Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Brimstone Blues

Title: Brimstone Blues
Author: Tymber Dalton
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61926-386-6
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Since finding out she’s a vampire, Taz has had it rough. She’s learning to control her powers, someone tried to kill her and she’s still coming to grips with her relationship with Matthias. It’s almost too much to deal with. Then she discovers something unsettling about Rafe’s death, making her doubt her sanity.  

Taz is crazy about Matthias and wants to spend the rest of her life with him, but her vampire life keeps getting in the way. That means traveling to London to deal with the Tribunal to get justice for Rafe from the woman who killed him. But that’s not all. There are traitors still at work tracking her every move. With Matthias at her side, Taz can do anything but she’s still hiding a secret that just might stop the wedding they’re planning. 

Brimstone Blues is the second release in Tymber Dalton’s Brimstone Vampires series. It takes up almost immediately after the first book, so they should be read in order.  

The world-building continues and we get a better understanding of some additional aspects of Taz and Matthias’s life. That means more background information on his past and the introduction of Tobias, his interesting eight hundred plus year-old grandfather, who I really enjoyed. We also see more of Tim, her ‘adopted’ dad, who’s a great character. Ms. Dalton did a real nice job bringing Rafe back into the story (remember he’s dead) and her explanation worked well and I’m curious as to how the situation will play out in the future. 

The Tribunal in London is another interesting new part of Taz’s life and something she has to become a part of. The bad guy’s determined to make his plan work and it’s in London where he makes his move. But…the villain and his henchmen are known, so there’s nothing surprising here. They even have their own point of view in the story. Also, the black moment isn’t too intense because Taz is so powerful.

Now my big niggle of the story. It’s Taz and her attitude. I understand that Taz’s life has changed but the writing is in a circle, constantly rehashing the same stuff. She’s rude, selfish and hateful to everyone, not just Matthias, and why they like her is beyond me. I know she’s stuck in a grief cycle but enough is enough.  At heart, she’s supposed to be a good person but Taz’s choices are turning her into an unlikable heroine.

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