Title: Paris After Dark
Author: Jordan Summers
In: The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2 (Trisha Telep)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Cops, Easy reading, Vampires
Dates read: 22nd March 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: She gagged as his coppery breath fanned out over her face.
Rachel stops an attack on a woman late one night in Paris, only to become the victim herself. As things go from bad to worse, she finds more than a quest for justice, but a reason to stay alive.
I’ve been reading a lot of vampire stories lately, and I really wasn’t sure how over them I was feeling. So I’m not even sure why I picked up The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2. But I did, and I absolutely loved the opening story of this collection. It was everything I like in a short story, a bit of action, a bit of intrigue and a bit of romance. But, unlike a lot of vampire tales that I’ve been reading lately, this wasn’t as… well… annoyingly sappy as others. There was just too much of a cop / crime vibe to it.
Rachel was one of those characters that you can immediately relate to. She is vulnerable and kind of innocent, but at the same time completely kick ass and independent. Something that I think most women aspire to be. Or at least, it’s something that I always aim to be like in my own personal life. The fact that she’s suffering a loss and grieving whilst on the streets of Paris somehow just managed to make her all the more beautiful. I’m not entirely sure why… but it worked perfectly.
I really liked that although there is an instantaneous attraction between the two leads, it isn’t really about that. This story is about justice and finding a link to Rachel’s past. It is also a really fast-paced tale that makes it impossible to pull your nose out of the book, because, damn it, you want Rachel to get her revenge!