It’s a new world, where humans co-exist with drinkers–people who must drink blood to survive.
Drinkers that go rogue, by attacking and turning other humans, are hunted down by the Department of Drinker Control. Laurence Wickes was a member of the DDC, until he was attacked and turned into a drinker. Now he needs to meet with a psychiatrist to determine if he can join society again and under what circumstances.
The author built an interesting world with drinkers and humans living together somewhat comfortably with each other. There are a lot of rules for the drinkers to follow, including getting classified in order to determine what rights they’ll have. Laurence was a good cop who is now forced to figure out what he’s going to do with his life after being turned into a drinker. He develops a crush on his psychiatrist, Dr. Ira Ashdown.
Ira has a secret that ends up putting him and Laurence into imminent danger. Although the two of them are locked up together for a few days, they didn’t spend that time getting to know each other better. This definitely made the story more of a mystery than a romance. Although both of the characters were likable, I never developed any kind of emotional connection to either of them. If more time had been spent on dialogue, instead of detailed descriptions of clothing and surroundings, it would have worked better for me. In the end, it was an easy read with some new concepts.
If you’re in the mood for a paranormal mystery, along with a light romance, this is an enjoyable story.
Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
Bitten on the job, Laurence is left to readjust to living as one of the drinkers he has always hunted. In order to be declared a stable citizen—and get back to work—he must attend a series of court-mandated sessions with a psychiatrist specializing in newly-turned drinkers.
The worst part of being a drinker, besides adjusting to life without sunlight, is that it’s mostly doctors and red tape and tedium—right up until it isn’t.