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Vampire's Thirst (The Awakening Series) [Kindle Edition]

Cynthia Garner
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

THE FEEDING

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, civilization no longer exists, and only the strongest survive. The few remaining humans must band together with supernatural beings to battle unspeakable evil-or all hope will be lost.

After accidentally starting the zombie apocalypse, Kimber Treat now lives with her vampire lover in a compound where humans and vampires live together peacefully. A gifted necromancer who can summon the dead, Kimber is beyond happy when she learns she's pregnant. But as her body changes, Kimber fears that her powers are being influenced by evil, a fact she must keep from everyone, including Duncan . . .

Duncan MacDonnough is preoccupied with his new role as leader of the local vampire conclave, but not so preoccupied that he doesn't notice that Kimber is acting strangely. She's grown distant, and Duncan is convinced she's hiding something. Duncan knows the key to stopping the apocalypse is Kimber's powers, but using them puts her life at risk. With the threat from the Zombie outbreak looming, will Kimber and Duncan learn to trust each other once more to save themselves, their unborn child, and the rest of the world?

Approx. 60,000 words.


Editorial Reviews

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"Fast-paced action and imaginative world-building will entertain enthusiasts of supernatural romance."—Bookpage on HEART OF THE DEMON

"Quick, witty banter between the three protagonists, intrigue and multidimensional characters make Kiss of the Vampire a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to Garner's Warriors of the Rift series."—USA Today on KISS OF THE VAMPIRE

4 Stars! "Involving action, solid pacing and intense conflict between these supernatural creatures lie at the center of this paranormal romance. Add to that the sizzling chemistry between Keira and Finn, and Garner's latest definitely heats up the pages."—RT Book Reviews on HEART OF THE DEMON

"A skillful blend of gritty urban fantasy and taut romance suspense...Garner has created a fascinating world, ripe with conflict, drama, and sensuality."—Publishers Weekly on HEART OF THE DEMON

"Fast-paced action and imaginative world-building will entertain enthusiasts of supernatural romance."—http://bookpage.com/column/undercover-lovers on HEART OF THE DEMON

"Great paranormal romance...If you haven't read a Cynthia Garner book yet, I'd definitely recommend you do! Especially if you're a paranormal romance lover who has a soft spot for the not so normal, yet incredibly irresistible paranormal creatures."—http://readingwithstyle.blogspot.com on HEART OF THE DEMON

"Great characters and an exceptional storyline make this a must read for any paranormal lover!"—http://wolfmajick.blogspot.com on HEART OF THE DEMON

About the Author

Cynthia Garner discovered her love for writing when her sixth grade teacher told the class to write a story that began "It was a dark and stormy night..." With that Cynthia's love for all things paranormal was born. When she's not working her day job as a mostly mild-mannered Human Resources Manager, she's on her laptop writing or playing way too much Solitaire. Originally from Northeast Ohio, Cynthia now lives in the desert Southwest.

You can learn more at:
www.CynthiaGarnerBooks.com
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Twitter, @CynthiaGarner

Product Details

  • File Size: 539 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Forever Yours (May 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DY8HALW
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4.0 out of 5 stars Zombies and vampires! May 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Second book in this post apocalyptic series featuring vampires, zombies and the odd necromancer! Civilisation could well be on the brink of extinction but if humans and paranormals band together just maybe they can find a way to survive.
Kimber is a necromancer and she blames herself for unleashing something dark from the other side which is turning humans into zombies. She's finally allowed Duncan the vampire leader into her life and bed but her troubles are far from over. Duncan has allowed some surviving humans to live under the shelter of the vampires in exchange for blood but not everyone is happy and the cracks are starting to show .
Kimber is trying to find a way to banish the taint that causing the zombie outbreak but her powers have taken a strange turn and the vampires are starting to distrust her. Duncan has noticed that the woman he loves is struggling with something but Kimbers not telling him everything. Growing unrest and panic as supplies start to run out will test resolve but Kimbers whole life is about to change , forever!
I really liked the first book Hunger but I'm not sure that this story lived up to expectations. I won't ruin the end of this story but things felt a little wrapped up too easily for this reader. I really liked the idea of a human necromancer banding together with a vampire to fight zombies and the addition of sexy Fae only added to the mix. What let it down was a lack of growth for these characters. It took me a while to like Kimber initially but her fearlessness and loyalty won me over but at times I just failed to believe in her feelings for Duncan. There's lots of hot sex between Duncan and Kimber but I like a book that's strongly plot driven and this just didn't deliver on its promise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars October 12, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
** I received a copy in exchange for an unbiased and honest review**

