Title: Have a Bite (The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles #1)
Author Name & Publisher: R. G. Emanuelle (Yiva Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 19, 2016 – 244 pgs
The world of vampires is, by nature, one of darkness, secrecy, and covertness. Vampires are invincible. No one can hurt them. Except vampire hunters.
Delphine Bouchard is a celebrity chef and owner of a world-renowned restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, where the chic and elite crowd mingle with neighborhood denizens. She enjoys fame, money, and women, and lives life by her own rules. She also happens to be a vampire.
Del’s life and the local vampire community are rocked when a vampire hunter begins picking them off, and Del has reason to believe that she might be next. Del is also being watched and criticized by the vampire hive council and persecuted by a coven of witches, who are the enforcers of behavior for the supernatural set. In the midst of all this turmoil, Del meets and unexpectedly falls hard for Jocelyn, who she soon discovers is holding back a disturbing secret. Del must decide whether or not to put aside her feelings of betrayal and pursue the relationship.
Meanwhile, when a food critic with a grudge sets out to ruin her business and reputation, Del has to protect her staff and restaurant. But the situation spirals out of control when a human shows up dead, her restaurant is sabotaged, and Jocelyn is threatened. Del must save her business, protect her loved ones, and find out who the vampire killer is before she is the next victim.
Set against a backdrop of elaborate meals and passionate cooking, Have a Bite is book one in the novella series The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles. The world of vampires and hunters meets the world of restaurants, foodies, and celebrity chefs—a recipe for paranormal mystery seasoned with suspense, peppered with romance, and flavored with a dash of humor.
Technically this is a perfectly written book, Ms Emanuelle is obviously a gifted writer. I also admire the obvious research that has gone into this novel, the culinary terms and food terminology gives real authenticity to this book.
The opening chapter was really inventive and had me wanting to discover more, I was mesmerized wondering where all the excitement and organised chaos was leading.
However I personally found the love affair between Delphine and Jocelyn lacked passion and I found their romance difficult to relate too. The romantic side of this novel was, for me, a little clinical.
As a vampire novel, a good read.
Delphine is a vampire who runs is very popular French fusion restaurant that only opens after dark. Other vampires and various supernatural groupings are not happy that she is getting so much attention as there is always a threat from the hunters, as Delphine finds out. Spies are watching her to make sure things don’t get out of hand but her main worry seems to be from a really annoying restaurant critic who just won’t give her a break. I enjoyed how this part of the story developed and it certainly kept me interested. Her vampire life seemed to consist of various hot young women offering themselves to her, until she meets Jocelyn, who seems to stir something more in her. She became quite enamoured by her but it was very drawn out and a stronger attraction was implied than I felt was evident from the story.
I enjoyed the kitchen stuff though and liked the camaraderie of those working for Delphine. They were like a family and would do anything for Delphine – of course most of them were unaware of her secret life as a vampire. The descriptions of the dishes she made were mouth watering!
There was a definite underlying threat in the story from someone who was killing people close to Delphine and i thought this was well teased out. I would give this book a 3.5 as it was an interesting read but didn’t grip me.
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