In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, civilization no longer exists, and only the strongest survive. The few remaining humans must band together with supernatural beings to battle unspeakable evil—or all hope will be lost.
Kimber Treat is an ordinary woman with an extraordinary gift: she can raise the dead. As a necromancer who works with the police, she communicates with murder victims to bring their killers to justice. But after a normal session goes horribly wrong, Kimber realizes she's summoned something dark and sinister. She's unwittingly unleashed the apocalypse, and everyone blames her . . . except Duncan MacDonnough, the devastatingly handsome vampire she can't stop fantasizing about.
As society shuts down and flesh-eating hordes close in, Duncan vows to protect Kimber. He can keep her safe from others—but not from the insatiable carnal hunger he feels for her. Now racing to reverse the chaos she's unleashed, Kimber can't afford any distractions. But even as she succumbs to Duncan's seduction, she fears that he has a hidden agenda. And with the line between life and death starting to blur, his secrets might kill her-or worse . . .
Kimber is a necromancer. Her ability to give life to the dead is put to good use by the police in solving murders, but what should be a routine raising goes horribly wrong! There's something out there in the darkness and it's somehow found it's way into our world. Kimber just cannot understand what's happening but there's no doubt something thoroughly evil and sentient has crossed over and is infecting people. An apocalypse of biblical proportions is upon the world as humans are turning into ravenous zombies and Kimber blames herself for allowing it to cross over, but playing the blame game will not stop this war against humanity.
Duncan is a vampire who has vowed to protect Kimber, even if she thinks she doesn't need him! He realises Kimber doesn't trust vampires as her parents died because of them, but Duncan is not giving up easily if at all! Kimber is in danger, not just from the zombies and surviving humans, but from Duncan's own Queen. Duncan needs Kimber in ways he never thought possible but she's proving to be a tough nut to crack. The immense attraction they feel for each other is electric but tearing down Kimber's walls and gaining her trust is proving to be a monumental task. Time is about to run out for Kimber though, and tough irrevocable choices will have to be made .
Well, so not what I was expecting, but in a good way. First, it's not a one of a type of story as the journey these characters are on is only just beginning. That's fabulous as it gives Ms Garner further opportunities to bring depth to these characters. A necromancer who can control the dead and a vampire who technically is dead in a relationship! The possibilities are mind blowing!
The heroine may think the only good vampire is a dead vampire, but she's certainly invested in keeping one particular vampire walking around and that's where this story really takes off. The passionate relationship between these two characters made me invest in the story. What had seemed frankly preposterous worked quite well as Kimber and Duncan each let their guard down a bit more. Duncan is quite a hard ass but when it comes to Kimber he seems to melt like butter.
I loved the secondary characters and their snarky interactions and would like to see more from them in future books. I think the world building is just getting started and I'd like to see it fleshed out a bit more, but could understand quite easily what was happening.
Now about what's happening, Zombies! It started great and then we didn't get anymore information about them. I found it a little disappointing, although I can see Ms Garner is trying to establish her characters with this first book and the intensity of their relationship.
At the end of the book Duncan's life has taken a huge turn and I'm not sure just how that will pan out with Kimber's strong feelings towards vampires, but it should make for some interesting conversations! We are left with questions concerning the zombies and just exactly what is causing the infection, so it's a dreaded cliffhanger. They have survived a battle but what about the war? I'm left needing more, if honest and sincerely hope answers will be coming soon.
It wasn't quite what I expected but I really did enjoy Vampire's Hunger. The writing flowed easily and the dialogue made me laugh at times. I love a sexy, fun read and Vampire's Hunger ticked those boxes. I'm really curious about the necromancy angle so will certainly read the next book. A good beginning and I will definitely read other books from this author.
The Kindle edition and the Nook book are $3.99 but the paperbacks at both places seem a bit high. At Amazon, $15.30 and B & N, $14.99.