Shameless Review~Lost–A Vampire Romance, A Short Story by Lori Devoti

     He had little hope her friends were alive, had little hope he would reach his brother before he made the change from vampire to lost soul either, but he wasn’t ready to give up on either.

     He cared about both. Not just his original mission, saving Dorian, he cared about saving Rachel’s friends, too. He cared about saving her friends because he cared about Rachel.

     The realization shook him.

     Vampires didn’t care about humans. Vampires didn’t even care about other vampires not like humans cared about their own kind.

     This is the story of a car load of friends who get in a car accident in a canyon, at night. They were driving along, when something ran out into the middle of the road, scaring the driver, who swerved to miss whatever it was. Out of the four girls, only Rachel was able to go for help.

     It’s too dark for her to see, and she loses her sense of direction. She climbs a cliff, barely making it to the top. She almost falls when she feels a strong hand pulling her upwards.

     Cameron, a vampire, doesn’t have time for this woman. He needs to find his brother, who is about to change. (Maybe I missed a part in the book, but I don’t remember reading what he was going to change into). He decides, against his better judgement, to help her. He wills himself to help her, leading her up to the road.

     But, strange things happen. Cameron begins to have feelings for this woman, even though he knows he shouldn’t. He mesmerizes her, then bites her, drinking from her just a little. And, she feels something for him, too.

     They go back to the car to find that two of her friends are dead, and one of them is missing. With the sun coming up soon, Cameron sends Rachel towards home, but promises that he will come find her once he finds his brother.

     When I bought this book, I thought it was a full length book. However, for my $0.99, I got a short story. It was a fast, light read, that, if you had the time, could be read in about an hour or so.

     A lot of things were left up in the air. The ending, for example. Apparently this is the first book in a series, but I feel the book could have been combined with the next book, or however many books there are.

     I had a problem with the characters being kind of one-dimensional. The storyline needed more depth to it, as well. For example, all of a sudden, he’s in love with her? Within a few pages, he’d gone from not wanting anything to do with her to wanting to kill her to wanting to protect her. By the end of the book, she makes him promise to come find her. I guess we’ll find out in the next book if he comes back or not, and also, what happened to the other girl and his brother.

     “Lost” is the first in a series yet to come. As mentioned on Amazon, the next in the series will be out in the Spring of 2011. Will I buy the next book? Probably not.

     I give this book 2 stars…and that’s kind of pushing it.



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3 responses to “Shameless Review~Lost–A Vampire Romance, A Short Story by Lori Devoti

  1. The plot sounds a little contrived.Not enough depth to even qualify it as formulaic (which is a dirty word to many writers). Great job, Beth.

  2. Karla, I couldn't agree more. The only reason I gave her 2 stars (and I was actually thinking of just 1 star) was because it wasn't the normal vampire/human place-setting. But, the characters lacked personality, because there wasn't enough time in the story to develop anything. It all just sort of happened all at once. She could have put however many books there are in the series and had a decent book that I probably would have enjoyed. This way, I won't buy the next book.

  3. Good review, Beth. You do the reader a favour and prevent us from getting this one!

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