Friday, September 15, 2017

Kiss of Life by Debbie Viguié

Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Obtained from: Personal Kindle Library
Read: September 13, 2017

The Baron has lived for hundreds of years, a vampire who makes the most of his immortal life. Having personally learned the value of freedom, he has lately been using his exceptional fighting skills to assist the Union Army in the American War Between the States. When two ladies are kidnapped by ruthless guerrilla fighters who call themselves the Raiders, he agrees to help not just because he may be the only one who can save them, but because he owes a debt that he has been repaying for centuries. A companion short story to New York Times bestselling author Debbie Viguie's Kiss Trilogy, this e-book exclusive also includes an extended preview of the first novel in the series, Kiss of Night.

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I discovered Debbie Viguié’s Kiss of Life while browsing Amazon’s extensive selection of historic fiction. The author was new to me and I’d no experience with the Kiss trilogy, but felt the premise vaguely interesting. I was curious, but after checking the prices, I felt the short complementary piece the safest investment. No point spending $6 when I could test drive the author for only $1 after all.

There’s a stereotypical joke to be made about cheap Scots here, but I’m not in the mood to poke fun at my heritage. I’ve shared this story to illustrate how I buy books and while I can’t claim to represent any particular demographic, it seems fair to say that at least some portion of the population treat shorts as writing samples. I’m not saying it’s a crime for a short to complement a larger series, but I think it important for writers to remember they’ve no control over how or why a reader picks up their work. They might have written it for their established fanbase, but anyone can download it and at the end of the day new readers shouldn’t feel cheated for taking interest.

Getting back to the story, I’ve no trouble admitting that Kiss of Life disappointed me. The whole of the plot is dependent on Jeanette’s being a lady of Bryas which may or may not be a spoiler in need of marking. The problem, you see, is that Viguié doesn’t bother explaining the concept and I’ve no idea in hell what it means. One could argue that I should read Kiss of Night to learn more, but I’m not actually inclined to spend $6 on a book by an author I know prone to plot holes...

Great cover art, but not recommended to those unfamiliar with the larger canon. Forgettable and without closure.

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"You are an abomination," Erik said. "And I refuse to release you on the world..."
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