Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hot, Hot, Hotter

Hotter After Midnight
By Cynthia Eden

"The vampire on her couch had a serious blood phobia."

So begins Hotter After Midnight by Cynthia Eden. What a line. What a concept - a "Monster Doctor". Dr. Emily Drake is a psychologist who treats the non-human creatures categorically referred to as "Other". While fully human herself, Emily is a powerful psychic with the dubious gift of being able to identify Others by sight. And the Other are everywhere - vampires, demons, charmers, witches, shape shifters. She has learned to use this ability to her advantage and built up a very successful practice by counseling the monsters that most people don't realize actually exist.

After a particularly brutal murder, a police captain (who just happens to be Other) pulls her in as a forensic profiler on suspicion that the murderer was a shape shifter. Homicide Detective Colin Gyth, a shifter himself, is assigned to work with her. The attraction between Emily and Gyth is immediate and volatile which forces Emily to overcome a few prejudices of her own about shifters. They must learn to trust each other in order to catch what appears to be a serial killer with exceptionally strong paranormal powers, a killer who has Emily sighted as his next victim.

My take:
This book pulled me in right from the start. The characters were well drawn and the concept intriguing. I liked that it pulled in suspense and mystery as well as romance and some pretty hot sex scenes. A hot author that I'll be on the lookout for more from.

Reviewed by Michele

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