Monday, September 8, 2008

Review - Dark Harvest by Lynda Hilburn

Dark Harvest
Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist, Book 2
Lynda Hilburn
Medallion Press
October 1, 2008
ISBN# 978-1-933836-61-4

From the author’s site:
Denver Psychologist Kismet Knight counsels vampires. Her life changed forever when she discovered a preternatural underworld, met Devereux, the powerful leader of a vampire coven, and was forced to rethink her notions of “reality.”

Still adjusting to her new role as an expert on all things paranormal, she schedules what she believes is simply another radio interview. She couldn’t be more mistaken. Not only does the radio host behave very strangely, but an ominous, on-air call from day-walking vampire Lyren Hallow turns Kismet’s world upside-down -- again.

Shortly thereafter, Maxie Westhaven, a tabloid newspaper reporter in search of a juicy story, befriends Kismet, leading her into a bizarre world of role players, lost souls and death. Enter Victoria Essex, Devereux’s building manager and resident witch, who discloses a startling secret of her own.

Meanwhile, Luna, Devereux’s hostile femme fatal personal assistant, recognizes a perfect opportunity to throw a wrench into her boss’s blossoming relationship with the human psychologist, and, to complicate matters further, Kismet’s old boyfriend, self-absorbed Psychologist Tom Radcliffe, shows up with his own outlandish request.

My thoughts:
Kismet Knight spends her working hours offering therapy to vampires, and her nights with her vampire lover, Devereux. When an ancient vampire arrives in town and sets his sights on Kismet, she’s forced to accept some of Devereux’s protection, but she refuses to stay a prisoner in his penthouse apartment. Getting roped into following a scoop with her new friend, tabloid reporter Maxie, will find Kismet in a situation that she’s powerless to get out of.

Devereux is the master vampire of Denver and has a responsibility to keep his people safe. When Kismet does a radio interview that puts her in more danger than ever he’ll have little choice but to stop what he’s doing and run to her rescue. He’s not about to allow Hallow to take Kismet from him and turn her into one of his slaves, and Devereux will fight to the end to ensure that never happens.

This is the second book in the Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series and is as engaging as the first. Kismet settles in to her role as a psychologist to the vampires and to those wannabes who follow them, and she finds herself the object of another gorgeous vampire’s desires. Unlike Devereux, the vampire Hallow doesn’t care what Kismet’s wishes are he won’t stop until he gets what he wants. Ms. Hilburn packs her story with all of the action, romance and suspense readers are looking for, and makes Dark Harvest a difficult book to set down. The characters are strong, but flawed enough to keep them believable in this well-built world. While Dark Harvest is best read as part of a series, it can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone.

To read excerpts from Dark Harvest, visit Ms. Hilburn’s site: Here

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

6 comments:

Jackie M (Literary Escapism) said...

Great review! I'm reading it right now, but I have it in an e-book format so it's taking me longer than normal.

I'm really enjoying this series.

Kimberly Swan said...

Thank you, it was such a pleasure to read. :) Glad to hear that you're enjoying it as well, I sure hope we get to see more in the future!

Lynda Hilburn said...

Kimberly: Thank you so much for interviewing me and for reviewing Dark Harvest. I'm so happy you liked it! It means a lot to me!
Hugs, Lynda

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi Lynda...I was thrilled to have the opportunity. :) Loved both The Vampire Shrink and Dark Harvest, and will be watching for more!
hugs...
Kimberly

Amberkatze said...

I love this series. I was lucky enough to win an Ebook format months ago.

Kimberly Swan said...

Congrats on your win. :) I love the series as well and I'm really hoping to see another installment for next year!