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First Look: Jacquelyn Frank’s Thirst (January 17, 2017)

Thirst by Jacquelyn Frank

Jacquelyn Frank
Thirst (The Energy Vampires #1)
Loveswept / January 17, 2017 /  $4.99 digital

A hidden society of vampires—and the humans they love—are at the heart of this opening novel in a biting, all-original series from the New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank of the Nightwalkers saga.

Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire, soaking up nourishment from the sun—and, only when necessary, drawing sweet sustenance from humans who are pure in body and spirit. As the right-hand man to his queen, Rafe is a key player at a historic peace summit in New York City, which will unite the vampire nations against a common threat: the sycophants, who feed on humanity and kill indiscriminately. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blond police detective may put everything at risk.

Detective Renee Holden has never worked a homicide quite like this. The victim has twin puncture wounds on his neck, and the only eyewitness swears she saw a vampire. Now’s definitely not the time to get distracted by a seductive stranger. But the suave, darkly austere, exotically handsome Rafe DaSilva is a hard man to deny, and as Renee falls under his spell, she also falls prey to his enemies. Desperate to protect her, Rafe lifts the veil on a shadow realm she can only visit—a world of intoxicating power, terrifying dangers, and forbidden pleasures.

I love it when a paranormal books gives us a new twist on a creature we all love. We mainly think of vampires as bloodsuckers, many a disparaging comment has made, in fact, about our cold, dead bloodsucker vamps. Just when we think we know all there is to know about vampires, Frank gives us energy suckers. Gone are the tell-tell bite marks by the carotid, our new and improved vamps go for the back of the neck, think of it as a chakra drain of sorts! Oh goodness, it warms the soul. It still has the orgasmic powers of the vampires bites we know and love, it’s just minus the love bite hickey for all the world to see!

…he jerked her forehead forward until it was touching his collarbone…he lowered his head to her neck and kissed her there. She felt his tongue lick at her and a wild thrill washed through her…She went limp in his hands as he first stroked the back of her neck and then fastened his mouth to the top vertebra where her spine met her neck.

Even the mechanics of biting is different in Thirst but the result…oh baby, the result is very much the pleasure-for-all-parties-involved, the same.

The sensations that followed would have been hard for her to describe. Her entire spine lit with jolts of electricity, as if all the signals being sent out from her spinal cord were suddenly halted and thrown in reverse.

Our hero Rafe is the right-hand man to the Queen of the energy vampires. He is sent to get information out of our heroine, detective Renee. A very strange and oddly specific murder has happened and Rafe knows it is the harbinger of doom for vampires and humans alike. What should be a brief intelligence gathering encounter with Renee takes a decidedly sexy turn when the chemistry between these two builds to a fever pitch over shared meal and sparkling banter. Renee is clearly more than Rafe bargained for and one taste, much to Rafe’s chagrin, is not going to be enough.

Frank does an excellent job setting up this new vampire world, she teases its mythology enough to keep you interested without making it feel like a data dump. Little snippets are dropped in as Rafe explains his world to an appropriately skeptical but open minded, Renee. The bad guys, or sycophants, threaten to destroy the fine balance our good vampires have established with unknowing humans for centuries. When faced with the remarkable truth of Rafe’s history, Renee must decide how to handle not just the overwhelming and unprecedented emotions she feels for Rafe, but also how this knowledge affects her career as a police officer. So many times in life, justice isn’t simply black or white, it falls in the grey area, especially when alien vampires are involved!

With Thirst, Frank takes us on a suspenseful, action packed ride. The danger is realistic and the sexual heat and chemistry between Rafe and Renee is palpable. The family tree/hierarchy of our vampires is set up to be exceptionally twisty and exciting. I am excited to see how she maneuvers this path she’s taking us down and I more than appreciate the way she is building this vampire world.

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Scandal has been blogging and podcasting for years over on Scandalicious Book Reviews - entertainment reviews with a bit of attitude. She loves chatting about all things romance, paranormal and highlanders, never forget the highlanders. Find her at @scandaliciousBR on Twitter.

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littlefoot
1. littlefoot
Not related but the button for B&N links to a totally different book by Tina Leonard.
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