Saturday, January 11, 2014

Because the Night by Kristen Strassel

Title:  Because the Night
Series:  Night Songs Collection #1
Author:  Kristen Strassel
Published:  November 5th 2013 by Foreword Literary
Length:  214pgs
Format:  ebook
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★


Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust. Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery.

Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her.

Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust.

But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

What do you get when you take sex, drugs, rock & roll, and Las Vegas and combine it with some smexy as sin Vampires?  A tale that will keep you hooked and leave you dying for more (pun intended).

While Strassel’s vampires are definitely recognizable as just that, vampires, they are definitely very unique.  I really appreciated the twists that she threw in and how well it was developed throughout the story.  Although some of the situations in the novel were far removed from reality Strassel developed them in such a manner that you could easily see the possibilities and how it could easily happen.  The love scenes were definitely unique but fit perfectly in the storyline.  The story itself never lagged, nor did it jump forwards at any point in time.  It was a solidly developed storyline, leading you further into the series that kept me wholly captivated throughout.

Having met the main characters in the prequel to the series it’s very easy to see why they interact with each other the way that they do.  The prequel gave a unique inside look at their relationship.  That said, you also get to know the characters quite well in this instalment all on its own.  I felt for the male lead.  You could see how he ended up in the situation he was in.  It was also easy to see how the female lead got herself in the predicaments that she caused for herself based on her background.  Some of the secondary characters were absolutely brilliant.  I loved them.  Others were completely aggravating.  Strassel definitely created a well-balanced cast with this one.  I don’t think that there was a single character that I didn’t have feelings about, one way or the other.  Strassel went the extra mile with her characters, showing the differences and similarities between the humans and vampires in the novel.

I am quite impressed with this author at this point.  I can’t wait to continue on with the series & would definitely read other works by this author.  My final thoughts on this one (and a warning for those who have an issue with this type of thing)?  Holy cliffhanger batman!

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About the Author:

Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She's worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world's worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. Kristen is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.

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