Title: Night Promises: Night Pleasures 1
Author: Tonya Renee Callihan
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Publication Date: January 5, 2011
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-936653-01-0
Length: 44 Pages
Purchase: Secret Cravings Store
Kelly O’Keefe first met a vampire when she was twelve. Now the pair are best friends and have opened Night Pleasures, an underground club that caters to vampires and their needs. When Kelly’s sister is murdered, she finds herself working with Connor, a vampire she's been in love with for months. Unable to trust men, let alone a vampire, can she let him help her solve her sister’s murder?
Connor has been watching after Kelly for seven months with the help of his sire and best friend Micah. Connor has kept himself at a distance even though he knows they are life mates. He's afraid of losing control and turning Kelly against her will. When he learns Kelly plans on investigating her sister’s death, he steps in and allows himself to get close to her.
But how close is too close?
Night Promises: Night Pleasures 1 by Tonya R. Callihan is the first story in her new erotic paranormal series. It's a short, fast moving story dealing with romance and a murder mystery. The characters aren't as fully developed as I would have liked but overall it was an enjoyable read.
Kelly O'Keefe is an good lead character, she's known about vampires since she was twelve years old and was saved by one. Noe she's part owner of a night club, Night Pleasures, which caters to their kind. She knows that vampires are dangerous but she knows how to work with them and believes that her vampire partner, Mac, would save her if something comes up. When her younger sister is killed by a vampire, Kelly holds herself responsible for introducing her to their existence. She's also confused over her growing attraction to Connor, one of her vampire customers.
Connor is an interesting vampire, he's attracted to Kelly and believes that she's his mate but is reluctant to let her know of his attraction. Turned by Micah, a centuries old vampire, when he was dying, Connor is still somewhat conflicted about his vampire existence. It's only when he realizes that Kelly is going to jeopardize her safety by investigating her sister's death that Connor finally realizes he must step forward and protect the woman he loves.
The scenes between Kelly and Connor are okay for the most part but I would have enjoyed them more if the story's pace had moved slower and if the characters had been more fully developed. I would have liked the romance to have been better developed but it was sufficient for the story, though it wasn't as spicy as I was expecting. The secondary characters were pivotal to the story and I particularly liked both Mac and Micah, and their possible romance, which I believe will be the focus of the next book in this series.
The story ends at an okay place with Connor and Kelly exploring their future together and only partly solving Kelly's sisters murder. There are some unresolved issues which I'm hoping are addressed in the sequel to this story. I'm looking forward to reading where this author takes us in this new world that she's building.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
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