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Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday's Short Review: Bride of the Night by Heather Graham


Title: Bride of the Night
Author: Heather Graham
Genre: Paranormal Historical Romance
Publisher: MIRA
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“She's the vampire that could destroy a nation.
At least, that's what Pinkerton detective Finn Dunne thinks of Tara Fox. Capturing her aboard a ship sneaking its way northward, he's convinced she's been sent to take out President Lincoln. While she's certainly the most attractive assassin he's ever faced, that won't keep him from his duty.

Tara has always been caught between worlds. As a vampire born and raised in Key West, she has many friends among the humans. Many friends that are now fighting and dying in the raging Civil War.
When her strange dreams began, she thought of them as abstract visions. But she now knows that she must travel to Washington, D.C., and protect the president at all costs. Finn still won't trust her, despite what he's seen. And if Tara has to go through him—or bring reinforcements—to save Lincoln, she will do whatever it takes, even if it costs her her heart.”
Bride of the Night is a paranormal romance set during The Civil War.  

Our main characters Tara and Finn are both half-blood vampires (human mother, vampire father). Tara had never met anyone like her before, she suspected there were more of her kind but had never encountered one until the day she meets Finn. 
Finn is a Pinkerton detective in charge of President Lincoln’s security, he knows others like him that also work for the president, but Tara is different, she doesn’t know much about their kind, what she knows is because she had discovered by herself. She doesn’t even know she has half-siblings. 
At first Finn sees her as a treat to the president, he knows there is more to her or at least that’s what he wants to believe because of his attraction to her, attraction that is making him careless and forgetful, things he had never been. Circumstances throw them together in a place where they need to work close to each other to survive. After spending sometime together Finn realizes she is as devoted to the president as he is. 
Tara finds Finn fascinating, it’s not just that he is the first one of her kind she has met but she admires his passion for his job and the president’s welfare.

I really liked Tara, she is sweet, caring and strong. I really liked her determination, she has an objective and does whatever is require of her to reach it.
Finn is dreamy, he is a “man” of principles and courage. What I liked the most about Finn was his ability to accept when he was mistaken. 
They relationship developed slowly, their attraction was believable and hot.

The secondary characters are diverse and interesting. I really loved Tara’s best friend Richard and Tara’s almost step-dad Seminole Pete. But the one I loved was President Lincoln, he’s conversations with Tara were beautiful and inspiring, and I really would have loved to know more about him.
Even though I had some suspicions about the villain I can almost say he was a surprise, I really liked that twist in the story.

My final thought: Although Bride of the Night was an entertaining read I had some problems with it, it felt slow and a bit repetitive at times. The actions scenes were good but they became too much of the same and I wanted the story to move along a bit faster. After some stalling the pace picked up one third to the end and there Bride of the Night became a page turner difficult to put down.
What I found fascinating about this book is the way Mrs. Graham intermingles accurate historical events and details of the time with the paranormal aspects of the story; she writes them so well that they feel real and easy to believe.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws


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