Thursday, July 14, 2011

Presidential Heat

Title: Presidential Heat
Author: Faith V. Smith
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
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ISBN: 1-61034-296-8
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Suspense Vampire Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Kira Jackson’s worked hard to achieve her goal of becoming a Vampire Government Protector and the only thing standing in her way is President Gareth Hayes. As a decorated Marine, Kira’s capable of taking care of herself but the President doesn’t want a woman risking her life for him. Kira knows the instant attraction she feels for the sexy widower isn’t appropriate but it’s not her fault the President is her soul mate. 

Gareth’s attitude changes when terrorists attack him at the White House and Kira quickly finds herself as his bodyguard on the graveyard shift. The danger never stops and the threats keep coming, until Air Force One is targeted with the President aboard. When the plane goes down, Kira shows her strength and ability, but it also reveals to the media how much they mean to each other. To save their reputations, Kira and Gareth are thrown into a fake marriage and when Kira is later attacked and her secret is exposed, Gareth has to decide if he loves her enough to spend eternity with a vampire. 

Presidential Heat is the first book in Faith V. Smith’s new series Vampire Government Protectors. The story has a unique premise, is well written and plotted, has a good flow, and has plenty of twists and turns to keep your attention from beginning to end. The characters of Kira and Gareth are memorable and play well off each other, then the author puts them into realistic, occasionally dangerous situations, intermixed with a growing personal relationship. Add in suspense, terrorists and betrayal and you have all the components needed for an enjoyable, entertaining romance. 

It’s not unusual to have a storyline about protecting the president and there are lots of vampire books on the market but combining the two is a truly unexpected pleasure. The author did a nice job world building, giving an original slant to her vampires, the rules they live by and how they function in daily life.  It’s a fresh look at the vampire race that I really appreciated and I look forward to the next release in the series.

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