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The Vampire Shrink
Book 1, Kismet Knight, Ph.D., Vampire Psychologist Series
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Read July 17, 2010
Denver Psychologist Kismet Knight, Ph.D., doesn’t believe in the paranormal. She especially doesn’t believe in vampires. So what happens when she finds herself neck-deep in the vampire underworld?
Kismet is smart, witty and attractive. She’s respected in her field, successful and prosperous. She’s followed all the rules – done everything right. So, what’s the problem? Her life is empty. There’s no passion. No vitality. No excitement.
That is, until a new client introduces Kismet to the vampire underworld, and a drop-dead gorgeous, 800-year-old vampire named Devereux. Kismet isn’t buying the vampire story, but can’t explain why she has such odd reactions and feelings whenever Devereux is near. Kismet is soon forced to open her mind to other possibilities when she is visited in her office by two angry bloodsuckers, who would like nothing better than to challenge Devereux by hurting Kismet.
As Kismet gets pulled deeper and deeper into the vampire subculture, she struggles to hold onto her professional ideas about what is and isn’t “real.” The more she finds herself attracted to the charismatic, handsome Devereux, the more out of control her life becomes.
When one of her clients shows up in her office almost completely drained of blood, Kismet finds herself immersed in an ongoing murder investigation. Kismet is questioned by irreverent, handsome FBI profiler Alan Stevens, who warns her that vampires are very real. And one is a murderer. A murder who is after her.
In the midst of all this, Kismet realizes she has feelings for both the vampire and the profiler, but even though she cares for each of the men, facing the reality that vampires exist – along with all the other supernatural insanity she discovers – is enough of a challenge. For now.
Two Words: Bloody Fluff
It is so easy to ascribe an unwarranted or improbable affection to the hypnotic abilities of an old (therefore strong) vampire or just their natural aura. In The first Vampire Psychologist novel one certainly expects the strong-willed Kismet Knight, Ph.D. not to give in to the gorgeous, white blonde, well-endowed (large feet I guess), powerful, ancient mage/vampire. Okay, well maybe she gives in a little. She is repeatedly attacked, sees people “pop” in and out of rooms, sees blood drinking, and still refuses to believe in the supernatural. Then, emotionally, overwhelmed she is forced to give in to belief and Devereux. The resulting sex is white-hot. The villainy comes in the form of an evil vampire who plans to dominate or destroy both Devereux and Kismet.
This novel was predictable from start to finish. Of course, Kismet is tall and lithe, the genetic legacy of her father, but is well-endowed on top as a DNA gift from mom. Her hair is long and curly. One knows that there is going to be a relationship between the woman and the vampire, but the relationship that develops with an FBI profiler does offer a tiny unpredictable element.
The idea of a Vampire psychologist is originally intended by Kismet as a way to counsel people who want to be vampires or who believe they are. A scientist, Kismet is not going to give in easily to believing in the supernatural. And she holds out longer than any empiricist would be expected to. She capitulates in other ways prior to believing.
Occasionally, the author seems to spin n circles a bit; and lose the plot. The characters are not developed past caricature. The erotic scenes are well done. The predictability makes this a good beach or travel read - who wants to think that hard at the beach or with all the distractions of travel? Definitely not for teens. I would say it is okay; don’t expect any life altering messages, but enjoyable.
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