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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Vampire State of Mind by Jane Lovering

Vampire State of Mind by Jane Lovering
Publisher: Choc Lit
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (301 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Stephantois

Jessica Grant knows vampires only too well. She runs the York Council tracker programme making sure that Otherworlders are all where they should be, keeps the filing in order and drinks far too much coffee.

To Jess, vampires are annoying and arrogant and far too sexy for their own good, particularly her ex-colleague Sil, who’s now in charge of Otherworld York. When a demon turns up and threatens not just Jess but the whole world order, she and Sil are forced to work together.

But then Jess turns out to be the key to saving the world, which puts a very different slant on their relationship.

The stakes are high. They are also very, very pointy and Jess isn’t afraid to use them - even on the vampire she’s rather afraid she’s falling in love with ...

I’ve been reluctant to read stories featuring vampires because lately they’ve all sounded the same. However, I’m glad I took a risk because Vampire State of Mind offers a whole new take on this sub-genre.

It’s part mystery, part paranormal romance with a dash of Sci-Fi. I loved the world Ms. Lovering created for this book. There’s been a war, a treaty was signed and now it seems like it’s back to normal but as you read further into the story you begin to wonder if that’s possible. The author did a great job putting me on the edge of my seat, wondering what was happening and what would happen next to disrupt the once peaceful society.

I found myself thrown into a world that on the one hand was very familiar, but yet foreign and unnerving. The dialogue was great and the interaction between everyone, even though it was paranormal, sounded realistic. The story is told in the first person that I felt added to the immediacy of both character and place.

And the icing on the cake was the sexual tension between Jessie and Sil. If like me you’ve been hesitant to read vampire stories, I’d say give this one a try because I think you’ll enjoy it.