Niki is a vampire, on the hunt for her own sire. Hundreds of years ago, Thomas killed her family, turned her into a vamp, and disappeared. Her dead family has been haunting her ever since and she won't give up her search for Thomas until she has her vengeance.
Her hunt leads her to Shane's small Arizona town. He serves not only as the sheriff there, but as Keeper. He mediates and polices problems of a supernatural natural. And he, himself, carries magic as a Shaman. When Shane and Niki come face to face, their attraction is instant and overwhelming. Once he learns Thomas is making kills in his town, Shane joins Niki on her quest to find and defeat the master vampire. Their attraction grows into something more along the way.
The story was ok, but my biggest complaint about it was that it was relatively superficial. I can understand that physical attraction can be instantaneous. But it baffles me how this can grow into love inside of a week. Especially when the couple has very little chance to get to know each other. I barely feel like I know these characters in a meaningful way. Instant love is one of my biggest peeves in romance and telling me that they're soul mates just isn't good enough to make me feel invested.
We've got some major points left without explanation. Why did Thomas turn Niki into a vamp when he just killed the rest of her family? Why is she haunted? Are ghosts an unremarkable thing in this world? Why would they torture her for their vengeance instead of torturing Thomas? Why did the spirits pick Shane instead of his brother? Why was Thomas keeping all the young vamps hostage? Why was he provoking unrest between the shifters and vamps? What was the deal with the pink haired woman? And didn't anyone think it was creepy that Shane was humping a woman who looked like a 17 year-old?
The story wasn't bad, it just lacked depth and introduced too many ideas that it didn't explain in a satisfactory way.
Rating: C-*Book provided by author for review