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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Golden Vampire by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Golden Vampire by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (282 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

For former cop Jesse Stewart, giving herself—mind and body—to sexy vampire Lance Van Baaren meant losing her soul. Hired by the government to find a senator's missing daughter, she instead found a haunting link to her past. And now something is drawing her to the one man she should despise….

Once a knight, Lance had sworn to protect the innocent. And one of those young innocents had been Jesse. Now face-to-face with the alluring woman she has become, he's determined to help Jessie solve her case and make her his own. But would finding the truth of her past—and the Blood Moon—push her further away?

“You know me.”

The embodiment of sex and sin is ready to claim the woman in his heart—unless she refuses. Talk about a tough decision. Lance knows he wants her. He needs her. But Jesse isn’t about to give in easily. And let me tell you, I loved watching the push/pull in this story.

I know when I pick up a book by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, I’m in for a good time. Golden Vampire doesn’t disappoint. I’m a sucker for the vampire subgenre of romance and this story packs a wallop. The characters are dynamic and strong, making me want to root for them, even when they aren’t getting along. Add to the action, Ms. Sunstrom’s inventive vampires, and I couldn’t put Golden Vampire down.

Lance is an enigma. He’s not a living being and he’s not exactly dead. The guy is in limbo and man it stinks. But he’s determined to keep Jesse safe. I liked the twists and turns involved in his journey with Jesse. Every time I thought the story would go one way, it went another. I liked being kept on edge, rather than assuming things with Lance.

Jesse is a ball of problems and yet, she’s the strongest female character I’ve read in a while. Sure, there are moments when she wants to surrender to Lance—he’s hot, so why not?—but she can’t. It added piles of tension and kept me in my seat.

Oh and you can’t have a Linda Thomas-Sunstrom book without her wolves. They served as a great plot twist I’d hoped to see and am glad she used.

If you want a paranormal story packed with tension, action, and one seriously hot vampire, then this is the book for you. I give Golden Vampire 4.5 books.