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Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine

Kiss of Death (Morganville Vampires, Book 8)Life in Morganville is looking up. A big music producer wants to work with vampire Michael Glass, and that means that he will be granted the previously unattainable—a brief vacation from Morganville. But this respite isn’t without strings attached; though Michael can take his friends Claire, Eve, and Shane, he also has to take a vampire escort, Oliver. Before any of them even leave, all can tell this combination is not going to be fun. They figure if they can just survive the road trip, then they can enjoy a much deserved vacation. But surviving turns out to be a lot harder than they thought it would be.

Kiss of Death is the first Morganville Vampires book in which the majority of the plot does not take place in Morganville. I like how Caine keeps things fresh by tossing Claire and her friends into completely new territory—the real world. It’s really interesting to read along and see how both the humans and vampires of Morganville must adapt to the all the new situations that are thrown at them. There’s still a lot of action, as our cast encounters dangers practically wherever they go, with a hint of mystery that will keep readers satisfied. I quite enjoyed all of this, but I couldn’t help but feel that some of the odd situations that Claire and her friends found themselves in were out of place, because they weren’t in Morganville. Nevertheless, Kiss of Death is a satisfactory continuation of the Morganville Vampires series, and I look forward to the next installment, Ghost Town.

The Morganville Vampires series is sure to be enjoyed by readers who also liked the Dark Elite series by Chloe Neill.

Rating: 4.0

Review copy from publisher Penguin

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