Jul 1 2014 3:30pm

First Look: Sara Humphreys’s Vampire Trouble (July 1, 2014)

Vampire Trouble by Sara HumphreysSara Humphreys
Vampire Trouble
Sourcebooks Casablanca / July 1, 2014 / $6.99 print / digital

Maya remembers the last moments of her life as a human with haunting clarity, and every man she meets pays the price...until Shane. Finding herself in the middle of a bloody fight between vampires and werewolves, Maya has no choice but to let the devastatingly sexy vampire guard get close to her.

Shane Quesada, a four-century-old vampire sentry, is known for his cold, unemotional precision, but once Maya begins to invade his dreams, his world is changed forever. His job to protect her is swiftly replaced by the all-consuming need to claim her as his own.

When you are an immortal creature who can live for centuries, a five year old vampire is just a baby vamp, and like many five year olds, Maya Robertson is always looking to get into trouble. In Sara Humphreys’s newest novel, Vampire Trouble, baby vamp Maya likes to play with her food. She is known for flirting and teasing the human male patrons at her bar, The Coven, but she has no desire to take it any further.

Maya was getting sick and tired of other vampires telling her what to do at every turn. It was starting to make her crazy. So what if she liked to play with human men? She fed on them and teased them a little. She took them right to the brink of sex and then denied them the one thing they wanted—but she never hurt them.

The night Maya was turned, Olivia had found her in an alley, raped, beaten and on the edge of death. Now Maya wants to be in control of the human males from whom she feeds. She takes blood from them, yes, but it is more about finally being in charge and never being a victim again.

But the memory of that fateful night still haunts her, and she fights sleep each day because of the recurring nightmares. If it was possible for a vampire to pull the covers over her head and hide from the monster in her dream, she would.

None of the men she dallied with had any real memories of their time with her, but Maya did—and it was the only thing that helped quiet the nightmares.

After Olivia turned Maya, she told her that within the first ten years of being changed, all vampires stop dreaming. Maya couldn’t wait for that particular part of being a vamp to kick in because she was still having dreams.

Well, not dreams exactly. They were more like nightmares.

Maya also likes to play where she’s not supposed to. A pack of werewolves has come into the City, and since they didn’t announce that they were coming for a visit, there is no question that they have come here looking for trouble. So now wouldn’t been a good time for Maya to decide to leave her job at The Coven and start tending bar at the strip club known as The Dollhouse, right where the wolves will be hanging out.

“I would like all of you to refrain from hunting while the wolves are visiting. The last thing we need is trouble, and in my experience, wolves are exactly that.”

“So we’re grounded again?” Maya asked.

This youngling is also going to do exactly what you’ve just told her not to do. Maya was told not to trust the werewolves, not to go anywhere with the wolves and certainly not to be alone with them. Although she’s never met a werewolf before, Sensible Maya realized the wisdom of not trusting a former enemy of the vampires, especially one who could kill a vampire with a bite. But it is Infantile Maya who makes that decision to go home with the werewolves after Shane steps in and turns down an invitation for Maya to go party at their suite.

“Maya will not be able to attend your…festivities.”

Waving over his shoulder at Maya, he started to leave. “I’m staying at the Plaza, and you can join us if your boy over here ever lets you off the leash.”

Leash? Like a fucking dog? Oh, hell no.

Shane was watching Horace walk away and clearly didn’t notice the fury in Maya’s face when she grabbed the bag with her clothes from under the bar.

“I’d love to, Horace.” Maya flew across the room in a blur. She linked her arm in his as the front door of the club opened. “Bye, Shane. Tell Olivia I’ll be back before sunrise.”

“Don’t do this, Maya.” Shane’s voice, cold and curt, filled the club.

Youthful inexperience leads to rash decisions and Maya makes them one after the other. While her actions bring risks and draws attention to herself, her impulse control issues also bring about consequences to those around her.

Maya knew her actions had been stupid, selfish, thoughtless and childish, and she wouldn’t blame Olivia—let alone Shane—if they never spoke to her again. Maya swiped at her tears and turned her back on her sisters, who had averted their eyes. They must hate me now too, she thought.

Sentinel Shane Quesada, a 400 year old vampire, has appointed himself as her new trainer. This “old man” wants to help her overcome her childish impulses and plans to turn this youngling into a vampire warrior.

Maya Robertson, the youngling vampire with a penchant for troublemaking, was by far the most beguiling vampire he’s encountered in four centuries. She was defiant, impulsive and flirtatious, but he saw the frighteningly fragile woman hiding behind her blustery bravado.

As a fledgling vamp, Maya still has centuries ahead of her to grow out of her youthful defiance, but if she doesn’t start thinking before she acts, she might not live long enough to gain that lifetime of wisdom.


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Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog http://ebookobsessed.com. Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.

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