Review: Tall, Dark, and Vampire by Sara Humphreys

The last person Olivia Hollingsworth expected to see at her Greenwich Village vampire club was her one true love, Doug Paxton—whom she believed to be dead for centuries. Olivia thought she had moved on, but when Doug reappears, her heart knows she'd rather die than lose him again.

Ever since Doug can remember, a red-haired siren has haunted his dreams. He never thought she could be real until he goes to investigate a murder at Olivia's night club. However, as the bodies keep piling up at her feet, he must fight to prove her innocence—even if it costs him his life...


Olivia has been in love with the same man for 300 years. Unfortunately that man died 300 years ago. She's more than shocked when a detective comes to the door of her New York club and he looks exactly like her dead love. She wants to figure out exactly what's going on but at the detective, Doug Paxton, and his partner Tom are there about a murder she knows that that takes precedence over her feelings and desires. It seems that Detective Paxton can't keep his mind off of Olivia either so as they go about trying to find the killer – or killers as the case is – they get closer. 

Olivia has a lot on her plate. First, the killer is a vampire, just like Olivia, but the head of the New York Presidium, the czar, wants to make one of Olivia's progeny pay for the killing. Maya had nothing to do with it, and they know that, but since she had been with the dead man earlier that day, the czar wants to make an example of her – to show others that messing with humans is a bad idea. Olivia can't let that happen. When the killers attack Doug and Tom, Olivia has to make Doug a vampire in order to save his life. Doug is not thrilled, to say the least. He agrees to find the killers but then he plans on walking into the sunlight as that's much more palatable than being a vampire. Doug doesn't plan on getting even closer to Olivia and when that happens he's not sure how things will turn out for him.

This was a slow starter for me but it definitely picked up after a few chapters. The characters of Olivia and Doug were interesting and I liked the reincarnation aspect of the story.

Olivia was a vampire, yes, but she was very kind-hearted. She had a penchant for saving those who had been abused and/or alone. She could be tough and definitely a killer when she needed to be but that's now how she liked to live her life. 

Doug was confused by being turned into a vampire, as he considered vampires to be monsters. When he got to know the “regular” vamps, rather than the killing rogues they were after he realized that most vamps CHOSE to be monsters, or not. Once he had time to calm down and see things in a different light he went with the flow and that made the story flow better as well.

The bad guy, imho, was easy to figure out. I had it down almost immediately but I still thought that Humphreys did a good job of weaving the characters so that it seemed like surprise. Overall a good story and I will be reading the next one in the series.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Sara Humphreys

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