Both the author and publisher are new to me. I’ve not read a vampire themed story in many a moon and the blurb sounded promising. I mean who doesn’t like a shy heroine, compelling hero and oh my goodness another hero who’s brooding? This sounds like a recipe for success.
I don’t know if this is the typical style of writing for this author but I’m not a fan of it. This is a short story (110 pages if you’ve got the Kindle copy) so I expected things to start happening pretty quickly. No biggie. The first 80% of the story, it’s all about Cora and the way she perceives the situation she’s in. The dialogue is minimal – I’m talking maybe, if I’m lucky, there’s a line of dialogue in a chapter until that last 20%.
Cora’s a nurse a local hospital and she finds herself attracted to a hospital orderly, Zeke. During a Christmas/Holiday/End of Year Party, Cora finally gets her chance to speak with Zeke but she’s tongue tied. It was actually cute until I realized that I’m stuck in this chick’s head and there’s not a lot of substance there. Things progress and something blows up the hospital and things get silly after that.
Cora wakes up chained in a room and there’s some chatter about how she’s feeling and what not. I was hoping that something substantive would come out of that situation but alas it didn’t. It was just alot of internal feelings. I’m not sure what I was supposed to be thinking at this point because when Cora wakes up she’s got a ‘thirst’ and she quickly figures out that she likes the taste of blood while she trying to break the bonds holding her. Even as I write this review, I’m trying to figure out that entire scene.
There’s very little conversation throughout the entire story between Zeke and Cora, Cora and Merrick and Merrick and Zeke. But I digress. During that early scene when Cora is chained in the basement Zeke finally makes his appearance and is quickly followed by Merrick. At some point Cora realizes Merrick is Zeke’s boyfriend. Cora also realizes that Merrick doesn’t like her. It’s all in the eyes and attitude but mostly eyes – it’s these across the room looks that pass between them. WTH?!? Really, that’s the direction we’re going with this? Across the room eyes? These people don’t know each other, how does the across the room glance tell an accurate story? It’s the second time I rolled my eyes and just moved on.
Merrick does finally tell Cora about a ‘fever’ that hits and it hit Zeke for Cora. The thing is Merrick had this ‘fever’ for Zeke so he understands what it is and how it works. But he hates Cora nonetheless for something that she didn’t ask for or sign up for. Whatever.
As a reader, the getting to know each other is the good part of any romance and that was lacking for me. I didn’t understand this ‘fever’ thing. I didn’t understand Zeke. I didn’t understand Merrick. I sure didn’t understand Cora, and I’m not exaggerating here, but I didn’t understand the plot too much either. The dialogue in the last 20% didn’t bring me back from the brink because by then I didn’t care and just wanted it to be over.
Happy reading folks!
*Book provided by publisher via NetGalley
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by Charlotte Stein
Release Date: November 28, 2016
Publisher: Riptide Publishing