Book Review by Debbie Winkler
Author: C. R. Allman
Publisher: PublishAmerica (May 2002)
Page Count: 198 pages
Target Age Group: adult
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…
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.
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.