Series: Night Runner #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by: Carina Press on October 29, 2012
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After surviving a vampire turf war in Alaska, vampire courier Sydney Kildare is back behind the wheel and working under an assumed name in Chile. She doesn't speak the language, doesn't know the city and—worst of all—has to drive a crappy car.
What she does have is Malcolm Kelly, her sort-of boyfriend and manager of the city's vampire population. But with Malcolm preoccupied by bloodsucker business—and a gorgeous vampiress from his past—Sydney feels more alone than ever.
But Sydney has more than her love life to worry about. She's got vamps on her tail, mysterious deliveries that leave death in their wake, and old enemies targeting her to get to Malcolm. Turns out he's got a history more deadly than she ever imagined, and she'll have to use every skill in her arsenal to stay alive...
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A worthy follow up to Don’t Bite the Messenger!
As a messenger for vampires, Sydney Kildare is used to danger at every turn. After a brush with death left her fleeing from her job and home in Alaska, Sydney is back to doing what she’s great at, running, this time on some unfamiliar turf: Santiago, Chile. Working under an alias, Sydney must make a new name for herself in this new and unknown city but at least she has her boyfriend, vampire Malcolm by her side. With her latest deliveries leaving a trail of death and enemies from the past on her tail, Sydney soon finds herself in a run for her life.
This book is a non-stop thrill ride in a dark and dangerous world. While I love the setting of Alaska for the prequel, Don’t Bite the Messenger, the new setting in Chile adds a grittier feel to the already exciting world of Ms. Sydney Kildare. What draws me the most to this fierce heroine is that she’s 100% human and has no supernatural abilities but can still stand her ground, Sydney is no damsel in distress, she’s a true fighter! Sure she has a sexy vampire boyfriend to protect her, but she never relies on that and always finds a way to get out of a life threatening situation.
The element that drives this story is the ongoing suspense and constant action. We learn more about Malcolm and the relationship between him and Sydney as things get more serious now that the two are living together, that’s not to say there isn’t any unresolved tension going on. Just when you think this is the end of the road for any possible future for these two, they manage to strengthen their bond in the midst of all the chaos. Add a few villains into the mix and you have the makings of an action packed story.
I feel this story has a lot more character development than Don’t Bite the Messenger, now that we’re familiar with Ms. Summer’s vampire world. The change of scenery kept the plot interesting and had that “anything can happen” feel halfway through the story that keeps you guessing. Fueled with vampire politics, old rivals, secrets and romance, Running in the Dark is a unique fantasy world of vampires that will leave you hungry for more of its charismatic characters!