Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Title: Downbeat
Author: Mary Hughes
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61921-875-8
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx
Release Date: 03-04-2014

As a young man, Dragan Zajicek and his family were attacked—they died and he woke a vampire. Venting his anger, he spent centuries in one war after another. Now he’s an internationally famous conductor and an information broker—a spy, which is why he’s following rumors of a powerful vampire called the Soul Stealer. But once in Meiers Corners, Dragan gets distracted by a beautiful woman with a ridiculous name—Rocky.

Ridiculed as a child, shy and unassuming Rocky can’t understand why Dragan is attracted to her. His kisses make her blood sizzle but she doesn’t trust that it’s real. Soon people start dying and it looks like a vampire monster is responsible—and she’s not supposed to even know they exist. As the danger grows, Dragan isn’t certain he can keep the woman he cares for safe from the rogue determined to possess her.

Downbeat is the newest release in the fun and entertaining paranormal series, Biting Love, by Mary Hughes. While it’s possible to read as a standalone, I really recommend they be read in order.

Once again we’re back in the fun and quirky town of Meiers Corners with another well written and fast paced winning story. I found the premise for this one—the Soul Stealer—particularly appealing. Its unique plot and plentiful twists kept my interest and the pages turning from beginning to end.

There are numerous great characters, starting with new lovers, Rocky and Dragan, who have nicely developed personalities and interesting personal histories. The author did a good job with their sizzling chemistry and bantering dialogue, which gave me more than a few chuckles. But that’s not all. We get to see lots of characters we’ve met before, copious vivid details, action, danger and several revelations in the ongoing story arc. 

I don’t know where the series is going or who will be the focus of the next release but I can’t wait. Watch for it.

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