Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thirst by Jacquelyn Frank

Title: Thirst
Series: The Energy Vampires, 1
Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre and Pairing: Paranormal and M/F
Page Count: 279 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
A hidden society of vampires—and the humans they love—are at the heart of this opening novel in a biting, all-original series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightwalkers saga.

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. 

Renee is a homicide detective. And the case before her is odd to say the least. The witness says the victim was bitten by a vampire. Is she delusional? Rafe has to protect the nation. Can he contain this investigation or will Renee learn more than either of them is comfortable with?
Thirst is the first in a new series by Jacquelyn Frank. Renee is a strong female character. She loves finding justice and is focused on her career. But when she catches an unusual case, she also gets a new man in her life. I love how Rafe is with Renee. He has ulterior motives for meeting Renee but once he meets her, his intentions change. I loved that Ms. Frank made their growing relationship sweet. Rafe wasn’t quite sure what it was about his growing relationship that felt so effortless but the more he got to know Renee, the less it mattered. Renee is equally taken with Rafe and allowed him closer quicker than she is comfortable admitting to. Both Rafe and Renee are strong characters with competing interests. But Ms. Frank did not allow that to derail their romance. Rafe was uber protective and Renee was headstrong but willing to compromise.
I loved that both Rafe and Renee fought for each other. They found a way to accept their differences even as danger dogged them both. I loved the growing intimacy between them even as their respect and friendship blossomed. I thoroughly enjoyed his new world Ms. Frank is crafting and can’t wait to see where she will take us next.

                         Five Shooting Stars

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