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The Mortal One: a Paranormal Vampire Romance (The Mortal One Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Dylan is a vampire fanatic, and she's out to prove that they exist, even though no one else believes her, and she has no reason to believe that it is so either. With a small inheritance in hand, she goes to a vampire symposium in Romania, or I should say Transylvania-of course. She manages to get briefly involved with a fake vampire cult, and escapes to Paris in order to just vacation. But the damage had been done. She is now on the vampires radar, as a problem that needs to be handled. She leaves Paris behind because she thinks she might have a stalker, and settles down in Florence, Italy, for the rest of her time off. Then things get really interesting.
Dylan is approached by a very handsome man named Nico, that reveals himself as a vampire. I won't ruin it for the readers, but that scene could have easily been the end of the book. The two end up hitting it off, and a romance blossoms. Now that she is aware that vampires exist, she can no longer go back to life as she knows it-as in she won't be allowed to. An extreme case of be careful what you wish for!
In the beginning of this, I was a little put off with the extremely short scenes. All of a sudden you would be hours past what you were just reading, and have no idea that the scene was over, and you need to move on. It must have gotten better though, because once I got pulled into the story, I couldn't put it down, and I no longer paid attention to the abrupt scene changes. To be fair to the author, I was reading an advance reader copy, and maybe the scene breaks just weren't there. When I say that I couldn't put it down-that is literally what I meant. I started it one afternoon and was finished by the middle of the night that same day-well it was a new day, but you know what I mean.
I enjoyed the romance between Dylan and Nico. It was interesting that the authors vision of vampires included the problems a vampire and a human partner would have in order to have sex. That's something that is usually not addressed in most vampire books. I know it's about vampires, but this added some sense of realism then the typical vampire read usually has. Of course there is more interesting world building included in this book as well. Dylan as a character at times put herself in bad situations. She has a stalker in Paris when she walks alone at night, so she starts walking alone at night in Florence. Really? I wanted to yell at my Kindle. But since it advanced the story, I just kept reading,and ultimately enjoyed the read a lot. Nico and all the other male vampires were extremely handsome, and the one female, was beautiful. I enjoyed Nico as a character, he was sweet in how much he actually cared about a human(other then just a meal) for probably the first time since he changed. I also liked that he wasn't the leader of the vampires, instead he was just one of the vampires of the group in Rome.
I do have another small problem with this book. It involves the ending although I am not sure if I would call it a real ending. The book just sort of ended in the middle of a scene. I didn't like this, but since I enjoyed the rest of the story so much, I do want to see what else is in store for Dylan, Nico and the rest of the vampires that were introduced, including the powerful villain that is also a character in this book. The villain is a vampire, but it would seem he is something else as well. Something we have yet to find out. So yes, I will be reading the next one!
This is an adult read, and I recommend it to paranormal romance fans, especially ones that love reading about hot vampires!(PureTextuality.com) I received a copy from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
It was readable
Overall, I would say I liked it. I didn't love it, it didn't hold my attention the first two-thirds of the book. But once I got into it, I did actually enjoy the read and I'm most definitely interested in reading the next in the series.
I think what set me off for much of the book was that it felt very rushed. I was honestly very confused at the beginning. I felt like I was dropped into this story rather than gradually introduced into it and it was a little disorienting. I wasn't sure what was happening or why. Because of that, I had trouble staying interested... it took me far too long to read it... I kept putting it down.
Nic's introduction and the discovery that vampires are real felt very rushed. The relationship between Dylan and Nic also felt very rushed... very "instalove" which while not horrible, doesn't instantly lend itself to the idea of a deep or lasting love. BUT, because this is a vampire romance, I can easily forgive that... vampire romance tends to exist in a different wheelhouse.
Once I got over that, I was actually really intrigued by the characters and where their story is going. I'm intrigued by the level of civility most of the vampires have. I'm intrigued by Oliver's extra-abilities and finding out how he has them. And I'm REALLY intrigued by the Mark and how it's going to change/influence Dylan and Nic's relationship. I've read a lot of vamp romance where a psychic/empathic bond is formed and I'm always really interested by it... it's like a bonding of souls...
Anyway, while it had flaws for me, I did enjoy it and I plan to read the next book. I'm hoping that now that I know these characters, I won't struggle to read the next.