Sunday, May 31, 2009

Review - Honor Calls by Caridad Piñeiro

Quick review today, which is appropriate for a quick read from Nocturne Bites.

From eHarlequin:
"As FBI Assistant Director, Jesus Hernandez expects a fair share of crime in New York City. Yet nothing could have prepared him for what he witnesses outside a Goth bar called the Blood Bank: hunter Michaela Ramirez slaying an elder vampire. Jesus is skeptical at first, but Michaela is determined to make him believe in the supernatural beings that roam the city. And as Michaela draws him deeper into an underground world of darkness and danger, he finds her sexy bravado is more than can resist....
But there is one thing Michaela is afraid to tell Jesus: that she is part vampire herself. Because even though she's fallen for the enticing agent, everyone she's gotten close to in the past has run away...or died"
From the Nocturne Bites line, Honor Calls is a short story available only on eBook. What it lacks in length, however, it makes up for in steamy sex and surprisingly heavy emotion. Coming in at under 100 pages, I expected a bit of back story, one (maybe two) steamy encounters, and a quick, possibly cheesy HEA. I'm happy to report that Honor Calls transcended my expectations. While I am a reader who will likely always prefer longer, stand alone titles, this was a perfectly enjoyable read. The hero and heroine are compelling, the heroine is fueled by a history of pain and a call to duty that is a clear motivator, and the HFN (happily for now) ending is far more appropriate, given the characters, than a HEA would have been.

Rating: 4/5



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