3/16/13

Review of Jeremy's Kiss by Less Thompson

Jeremy’s Kiss


Natalie Stringer is fresh out of the Air Force, and ready to continue her college education at the University of Omaha.

Jeremy is rich, bored, and taking classes to engage his mind.

They meet, fall in love, and then…

Natalie’s world, and all she believes, is shaken to its core.  For her beloved Jeremy is a vampire, part of a huge, international society of mythical beings.  Not only is he something that Natalie thought was the stuff of fiction, there is a whole sub-world that hides itself from mortals.

Now that she knows, Jeremy is in trouble.  He could be killed for telling her.   Especially since Jeremy is being followed and watched by someone with her own agenda.

Natalie struggles to continue on as if nothing has changed, immersing herself, and eventually Jeremy, in a cold-case murder file that was assigned to her in one of her classes.  It is while investigating this case that Natalie is fatally shot, and Jeremy has no choice but to turn her into a vampire.

Then, the unspeakable happens, and Natalie must learn the ways of vampire society quickly, as well as find a murderer, before she herself becomes a victim of Jeremy’s unknown enemy.

This book is actually a number of storylines interwoven into one seamless novel.  There are a couple of backstories, the current narrative, and a surprising twist of events further on.  There were times when I couldn’t put the book down.  The writing style, at the appropriate times, was gritty and emotionless, detached, as it were—portions of the book had to do with a girl’s life as a prostitute, and the lack of personal involvement in the writing style really reflected how someone might distance themselves from such horrific abuse.

Yet he also wrote tenderly, so much so that I could actually see a vampire as a sympathetic character.  And that is not easy to do.

If this book were to be given a deep editing--taking out the non-sequiturs (i.e., someone sitting on a couch and then standing beside it without any action written to portray the motion), tightening up the sentence structure, and correcting the punctuation, I would be sure to give it a four or five star rating.


Kathy Ree

Stars:  3 ½ with a very serious chance at 4 ½ or 5

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