Olivia Hollingsworth is a 300 year old vampire running a
popular human nightclub in New York City; a club staffed
by her own coven of vampires. Olivia has lived a long,
lonely life as a vampire; however, as her true love Douglas
was killed the night she was changed into a vampire. Olivia
has been having vivid dreams about her great love in the
past few months; vivid, realistic dreams. When a human is
killed and drained one night after leaving her club, the
police come to investigate the death. Into her club walks
Doug Paxton, and Olivia immediately recognizes him as her
Doug. He doesn't recognize Olivia, but the attraction is
immediate. Olivia wonders if Doug has come back to her as
her true mate, but he is not a vampire. The vampires have
legends of bloodmates, vampires who are bonded soul mates
and daywalkers; but this has been passed off as a myth by
the vampire council. Still, the attraction between the two
cannot be denied.
The vampire council, or Presidium, believes that Olivia's
progeny Maya is involved in the human death, as she was seen
flirting with the human shortly before he left the club.
Olivia is called before the local council and district czar
Augustus, who has already decided that Maya is responsible
for the death without any proof. Olivia has discovered that
the death was caused by a rogue, unregistered vampire.
Before she can lay her evidence before Augustus, another
human is murdered in a gruesome fashion; also with a
connection to Olivia's club. When Olivia determines that
this death was caused by yet another rogue vampire; she
comes to realize that a vampire is creating a coven of
unregistered vampires, who are killing humans in a feeding
frenzy. What Olivia doesn't know is how or why the murders
are being tied to her club.
As a former Sentry for the council, Olivia is given the
orders to hunt down the nest of the rogue vampires and
destroy them. Doug is in the middle of his own police
investigation with his partner, until the fateful night when
the rogue vampires attack the pair and kill his partner.
This is when Doug comes to discover the existence of the
vampire world. This knowledge alters Doug's slant on the
investigation, as well as his relationship with Olivia. They
begin to work together to end the bloody murder spree, and a
whole new world opens up to Doug.
TALL, DARK, AND VAMPIRE is the first book in Sara Humphreys
new Dead In The City series. The wordbuilding and
foundation for the author's vampire world is solid for the
most part. Fans of Humphreys The Amoveo Legend will be
pleased to find that there are crossover appearances
and storylines from that series. This is an enjoyable
beginning to what looks to be a very good series.
The last person Olivia Hollingsworth expected to see at her
Greenwich Village vampire club was her one true love, Doug
Paxtonâ€”whom she believed to be dead for centuries. Olivia
thought she had moved on, but when Doug reappears, her heart
knows she'd rather die than lose him again.
since Doug can remember, a red-haired siren has haunted his
dreams. He never thought she could be real until he goes to
investigate a murder at Olivia's night club. However, as the
bodies keep piling up at her feet, he must fight to prove
her innocenceâ€”even if it costs him his life...