Thursday, November 15, 2018

Release Blitz Review: A Vampire's Heart by Kayleigh Sky

A Vampire's Heart 
(Ellowyn Found #1)
by Kayleigh Sky
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance

Vampires live.

And they hunger…

Otto Jones, a cop assigned to the seemingly random murder of a vampire, would rather hide out in the nearest bar than waste his time on a dead vamp. He hates the bloodthirsty demons. But when the king of the vampires commands him to work with one of the lesser princes and find the killer, he has no choice.

Prince Jessamine Senera is ready to sacrifice his happiness in a loveless marriage for his family’s benefit… but not yet. He dreams of adventure, excitement, and true love. He lives on romance novels and detective stories and wishes he could drink synthetic blood like every other vampire. But he can’t. He needs human blood to survive and is hated by vampires and humans alike.

As Otto and Jessa draw closer to an entity that doesn’t want to be discovered, Otto finds the heart he thought long dead opening to the romance-loving Jessa. No good can possibly come from falling in love with a vampire, but when a shadowy assailant attacks Jessa, Otto will descend into the darkest pit of the earth to rescue him.

If you like vampires, mythical and urban settings, intense suspense, and happy ever after, then you’ll love this first book in the dark and mysterious Ellowyn Found trilogy!

A Vampire’s Heart is a stand-alone paranormal dystopian noir romance with a satisfying conclusion to the love story and a central mystery that weaves the trilogy together.

This is my first book of Kayleigh Sky and I'm definitely intrigued with this series. There is a great world building and I like the concept of 'drainer' as the pariah among the vampire. Prince Jessamine is one of the drainer and he was heavily protected by his family. When I started this book, I was expecting the vampire hero to be the alpha type, so Jessamine, who is basically a vampire twink caught me off guard. 

The human detective, Otto, on the other hand is your cynical, gruff and broody detective who didn't get along with his co-worker. Otto is not a very likable character, he definitely won't be making anyone swoon, but his personality feel real - the asshole cop who still believe in justice. 

Honestly, throughout the read, I find myself more invested in the homicide cases of the vampires instead of the romance between Otto and Jessamine. Their romance is slow burn and lack sexual tension. I was there waiting for them to make some sexual gesture or a meaningful stare. When they finally come together, I just don't feel their chemistry. The investigation on the other hand was intriguing and kept me guessing who is the bad guy. Ultimately, I believe there is big story arc that will continue through the rest of the series, but we did get a some answer at least, just not the big picture yet. I can't wait to see what's next for this series. I hope the romance part can be better.

So… About me. I’ve never run a marathon or scaled Mt. Everest. I’ve never scuba dived or sky dived. I’ve surfed though. That was fun. I have six tattoos, and I really love ink. I also love all plants. Zinnias are one of my favorite flowers. If you’ve never see a zinnia, look it up. Very pretty. It’s an old-timey plant but super easy to grow. Anyway, the big thing I do is write m/m erotic romance. But as much as I love romance and sex, I really love going deep into the dark with my characters. What are their wounds? How can I peel them raw and drag them into the light? This leads to some fairly dark stories sometimes, but even the dark ones come with humor. I think the contradictions in people are ripe for hilarious scene setups. I need humor and light in my life—otherwise, I go into some pretty dark places myself. I live with only one cat now—I once had thirteen. That was crazy. I take up most of the things I research for my characters—photography, tarot, and jewelry making for example. I even bought a recorder once because Ori from Jesus Kid played one. I love that part of my job. I also love to walk and lift weights. I’m not a big fan of yoga—just throwing that out there. So far, all of my characters embody something of me, and all of my characters have given me something of them. But no matter what the struggle is from book to book, love always wins out. I'm strong on plot, strong on character, stronger on love. You can count on happily ever after from me every time. I write my stories to open hearts and uplift spirits. Love matters. It counts. And it's for everyone. 


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