Saturday, April 1, 2017

Review: Bewitching the Vampire by Carrie Pulkinen

Title: Bewitching the Vampire
Author: Carrie Pulkinen
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Adult
Series: None
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
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SynopsisA vampire must overcome his centuries-old disdain for witches to save the woman he loves. 

Cassie McClain is a twenty-two-year-old witch who’s tired of hiding her powers. Even though exposing her magic could put her life in danger, she takes the risk and goes to a nightclub for the supernatural. But her girls’ night out turns into a life-altering incident when she meets a powerful vampire who’s after more than her blood. 

When Branan Sinclair sees Cassie, he’s instantly enamored of her. He knows, without a doubt, she’s his soul mate. But Cassie is a witch, and he’s learned the hard way, witches can’t be trusted. Damning her to darkness isn’t worth the risk, but when her life is on the line, he’ll do everything in his power to save her. 

Bewitching the Vampire is a sexy paranormal romance novella featuring witches, vampires, and the occasional werewolf.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

When the one you fear could be the one to save you...

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Cassie shouldn't be accompanying a friend to a hole-in-the-wall nightclub filled with fellow paranormal beings, even if she is a witch. She definitely shouldn't be catching the eye of the most fearsome vampire of them all. Her mother's vision of Cassie's death at the hands of a vampire should be all the deterrent that Cassie needs to run away from the handsome vamp with captivating eyes.

Branan shouldn't be allowing himself to fall prey to a pretty little witch who knows nothing of his past and can't possibly be happy with him as her mate. He's immortal and the only way to keep Cassie by his side would be to turn her and curse her to the darkness that he lives every day. Even if it means living without his supernatural soul mate.

Just when Branan makes a decision to leave Cassie alone, for her own good, Cassie finds herself in the company of a human who means her great harm. Poison leaves Cassie on death's doorstep and her mother is frantic to save her daughter before it's too late. The only solution? It just may be the one thing that Branan was trying to avoid all along.

Cassie is a young character and even though her age isn't really discussed, her naivete is obvious in her actions of going somewhere alone with a stranger and joining a group of peers without a second thought to her safety. On the other hand, Branan is a vampire who has lived many years, though his actual age is unknown, too. He plays a more mature character to Cassie's young and lively one.

This was a short story, yet there was a lot that happened in the small span of time and we are introduced to several characters, as well. The first part of the story does feel a bit rushed, because we are thrust right into the developing romance between our couple. But by the end, I feel like the characters were better fleshed out and Branan's history is revealed.

I think there was definitely enough here in the way of plot and character depth to turn this into at least a novella, if not a full novel. We could go deeper into the paranormal war happening in the city and get to know the secondary characters a bit more. Perhaps, there will be more to come from this world.

In closing...
A quick read with witches, vampires, and humans with a grudge against the supernatural. Four suns!