Early Review: A Kiss of Blood (Vamp City #2) by Pamela Palmer

June 20, 2013 Review 3 ★★★

Early Review: A Kiss of Blood (Vamp City #2) by Pamela PalmerA Kiss of Blood by Pamela Palmer
Series: Vamp City
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Excerpt: Excerpt
Published by Avon on June 25, 2013
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Edelweiss
Reviewed by: Abigail
3 Stars

Sexual content

Sex scenes, a briefly described orgy, attempted rape

ONLY ONE WOMAN CAN SAVE VAMP CITY

One of the few humans who managed to escape the deadly twilight world of Vamp City, Quinn Lennox vows to never return. But the vampires want her back, for only she has the power to renew the magic of their crumbling world--and free the vampires trapped within.

When the handsome, dangerous, and all too seductive Arturo Mazza comes for her, Quinn knows she can never trust him after the betrayal she suffered at his hands. But with her beloved brother's fate hanging in the balance, and her own power beginning to emerge, she chooses to risk all on yet another perilous journey back to Vamp City. And though she tries to deny it, her heart begins to hold hope that even a ruthless vampire can learn the meaning of true love….

I was a tad disappointing by decidedly less dark story in A KISS OF BLOOD.  Part of what made A BLOOD SEDUCTION so intoxicating was the unbridled ferocity of it's characters and world.  Vamp City is literally a place were vampires rule, and these vampires feed on more than just blood.  Emotions like fear, pain, and pleasure are sought after with equal abandon.  The result was terrifying and tantalizing in turn.  In A KISS OF BLOOD, all those depraved and delicious moments are somewhat sanitized.

The Arturo from the first book was half villain, half hero, and I don't think he always knew which side of him would prevail in any situation.  He was the kind of character who evoked equal parts lust and loathing (a trembling combination). I was a little let down by the decidedly more noble vampire in this sequel.  Instead of taking what he wanted and making no apologies fore his baser desires, he spends the whole book trying to prove himself to Quinn.  I still liked him, but he became much more like a standard PNR hero than the intoxicating bastard from the debut.

On the plus side, Vamp City is still one brutal place.  Vampires, werewolves, demons, and fae are all pretty terrifying most of the time (especially fear vampire Cristoff and pleasure vampire Fabian). Nothing that happens here is safe or easy.  These vampires know no restraint and the consequences are sometimes shocking.  Don't expect an HEA in this one (is that even possible in Vamp City?), but Pamela Palmer says there will be at least two, possibly three more books in the Vamp City series. I'll certainly be back, hoping for a darker story next time, but all the same excitement and danger that I've enjoyed so far.

3 Responses to “Early Review: A Kiss of Blood (Vamp City #2) by Pamela Palmer”

  1. Kt.

    Oh my goodness, a book we disagree on. It was bound to happen sometime. ;)

    I actually enjoyed the changes in Arturo. Even though I agree that he was an incredibly intoxicating bastard in the first book, I’m pretty sure that if his behavior had of continued to be the same in this book, it would have started to really turn me off. Even so, I probably still would have agreed with you if the changes in him hadn’t been so well explained/developed. It really was like he was waking from a decades long apathy towards life and everything good in it.

    • Abigail

      Well it was bound to happen sooner or later :)

      I know what you mean, but for me she took it too far in the opposite direction and he lost too much of what made him unique.

  2. Kris

    Vamp City sounds like a place I’d like to visit (through a book, not in actuality!). I love a book that can show the brutal, terrifying side of paranormal creatures. I’m interested in checking out this series. Thanks for the review!