Dead, Undead Or Somewhere In Between by J.A. Saare
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Eternal Press
Available: February 7, 2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Book received from: Author
One bad corpse can ruin your whole day.
No one knows that better than Rhiannon Murphy.
She left behind the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York City, eager for a clean slate and a fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance; she managed to keep her nifty talent hidden from those around her—until now.
The deliciously good-looking vampire, Disco, knows her secret. When he strolls into her bar to solicit help investigating the mysterious disappearances of his kind from the city, Rhiannon discovers he’s not the kind of person that appreciates the significance of the word no.
But in a world where vampires peddle their blood as the latest and greatest drug of choice, it’s only a matter of time before the next big thing hits the market. Someone or something is killing vampires to steal their hearts, and unlike Rhiannon, this isn’t their first stroll around the undead block.
Have you ever picked up a book, read the first line, and knew right then you were going to like it?
“Rhiannon’s Law #27: When you’re working in a gentleman’s club and one of your dancers takes off those heels, alert the big guns, an ass kicking is on the menu.”
This is the first line in Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between. Yes, I knew I was going to like Rhiannon right away. She is a bartender in strip bar otherwise known as a gentleman’s club. She’s also a necromancer, which means she can see spirits that linger in this realm for one reason or another. But she’s not your run of the mill necromancer. Not only can she see the dead, she can see the twice dead, meaning she can see vampires who have been killed. This makes her quite a hot commodity in the vampire world. Being human and coveted by vampires can be very beneficial, or quite dangerous to a girl’s well being, depending on who’s coveting you.
When vampires start dying, the head of a local vampire family decides it’s time to find out who’s killing them and why. It’s not easy to kill a vampire and the fact someone has the power to do so has set the vampire community on edge. When Disco, realizes Rhiannon can see the twice dead, he seeks her out to help find out who is killing vampires. That’s something she’s not all too thrilled about. The idea of hanging out with vampires is not her idea of a good time. However, Disco is pretty easy on the eyes and he might just want Rhiannon for more than a little vampire sleuthing.
I fell in love with the two main characters in Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between right away. Rhiannon is tough, and yet a little vulnerable. She has a tragic past but in no way does she wallow in it. She’s a sharp both in wit and intellect and her point of view is fresh providing many laugh out loud moments. Disco, is a super sexy vampire that knows what he wants. He’s large and in charge and the only thing that can hold him back in lack of an invitation. So if you’re not feeling Disco, don’t invite him in. What I loved most about him is his gentlemanly nature and his respect for Rhiannon. As a very powerful vampire he can have most anything he wants but at no time does he ever take from Rhiannon what she is not willing to give.
There are several secondary characters in this story but there are a couple that stood out among the crowd and really captured my attention. Paine is a vampire and a lifelong friend to Disco. He has a unique talent—or curse, depending on how you look at it—that allows him to see flashes of someone’s past and future when he touches them. So, it is possible for him to know the circumstances of someone’s death. That’s quite a burden and a huge obstacle in developing relationships and therefore he seems to be quite a lonely soul. And then there’s Goose who is human and also a necromancer that becomes both a mentor and friend to Rhiannon. I found him intriguing because he is a human who has pledged fealty to Disco’s vampire clan. He also uses his necromancer skills to help people who mourn the loss of loved ones find peace. He seems to be the quintessential good guy and I hope that we’ll hear more from him in future books in this series, and perhaps his own little romance?
Ms. Saare knows how to write a villain. Although the true villain is not revealed until very late in the story, once revealed the story took on a much darker edge leaving Rhiannon face down an evil far beyond what she could have thought possible.
I enjoyed Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between with it’s colorful characters and sexy romance. Although it didn’t offer a whole new take on vampires, it did offer several unexpected twists that kept me turning the pages. The ending was bittersweet for me, as Ms. Saare lead me down a fairly obvious path to conclusion and then tossed in a very unexpected surprise at the end. I’m more than ready for the next book in series, The Renfield Syndrome.
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