4 out of 5 Robots!
Blood Vice by Keith Melton was dark, bloody and a breath of fresh air. I have read quite a few vampire books in the past two years- not a single one of those books combined the fun of the paranormal world with the brooding world of mafia families.This is one book that would make a spectacular movie.
Karl is our forlorn hero, a vampire... a freelance hit man vampire. It gets better. He works for the mafia but only follows himself and God. He maintains his humanity by feeding only on those that are corrupt. The most appealing thing about Karl is that he embraces physical pain by facing Holy Ground to pray for those that he has desecrated. I just think it is brilliant to have a mafia-killing vampire who values his relationship with God to the point that he is willingly enduring pain. Love it!
Maria's father runs one of the top mafia families in Boston. She's your typical mafia princess- spoiled, stubborn and now she wants to run with the big boys. She wants to be next in line, run the family the way she thinks it should be. I found Maria to be overbearing... demanding, to say the least. A strong heroine is almost essential but she was just too tactless at times. I do not(!!!) hold this against the book though- I mean- she grew up within a mafia family! What am I suppose to expect? ;) And I will admit that by the time I had finished, I liked her. I did. Maria's chemistry with Karl was lacking a wee bit, but this made it more pragmatic.
I am going to be reading more of Keith Melton's work- I enjoyed his writing style. There better be more of Karl and Maria to come! I love my violence with a dash of romance and that is exactly what he gave me, just a dash. It kept the intrigue when the plot started to lag. The plot didn't lag often- it was fast paced for the most part and I was sucked in almost immediately. Gotta love a good Urban Fantasy!
Book Details:Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (December 1, 2009)