Monday, January 6, 2014

Because the NIght by Kristen Strassel

Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust. Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery.

Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her.

Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust.

But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her.

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My Review:
This story is sometimes sweet, many times raw, with drugs, sex and rock and roll all in one.
Callie is a green wet behind the ears daughter of hippies, Tristan is a very rough around the edges Vegas vampire rock super star. So how the heck do these two come together you ask? They know each other from 4 years ago which seems and feels like another time and another place with 2 completely different people. They were both young and innocent (although Tristan was starting to get into drugs then). Callie was the only person who ever “got” Tristan. He was comfortable with her, a feeling of acceptance and understanding that he has never gotten from anyone else. They had a teen age romance and then he suddenly is living in Vegas and not returning her calls.
My favorite lines are:
“Why did you invite me here, Tristan?”
“I want to feel real,” he whispered, still not sounding like my Tristan. Unable to hold his eyes open, he swayed under my touch. “You make me feel real.”
Sums it up so well.

Callie and her cousin plan a weeklong vacation to Las Vegas so that Callie can try to talk to Tristan and try to get some closure. The plan sure was not to stay in Vegas and never go home, but that is what Callie does. She wants to explore her new romance with Blade and save Tristan at the same time. Yep, you can see how well that is going to fly.
You will meet Blade, a super nice guy who falls hard for Callie and her for him. You will also meet a variety of vampires, some decent and some pure evil.
There are plots hatching all over the place in the vampire world and Callie is in the thick of one. A few times I looked at my kindle and said “damn girl, what were you thinking”, I cheered, I got angry, all hallmarks of a well written book. When a book can pull me in like that it is a winner.
There is a great cliff hanger/shocker at the end and I loved it! Normally I hate a cliff hanger but this one is great! I actually read it and said “SNAP!” out loud.

Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She's worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world's worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. Kristen is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.

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