The Nightlife (New York) By Travis Luedke

51rtPNaWaeL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_The vampires slid through the crush of swaying bodies like snakes in the tall grass. Their prey couldn’t see them coming until it was too late. The girls were no match for the animal magnetism radiated by the hunting vampires. As targets were selected one at a time, the unsuspecting girls thought themselves the chosen elite, excited to be singled out from the crowd by one of these sublimely beautiful creatures. Instead of fearing their proximity to a predator, they felt priviledged to receive the attentions of either Aaron or Michelle.

Aaron was just an ordinary guy with an ordinary job that he only did so that he could pay his half of the rent and buy beer money for his friend, Kyle. He had an ordinary ex-girlfriend who wanted to move on without him and he had an ordinary blah life. That is until one night after work, he saw two cops man-handling a pretty woman. As he tried to help her out, he was shot.

Michelle nursed him back to health willingly, even though she had second thoughts about it afterward. What was she going to do with a new vampire? Now she’d have to teach him all about being a vampire and how to have control when feeding.

This new relationship wasn’t without its problems. Sure, the sex was good, but when it came to feeding on unsuspecting prey, he had to be careful. If a vampire were to feed too long on someone, that person would be sort of “imprinted” on the vampire, wanting them like a drug. The person would actually go through a sort of withdrawl from wanting but not being able to have. But, he learns how to feed properly and Aaron and Michelle are easily able to adapt with each other.

But when the cops come after Michelle again, Aaron has to come to her rescue this time. Will he make it to her in time?

This book is the first in a series of Nightlife books. At the end of this book, Aaron and Michelle decide to go to Las Vegas, so I’m assuming the next book will pick up there.

I liked this book, but there were a few things that I found were lacking and some things that I found were quite similiar to other vampire books. One thing that I wish the author had wrote more about was Michelle’s master (since she made Aaron into a vampire, she was now his master) and how he would treat her. He touched on it, but didn’t go into any great detail about it. Also, the author didn’t mention how Michelle got away from her master…did she kill him or did he just get tired of her and send her away? I would have liked to have known more about that.

As with some other books (like the House of Night series), biting someone is a very sexual experience. This book made it orgasmic (which was good) for the prey, but the author also made it orgasmic for the vampires as well. Also, this book kind of took a turn from the Twilight series, making them have venom.

All in all, I did enjoy this book, although there was one scene that I could have done without. Michelle threatens Aaron’s ex-girlfriend, abusing her very roughly…which I thought could have been handled a little less abusingly. It’s far too graphic for me to say here. I think just threatening her would have been sufficient without the physical abuse.

Will I read another in the series? Maybe. Just leave out the abuse part.

I give this book 4 stars.



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6 responses to “The Nightlife (New York) By Travis Luedke

  1. The Desert Rocks

    Erotic, abusive vampires? Good thing I have choices, but I’m glad you liked it for the author’s sake.

  2. Excellent review, Beth! Not exactly my taste in genres, of course…

  3. Great review, Beth.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  4. Oh, I’ve got this one on my list. I was sold by the first line – the vamps slid through like snakes in the grass. I love it!

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