Friday, December 3, 2010

Review: Night of the Vampires by Heather Graham

Book Description:

Beneath evil and destruction lies truth . . . and eternal passion

As a soldier, Cole Granger fights to restore peace to a world divided by war and evil. His extraordinary talents ar enlisted to prevent the president's horrific premonition from becoming reality. Nothing—and no one—will stop him from fulfilling his duty. Especially the mysterious young woman who claims to be his comrade's sister. Enemy or ally, he can't yet determine. But one thing he knows for certain is that he must keep her close. Very close.
Megan's Fox's quest to uncover a family secret leads her to the center of vampire riots in West Virginia. To find the answers she needs—and clear herself of suspicion—she must join forces with Cole. They work undercover to bring justice, but they can't disguise the potent attraction and need that draw them together. Yet trust doesn't come easily for Cole...and when Megan unearths the grim, dark truth, can she trust him to believe her? 

Review (with a few details that might be spoilerish):

The historical details are what really make this story come alive. Things like the Pinkerton Agency, Lincoln's work on the Capitol, actual Civil War battles, and the Smithsonian Castle. I found these inclusions all the more interesting because I just spent the last year living in Washington D.C. so I was able to reconcile words on the page to reality, all seeming very accurate.

Using Lincoln as a side character was a risky move and one could have easily become sidetracked by such an important figure, but the two worlds of reality and fiction were seamlessly woven together. Lincoln speaks on the subject of a supernatural plague as though it was an entirely conceivable idea that poses a very real threat, further stating that "the country will be united against this cause, as one, as humanity, despite the great divide that separates them" and it was easy to picture a vampire uprising during the Civil War. His rationale and compassion shine even in this fictional setting. These consistencies in behavior are what make him a believable.

History isn't the only successful area of the book and we are also treated to thrilling scenes of action and adventure, all surrounding a passionate romance between Cole and Megan. This romance begins gradually and slowly simmers to a boil. I found Cole to be an honorable hero, very cowboy, and it was sweet to know that he only hesitated to act on his attraction to Megan because she was his friend Cody's little sister, not because she was a vampire as one might assume. And there is just something sexy when a guy finds himself so conflicted that he curses under his breath, turns and grabs the girl for a scorching hot kiss- so primal and raw, as if his actions are just out of his control and fighting them would be pointless. I love scenes like that! *spoiler* And it was gratifying to get a traditional happily-ever-after out of such a dire situation like the Civil War.

One of my favorite scenes:

"I can ride any way you want me to,"she assured him.
Cole stared at her, a brow slightly hiked, a small smile curling into his features. She flushed. 
"Any horse out there!" she said quickly, turning away from him.

Night of the Vampires is available now from HQN Books!!

For other book details visit Heather at her website.

*This book was given for review via NetGalley.
*Reviewed by Anna Dougherty for VampChix.

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