Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire, soaking up nourishment from the sun—and, only when necessary, drawing sweet sustenance from humans who are pure in body and spirit. As the right-hand man to his queen, Rafe is a key player at a historic peace summit in New York City, which will unite the vampire nations against a common threat: the sycophants, who feed on humanity and kill indiscriminately. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blond police detective may put everything at risk.
Detective Renee Holden has never worked a homicide quite like this. The victim has twin puncture wounds on his neck, and the only eyewitness swears she saw a vampire. Now’s definitely not the time to get distracted by a seductive stranger. But the suave, darkly austere, exotically handsome Rafe DaSilva is a hard man to deny, and as Renee falls under his spell, she also falls prey to his enemies. Desperate to protect her, Rafe lifts the veil on a shadow realm she can only visit—a world of intoxicating power, terrifying dangers, and forbidden pleasures.
Renee is a detective whose latest case is to put it mildly, odd. The victim has two marks on the back of his neck and a witness believes it was a vampire. Renee isn't convinced it’s that fanciful, but the possibility of someone acting out isn't something she will ignore. Rafe has delegates from all around the world about to descend on New York and the last thing they need is the truth of their existence coming to light. So, keeping an eye on the detective in charge of the recent sycophant murder seems like a smart move. Slight problem though as Renee is not only the perfect food source but also the most intriguing female Rafe has met!
Well, Thirst is very much a first in a series type of book. We are introduced to the idea of these energy taking vampires and the way their society functions. Those who feed to excess devolve into something pretty unpleasant known as sycophants so already the author is giving us good and bad vampires. I must take umbrage here though as I really didn't care for the attitude of those vampires we are supposed to cheer for. They see and describe humans as food, have a hugely irritating superior manner, and if honest, grated on me.
Now as you could probably guess from the cover Thirst is a romance and at times it gets pretty hot and steamy. What felt slightly off though was the repeated ideas of clean living and I hate saying this but I felt the organic angle was overdone. Which leads me to the idea that Renee would volunteer for something that felt just so out of character. In the course of just a couple of days, she not only accepts the existence of energy vampires, falls hard for Rafe, turns into Wonder Woman when it comes to defending herself, but then on top of all that says yes of course I will put my life and all my ideals on the line! No, no, no; it felt like just too much.
So, to sum up, Ms Frank clearly is set to expand this idea as we meet Halo, who is kind of a bad boy enforcer and I actually liked more than Rafe. It ends with two pretty big reveals, one being how energy vampires came to be and the second being the fact they have an enemy with a pretty big plan. Unfortunately, I didn't always buy into the dialogue used but I'm hoping that like the author's Immortal Brothers series, this one too will gather pace and take on a life of its own.
These are my voluntary thoughts on an advance reader copy.