When I decided to read this book, I looked at the cover online, since I got it in eBook format.  The cover art indicated there may be some humor in this book, something I look forward to sometimes when reading a vampire book.  I was quite disappointed not to find the witty banter, and tongue-in-cheek jokes I was hoping for; at least I was hoping for something snarky like I get when I read something from Charlaine Harris or Jeaniene Frost.  Not so with Drier’s book.

I found it difficult to make it through the book.  Drier spent a great deal of time in the details of who’s who in the office, had very little conversation, and with most of the book written in first person narrative, we only got to see things unfold in Maxie’s mind rather than experience them with her.  Any action that happens was extremely slow to culminate, and when it finally did (about 52% into the story), it was quickly and perfectly resolved.  We aren’t allowed to wallow in the suspense and fear because everything happened too fast.

When the story finally ended (and I kept checking my progress bar at the bottom of the screen), we were handed a tidy package, but left with an obvious opening for the next installment.  The relationship between Maxie and Jean-Louis was never convincing, and seemed forced.  There were no steamy scenes, which is disappointing, but is by far not a deal-breaker.   All in all, I didn’t really enjoy this story, and was looking forward to the end and finally being finished.

1.5 stars for inventiveness, 0 flames for no steam whatsoever

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From Michele Drier’s website:

SNAP, a multinational celeb TV show and magazine, is the holy grail for Maxie Gwenoch. When she snags the job as managing editor, she’s looking for fame, fortune and Jimmy Choos. What she finds is a media empire owned by Baron Kandesky and his family. A family of vampires. They’re European, urbane, wealthy and mesmerizing. And when she meets Jean-Louis, vampire and co-worker, she’s a goner.

The Kandesky vampire family rose in Hungary centuries ago. They gave up violence and killing to make a killing on the world’s commodities markets and with that beginning they built SNAP, an international celebrity multimedia empire. Now cultured…and having found food substitutes for killing…they’ve cornered the world market for celebrity and gossip journalism.

They haven’t fully left the past behind. Their Hungarian neighbors and rival vampire clan, the Huszars are starting to ramp up attacks, maybe looking to start a war to take over all the Kandeskys have built.

Maxie believes she’s found her ultimate career. She doesn’t realize that she’s found a family feud like none other, a centuries-old rivalry between vampire families, with her as the linchpin. Bells ring with Jean-Louis, but she doesn’t realize they’re alarm sirens until she learns that Jean-Louis is second in command of the Kandeskys…but by then it’s too late.

 

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