Book Title: Don’t Bite the Messenger
Author: Regan Summers
The vampire population may have created an economic boom in Alaska, but their altered energy field fries most technology. They rely on hard-living—and short-lived—couriers to get business done…couriers like Sydney Kildare.
Sydney has survived to the ripe old age of twenty-six by being careful. She’s careful when navigating her tempestuous clients, outrunning hijackers and avoiding anyone who might distract her from her plan of retiring young to a tropical, vampire-free island.
Her attitude—and immunity to vampires’ allure—have made her the target of a faction of vampires trying to reclaim their territory. Her only ally is Malcolm Kelly, a secretive charmer with the uncanny habit of showing up whenever she’s in trouble. Caught in the middle of a vampire turf war, Sydney has to count on Malcolm to help her survive, or the only place she’ll retire is her grave…
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: January 16, 2012
Fun and fast paced, Regan Summers has created a story that takes the best aspects of a good urban fantasy, the best aspects of a steamy Paranormal Romance, and then combined them to make an adrenaline packed pager turner novella guaranteed to make to you late back from lunch.
Mary (not her real name) is the best courier in Alaska, and, unknown to her, she’s become the favourite of the local vampire boss. But when a new faction starts to make overthrow moves, he puts Malcom on to check her out, and if she’s innocent, keep her safe.
As with most urban fantasy, Mary is strong, independent, and has had the childhood from hell. But rather than become bitter, twisted or jaded, she’s just very aware, and she plans her life for the best escape routes. So she’s a great character, and very well developed, particularly within the confines of a novella.
The ending was a bit rushed, a bit abrupt, and certainly leaves room for further installments, but Regan still manages to tie this story up well. This poor reader will just have to keep her eye out for more stories from this world.