals. She is taking an undetermined hiatus away from inspirational writing to delve into her darker side. (Though you can check out her latest spiritual suspense novel, Soul Defenders). It is rumored that this genre-jumping occurred after Carol discovered too suspicious red marks on her neck, and experienced an unquenchable urge to howl at the moon.
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