Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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All Lenore Warwick wants for her 21st birthday is to hang out with her friends, finish her second year at Berkeley with flying colors, and maybe catch the eye of a hot musician playing a show at a club that she can now (legally) get into.
Unfortunately, fate has other plans for her.
A week before her birthday, she’s kidnapped by the brooding and dangerous stranger with cold eyes and a lethal touch, who has been stalking her on San Francisco’s fog-shrouded streets. Absolon "Solon" Stavig isn’t your average criminal though. He’s a centuries-old vampire who’s caught between wanting to kill Lenore and wanting to save her.
You see Lenore, too, is a vampire.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
Taken by a pair of vampire slayers when she was just an infant, Lenore was raised never knowing her true nature. All Lenore knows is that she has (normal) parents who love her, that she’s exceptionally smart, and she’s squeamish around blood. But once she turns twenty-one, she’ll fully turn into a vampire, and Solon hopes he’ll be there to guide her, opening her eyes to her deepest hunger...both sexual and otherwise.
But this turning can’t be kept a secret. Soon both slayers and vampires are hunting Lenore, with only Solon and his unpredictable motley crew of vampires to save her.
If they don’t kill her first.
Karina Halle has been one of my go-to authors for many years. Most of her books are highly addictive and unforgettable, such as her Artists Trilogy, so of course, I was curious to read her take on vampires. Overall, I thought the book was good, and here is why…
I enjoyed witnessing how the heroine Lenore evolves into her true self. Although, her acceptance of her true nature felt like an ordeal where it became too wordy at times. I have to admit that I found myself skipping past the narrative parts that involve their history.
I thought the angst between Lenore and her captor was good but lacking. There was an acceptable connection between the two, but for some reason, I didn’t feel the” I love you, I can’t live without you” vibe that I was most looking forward to. I know the word “mated” is overused in paranormal romance, but this was a story that needed such a term.
I think I have read enough PNR to realize that there were a few vampire elements that felt amiss such as the description of Lenore bloodlust. Again, the words were there but I thought hers would be more intense even if she wasn’t 100% vampire. I thought the action and suspenseful elements were great especially when they worked together.
Overall, Black Sunshine was a great introduction to hopefully what becomes a new series. Seeing how Lenore and Absolon powers meld and evolve as a couple is something that I will be looking forward to reading more of.