Review: Tall, Dark, and Vampire

Tall, Dark, and Vampire by Sara Humphreys

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She always knew Fate was cruel…

The last person Olivia expected to turn up at her club was her one true love. It would normally be great to see him, except he's been dead for centuries. Olivia really thought she had moved on with her immortal life, but as soon as she sees Doug Paxton, she knows she'd rather die than lose him again. And that's a real problem…

But this is beyond the pale…

Doug is a no-nonsense cop by day, but his nights are tormented by dreams of a gorgeous redhead who's so much a part of him, she seems to be in his blood. When he meets Olivia face-to-face, long-buried memories begin to surface. She might be the answer to his prayers…or she might be the dead of him.



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Our review:

“Tall, Dark, and Vampire” by Sara Humphreys

Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Date Published: August 2013

 Review by Wendy Dawn

“In Summation”:

Saving strays is what Vampire and club owner Olivia does best. That is how she became the head of a Coven of her own. Finding damaged and wounded people on deaths door and turning them, they become a family.

When a murder near her nightclub causes the local police to draw their attention to Olivia and her family she comes face to face with her past.

Detective Doug Paxton has dreamed of a beautiful curvy red head his whole life. His latest murder investigation takes him to The Coven, a Greenwich Village Night club, he finds himself at a loss for words as he comes face to face with the woman of his dreams.

Olivia has to figure out who is killing her patrons and creating rogue vampires. She has to keep her wits about her as the one man she loved three hundred years ago has been reincarnated, and looks exactly the same.

Can she keep him safe from the evils lurking in the dark? Alternatively, will Doug’s fate be the same as her beloved Douglas? Who is creating a coven of rogue vampires in New York’s Greenwich Village?

“The Reviews are in”:

Losing the love of your life is never easy, being celibate for three hundred years makes a vampire cranky and on edge. You have to feel sorry for Olivia pining away for Douglas for all that time. However, she surrounded herself with her ‘strays’. She actually makes a family for herself, rather than a traditional vampire Coven.

Maya, the youngest, is the wild child little sister who’s antics starts all the trouble coming to their door. She puts the capitol ‘V’ in Vamp. Flirting comes to her as easily as breathing comes to humans. She was delightful! Maya also has a sensitive and remorseful side, and looks to Olivia to protect her – even from herself.

“Grounded?” Trixie laughed loudly and pounded the bar with a ring-studded fist. “That’s freaking brilliant. I feel like I’m living in an episode of the Vampire Brady Bunch.” ~Trixie to Olivia talking about Maya being confined to the club. 

Trixie, the ‘80’s punk rock chick, she looks badass but you get the feeling there is more to her than meets the eye. There is not too much about her other than her back-story and bartending at Olivia’s Goth nightclub “The Coven”. It would be interesting to see her have her story told.

Sadie, DJ spinning from the pulpit, (“The Coven” is in an old church complete with gothic arches) she was the first of Olivia’s children. Again, we get her back-story, club duties and her closer friendship with Olivia; she has been with her the longest. Sadie is the best friend everyone wishes they had in life. I smell another book here as well.

Pete, he is a sentry for the vampire government and a member of Olivia’s coven, was turned as a favor to a shape shifter in love with him (now his pregnant wife). This is prequel material here for the author. Pete assists with all the political intrigue going on in the city, he is the smoke screen for Olivia and the rest of his coven as they attempt to keep Maya from trouble.

When patrons show up murdered blocks from the club, human detective Doug Paxton shows up asking questions. When Olivia and Doug meet both are rendered speechless. He has been dreaming about her most of his life, and he looks exactly like her long dead Douglas. Fate and murder throw these two together.

The heat when the two finally let go and hook up is raw and unbelievable. Intimacy on a level that is rare for even vampires.

‘According to the tale, when a vampire found a blood mate and preformed a blood exchange, then both became day walkers.’   ~Olivia recalls the legend of blood mates

Could Doug be her Douglas reincarnated? She would never turn someone just to turn him or her, so she may never know. Vampires do not dream, why does she dream of Doug? Olivia is intrigued yet scared of being blood mates with Doug. Blood mates, in the past were marked for termination as a threat to the emperor/czar since they could not day walk and blood mates could. Is it worth the risk to find out?

Who is causing these murders? Who is building a Coven of crazed bloodthirsty rogue vampires? Why do they seem to be targeting Olivia’s coven?

Love, murder and politics…what more could you ask for in a novel. This one has it all! In addition, has room for more adventures, so many other characters can be explored. This was very well written with great character development. A fun read with some interesting twists, just when you think you know who it is…you may be right…or you may be wrong. I do not want to spoil the mystery for you!

The Ratings*:

Hero: 4

Heroine: 4.5

Story/Plot/HEA: 5

*The rating system is based on 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 the worst.

Hero – The main male character of the story. Heroine – The main female character of the story. Story/Plot/HEA (Happy Ever After) – The over all story line and culmination of the main plot or theme.

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Emma Edwards

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