Urban Fantasy, Vampires
Mass Market Paperback $7.99 (384 pages, AVON)
Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see—and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her. What Arturo can't do is forget about her—any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission—his to save his people, hers to save herself. But there is no escape from desire in a city built for seduction, where passion flows hot and blood-red . . .
Author Site: pamelapalmer.net
While I gathered that many readers' greatest issue with A BLOOD SEDUCTION was that it was marketed as a Paranormal Romance when it actually was an Urban Fantasy, I found myself having a completely different issue.
As an avid (and practically exclusive) reader of both genres I was looking forward to reading something by Palmer, whom I had read many good reviews for in the past. I decided since A BLOOD SEDUCTION was a brand new series it was a great place to start. Unfortunately, an interesting concept about an alternate version of Washington, D.C. where vampires can live in happy darkness, is about all it had going for it from the start. The protagonist, Quinn, proves to be cookie-cutter and too-stupid-to-live right away. She winds up in Vamp City and manages to be even more annoying as she gets all lusty over her captor even while she fights to escape. Arturo is an ass. We're not talking jerky anti-hero. He's just completely unlikable. His motivations are questionable and halfway through the book I gave up on trying to like either character. The only character I actually liked was Zack, Quinn's brother but he was barely noted here and there even though this is an Urban Fantasy and he could have had considerable screentime of his own.
I so rarely toss a book into the DNF (did not finish) category but I found myself losing interest within the first hundred pages and feeling tortured from there on out. At halfway I began skimming and couldn't even skim to finish. Based on what I read I do think I will give Palmer's romances a try, she can set a scene really well, but the UF genre just might not be her forte. There has to be more going on than lust and betrayal in this genre for readers to put up with all the graphic torture and violence in this book. I'm all for some gritty violence and steamy sex but it can't feel like the whole book is just an excuse to write those scenes.
Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.