(The Energy Vampires #1)
by Jacquelyn Frank (Goodreads Author)
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.
Rafe DaSilva and Renee Holden make such a sweet couple in spite of their differences. Differences you say? Well, let's see, she's human, a homicide detective, rather casual, and very cautious about men and relationships. He's an e-vampire, a high government official for his queen, very rich, formal, and has never been human. I'd say that's quite different, wouldn't you?
The story was okay. The characters weren't terribly deep, but you got to know them a bit. You got some of Renee's quirks from her friend's comments. As for energy Vampires, well they are something else. There are always good and bad in all things, so of course, there are with these Vampires. Good ones such a Rafe and his queen live the good life and take energy only from clean resources. No blood, just energy, as in your life source. Yes, people are called resources, not humans or people. Just resources. Isn't that friendly? The bad guys, sycophants, use dirty resources. A dirty resource is someone who abuses their body with poor nutrition, alcohol, and drugs.
Other than the cold folks who refer to people as resources, and the term "e-vamps", there was something else that bothered me. I really thought Renee had lost her mind when she was talking about going under cover and using drugs. I won't harp on it, but no way.
I would really like to see Ms. Frank turn this series into something really good with a second book that pulls this out of mediocre. The concept is good and I know the author has great writing skills. So, I have hope for book two. I recommend this book to Frank fans to read with an open mind and with the same hope that I have for book two. In the meantime, we can always reread the Nightwalker series.
This eARC was provided to me by Loveswept and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley