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A new, not necessarily good, twist on paranormal romance
on December 11, 2007
Denver psychologist Kismet Knight believes in what is tangible. Kismet relies on facts, data, and evidence to let her know what is real. When a new client confides in Kismet that she wants to be a vampire, and that there is a secret world of vampires in their town, Kismet initially believes that the girl must be crazy. When she is visited by Devereux, the leader of a coven of vampires--and the love interest of Kismet's new client, the psychologist believes the man might be pale and delusional, but there's no way that he actually drinks blood. However, as strange things start to happen in Denver--bodies turning up drained of blood with puncture wounds in the neck--and Kismet gains a name for herself as the "vampire psychologist," she begins to accept that their might be aspects of the world that she doesn't understand. With the help of Devereux and an attractive FBI agent, Kismet decides to put herself on the line to try and figure out who is causing all the strange occurrences, and to put a stop to the killings before they put a stop to her.
I'm used to reading paranormal romances where everyone involved knows that the supernatural beings in question exist. So The Vampire Shrink was a change in that sense. Kismet stubbornly refuses to acknowledge the existence of vampires for at least half of the book. Her steadfast refusal to admit that she is wrong, even in the face of evidence to the contrary, got old a bit quick. Also annoying was the fact that every five minutes she's about ready to hop in bed with a new guy, including Devereux, the FBI agent, a doctor she meets at a hospital, and her ex-boyfriend. Then she has the nerve to call herself a feminist while at the same time chastising herself for behaving like a harlot. It would have been nice if she had exhibited a bit more consistency. The Vampire Shrink was by no means great, but it wasn't so bad that I couldn't finish it. It'll do the job if you've got nothing better to read, but if you do I'd suggest some great paranormals like the Kresley Cole Immortals After Dark series of J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood.