Author: Sara Humphreys
Reviewer: Gikany & Una
What We’re Talking About:
Vampire Trouble is the second book in the Dead in the City series. Gikany and Una enjoyed this sequel to Tall, Dark, and Vampire.
This story picks up shortly after the conclusion of Tall, Dark and Vampire. Maya is a youngling (recently made) vampire who seems to have a penchant for trouble. After suffering a traumatic assault, Maya has spent the last five years trying to work through her issues. She wants desperately to move beyond the events that led to her becoming a vampire. And like most things with Maya, she wants everything on her terms. The only stumbling block: Maya still has is the nightmares that are out of her control.
Shane is a four hundred year old vampire known for his control. That control is shattered whenever he is around Maya. She seems to be able to get under his skin and twist him in knots. Shane sees Maya’s rebellious nature and wants to not just rein her in, but also to protect her. But in trying to protect her, he tries to control her. Which is the completely wrong way to approach Maya: the more Shane pulls, the more Maya pushes. They seemed to follow this pattern a bit too long, but they eventually find common ground.
Maya is not necessarily out of control, but lost and trying to find her footing. Through Shane she finds that footing as he finds something he never realized he needed: a mate. As Shane tries to protect Maya, he also trains her to protect herself. We enjoyed the courtship between them and the way that Shane allowed Maya the reins when it came to intimacy. As much as he pushed and tried to protect Maya, he also empowered her. We enjoyed the balance between them as Maya discovered her history. The addition of the werewolves and gypsies to the mythology was fascinating.
Although it is not a deep novel, Vampire Trouble was fun and enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. We continue to enjoy this world that Ms. Humphreys has created and the characters that she brings to life. We are eager to read the next novel in this series, Vampires Never Cry Wolf, which features the werewolf prince, Killian and the lovely DJ of Olivia’s club, Sadie. When you take into account the detail that a werewolf’s bite is fatal to vampires and couple that with the fact that most werewolves like to bite to mark their mates, we are wondering how this next novel will play out. If you like an interesting mythology with character driven paranormal romance, check out the Dead in the City series.
Our Rating: B, Liked It
About the Book:
Shane Quesada, a four-century old vampire sentry, is known for cold, unemotional precision when hunting rogue vampires.
Maya Robertson is a youngling vampire who will not be controlled—and to prove it, she rejects Shane’s protection—only to find herself in over her head with an alpha werewolf.
Soon, a war between the coven and the werewolf clan ignites, and Maya and Shane flee to Louisiana, where their passion for each other grows—as does Maya’s power. When she finds herself at the center of the conflict, will she finally trust Shane with her life—and her heart?
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Series: Dead in the City #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (320 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Vampire Trouble (Dead in the City #2)
Reviews in the Series:
Tall, Dark and Vampire by Sara Humphreys (Dead in the City #1)