Published by Lyrical Press on June 21st, 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
A man of darkness, a man of passion, trapped by temptation and desire. It's an inviting, achingly pleasurable alchemy no woman can refuse . . .
In the battle between good and evil, Kayla Ward knows vampires are strictly off limits. As a Watcher she is sworn to protect humankind from the nightwalkers. But a series of murders--the victims all women--leaves Kayla with only one choice: to join forces with the dark side. It isn't her fault that Ethan's seductive allure triggers every zone of pleasure in her body . . .
There is a delicate balance that short stories need to strike, where readers need to know the characters enough to be invested in them, and need a decent conclusion to either the action or the romance (or both!) in order to work. That’s a lot to cram into a small format, and NIGHT SINS only manages to make you care about the characters. There were so many loose ends that I was frankly surprised by the last page turn.
I found Kayla a bit difficult to get to know, but by the end I liked her. As a Watcher, a concept which is kinda explained in the prologue, she is charged with protecting Las Vegas from the things that go bump in the night. She answers to a Council, who send her on miscellaneous assignments, but who don’t seem to offer her much in the way of support. Kayla does have some magic powers, but she seems to have little control over them and she gets completely short-circuited when she’s around Ethan, the vampire leader of Las Vegas, who owns many bars, clubs and casinos.
I liked Kayla and Ethan, but man, did they ever do some stupid, stupid things sometimes. Like Kayla walking into a strip club when her powers are empathy based, and then getting a bit too drunk and feeling so horny she had to be saved by Ethan; or Ethan and Kayla both receiving an address to investigate from each of their governing bodies, and still going in without checking it out first.
The writing wasn’t amazing; the characters’ flirtatious behaviour was called a “cat and mouse game” twice in three pages. The end of the book came so quick that if this had been a real paper book, I would’ve sworn someone had torn the final chapter out of the book. It just felt like nothing was resolved other than solving a relatively minor mystery and agreeing that they do like each other. If you mind a story with loose ends, maybe give this short story a pass.More Reviews: