Hunting Karoly Marie Treanor You’re not meant to fall for the bad guy…are you? On the rain-soaked, famously mean streets of Glasgow, Jenny, a reluctant psychic, hunts Karoly, a dangerous but incredibly sexy vampire. Clad only in his antique kilt, he hangs around wedding receptions, biting the guests and seducing an unsuspecting vampire hunter-Jenny in particular. Half ready to stake him, half ready to beg him to have sex with her again, Jenny sets out to hunt Karoly. After amazing, intense sex and a dramatic exit from Glasgow, he follows Jenny to London, fueling both her growing awareness of her psychic powers and the hot, sexy dreams that fill her nights, leaving her to wake up panting. When he shows up at Jenny’s workplace, cooking for her friends and apparently determined to share her life, Jenny has to figure out who’s hunting whom-and if she’s ready to share her life with the evil, sexy, gorgeous undead. Publisher’s Note: Previously published elsewhere as Undead Men Wear Plaid, the story has been expanded and revised for Ellora’s Cave.
This was an odd one. There is the romanticizing about vampires as per usual…but this one doesn’t completely have a romanticized vampire.
Let me see if I can explain: The heroine is a “vampire hunter” and manages not to kill (but fall in lust with) the first vampire she meets. The relationship between the two (and him not killing her) is the romanticized part.
The vampire, on the other hand, kills (but not often as it makes no sense), is cold to the touch and is very…remote for a romance hero. I have to admit, the entire idea of having sex with a cold penis does not excite me. In fact, it reminds me of Stephen King’s The Stand. You know, the scene where Nadine first has sex with The Man in Black…and kills herself at the first opportunity. So I’m not sure if the cold penis is an authorial win or fail.
I did have a major issue with the heroine having sex with Karoly but then trying to kill him by setting vampire hunters on him and staking him herself. This back and forth feeling (to kill or to fuck) of the heroine’s makes for some uncomfortable reading.
So, this vampire is a little closer to Dracula than Edward for those that care – except that this Dracula is hawt.
I can appreciate a heroine who doesn’t fall head over heels with the vampire as soon as she meets him. At least some thought was brought into the equation.
I can’t really say how I feel about it…other than the fact that I skipped to the ending when Jenny brings the hunters to Karoly the day after making out with him. I went back and read the rest later…and the book maintains that uncomfortable feeling up to the very end.