Author: Martin Lastrapes
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Horror
Publisher: Cannibal Press
Published: March 23, 2015
Synopsis: Adam and Jesus (the vampire and the hunter) have an innate antagonism, which is only heightened once they discover they're competing for the affections of the same girl. Olivia (the girl) is an aspiring author struggling to write a vampire novel. What none of them yet know is there's a menacing force looming that will change the course of their lives forever. With the first installment of The Vampire and the Hunter Trilogy, Martin Lastrapes has created a vampire tale that is scary, funny, thrilling, and satisfying to the very last drop.
I found the book really difficult to get into. The premise was intriguing and caught my attention, but the beginning of the book was slow. There is a love triangle that is curious and a bit strange between a vampire, Adam, the girl they both adore, Olivia, and Jesus, the vampire hunter. Olivia is caught between the two men and seems to like it there. Ironically, she is trying to write a vampire novel and meets Adam who can give her the up close and personal details she needs to sell her book. However, she also has Jesus in her life and he finds her fragile and desirable, but sees her as needing protection.
The book is a bit dark at times. As the synopsis suggests, it is scary at times in terms of the situations Olivia finds herself in. There is a strong sense of suspense throughout the book, but I found myself skimming the story to get to the point. Jesus bothered me and I can't put my finger on why except he seemed a bit like a stalker at the beginning when he was so focused on Olivia's schedule and why she wasn't where she should be when he thought she should be there.
There were some humorous instances in the book and some soft, romantic moments as well, but not enough for me as a reader. I found there were a lot of characters who were muddying the water, but I'm sure are important in the following novels in the trilogy. I can see some people truly enjoying the cat and mouse game that is played in the book. If you are a solver of puzzles, then this is the book for you.
Oh! On a side note, I found it interesting that the author used capital "T's" to introduce the vampire and the hunter, and a lower case "t" to introduce the girl in the title. I noticed it when I first looked at the book cover and wondered why that as the case- I'm still wondering since Olivia is not a weak female character. I do love the cover art though- great visual.