Don’t Bite the Messenger by Regan Summers
Publisher: Carina Press/Jan. 2012
The vampire population may have created an economic boom in Alaska, but their altered energy field fries most technology. They rely on hard-living—and short-lived—couriers to get business done…couriers like Sydney Kildare.
Sydney has survived to the ripe old age of twenty-six by being careful. She’s careful when navigating her tempestuous clients, outrunning hijackers and avoiding anyone who might distract her from her plan of retiring young to a tropical, vampire-free island.
Her attitude—and immunity to vampires’ allure—have made her the target of a faction of vampires trying to reclaim their territory. Her only ally is Malcolm Kelly, a secretive charmer with the uncanny habit of showing up whenever she’s in trouble. Caught in the middle of a vampire turf war, Sydney has to count on Malcolm to help her survive, or the only place she’ll retire is her grave…
Sydney Kildare is a vampire courier in Alaska, and it’s not a job for the faint of heart. Navigating the powerful world of vamp politics and wheeling and dealing, while keeping not only her wits about her, but her blood in her body, isn’t easy, and she’s one of the best in the biz. However, the stress is taking its toll, and she’s ready to pack it in and retire to a beach house on the shores of Oahu. Then she meets Malcolm Kelly. Mal is a vamp very good at passing for human, so when she finds out his true nature, she’s surprised, to say the least. She’s also surprised at the instant sparks between them. However, Sydney isn’t one to let romantic complications get in the way of her plans. After getting caught in the crossfire of vamp politics, she’s nearly a casualty, and that’s when she decides it’s time to cut her losses. But the vamps have other ideas…
Sydney is exactly my kind of heroine; tough, smart, resourceful, but not without her Achilles’ heels and vulnerabilities. She’s built some walls, but Mal just may be the one guy that can tear them down. Don’t Bite the Messenger is a lightning fast urban fantasy/romance, and Sydney’s voice grabbed me from page one. Regan Summers’ writing is taut, electric and crackles with tension. There’s nothing sappy here, and I really enjoyed the whipsmart (and admittedly hawt) love story. Mal is certainly equal to the task of winning Sydney over, but their’s is not a fairy tale love affair. There are car chases, shootouts, and of course, some good ol’ butt kickin’. The only thing I DIDN’T like is that Don’t Bite the Messenger wasn’t longer. Seriously, loved this one, and can’t wait for Regan Summers’ next story!