Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Love and Brimstone

Title: Love and Brimstone
Author:  Tymber Dalton
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
ISBN/BIN: 1-61926-382-3
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Paranormal Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Anastazia “Taz” Proctor had a sheltered childhood. Her parents didn’t stick around much; instead they gallivanted around the globe, leaving her in the care of a majordomo/nanny. Now she’s a high-powered lawyer, capable of fixing any problem and wealthy executive Matthias Hawthorne wants to hire her. But he wants her for more than her litigation skills. Matthias has loved and helped watch over her for years and is now ready to divulge a secret. She’s a vampire, just like he is. 

Before Taz’s powers can be trained, danger rears its head and they’re forced to flee into the safety of Yellowstone National Park. Learning of her heritage and the things that go with it are, at times, almost too much for Taz to cope with and she’s angry and afraid. Even their refuge isn’t safe and they discover a traitor among them. Can Taz survive another attempt on her life? Can Matthias protect her? 

Love and Brimstone is the first release Tymber Dalton’s Brimstone Vampires. Please note that this book’s been extensively revised and was previously released by another publisher. 

The story begins slowly…when Taz’s an infant, and shows how she’s cared for by Tim, her so-called nanny and protector. Ms. Dalton did a nice job showing the closeness and love of their relationship, before and after the death of her parents. I also like that once Taz became an adult, Tim stays an important stabilizing force in her life.  

I like Matthias. The man has the patience of a saint. I say this because once the truth of Taz’s heritage is revealed, she doesn’t handle it well. In fact, her personality changes so much in the middle, it’s like reading about a different person. Instead of the caring woman Tim raised, she acts like a brat that I didn’t like much. There are pages of circular writing dealing with her out-of-control emotions and it got old.  

The secondary characters are few but each adds an interesting piece to the story puzzle.  That is particularly true of Tim and Rafe (spoiler alert), both of whom I enjoyed. There’s also some bumps, bruises and near death experiences, from some odd otherworldly creatures out to get Taz. Where I had trouble with the plot was the vampire part and their special abilities. There just wasn’t anything new or special about it. The next book is Brimstone Blues.

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