Published 2006 293 pages
When FBI agent Diana Reyes fell in love with vampire Ryder Latimer she knew that their relationship wasn’t going to be easy. She thought that the passion and love that Ryder gave her was a fair trade for a normal human relationship - but now she’s not so sure.
Uncomfortable with the way the vampire beast inside Ryder makes her feel, it’s almost like she’s addicted to him but is it love or is it the seductive power of his vampire bite? Finding out that her best friend is pregnant makes her re-think her relationship with Ryder and she finds herself wishing for a more “normal” life.
Ryder has his own fears. He fears eventually losing Diana to death and doesn’t want to spend an eternity alone without her. Giving Diana space and time to think things through seems to be his only option.
As Diana starts to work on a dangerous case involving domestic terrorists Ryder can only watch from the sidelines. Leaving him to decide whether he has the strength to let her live a mortal life or whether he will try to save her from death by making her a vampire like himself and risk her hating him for eternity.
Death Calls is the fourth book in The Calling series published by Silhouette Nocturne. It re-visits the story of Ryder and Diana that was first covered in Darkness Calls the first book in The Calling series (this was when these characters met and fell in love).
Death Calls is the first book that I have read in this series and it left me feeling like I came to the story too late and had missed something. I might have enjoyed the story more if I had read Darkness Calls and understood more about Ryder and Diana’s relationship. I just didn’t get their problems.
If you are in a relationship with a vampire it kind of suggests that you don’t want a conventional lifestyle with a husband/wife who works at the office or plant, two children and a Labrador dog. The whole paranormal romance genre is based on fantasy and suggests a rejection of conventional relationship stereotypes by the use of the word “paranormal” when describing the genre. Why try to make it normal?
Diana’s half hearted hankering for a husband and family and a “normal” life despite being madly in love with an attractive vampire who can offer her love and passion for eternity seems odd to me and this left me unable to engage with their characters.
That said, whilst I didn’t connect with the romance in this story there is more to Death Calls than just romance. This story is fast paced and action packed and I thought that the well crafted vampire world of The Calling series has huge potential to make fascinating fantasy stories. I will definitely be interested to read more books in this series.
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