Darkness Rises by Dianne Duvall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I picked this one up as a netgalley and have just gotten around to reading it.
Summary: Krysta is used to getting the drop on vampires. Her "special abilities" aren't much, but the plan is simple--she plays helpless pretty young thing to lure them in. Then her shoto swords come out and it's bye-bye, bloodsucker. Until one night she finds herself with an unexpected ally. He's a vampire, all right, but different. Mysterious. Handsome. And more interested in saving her skin than draining it.
Etienne has been an Immortal Guardian for two hundred years--long enough to know that Krysta is special. He can't stop thinking about her long legs, even more than her short swords. Then he discovers the vamps she's exterminating have friends in high places, and the Guardians are in danger too. He'll have to accept Krysta's help to save them. The stakes for a mortal are high. But the cost to his heart might be higher. .
This is the first of the series that I have read but I did not feel like I was being left behind at any point. The premise is an interesting one. The world is over run with Vampires the only problem is the humans don't know it! Lucky for the human race the Immortals are around to help out. This story is one part romance one part urban fantasy as we follow a human vampire hunter, Krysta, on her path to the truth and true love.
This was a nice change of pace from your regular vampire romance novel. The characters were interesting and plentiful. It is easy to tell there is more to this story and make the reader want more.