Tall, Dark and Vampire
Sourcebooks / August 6, 2013 / $6.99 print & digital
The last person Olivia Hollingsworth expected to see at her Greenwich Village vampire club was her one true love, Doug Paxton—whom she believed to be dead for centuries. Olivia thought she had moved on, but when Doug reappears, her heart knows she'd rather die than lose him again.
Ever since Doug can remember, a red-haired siren has haunted his dreams. He never thought she could be real until he goes to investigate a murder at Olivia's night club. However, as the bodies keep piling up at her feet, he must fight to prove her innocence—even if it costs him his life…
Sara Humphreys’s Tall, Dark and Vampire—the first novel in her newest series, Vamps in the City—introduces us to a paranormal world located within New York City. There's a murderer in Greenwich Village, killing with a viciousness that can only be personal. When these murders lead to the doorstep of The Coven, a private club, Detective Doug Paxton is not far behind the killer’s trail. Doug doesn't know the beautiful owner of the club, Olivia Hollingsworth, as well as most of her employees are vampires, but he knows something is off. Since the last place all of the victims were seen was Olivia’s nightclub, he needs to find out exactly what they are hiding.
“Looks like another set of big city dreams have been snuffed out. Whatcha got, kid?”
“I’m not sure.” Her left arm was draped over her abdomen, but it was the dark mark on her hand that captured his attention. Doug carefully lifted her pale hand and turned it, so that both he and Tom could see. Doug’s jaw clenched as he looked at the familiar stamp. The lettering and the gothic design that encircled it was smudged but still readable, and right there, as plain as day, it said The Coven.
“Son of a bitch,” Tom breathed.
“Yeah.” Doug released her hand gently. “I guess we’re heading back to The Coven.”
To say Doug is shocked when he first saw Olivia would be putting it mildly. He has been dreaming of this red-headed vixen for years now, and to see her right in front of him just can’t be possible.
“It’s you,” he said under his breath. “I’m not crazy, am I, Olivia? The second I laid eyes on you tonight outside the club, I knew you were mine. I’ve dreamt of you since I can remember, but I never thought you could be real.” He moved closer, brushing his lips along the corner of her mouth. “And then, there you were on a New York City sidewalk in living color.”
While following the killer’s trail back to The Coven, Doug and his partner are attacked by someone or something unbelievably strong. Doug is left for dead in the alley behind the nightclub when Olivia finds him. She has a choice—she can let him die or change him to vampire. But for Olivia there is no real choice. Afterwards, there is something off about Doug's change.
“Drink all of the blood in the pitcher. You were just turned, and for some reason, you woke up a day and a half earlier than expected. I don’t want to take any chances, especially since your transition is showing unusual side effects.”
Neither Olivia nor anyone else at the Presidium have ever heard of a human taking to vampirism so quickly and naturally, even Pete who is half-demon didn’t complete the change so quickly or so smoothly.
“When exactly were you turned? You seem remarkably comfortable with your new situation.”
“Today.” Doug settled the gun in the belt’s holster. “Why?”
“Hmmm.” Xavier stroked his goatee and looked from Olivia to Doug. “It’s unusual but not unheard of.”
“Really?” Olivia said while inspecting her new toy, trying to seem nonchalant. “I was going to ask you about that. Doug’s turn only took twelve hours, and he slipped into being a vampire the way I can slip into a pair of great heels. Any idea why he seemed to be…well...a natural vampire?”
Is it possible that Doug Paxton was born to be a vampire or is there something much more to his odd connection to Olivia Hollingsworth which is affecting his change? There is no way to know for certain if Doug’s seamless transformation will backfire and turn him into an uncontrollable monster until it is too late.
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