The Slayer’s Affair by C. R. Allman Book Review

The Slayer’s Affair C R Allman

Book Review by Debbie Winkler

The Slayer's Affair by C. R. Allman

Author: C. R. Allman
Publisher: PublishAmerica (May 2002)
EAN: 9781591293088
Page Count: 198 pages
Format: paperback

Target Age Group: adult
My Rating:

Synopsis:

Samantha witnessed the brutal death of her parents at the tender age of 5. She heard their screams and saw the monsters ripping their bodies to shreds and draining their blood. Samantha tried to attack them, but one vampire held her off and left her locked in the closet. No one ever believed her story about the way her parents died, but Samantha knew that the monsters were all too real.

Twenty-one years later, Samantha is one of the most feared and respected vampire slayers in all of America. She leads a crew of slayers, tracking down and killing any nests of vampires that they can find. Until one night her impatience gets the best of her. Davis, her second in command, tries to persuade Samantha to wait until the following day to go after a household of vampires, saying that it is too close to darkness, but Samantha chooses not to heed his advice. She has been tracking this group of vampires for months and so goes out to kill them by herself. It turns out that it IS too close to darkness and Samantha is trapped by 3 of the surviving vampires that she didn’t have time to kill. Samantha expects to be drained of her blood at any moment, but one of the female vampires spots a mark on her wrist. Another vampire’s mark. Samantha has no idea what she is talking about, but she is forced to wait for this other vampire to appear.

The next evening, Montague, the undeclared ruler of the undead, shows up in her room. He is the same vampire who locked her in the closet when she was 5. Montague has merely been waiting for Samantha to grow old enough for him to be able to claim her. He admired and respected her spunk and courage as a child and now admires the beautiful woman that she has become. Twenty-one years ago, Montague injected a small dose of his blood into Samantha, not enough to turn her into a vampire, but enough, hopefully, that she can bear a daylight-walking vampire child…

Review:

The Slayer’s Affair by C. R. Allman had such great promise. A dark, seductive vampire who comes to claim his mate and a determined vampire slayer who has killed countless numbers of his people. Sparks fly and arguments ensue, right? Wrong. Samantha goes from being a spunky slayer to a wimpy doormat. Right after she meets Montague, she is simply overcome with passion and cannot deny him anything. She believes anything he says and doesn’t seem to care about anything else, and she is not under glamour! Her fellow slayers seem to believe everything Samantha says and have no problems with the fact that she used to be the first one into the house to start killing vampires and now she waits outside in the van. It wasn’t believable for me. It was also too good to be true that all of the vampires instantly loved Samantha and forgave her for all of the vampire murders after she became Montague’s consort.

I found the characters to be rather flat and unbelievable. The dialogue was extremely stilted and amateurish. There was a lot of dialogue between characters that essentially equated to, “okay, now I am going to go and do this and then I will do this…” They weren’t talking to the other characters, the author was trying to inform the reader about what was happening. The descriptions were also inadequate, with sparse physical characteristics laid out for the main characters and little or no description of locations. The book was grammatically correct, which was nice, but it is quite obviously self-published. C. R. Allman has some good ideas for a story, but she still needs to develop a good writing style with a better way of developing her ideas. I got so frustrated with the childlike writing quality of the book and horrible, flat characters that I couldn’t even finish it.

Content:

There is a lot of blood and gore in this book. Parents are torn apart, drained & killed in front of their children. Humans are staking, beheading and torching vampires. Vampires see humans as cattle and drain them of blood to stay alive. The leads have a passionate relationship, but there is little detail as to actual sex taking place between them so at least the reader is not subjected to poorly written intimate scenes. Poorly written with little good to say about it, this book is recommended for no one. Please skip.

Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz (The Arcane Society Book #5) Book Review

Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz

Series: The Arcane Society Book 5
Author:Jayne Ann Krentz
Publisher: Jove Books (December 2009)
ISBN: 9780515147384
Page Count: 480 pages
Format: paperback

Target Age Group: adult
My Rating: image_thumb84_thumb1

Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz Book Synopsis:

Bodyguard Luther Malone expected a little old librarian to show up in Hawaii when he reported for his latest mission. What he got was young, spunky Grace Renquist. Grace expected a hulking brute who relied on his physical prowess to protect her. What she got was a laid back, sexy hunk with a cane.

The mission was supposed to be simple: Luther would protet Grace while she examined the aura of a suspected murderer who was staying at a Hawaiian resort. Of course, nothing turns out as expected. The murderer is a member of a covert paranormal group experimenting with psychic-power boosting drugs. A powerful parahunter is also at the resort watching the murderer. A psychotic singer is on the loose, killing people with her voice. And Grace has finally found someone whose touch she can tolerate – Luther’s…

The Arcane Society Series Update:

Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz is book #3 in the contemporary Arcane Society Series and book #5 in the series if you count the 2 books written under Krentz’s historical pen name, Amanda Quick. It is fast-paced, full of action and has great characters.

Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz can be read as a stand-alone novel, but does have a few previously introduced characters in it from other Arcane Society books. For those who have read the other books in the Arcane Society series, these little glimpses of other characters add a bit of fun, but they do not detract from first-time readers’ enjoyment.

Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz Book Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed the two lead characters in Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz. Luther is the first non-parahunter hero Krentz has used in her contemporary segment of the Arcane series. Instead, Luther is an aura manipulator and inspires feelings of fear, happiness, tiredness, etc. in someone’s mind. He relies much more on his mental powers than his physical prowess, which was a refreshing change (though there is nothing wrong with a sexy brute of a hero in a romance book!).  I thought aura manipulation was a unique and imaginative power to have.

Grace, our heroine, reads auras and can “see” violence, personality traits and talents. She has a violent past and is strong willed, but very alone. Sparks fly from the moment Luther and Grace meet and it was great to see their relationship develop throughout the book. It was also wonderful to see a heroine who stayed put when the hero had a rational reason for asking her to do so!

The search for the evil Nightshade organization continues and I am excited to read the next installment in the Arcane Society series!

Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz Book Content:

This is a contemporary romance novel with the requisite bedroom scenes so, yes, there are descriptions of sex.  The scenes are very tastefully done and are not overly graphic.  They are also very easy to skip if you are not interested in reading these sections.  There are a few psychotic killers in this book so there is also quite a bit of violence.  Several people are murdered.  There are no graphic descriptions of the bodies.  The bad guys use drugs to manipulate their powers so a lot of the villains are dealing with withdrawal and addiction.  The requisite HOA (“happily ever after”) is present so romance readers will not be disappointed.  Depending on what kind of content you allow your teenagers to read, this book is appropriate for ages 14 and up.