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An Element of Time
By Bebe Knight
The Eternal Flame Series: Book One
Published by: Solstice Publishing
A vampire and a slayer walk into a bar… Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but for Veronica and Mackenzie, it’s the beginning of the rest of their lives…
The world has seen its fair share of evil, but Veronica Chase had no idea such monsters truly existed. Werewolves, poltergeists, witches… even vampires. Ignorance was bliss. But her reality was crushed on that horrid day her family was taken away from her. Now, Veronica has devoted her entire life to hunting those very creatures, searching for the werewolf pack that murdered her parents in hopes of finding her abducted sister. Nothing will get in her way of settling the score for the hand she was unjustly dealt. That is until her newest assignment brings her to her knees.
After one hundred and eight years on earth, Mackenzie Jones thought he had seen it all. With the exception of daylight of course, but that’s what comes with the territory being a vampire and all. Perpetually damned to live his life as a bartender in the shadows of the night, nothing has sparked his interest lately. Just once he wished something exciting would happen in his mundane life. Little did he know, his wish was about to come true. Walking through the door to his bar, and into his heart, Mackenzie allows love to take the wheel for the first time. There’s just one slight problem. She’s there to kill him.
This was a good book. I really enjoyed reading it. For me it was a fairly quick read, and it really felt like it was over too soon. I got very attached to some of the characters and wanted them to be successful in their activities. I felt like I could relate to them in a very human way.
This book wasn’t your normal vampire/werewolf book. Bebe Knight gives a bit of a twist on her vampires. The majority of them still drink human blood, but a small family of them has found a way to survive without it. They are able to process the blood from one another in a way that reduces their craving to bite people. Unfortunately, it also reduces some of their abilities, but I will let you read the book to find out which ones!
The essential plot has us following the story of Veronica, an inexperienced supernatural hunter who is searching for the werewolf who brutally killed her family and raped and kidnapped her sister. She met the team of hunters when they were tracking a werewolf to her house the night of her parents’ murder. She joined them immediately with the hopes of gaining enough experience to find the werewolf and exact her revenge.
She is sent on her first solo assignment to track down and kill a family of 4 vampires after an anonymous tip on their whereabouts and activities is sent to the lead hunter, Van. Veronica travels to the small town that houses the vampires in question, where she is expected to kill every one of them. By herself. For her first solo hunt. Makes total sense right?
Mackenzie Jones is a vampire with a job. He’s a bartender in Burnstead, NY and just trying to get through his existence. He seems like a pretty good guy overall, watching out for the patrons of his bar and not being a jerk to the girls who stalk him at the bar. He’s the kind of guy that most people could get along with. And he sounds pretty hot.
Something happens when Veronica and Mack meet for the first time. They are drawn to one another even though they deny it to themselves as best they can. The more you get to know each of them, the more you want them to have their happy ever after. You meet the Jones family, the family of vampires that Veronica was sent to kill. They are nicer and more of a family than my own family. They very obviously care about one another and each refuses to take from unwilling humans. They have morals. And a cat!
There are quite a few other characters in this book who have their own stories, but this book mainly focuses on Veronica and Mack. I know we have more to look forward to with this series and learning about the rest of the cast of characters. I’m interested to find out why Noel is so high-strung!
When they finally solve the mystery of who sent them the tip and why, all hell breaks loose. This climax is very well written, the fight scenes are clear, and very emotional. There is a twist that helps clear up much of the questions that I asked myself while reading. This book is written just the way I like my books to be: action, adventure, mild romance, emotional attachment, and a clear climax and denouement. I, personally, don’t love cliffhangers or books that leave me feeling like I’m missing the last chapter. This book is neither of those. It leaves you wanting to know more about the future of these characters, but satisfied that you have finished that book.
If I had to complain about anything, it would be the title. I understand to a degree why it’s named that after reading the book, but I still didn’t love the title. It doesn’t take away from the story or the writing itself.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun read with action and mild romance. There are some adult abuse situations so if you are sensitive to that sort of thing, be forewarned. It’s not graphic, but the message is clear as to what has happened, is happening, and to whom.
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All About Bebe
Bebe Knight is the author of the paranormal romance series, The Eternal Flame Books. She lives in Upstate NY with her husband and son. Writing has always been a part of her life whether it be books, plays, or handwritten letters to friends and family. It’s a dream come true for her to be able to share her stories with others.
She graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and holds a B.A. in Fine Arts and Art History. She is currently a member of the Romance Writers of America and has started working on the second book in this series. In her spare time, she also writes for her romance novel review blog at Reading Until I Fall Asleep.