Book 1, The Energy Vampires - An Energy Vampire Novel
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A hidden society of vampires—and the humans they love—are at the heart of this opening novel in a biting, all-original series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightwalkers saga.
Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire, soaking up nourishment from the sun—and, only when necessary, drawing sweet sustenance from humans who are pure in body and spirit. As the right-hand man to his queen, Rafe is a key player at a historic peace summit in New York City, which will unite the vampire nations against a common threat: the sycophants, who feed on humanity and kill indiscriminately. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blond police detective may put everything at risk.
Detective Renee Holden has never worked a homicide quite like this. The victim has twin puncture wounds on his neck, and the only eyewitness swears she saw a vampire. Now’s definitely not the time to get distracted by a seductive stranger. But the suave, darkly austere, exotically handsome Rafe DaSilva is a hard man to deny, and as Renee falls under his spell, she also falls prey to his enemies. Desperate to protect her, Rafe lifts the veil on a shadow realm she can only visit—a world of intoxicating power, terrifying dangers, and forbidden pleasures.
Praise for Thirst
“With all the delicious alpha men (and equally awesome women), Thirst will renew your interest in vampire novels!”—RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)
“Ms. Frank’s so-very-different and quirky take on familiar paranormal species keeps me coming back every time I hear she has a new release.”—The Good, The Bad and The Unread
“Whenever I pick up a Jacquelyn Frank book I know I will find myself in an intriguing, beguiling world that I won’t want to leave. . . . If you are looking for a book that will hold you in its grip, with characters you will love and the perfect amount of romance with equally intriguing action, then Thirst is just what you need.”—Fresh Fiction
“With Thirst, Frank takes us on a suspenseful, action-packed ride.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
“A lovely twist on a common story, Thirst gives us a slightly different spin on the vampires many of us love to read. . . . Add an unflappable, smart heroine to the mix with an action-packed murder mystery to solve and you’ve got hours of reading enjoyment.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Thirst has a little bit of everything. . . . There are different elements at work in this story including great romance, . . . great friendships, what could be an evil mastermind and the rogue vampire issue. This first book of this series has set up this series for more exciting books to come.”—Romance Between the Sheets
Praise for Jacquelyn Frank’s World of Nightwalkers novels
“A highly entertaining paranormal series.”—Fresh Fiction
“If you loved the original Nightwalker books, you’ll enjoy this.”—USA Today, on Forsaken
“Jacquelyn Frank uses a deft hand to weave the layers of this series together. . . . The love affairs have been wildly romantic with some very sensual love scenes.”—The Romance Reviews
“The relationships in this series are intriguing. . . . The ancient struggle between two forces gives this story plenty of action and sizzle.”—RT Book Reviews, on Forever
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
From Publishers Weekly
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Renee is a homicide detective who gets pulled into the vampire world through an unusual murder (the victims have “vampire” puncture wounds). Once the clues start to unravel, Renee sleuthing attracts the attention of Rafe, an energy sucking vampire, and the sycophants who feed and murder humans to slake their feeding lusts. While Rafe wants to protect Renee and make her his, his enemies, the sycophants, want to feed.
I loved the original take on energy powered vampires but I struggled with creating any character connection and it seemed to lose me a few times with the direction the plot took and the repetition. I'm chalking this up to it being a new series and I had no investment in the characters when this started. I will continue on because I'm Frank fan.
I received this ARC copy of Thirst from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review.
I loved the unique take on vampires in this series. They are nothing like I've read before. I felt the author succeeded in introducing a new species instead of harping on the same stereotype. They feed off of energy in a person rather than blood. You get a full explanation at the end of the book about how and why. Add to that, Renee could actually feel Rafes energy spark through her body when they were intimate. I thought that was brilliant of the author since that makes their sex scenes more intense and very hot!
I did have a few minor issues in the story. I didn't like how much it talked about how humans are mostly just a food source. Rafe even thinks about how they see humans like a human would see a cow. It was thought of more than once and it kept throwing me off. Hard to sell an attraction with that. The other thing that kept throwing me off was it felt like Renee was trying to be the man in the relationship. I'm all for girl power and I did like how she proved herself capable but I think we needed to see a more feminine side to her. Rafe was great and is the only reason I could see a softer side to her.
Overall, I liked this fresh new take on vampires and I will definitely read Halo's story. He intrigues me because of how much he's feared. ARC provided by NetGalley.
I like to read Jacquelyn's books and grab them when I find them. Her stories are adult reading of fantasy and paranormal. This tends to go graphic vampire. Renee and Jimmy are detective partners. They get called to a murder with not so many clues. Rafe is a vampire in a high status job. He visits Renee to see what she found. They go to dinner and he feeds from her and removes her memories. Simone is the Queen, worldwide, and wants a treaty to bring everyone together. There is another murder in bright of day. Killean is a sycophant leader and wants to wipe the others away. Rafe trusts Renee and tells her what he is. Major Spoiler. Renee wants to go undercover to help the vamps. Spoiler. This is the first book in a series. I can't wait for the next book. If you don't mind graphic then check this out to read. Enjoy reading this story. It will pull you in! I volunteered to read and review this book.