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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tall, Dark And Vampire by Sara Humphreys

"Tall, Dark And Vampire" is the first book in the 'Amoveo Legend' series spin-off "Dead In The City" by the fantastic Sara Humphreys and I can say, with total confidence, that this new series will be a huge hit!
We head back into the world of Ms. Humphreys vampires, whom we first caught a glimpse of in "Undone", which was Pete & Marianna's story.. 
The gorgeous & mysterious vampire Olivia Hollingsworth, who was previously introduced to us as Marianna's best friend, finds herself looking into the eyes of a man she thought long dead.. And maybe he was.. Is reincarnation of the love of her life even possible? 
Doug Paxton, NYC homicide detective & drop-dead sexy human male, ends up at Olivia's dance club, investigating the grisly murder of a man who was last seen in the company of one of Olivia's beloved employees.. Olivia won't take this sitting down. She loves her employees just like she would love family... And they truly are family, in her mind..
Not to mention that Olivia can't believe her eyes.. The man before her looks exactly like her soul mate.. Who died three centuries ago... And Doug, for his credit, believes that Olivia is the woman from his dreams, literally.. He is astounded by the connection he feels to the beautiful Olivia, who looks just like the woman from his nightly dreams.. He wonders if he's losing his mind.. He very well might be, when he & his partner are attacked and he swears he sees a monster... A vampire?
Olivia finds herself a witness to the attack on Doug.. But is it too late to save his human life? Will she lose her love of a lifetime, once again? And if she does manage to save him, will he retain his sanity once he finds out what Olivia truly is?
Sara Humphreys weaves a beautiful, intricate, dramatic novel, with passion, love & all the adventure we've come to love from her.. The words seem to flow from her like pure poetry & they pull the reader in & keep us held, enraptured, until the very end.. Sara, as with her amazing "Amoveo Legend" series, never misses a single detail & proves once again why she is the very powerhouse of an author that we've come to know & love, with her past novels...
"Tall, Dark And Vampire" is one tale that you don't want to miss! Just a few chapters into this breathtaking story and you'll see why Sara Humphreys is one of my very favorite authors... ~ Vicki Rose

Platinum Reviews gives Sara & "Tall, Dark And Vampire":
4.5 Platinum Rings!




The last person Olivia Hollingsworth expected to see at her Greenwich Village vampire club was her one true love, Doug Paxton—whom she believed to be dead for centuries. Olivia thought she had moved on, but when Doug reappears, her heart knows she’d rather die than lose him again.

Ever since Doug can remember, a red-haired siren has haunted his dreams. He never thought she could be real until he goes to investigate a murder at Olivia’s night club. However, as the bodies keep piling up at her feet, he must fight to prove her innocence—even if it costs him his life…



He told himself that he would leave a message, and that was it. As the phone rang in his ear he knew he was full of shit. He just wanted to talk to her, to hear that sweet voice one more time.

Doug squeezed his eyes shut as it rang for the fourth time, and as he was about to chicken out and hit the end button— she answered.

“Hello?” Her honeyed voice drifted into his head, and his body froze as he struggled to remember why he called in the first place. The dagger on his back tingled.

“Hello? Is anyone there?”

“Ms. Hollingsworth?” Doug said after clearing his throat. “It’s Detective Paxton. I— I hope I didn’t wake you.”

“No,” she said with the hint of a smile in her voice.

“I’m wide awake. What can I do for you?”

“I needed to ask one more question about Maya, your bartender.” Doug leaned against the brick wall of the building and watched two pigeons fight over a piece of hot dog bun. “Did she have an old boyfriend, the jealous type? Maybe someone who might be bothered by her flirtatious behavior with Ronald Davis?”

Silence hung on the line. Doug butted his head against the wall as he prayed she would not see through his bullshit reason for calling.

“His attack was particularly savage, a crime of passion. If it had been some random attack or mugging, there would be one, or maybe two, wounds, but Davis was hacked up.” Doug opened his eyes again and watched as the pigeons hopped out of the path of an oncoming car.

“This was like an act of revenge, completely rage- driven.”

“I’m sorry, but Maya doesn’t ever stick with one guy for long.” Olivia laughed softly. “She likes to play the field, so to speak, and rarely goes out with the same guy twice. I wish I had more helpful information for you.” Doug stuck his free hand in his pocket and fiddled with her business card.

“Actually, that is helpful.” He started walking again toward Miranda’s office. “Looks like we can rule out an old boyfriend, and sometimes ruling things out is the quickest way to get to where we want to be.” He paused before continuing, knew asking the next question was a mistake, and asked it anyway. “How about you, Ms. Hollingsworth?”

“Me?” she asked in a low, husky voice.

“It was your club he was hanging out at. Could you have an enemy or an old boyfriend who wants to cause trouble?”

To his surprise, she laughed. It was a smoky, sexy laugh that made him stop dead in his tracks. He fought the urge to turn and go back to the club so he could hear it in person, but he shook his head and kept on his present course.

“No, detective.”

“Doug,” he interrupted.

“Alright,” she said through a chuckle. “No, Doug, I don’t have any enemies, at least none that would’ve messed with Ronald Davis, and I definitely don’t have any old boyfriends looking to cause trouble.”

“Current boyfriend?” he asked quietly as he looked over his shoulder, worried that someone would overhear.

“No,” she said slowly. “I’m quite single. Not so much as a dinner date in a long time. You could say that it feels like centuries.”

Doug stopped at the corner and looked both ways before jogging across the street.

“How about Mexican?”

“Mexican boyfriends?”

“No.” Doug laughed loudly and ran one hand over his head. “Mexican food. Do you like Mexican food?”

Nail-biting silence filled the line as he waited for her to respond. He started to sweat. Doug suspected he overstepped his bounds, and just as he was about to take it back, she answered.

“Are you asking me out on a date?”

“That depends.”

“Oh really?” She laughed again. “On what?”

“Would you say yes?”


Doug tried to suppress the grin that bubbled up. She was flirting with him as much as he was with her.

“Maybe, huh?”

“Is there anything else that I can do for you?” Doug bit his tongue because he thought of about a hundred different things she could do for him, to him, and with him, but instead, he replied, “I’ll be sure to let you know. Don’t leave town or anything,” he said playfully. “I may have a question or two tomorrow.”

“I can assure you that I’m not going anywhere, except to bed… alone.”

Before he could say another word, she hung up, leaving him with the beginnings of a hard-on and a blanket of guilt. Doug shook his head and stuck the phone in his pocket. He really was going off the deep end. Asking her out in the middle of an investigation? What the hell was wrong with him?.......
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