Review: Running in the Dark

Reviewed by Jen

The scenery has changed, but life as a courier for the vampires is just as crazy as ever for Sydney Kildare.  She had to flee Alaska, where she had made a name for herself in her profession and now she is starting over from the ground-up in Santiago, Chile.  And she’s trying to make a go of her relationship with Malcolm, the vampire running the city for his boss.  Things aren’t going well on either fronts.

As the low man on the totem pole, Syd is getting the lowliest jobs and her ambition is riding her hard.  That would be bad enough, but there are problems in the vamp population which are starting to make life difficult. A new drug is is on the street and its slowly making the vamps lose it.  Not only does that make things more dangerous for Sydney on the job, it’s also pulling Malcolm away from her.

She doesn’t really set out to solve the mystery or to jump into middle of it all, yet she ends up there just the same.  It’s bloody and ugly –and Malcolm’s true loyalties are called into question more than once.  There is a lot of action and plotting and gore.  But what I really wanted was more on the characters, and especially, more on the relationship between Malcolm and Sydney. Maybe it’s the romance reader in me, but I felt like I was only getting little nuggets of what I most interested in.  The glimpses of their time together were good, but it wasn’t enough.

I don’t really feel like I know either Syd or Malcolm. What really makes them tick.  Obviously, with Sydney’s first person narrative, we know her a little better, but I want more character development.  This, even more so with Malcolm.

I feel like the potential is there. I’m interested in what happens, but not very emotionally engaged for the most part.  The moments where Malcolm and Sydney are together draw me in, though.  So I’m going to give book three a try and see where it leads.

Rating: B-

*ARC Provided by Carina Press via NetGalley

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Running in the Dark
by Regan Summers
Release Date: October 29, 2012
Publisher: Carina Press

Comments

  1. Aw, well…at least the potential is there! It definitely says something if the book can intrigue you enough to continue a series. 🙂 Thanks for the review, Jen!!

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