Friday, 18 April 2014

MY REVIEW - SEX IN A COFFIN - KISMET KNIGHT, VAMPIRE PSYCHOLOGIST BY LYNDA HILBURN

SERIES PROMOTION:
Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist 

Title: Devereux The Night Before Kismet (Bk 0.5)
Series: Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist
Author: Lynda Hilburn

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Master vampire Devereux has it all: immortality, good looks, intelligence, money, a body to die for, and a constant stream of available women. Sounds like an ideal existence. So, what’s the problem? He’s listless. Bored. Unhappy. After 800 years, coming up with reasons to rise for another meaningless night can be a challenge, and he’s starting to question his choices. Worried, two of Devereux’s old friends concoct a creative plan to energize and encourage him to rejoin the land of the unliving. They don’t want their friend to seek true death, so they’re willing to do whatever is necessary. What could go wrong?



Title: The Vampire Shrink (Bk 1)
Series: Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist
Author: Lynda Hilburn

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Bloody, Sexy & Funny . . .

Kismet Knight, PhD, doesn't believe in the paranormal. She especially doesn't believe in vampires, but she begins to wise up when she is introduced to a handsome man named Devereux who claims to be 800 years old. Kismet doesn't buy his vampire story, but she also can't explain why she has such odd reactions and feelings when he is near. Then a client almost completely drained of blood staggers into her waiting room and two angry men force their way into her office, causing her to consider the possibility that she has run afoul of a vampire underworld. Enter FBI profiler Alan Stevens, who warns her that vampires are very real, and one is a murderer -- a murderer who is after her.



Title: Sex In A Coffin (Bk 1.4)
Series: Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist
Author: Lynda Hilburn

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Bloody, sexy and funny...

Sex in a Coffin is a 14,645-word short story which takes place immediately after the events of The Vampire Shrink, book #1 in the Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series. I recommend you read The Vampire Shrink first.

Ever since Denver Psychologist Kismet Knight discovered the frightening world of the vampires, she’s been struggling to hold onto her sanity—with varying degrees of success. Join Kismet and 800-year-old Master Vampire Devereux as they share a typical night on the other side of the Looking Glass. Can a brainy scientist and an ancient bloodsucker really be an item? Friends with benefits? More?

See My Review below in this post!

Title: Until Death Do Us Part  (Bk 1.5)
Series: Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist
Author: Lynda Hilburn

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5,000-word humorous mini story which takes place immediately after the events of the novel, "The Vampire Shrink."

Denver Psychologist Kismet Knight counsels vampires. Apparently, some vampires are easier to counsel than others.



Title:  Blood Therapy
Series: Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist
Author: Lynda Hilburn

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Blood Therapy is a dark contemporary fantasy with humor, mystery, romance and adult situations.

Bloody, Sexy & Funny . . .

Kismet Knight knows exactly how to handle her clients, but when it comes to her love-life, she's on less steady ground. That was until she met master vampire Devereux, an 800-year-old hunk, who not only managed to convince the entirely rational shrink that vampires really do exist - he also persuaded her to start dating him. 

Kismet's still having nightmares after being kidnapped by Lucifer, a psychotic vampire. From a therapeutic perspective she finds his split personalities fascinating - but she's constantly terrified. And Dev's become obsessed with finding Lucifer - before he comes after Kismet again. 

So much for her nice, ordinary life...



Title:  Crimson Psyche
Series: Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist
Author: Lynda Hilburn

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This is the British version, with UK spelling, punctuation, phrases, etc.

Psychologist Kismet Knight’s life changed for ever when she discovered a preternatural underworld and became involved with gorgeous, centuries-old Devereux, the powerful leader of a vampire coven. But it’s brought her plenty of new, undead clients and a certain amount of notoriety. When she agrees to what she believes is just another radio interview, she finds she’s completely mistaken.

And while Maxie Westhaven, a tabloid newspaper reporter in search of a juicy story, is befriending Kismet, leading her into a bizarre world of role-players and lost souls, Luna, Devereux’s hostile femme fatale PA recognises the perfect opportunity to throw a wrench into her boss’s blossoming relationship with the human shrink. Kismet’s life is about to get complicated…again.

Review To Come Soon


MY REVIEW

Title: Sex In A Coffin 
Series: Kismet Knight and Devereux Story
Author: Lynda Hilburn

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Bloody, sexy and funny...

Sex in a Coffin is a 14,645-word short story which takes place immediately after the events of The Vampire Shrink, book #1 in the Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series. I recommend you read The Vampire Shrink first.

Ever since Denver Psychologist Kismet Knight discovered the frightening world of the vampires, she’s been struggling to hold onto her sanity—with varying degrees of success. Join Kismet and 800-year-old Master Vampire Devereux as they share a typical night on the other side of the Looking Glass. Can a brainy scientist and an ancient bloodsucker really be an item? Friends with benefits? More?

INITIAL THOUGHTS
I think its fair to say I approached this novella with fairly high expectations after having read some of Lynda's other novellas and book one and two in the series too. Having loved all so far I did expect a certain level of romance with some humour thrown in too.

MY REVIEW
I purchased and downloaded an e-copy of this one from Amazon.co.uk.
So the book begins with Kismet and Devereux up close and personal in a rather deluxe sounding coffin. Apparently Kismet had wondered what it was like to be inside a coffin and of course Devereux instantly indulges her curiosity.
Devereux is in his own style romancing and courting Kismet. He desperately wants her to trust him and is hinting he will tell her much more about himself very soon. Devereux has also been tied up with work a lot recently so had decided to whisk Kismet away with him to send some quality time together and is keeping the destination a "surprise".
Two of Devereux's "off spring" want to meet Kismet, they are old, old vampires with a kind of slapstick comedy thing going on with each other. though they do take things a little too far and end up seriously scaring Kismet much to Devereux annoyance.
So after the "misunderstanding" Kismet & Devereux do spend some quality time together and Kismet feels like she can trust the ancient Vampire but still has her doubts as to whether their strange relationship will stand the test of time and grow stronger, or will Vampire politics, and drama's come between them. Is Kismet getting too involved in all thing Vampire? Having a relationship with one, working with them, and socialising with them too.
So did I enjoy the novella? Yes, I was ready for a little more Kismet & Devereux!
Would I recommend the novella? Yes, though you don't have to read them for the books to make sense they are a great addition to the series. The novellas help pass the wait for the next book!
Would I read more books and or novellas of Kismet & Devereux? Yes please! I certainly intend to.
Would I read other books by Lynda Hilburn? I wuld certainly give other books by Lynda a read though I'm not sure if I could love other characters as much as I do Kismet & Devereux!

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