Saturday, November 2, 2013

Review: Vampire Games by Tiffany Allee

Title: Vampire Games (Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency #4)
Author: Tiffany Allee
Source: Entangled Ever After
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Police Procedural
Release Date: October 28 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

She’s seen the past…

OWEA Agent Beatrice Davis is haunted by the death visions that help her solve crimes. When Detective Claude Desmairis, her vampire ex-lover, asks for her assistance on a case, she’d rather help him than take the mandated leave to stave off her burn-out.

The truth won’t stay buried…

Pressed to solve a series of crimes before the perpetrator blows the vampire world apart, Claude turns to a woman he thought he’d been able to leave behind. But he was wrong, and his feelings for her will only bring trouble in an investigation this dangerous.

As their passions reignite, they see a possible future together. Until her visions show her the face of the murderer—a man Claude can never betray.

*This can be read as a standalone*

Unfortunately,Vampire Games fell a little short for me.  I had a difficult time relating to the characters.  Beatrice Davis can see past emotional and visual imprints on objects, which is a very powerful gift.  At the beginning of the story she was full of spunk and attitude and I loved it.  But somewhere along the line her attitude changed and I just didn't like her as much - she dwelt far too much on her past relationships to the point it seemed to be a little whiny at times.  Claude, her romantic interest, was just a little too stagnant.  I would have liked to see him as a more dynamic character.

The story of Bea and Claude involves rogue vampires as well as a crime that has haunted Bea's dreams for years.  The detective part of the story was very good.  Even though we are pretty sure who the bad guy in early on, we don't know the why or the how until the very end.  The clues were dropped nicely and the characters didn't have a lot of sudden inspirations for no reason that solved everything.

If you are looking for more of a detective story and aren't worried as much about the character development, you will enjoy this one a lot, it just ended up being not quite up  my alley.

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