Author: Caitlin Kittredge
In: The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2 (Trisha Telep)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Vampires, Westerns
Dates read: 1st April 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: She wore breeches, like a man, with a man’s jacket over a woman’s shirt.
Kate is on the trail of Doc, an old lover and the man who introduced her to the realm of vampires. But, when she finds him, will she able to do what she has to for a happily ever after?
I’ve never read a vampire western. And I found that it was something that I thoroughly enjoyed and would like to see a lot more of. To be honest, I haven’t really read or been exposed to many westerns, so they hold a fascination for me regardless. You add in a taste of the paranormal and a strong woman intent on upholding a promise… it’s the kind of story that is going to just suck me in.
Sometimes I struggle with flashbacks and jumps in the timeline. This wasn’t one of those times. By adding the date before each of the flashbacks and changing the formatting, I was able to follow more of what was happening. It helped to fill in all of the backstory, whilst continuing forwards with the rest of the narrative and it was done brilliantly. Actually, it kind of felt like each flashback was Kate reminiscing as she drew closer and closer to the end of her long journey. Closer and closer to the moment when she would truly have to face up to the past.
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