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Review: Tall, Dark, and Vampire by Sara Humphreys

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Tall, Dark, and Vampire
The last person Olivia Hollingsworth expected to see at her Greenwich Village vampire club was her one true love, Doug Paxton—whom she believed to be dead for centuries. Olivia thought she had moved on, but when Doug reappears, her heart knows she’d rather die than lose him again.

Ever since Doug can remember, a red-haired siren has haunted his dreams. He never thought she could be real until he goes to investigate a murder at Olivia’s night club. However, as the bodies keep piling up at her feet, he must fight to prove her innocence—even if it costs him his life…


About the Book


Author: Sara Humphreys 
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Dead in the City #1
ISBN: #978-1402274060
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (320 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
Reviewers: Gikany & Una


What I’m Talking About…


Tall, Dark, and Vampire is a new spin off from the Amoveo series by Sara Humphreys.  Gikany and Una absolutely loved this spin off and eagerly look forward to more in this new Dead in the City series.

The story begins with Olivia, the vampire we were introduced to in the latest Amoveo novel, Undone.  She is back at home, running the bar that encompasses the ground floor of a former church (her “home” being secreted below).  In Undone, we didn’t get to know Olivia very well.  However, what we saw of her was impressive. As Tall, Dark, and Vampire unfolds we absolutely love her!  Olivia hides an incredibly loyal and kind heart below the vampire mask.  As the leader of her own coven, she needs to ensure her people fall in line.  However, she has a soft spot in her heart for lost souls.  One of which, her newest coven member, seems to be having difficulty adhering to the rules.  This youngling’s slip up leads Olivia to an investigation that will completely change her world.  Though Olivia can be tender hearted, she will also rip out an enemy’s heart without blinking and cast it aside.

Doug is a cop who used to work with Pete (the hero from Undone).  He is a fairly level headed, no nonsense guy – if you ignore the reoccurring dreams he has had since childhood.  This dream is always the same; he is haunted by a redheaded siren.  Little does Doug know that he will soon meet this siren in real life – and it will forever change him.  Although a bit hardheaded, he is loyal, thoughtful, and very much an all or nothing type guy.  To watch him adjust to a world he thought was just a fantasy was intriguing.  His denial, in some ways, of his path was frustrating as it was heartbreaking.  However, Doug possesses a true sense of integrity which makes it difficult to get angry with him.

Again, the mythology is familiar since Gikany and Una have been reading the Amoveo series since its debut.  However, being able to be so enthralled by a portion of a mythology and then be able to experience another aspect of it was priceless!  The journey that Olivia and Doug embark on is suspenseful and passionate.  The melding of the investigation along with their romance was seamless and enthralling.  In some ways we enjoyed this first book more so than Ms. Humphrey’s previous (but I think that is just because Doug was just so….*sigh*).  We kept thinking while reading that there just had to be twist and there was.  However it was not what we expected and its consequences have us hungry for more.

You do not need to read the Amoveo series prior to jumping into Dead in the City.  So if some fun vampire adventure/romance intrigues you, please pick up Tall, Dark, and Vampire.

4 Stars-w-letterEnjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)

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