Tuesday, October 29, 2013

eBook Review: Vampire Games

She’s seen the past…

OWEA Agent Beatrice Davis is haunted by the death visions that help her solve crimes. When Detective Claude Desmairis, her vampire ex-lover, asks for her assistance on a case, she’d rather help him than take the mandated leave to stave off her burn-out.

The truth won’t stay buried…

Pressed to solve a series of crimes before the perpetrator blows the vampire world apart, Claude turns to a woman he thought he’d been able to leave behind. But he was wrong, and his feelings for her will only bring trouble in an investigation this dangerous.

As their passions reignite, they see a possible future together. Until her visions show her the face of the murderer—a man Claude can never betray.

Everyone say hello to Claude, Claude say hello to everyone.  Okay guys first - I love Claude. I've wanted Allee to write a book about Claude's tortured past since book 1 (Banshee Charmer). She finally has and...well...I'm really glad he gets a crack at love. But I judge him pretty harshly for some of his past mistakes.

Straight up if your main issue with having a relationship is that you think you're too 'dark'? You've done bad things? Then either don't engage in an affair with your partner of all people or suck it up cupcake because you know what? That is just not cool.  Especially when said partner can help you with an off the books case.  

I give Beatrice credit--she doesn't let Claude run rough shod over her.  He turns on the charm and she's instantly suspicious.  He gets all protective and she points out to him he doesn't have the right.  He tries to make excuses and she calls his BS.  

Claude is a bit of jerk at points.  Bea's very reasonable questions in regards to his friend's involvement are...well...reasonable.  Claude accuses her of losing the plot for her own bias (the current case he's working on ties into Bea's brother's death that triggered her psychic powers) he doesn't take a step back and say 'You know, that is kind of weird'.  She doesn't cave in, she pushes him to confront that maybe his old friend isn't as moral as he thinks.

Cameos are made from previous characters, plus Bea does some of her own growing up in regards to how she treated Marisol (in Succubus Lost), which was a terrifically awkward scene.  The plot that had been weaving through all the previous books (about a rogue running around murdering Otherworlders and weird experiments done) comes to a head in this book as its really Claude's case.  He's been hunting this guy for longer then he cops to and some of the weirdness surrounding his constant disappearances is given context.

Overall I wasn't let down by the unveiling of Claude's tragic love story.  While his intentions were good, his actions weren't and I'm so glad Bea gave him hell over it.