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Willow is a young woman who works as a dancer at a Houston fetish club. Okay... She was turned into a vampire three years ago...to hopefully cure her narcolepsy. Hmmm... She wants to break the bond with her maistre Max, and is falling in love with a human with multiple personality disorder. Did I forget anything? Oh, yeah. In the midst of all that, she has to avoid being killed by the Vampire Extermination Team (VET).
This is one of the most original premises I have seen in a while, and Grenor did a great job sucking the reader into a world where vampirism is illegal, but all other forms of supernatural beings (werewolves, shapeshifters, witches, etc) are free to live as they wish. Willow is a sympathetic figure, in that she both embraces her vampiric side, yet watches religious TV shows and tries to follow the biblical Ten Commandments, especially Thou Shalt Not Kill. The cast of characters surrounding her is cute, almost satirical, especially Aaron/Remi/Vlad/etc.
This is technically a supernatural/romance, but Dicey's writing style defies classification. Some scenes are graphically explicit in their violence/sexuality, yet at the same time the characters seem to want to avoid saying a dirty word. The prose and storyline are fun to read, and the story flows with very few wasted scenes. This is one delightful book, and I'm looking forward to seeing how Willow gets out of the mess she ended up in.
My Rating: 4.25/5 stars
After Willow's Aunt is killed in a car accident, caused by narcolepsy, Willow is determined to find a cure for the genetic condition that she herself also suffers with. Taking part in various medical trials, seeing a number of doctors and swallowing a whole cocktail of pills don't help, so Willow decides to make the ultimate sacrifice and become a Vampire. Unfortunately it didn't work Willow still has the condition and with Vampirism now being illegal the world is a very dangerous place for her, she can at any moment fall asleep and that makes her extremely vulnerable.
Our protagonist, Willow, works in a fetish club performing for necrophiliacs which is a pretty good act for a vampire, so anyone with hang-ups for all things `kinky' should not be reading this book. I personally didn't find the sex scenes vulgar or crass, I thought they were as tastefully written as they could be considering their nature but any reader should be fore warned that some people could be offended by the adult content which is not in the `normal' range of sexual tendencies!!
It was a very refreshing change to have an imperfect vampire, we are so used to them being perfection personified, larger than life, almost `God' like, that to find one that has a major defect was quite nice. Narcolepsy is a medical condition where the sufferer falls asleep without warning at anytime of the day or night so as you can imagine this can become quite tiresome (pun intended lol) for a vampire especially if she is in the middle of feeding or fleeing from danger when it happens.
I loved Willow she was such a fun, strong willed female who struggled with her beliefs and her lifestyle but like the rest of us she just plodded on making the best she could out of her situation. The fact that her parents and brothers were very religious and thought her narcolepsy was the work of the devil put a sad slant on this tale and because she has to hide her vampirism from them I think she's a bit lonely too.
Aaron was probably the most interesting and complicated person in the book, what a twist? I really don't want to give anything about him away so it's difficult to speak about him, but bringing this person into the book was absolute genius on Dicey's part, it brought yet more uniqueness to this already very different story.
The last chapter wrapped up things nicely for the sub characters, answering our questions about Aaron's early life and telling us where the lives of the other club performers were headed, while leaving the story wide open where Willow is concerned, and leaving the reader wanting more.
So........ I'm always searching for those few reads that drag me in to the point where I am so absorbed with the story that nothing else matters and up to about 60% of my way through this book I really thought this was one of those books, I couldn't put it down and only stopped reading when I fell asleep kindle in hand! Sadly the last 40% didn't keep me as engrossed as the beginning had. I don't know why but I think it was at the point where Willow was kidnapped, her vulnerability with the narcolepsy made me like her but the weakness she showed during that incident made me loose some of the respect I had for her and left me groaning out loud at her inability to protect herself against a mere human. At 90% I had no problem putting the book down to go to sleep so I knew at that point that although I was still enjoying the book I was no-longer totally engrossed. It is for that reason alone that I have to take away .5 from my rating. I liked the writing, the story, the characters, the pace, I enjoyed reading it and the editing was spot on! I am disappointed that the story lost its edge in the latter part but this in no way means the book wasn't fantastic, because it was. I know my rating system can be frustrating for authors because many reviewers would give this book 5 stars, but personally I have to save those 5* ratings for books that excel at everything for me and keep me totally 100% absorbed living the book from start to finish and beyond and this one didn't quite do it although it came close! I'm so pleased Dicey allowed me to read it and I can't wait for the next instalment, maybe that one will be the 5* book I am searching for!!
Everyone's taste in books varies widely and this review is my own personal and honest opinion.
Copy supplied by author for review thank-you.
The story begins with Willow performing a death by suicide scene for an audience at Club Hades. This Fetish Club is exclusive, by membership only and the membership list is top secret. These people come to enjoy all kinds of weird sexual fetishes performed by various entertainers. Willow is one of the clubs feature acts. The audience loves the show because when she stabs herself and "dies", it looks so real. The only thing was the audience didn't know that Willow's "act" was real, but since she is a vampire, she revives after every enactment. But she is a crowd pleaser.
Willow came to work at Hades for two reasons: Money and to Hide in plain sight. Like everyone else, Willow needed a paying job for her bills. But Vampirism was a crime and vampires were being hunted by the Vampire Extermination Team (VET). So by working at Hades, she can "pretend" to die and get paid for entertaining the patrons. She can also have an endless supply of anonymous patrons to get blood from, should she desire. She can also hang around other people doing bizarre things so her behavior won't seem peculiar.
Willow has been a vampire for a little over 3 years. A choice she made because she thought it would cure her of narcolepsy. Willow's aunt died in a car accident due to her narcolepsy and Willow vowed to find a cure before she had an unfortunate accident as well. Well, it didn't cure her. Now that she is a Vampire with narcolepsy. She has to worry that she may fall asleep at any moment and be discovered by the VET agents or anyone else.
Willow has admirer/fan at the club named Remi, and he comes once a week to enjoy her show. They become friends and Willow feeds on him to replenish her blood. Remi was the most interesting character in this book. He had so many faces that he was a freak show of his own. Willow and Remi both are dealing with psychological and physical trauma from their past. That is probably why they connected. It was certainly the reason they didn't judge each other.
One day, someone tries to kidnap Willow and we realize that the VET agents are suspicious that her "act" may not be act after all. Remi insists on helping her because he cares about her. We are lead on adventure as Willow & Remi tries to find out who tried to abduct her and why. They also have to figure out how to get the VET off her trail. Lastly, Willow has to deal with her maistre, who she is bonded to. He wants her to leave Remi, come back and be a true bride to him.
This book is a different from the typical paranormal romance novels. The heroine was very strong, but she wasn't invincible. I also loved getting to know Remi. He definite had issues. It was a well written book and I look forward to reading the sequel. If you are looking for a unique take on vampires, then this is the book for you.
*Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book.*