Review: 4.5 stars

General: Please note that this is a not a standalone. I was unaware and assumed based on the blurb. While I did not have a lot of trouble catching up, I did find it a little too assuming in some places and think adding an indicator that it is a book 2 in a series would help a lot for readers.

While the title of the book rubbed me the wrong way the story itself was amazing! I hate on the nose title’s and this felt that way to me. However, the story was so beautifully done. The world building alone was an immense task and sucked me into the devastating world – though it took some effort which may have been to me jumping in book 2. I found the plot was a little comical at times, but that has been a trend in Urban Fantasy, just not one I particularly like. I loved the danger and the connection between Kimber and Duncan. The book had a great way of placing you so firmly in Kimber’s mind I couldn’t help but feel her part in the story. It’s a great tale that I think did a lot of things right and am interested to learn more about Kimber and Duncan – both past and the next book.

Overall I truly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read book 1 to see if some of the black spots in book 2 come together.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hot, but the plot was ridiculous July 7, 2014
By Kate
Format:Kindle Edition
**Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy**

The second in The Awakening series, VAMPIRE’S THIRST follows immediately after VAMPIRE’S HUNGER, and I was excited to see what Kimber and Duncan were going to do next. Turns out, it was have a bunch of sex, and fight. A bit more on the erotic side than most books we review here on All Things Urban Fantasy, VAMPIRE’S THIRST could have been so great, but unfortunately it fell flat for me, with characters behaving in a nonsensical manner in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, nearly a complete lack of world building, and a mish-mash of tangents that were annoying from the main plot.

From the fenced in road the vampires want to build from Cleveland to Akron, to the humans who lived in the compound (safely) but wanted to be able to go out to the park to exercise (did they forget the world was overrun by zombies?) VAMPIRE’S THIRST was frequently just so ridiculous that I wanted to laugh hysterically, which I’m guessing is not what the author was going for. Most of the time, the ridiculous parts were also distractions from the main plot line, which was (I think?) the necromancers’ plan to kill all the zombies magically. That part was the most interesting, and had it gotten more page time, I think the whole book could have been a lot better.

Since the plot of VAMPIRE’S HUNGER started nearly immediately after Kimber precipitated the zombie apocalypse, we didn’t get much of a chance to see the world that Garner had come up with. There was not much said about the existence of the vampires, the fae, or the necromancers, and how they interacted with humans. This was frustrating to say the least, and it continued in VAMPIRE’S THIRST.
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More About the Author

My interest in writing got an early start when my sixth grade teacher told us to complete the following sentence: "It was a dark and stormy night..." With that my love of all things paranormal was born.

I didn't start writing with an eye toward publication until 1999. I had a few short stories win some contests and get published in now defunct publications. A move to Arizona in 2000 and a new job put my writing on hold. In early 2005 I couldn't keep the stories inside any longer, and made the decision to focus on a writing career, beginning with electronic publishers. Under the pen name Sherrill Quinn, I signed my first contract in September 2005, and my first novella was published in March 2006. In 2009 the first of three Kensington Brava books was released.

I'm very excited to have my Warriors of the Rift series find a home with Grand Central. You'll get to meet vampire Tobias Caine, half-demon Nix de la Fuente, werewolf Victoria Joseph, human cop Dante MacMillan, demon Finn Evnissyen and fey princess Keira O'Brien.

By day I'm a mostly mild-mannered Human Resources Manager for a local non-profit organization. I'm originally from northeast Ohio and fled the snow over ten years ago to live in the heat of southeastern Arizona.

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