Blood Shadows (Blackthorn #1) by Lindsay J. Pryor
Synopsis: Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of ‘third species’ beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit’s most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy – a master vampire – comes with a death wish. Many have tried, but few have survived.
For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed 7 years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane’s help she is next.
Review: The premise starts out interesting enough. I just would have liked more of an actual story as opposed to the large amount of sex. Basically, this would have worked better for me as an urban fantasy than a paranormal romance. I don’t mind British or other non-American authors, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the constant references to her “knickers” got annoying after a while. Blame it on my American ignorance (even though we use that term occasionally), but it just doesn’t sound sexy. Granted, neither do the words “panties” or “drawers” or “bloomers”. The point is that it was overused, though with how often those two went at it I wondered why she even wore them at all.
In general I wasn’t a huge fan of the dynamic either. I like for the heroines to have a bit more control and it was pretty clear that he was in the driver’s seat. Later in the book they develop the actual storyline a bit more, though it may be too little too late for some. I like the magic and the creatures, so I might keep up with this one for a book or two just to feel it out and see if this series is for me. Like most serial PNR novels the next book focuses on another couple, but apparently the overarching storyline continues.
Though it wasn’t a personal fave of mine this year, I do see its appeal so I can recommend giving it a try.