Okay, I’m not gonna lie: I’m a sucker (pun absolutely intended) for a good vampire story. Loved by a Killer does not disappoint in that regard. From the outset, readers are treated to a unique story told, primarily, from two POVs: the young, beautiful dancer Raina and the unapologetically monstrous vampire Marcus. When Marcus sets his sights on Raina we just know nothing good can come of it for poor Raina.
Probably my favorite part of this book was the author’s take on the origins of the vampire race. It was fresh and new, something hard to come by in the vampire genre. Another fun addition was the fact that the story takes place parallel to the Jack the Ripper killings, events which threaten Marcus’s secret lifestyle. Readers are even treated to one chapter from the Ripper’s POV which was pure maniacal candy.
Unfortunately, the dialogue was a bit anachronistic. Certain phrases and statements made throughout the narrative kept pulling me from the moment, while I so desperately wanted to stay in 1880’s London. Occasionally the plot felt as if it wandered, as if too many threads were trying to be woven together (an example and minor spoiler: the ghost of Marcus’s servant possessing dead bodies to exact revenge against her killer didn’t, to me, seem like it was necessary or that it quite fit with the rest of the book’s events).
That said, I still quite enjoyed Loved by a Killer. The author has a knack for writing the gruesome bits, with plenty of detail but not so much as to be gratuitous. Raina’s inner turmoil as she adjusted to her new life with Marcus was very well written, as was her body’s inclination to respond fervently to his touch. Sultry, bloody and intriguing best describe Loved by a Killer and I’ll certainly read the follow-up Loved by the First when it’s released.
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