Review + Giveaway: Did someone say GIVEAWAY! Hunting Daylight (Acquainted With the Night #2) – A unique take on vampires

Synopsis:  Out of the shadows…
For more than a decade, Caro Barrett has had doubts about the death of her husband, who disappeared while looking for a tribe of day-walking vampires in an African rainforest. Now, their daughter is struggling through her teenage years without a father. Waiting in the wings is an ancient vampire ready to possess Caro’s heart–and to protect them both from harm. And, with her husband declared legally dead, Caro feels it is finally time to move on…
A hemisphere away in a windowless compound, an Ottoman vampire lies dying from a rare blood disease, which has made him vulnerable to the faintest bit of light. Yet he is determined to vanquish its power over him–to feel the sun on his face one last time. And in Caro’s darkest fears he will be lifted into the light of day…

Review

I wasn’t totally sure what to expect with Hunting Daylight, but the surprise was pleasant enough.  I held off initially because the cover quotes a fellow author stating it has “vampires and nonstop sex.”  That’s all well and good, but I wasn’t up for a PNR at the time.  However, when I finally got to it I found a that I stumbled upon a pretty smart story.  Vampires, while powerful in their own right, are a little more realistic.  They get diseases, they age, and they have offspring which are capable of powers of their own.  Even more interesting, vampires aren’t always compatible with hybrids.  I won’t explain further so as not to spoil it, but the workaround are intriguing.

The story is told through multiple POVs which is nice, though not necessary since most of it is in third person. I like when an author provides a POV of the villain which we see here.  It’s always more exciting to get into their whacked out heads and experiencing how they rationalize what they do.

Occasionally the writing felt a little drawn out and flat, but the end was well done.   Some plot lines are left unresolved, but I’m hesitant to consider it a cliffhanger. This is the second book in what I imagine will be an ongoing series.  I didn’t read the first one but I didn’t feel lost here, so I would say that reading the first one is not a requirement to enjoy and understand the story.  There’s some science involved, but it’s not at a level that would go over the average reader’s head.  It’s actually pretty interesting.

All in all, I recommend the series.  I think the cover trying to market it as a sexy paranormal romance does the book a disservice on both ends.  Readers looking for a different kind of vampire tale more plot oriented may overlook this book, and someone that nabs it hoping for paranormal romance may find themselves disappointed.  Honestly, out of 530 pages that might me  30 pages dedicated to sex, but it’s sprinkled throughout the novel.  That does not sound like “nonstop sex” to me, but you be the judge.

*Review copy provided by the publisher.

Giveaway

I am collecting entries through Saturday, March 9th. I will announce the winner the next day.

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  1. Follow this blog via email (THIS IS REQUIRED)
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This article has 44 Comments

  1. I’m already subscribed to your emails and I already follow you on twitter (frannymiller) and like your facebook page.

  2. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  3. I already followed by email, and I know follow you on twitter (@closkot) and I already liked you on facebook (Cassandra Loskot).

    Thank you for the chance to win!! YAY!

    Cassandra

  4. Hi Erika, I am glad you contacted me about this. I haven’t been receiving any of your blogs. I just thought you was taking time off. I think the last I heard from you was when you asked your followers how we would purchase Ever After. Its been awhile. Your blog seems to be a success and is growing. I hope I can one day get mine set up. I don’t know much about what I’m doing. I need instructions and help. I may get my site up in the year 2020, LOL.

    Enough about that, that’s not what I need to be writing about. I am a follower, when I can find you,LOL. The book sounds interesting Erika. Thank you for letting us know about the giveaway and giving us all the chance to win. I have my fingers crossed. Good luck to everyone.
    Angela

    1. Thanks, Angela! Yeah that post was the last time before the switch. As for your own blog, you really learn by doing. It helps to have an established site to walk you through it, like wordpress. Overall there lots of trial, error, and doing things bit by bit. There’s still stuff I want to do, but I’m just super busy and then trying to figure out why my followers weren’t getting updates was a whole other nightmare.

  5. Thank you SO much for this fantastic book giveaway, that i would love to have the chance of reading! I am an email subscriber and regular follower of your brilliant site.

    Thank you x

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  6. Hi Erika, thanks for letting me know about the blog change. I’ve double checked and I wasn’t getting the emails. All fixed now though.

    Following by email beanieboo78@gmail.com

    and was already a follower on facebook – Shona Lawrence
    and a twitter follower – beanieboo78

  7. I saw your new site info on fuonlyknew’s blog and had to come over and check you out. She has good taste in blogs and books. I am now following your blog and on Twitter. Thanks for the giveaway and I look forward to more of your posts.

    1. Yeah, no problem! Just glad to have you all back! I should have made an announcement before the switch, but I was thinking it would be seamless. Took a month of figuring things out, but you guys are worth it!

  8. I’m new to your following, but I’m an avid reader who is always on the lookout for a good read but they’re so hard to find. Looking forward to reading your writing.

  9. Erika, I’m not sure things don’t seem to be working right. I thought I would send you another comment and try again. I’m hoping this works and I will start receiving your post.

  10. Love this, =) Thanks for the giveaway!
    I follow in every way possible, =)
    email fr_larsson at hotmail dot com
    Twitter fr_larsson & FB Linda Larsson.
    Happy Monday!
    //Linda

  11. The book sounds amazing as does the entire series. I a m excited to be in the giveaway. Taken is just awesome.

  12. Thanks for the giveaway! I love me some vampires!
    I follow via email: mestith at gmail dot com

    I liked your FB page: Meghan Stith
    Thanks again!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  13. Hunting Daylight sounds like an interesting read.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com (subscribed)
    Twitter: @BookAttict
    Facebook: Elizabeth Kotkiewicz Hyatt

  14. I like the concept of day walking vamps.. and having the heroine fall for one adds to the story.

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  15. Very good review,much appreciated. I have been avoiding books that are marketed and/or referred to as erotica or with lots of sex because I’m at a stage where I’d just as soon skim those parts or avoid all together; its all becoming the same! Have even delayed reading some old go-to authors for this reason. But steamy is wonderful so long as its CREATIVE and necessary to the story! So please enter me for this giveaway since it seems like this is a good one and a new author to me. Thanks!

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  16. I’ve ‘like’ you, signed up for newsletter and follow you on Twitter.

    More importantly – I’d just love to win.

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