Dressed to Kill by Tawny Taylor
Carpe Nocturne, Book 1
Changeling Press
Paranormal, Action/Adventure, BDSM
ISBN (13): 978-1-59596-674-2
Reviewed by Cassie

   

 

Sylvie Durand is having a terrible night.  Her recently purchased nightclub, Carpe Nocturne, is not doing well and she has to get more business fast!  Unfortunately, on her first successful theme/costume night, a man is found murdered in her office.  Then, when she finally gets to leave, a man who claims to be a lawyer offers to drive her home and later shows up at her doorstep. 

Burke Langton has been having a terrible few months.  Heís been falsely accused of murdering several humans, and now heís on the run from the Excoluni, who are the enforcers for the UMN (aka United Magical Nations).  While trying to find the real killer, he meets Sylvie, and to his surprise, sheís his Origo (mate).  He also finds out she may be a target for the killer.  Now he has to protect Sylvie and find the real killer, all while well aware he canít bite Sylvie until they find the third of their triad. 

Dressed to Kill was another one of those stories that seemed to have everything going for it, yet somehow just didnít reel me in.  Iíve been a huge fan of vampire stories for years, and Dressed to Kill has a lot of vampires, intrigue, and magic, so I should have loved this book.  The problem was too many things happening way too fastóand none of them were adequately explained.  By the end of the book, I really didnít get a clear sense of who Sylvie and Burke were, so I couldnít really root for them.  Everything about their relationship seemed too fast, especially the BDSM they got into almost instantly.  The promised third in their triad was only in the story very briefly at the end, which was a disappointment to the mťnage fan in me.  The storyline contained many fascinating elements, including the UMN, the Excoluni, horrific unsolved murders, a falsely accused person, and much more.  The book was well written as well, so I truly think that if the storyline had been expanded upon more I would have liked this book a lot more.  As it was, I felt as if I had only gotten a bit of a foundation for the story, rather than anything remotely complete.  Perhaps there will be more explanation of the complicated elements of Tawny Taylorís vampire world in the next book, as this is the start of a series. 

     

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