She Kissed A Vampire by Carol Van Atta
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She Kissed a Vampire
Werewolves of the West
Carol Van Atta
Print Length: 278 pages
Publisher: Cambridge Press US
December 16, 2013
Best selling author Melanie Larson’s relationship with her friend, Chloe Carpenter, is bleak. Falsely accused of murder, Chloe’s future rests in the hands of her mate, Zane Marshall, and the Pacific Pack’s purebred werewolves. In an effort to help, Melanie joins forces with the pack and soon discovers the monsters she writes about in her paranormal novels really do go bump in the night.
As Chloe struggles with legal troubles, an unwanted blood bond with a master vampire, and a reunion with her mate, Melanie untangles the attention of multiple supernatural suitors determined to claim her as their own. Strangely attracted to a brazen vampire, she must decide if the blurred line between passion and pain is worth crossing.
Werewolves, vampires, and fae royalty race to unearth an ancient artifact with the power to extend their existence. Can Chloe and Melanie restore their friendship in time to stop magical mayhem from ruining everything they’ve worked so hard to redeem?
I was gifted this book by Paranormal romance and authors that rock and Carol Van Atta
In the second installment of the werewolves of the west series the story continues with Zane and Chloe but also adds Melanie in as the other view in the book. The book follows Melanie’s romance with Alcuin, Chloe’s escape from jail to help the pack, the fallen angels helping the dark fae, and Zane becoming the king of werewolves. Along the way we learn about how there are always good and bad sides even with angels.
I really love the two view points from Chloe and Melanie. Its interesting how two best friends could have so different views of the supernatural world but end up being very comfy in it. I was intrigued that these mythical creatures that were pictured as sweet were very out right horrible and that looks can be deceiving.
I would recommend this to adults who still love their fantasy books. 18+ because of the sex scenes and heads rolling.
I Kissed a Dog
The Werewolves of the West Series Book One
Carol Van Atta
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Charles River Press
Cover Artist: Ann Falcone
Chloe Carpenter isn’t like other women. She can communicate with animals. A gift she unwrapped following one of her frequent dances with death.
In her otherwise wacky life, she’s finally found a semblance of sanity working at the Plum Beach Wildlife Park, where her unique talents can make life or death differences for the animals in her care. That semblance is shattered when a new veterinarian roars into the park in his spiffed up sports car and sets his golden gaze on her. If she had her way, he’d roar right back out.
Problem: He’s her new coworker and he’s saved her life twice – in the past twenty-four hours.
Zane Marshall, Enforcer for the Pacific Pack of purebred werewolves, has a job to do – figure out who or what is mutilating the young men of Plum Beach.
With orders to find the woman who talks to animals, he accepts a position working alongside the fiery Chloe Carpenter, a female who ignites his interest far more than he ever expected. Remarkably, she’s the one elusive female with potential to bring meaning and passion to his empty existence.
Problem: She despises him.
Together, they’re forced to unravel a mystery of supernatural proportions, a murderous mystery with eternal implications for everyone. In the process, they discover opposites really do attract.
Major Problem: Zane is pledged to another woman, and she’ll do anything to keep him from Chloe.
Review of “I Kissed a Dog” by Carol Van Atta
I received this book from the author and Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock in exchange for an honest review.
This is book 1 in the Werewolves of the West Series, you must read the books in order.
As a teenager, Chloe Carpenter woke from a 7 month long coma with the ability to hear the thoughts of animals. As an adult, Chloe utilizes her gift to help treat animals at her local zoo. A run in with a usually friendly lion causes her to be saved by the new veterinarian Zane Marshall. Chloe knows something is up when she starts hearing the thoughts running through Zanes head when before she could only hear her animals. Add to the mix the mystery of a local serial killer, and Chloes life goes from boring and peaceful to scary and insane in the blink of an eye.
Although I was kind of put off by the title, I really enjoyed this book. The story was compelling and flowed nicely without dragging at all. There was very little in the way of physical romance, but a lot of character development throughout the story. I really liked Chloe because, while she was clumsy, she wasn’t portrayed as a helpless female. Chloe often found her way out of a bad spot or held her ground even when it might have been wiser to duck and cover. Although Zane exhibits territorial traits when it comes to Chloe, it never gets over the top, he has just the right amount of Alpha Male for the average reader. Overall I really enjoyed reading this book and I can’t wait to read the next one and find out what happens next.
The only thing that I really could find wrong with this book is that it really needs another run by and editor. There are misspelled words and repeated words that need to be removed.
I think it’s great for anyone that enjoys a good mystery along with their paranormal romance. I would consider this book a lighter version (in terms of sex) of the Anita Blake, Dark Hunters, or Bitten Series.
I give this Book 4 out of 5 fangs.
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/jeuDqevNSXM
About the Author:
Like most authors, Carol Van Atta is no stranger to the written word. She penned a short novel at age 12 (somewhat frightening illustrations included, and lots of bunnies were involved), and had a creative writing piece published in her high school newspaper (about David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs LP). Yes, she’s an ex-80’s chick.
Devouring books from numerous genres, Carol developed a deep thirst/hunger for more reading material, and could almost always be found with her nose in a book.
She has contributed to several popular inspirational anthologies and devotional books, and lives in the rainy wetland of Oregon with a terrifying teen (another in college) and a small zoo of animals. She is taking an undetermined hiatus away from inspirational writing to delve into her darker side. (Though you can check out her latest spiritual suspense novel, Soul Defenders). It is rumored that this genre-jumping occurred after Carol discovered too suspicious red marks on her neck, and experienced an unquenchable urge to howl at the moon.