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Thursday, October 18, 2007

TBR Challenge for October

The TBR Challenge for October is to read a book by an authors whose first or last name begins with a vowel (I told you it was random!). I chose:

****½ Touch of Evil by C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp. Paranormal Romance.

Lest it look as though my ratings have gotten inflated again, let me assure you that's not the case--I've absolutely loved the last few books I've read, this one most definitely included.

Kate Reilly is a former pro volleyball player, a landlord, a bonded courier... and Not Prey. Which means pretty much what it says. The Thrall, commonly known as "vampires" because of their similarities to the fictional monsters (heh) are parasitic organisms that survive in human hosts and they view humans as hosts, herd (Renfields, more or less), Not Prey, and prey (anyone else--those they feed on). There are very few Not Prey. Kate earned that distinction by killing the former queen when her ex-fiance turned her over to the Thrall. She's been bitten, so she can feel the call of the Thrall.

Now the new queen, Monica, is dying (human hosts don't last long), and she's determined to have Kate as her successor.

Kate meets love interest, firefighter Tom Bishop, when he asks about renting an apartment in her building after his landlord illegally evicts him because he's a lycanthrope.

This is a page-turning, action-packed story with clever, thorough worldbuilding and some wonderful characters. The emotional aspect is understated, but all the more affecting because of that. For example, Tom's feelings when Kate accepts his lycanthropy without question aren't elaborated on, but they're obvious nonetheless.

And may I say kudos to C. T. and Cathy for giving us vampires who aren't fluffy bunnies. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this unusual world.


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