One bad corpse can ruin your whole day.
No one knows that better than Rhiannon Murphy.
She left behind the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York City, eager for a clean slate and a fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance; she managed to keep her nifty talent hidden from those around her—until now.
The deliciously good-looking vampire, Disco, knows her secret. When he strolls into her bar to solicit help investigating the mysterious disappearances of his kind from the city, Rhiannon discovers he’s not the kind of person that appreciates the significance of the word no.
But in a world where vampires peddle their blood as the latest and greatest drug of choice, it’s only a matter of time before the next big thing hits the market. Someone or something is killing vampires to steal their hearts, and unlike Rhiannon, this isn’t their first stroll around the undead block.
Rhiannon has led a painful existence, able to see ghosts, orphaned when still quite young and at the not too tender mercy of foster parents. Oh she has learned to toughen up and take care of herself and even holds down a job tending bar in a strip club but the one thing she doesn't do is get close to anyone. Tending bar means she sees just what we humans are capable of but her limited necromancy skills have brought her to the attention of local vampires and that's a very dangerous thing. Disco is aware of Rhiannon's abilities and as his fellow vampires are disappearing in mysterious circumstances he sets out to coerce her into helping him find out just what is going on. It takes a special type of necromancer to see a vampire’s ghost, as twice dead is almost impossible to contact. Disco believes Rhiannon could solve the mystery but she is a bit of a mystery herself. She's snarky and no shrinking violet and even though she's obviously wary of the vampires she never backs down. As events progress though, Rhiannon finds herself investigating illegal and highly immoral blood trafficking that leads her ever closer into the dark and twisted vampire world. There's a cold blooded killer out there and Rhiannon just stepped into his sights!
Okay, first off I did enjoy this although at times I wasn't totally sold on the burgeoning relationship growing between the two main characters. I get that the brave Rhiannon would stand out and possibly intrigue Disco (I hate his nickname and much prefer his real name Gabriel), but I don't really understand her attraction to him! Oh he's beautiful in that undead way and the leader of his own house of vampires which makes him powerful but what does she see in him? He is certainly patient and well I might almost say sensitive, but for me it went from being wary to flat out lust and I missed the chemistry. It's not instant love or anything but for me there was something missing. It's hard I think to write an original vampire story but I do like the set up for this series. I love that the heroine, whilst being all kick ass and tough on the outside, has an inner voice that speaks of such a devastating past and yes this girl has really suffered. As if seeing gruesome ghosts wasn't enough for her to cope with, now she has to contend with the knowledge that to the vampires she is just another commodity to use or abuse. There are aspects of this story I didn't really like but it's the first, and therefore setting the scene which means much more to come. I will certainly seek out the next book in this series and recommend this book to fans of urban fantasy.