Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire, soaking up nourishment from the sun—and, only when necessary, drawing sweet sustenance from humans who are pure in body and spirit. As the right-hand man to his queen, Rafe is a key player at a historic peace summit in New York City, which will unite the vampire nations against a common threat: the sycophants, who feed on humanity and kill indiscriminately. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blond police detective may put everything at risk.
Detective Renee Holden has never worked a homicide quite like this. The victim has twin puncture wounds on his neck, and the only eyewitness swears she saw a vampire. Now’s definitely not the time to get distracted by a seductive stranger. But the suave, darkly austere, exotically handsome Rafe DaSilva is a hard man to deny, and as Renee falls under his spell, she also falls prey to his enemies. Desperate to protect her, Rafe lifts the veil on a shadow realm she can only visit—a world of intoxicating power, terrifying dangers, and forbidden pleasures.
There was a time, not so long ago, when a good 3/4 of published and read novels was centered on vampire-lore.
Vampires were the must have it-figures of ’00-’10, and while their first podium step has been replaced throughout these past years by – only to mention a couple as way of example – Dystopian/Apocalyptic/Stepbrother-Sport-Rockstar Romance themed novels, they are still going pretty hard, especially when the author manages to give them a nice, innovative twist that raises them from the “read one, read them all”-cathegory.
It’s the case with this first installment of The Energy Vampire series by Jacquelyne Frank. These vampires are no longer blood-drinking nightwalkers, but energy-sucking members of a secret society who would very much prefer if you did please lead a healthy life.
Not at all an easy feat, so first and foremost, chapeau to that.
What did not sit too well with me, though, was:
1- the speed-of-light romance. Things did move a tad to fast for my appreciation. I did not feel the lovestory;
2- the final rivelation about the e-vamps origin. I did not sign up for Sci-Fi here. There were, in my opinion, half a dozen different ways to explain their origin in a paranormal environment, instead of explaining them away THAT WAY;
3- the epilogue from the bad guy’s PoV;