Nightfire by Alyson Burdette
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (157 pages)
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid
Olivia Townsend's love is eternal-and deadly.
When a murder shakes the small town of Peninsula, all eyes are on Olivia Townsend. She may look eighteen, but the townspeople can sense there’s something darker hiding behind her pretty eyes. Olivia knows the smart thing to do is to get out of town. Suspicious neighbors can only mean trouble for a vampire. But leaving becomes much more difficult when William, a mysterious man from her past, arrives. Finding out what brought him back is a temptation Olivia just can’t resist. William’s kindness and interest in Olivia only makes leaving harder. As she starts to fall for him, she’s forced to decide if sticking around is really worth the risk of being discovered. Of course, her mystery man has a secret of his own-and he’s not talking.
Olivia is a one hundred year old vampire, but looks nineteen, the age when she turned. Her world flips upside down when she meets and falls desperately in love with a vampire hunter.
Her lonely life finds meaning when she meets Jesse and his sister Jane. They are staying with Jane's boyfriend William who is looking after his uncle's house while the older man is away.
She senses something strange about both the men although Jane seems perfectly normal. Love distracts her, making her careless and vulnerable to other vampires.
Olivia appears to be reclusive with a mind set on keeping her nature secret and searching for her food outside her local area. The companionship she receives from the group of friends spreads warmth through her. When William and Jesse argue and Jesse leaves, Olivia's confusion knows no bounds.
The book starts smoothly and climbs rapidly into the world of paranormal. Olivia is a vampire with a difference, a vampire who drinks blood and eats flesh - human flesh. Ms Burdette provided a wonderful central character, not the evil or funny vampires of other paranormal books. This vampire is the same as anyone else, she gardens, she cleans. The only difference is her diet and her incredible speed and stamina.
William and Jesse are two masterful men, both attracted to Olivia. Unable to resist the different allure of each of them she tries to fathom why they seem so familiar to her. In other words this is a romance. Two guys, one girl who just happens to be a vampire. Poor Jane gets a very low profile, but I believe the author might be tempted to write a sequel and maybe Jane will get a bigger part in the second book.
I would be happy to read this vampire novel more than once. Paranormal at its best.