A Dark, Forced Proximity, Vampire Romance
“I prefer the term mercenary. Misleading word though, isn’t it? It almost implies that I have mercy.” He gets to his feet. “And I don’t.”
Black Sunshine by Karina Halle is a standalone paranormal, dark romance that will have vampire fans filled with ghoulish delight. This is the kind of standalone story that because the premise is so unique and the setting is so dramatic that you will immediately want more.
Lenore is not your typical college student in San Francisco. She’s about to turn 21 and with that comes a whole new change for her…and she has no idea she’s a vampire. Meeting pre-vampire Lenore was interesting, but I liked her much better as a vampire. What makes Lenore’s character that much more fascinating is her interaction with Absolon—the vampire who helps her through her transition, and how he becomes so much more to her the more time she spends with him. The way Absolon helps Lenore navigate the various needs associated with a newly turned vampire is in itself an aspect that makes Black Sunshine a dark romance. Karina Halle doesn’t shy away from the extreme here. Lenore’s appetite for blood and for sex gets pushed to the deep end of the pool, and the way those needs are satisfied are not for the faint of heart.
“Play my game, Lenore,” he says into my ear, his voice is so low and quiet it feels like it’s originating inside my skull. “I”ll let you win.”
While most of Black Sunshine is about Lenore’s transition, there is also a deeper plot. Lenore and Absolon begin to piece together Lenore’s past and what her transition means for not just her future but the future of other vampires just like her. Just like with any paranormal romance, Lenore is unique. She’s the vampire that is born with so few others like her. This isn’t your Twilight-esque vampire romance, so be prepared for that before going into it. Also keep in mind that Black Sunshine is indeed a romance, and while the journey to Lenore’s Happily Ever After takes a hot minute, when she finally brings her man to his knees, it’s so fangtastic! And don’t come after me for that pun, please.
Karina Halle has created something truly special with Black Sunshine. I love the overall resurgence of vampire paranormal romance books, and the idea behind Black sunshine makes it a stand-out among a crowded genre. I highly recommend that any fan of paranormal romance, dark romance, and stories that skirt the edge of a thriller should give Black Sunshine a read. I also really enjoyed how Karina Halle seamlessly worked in some really great romance tropes into the story. Enemies to lovers, forced proximity, and almost like a stalker turned fated mates situation made this story really memorable. I also need to mention how much I adore the cover! Black Sunshine is available now, so if you need a book with some bite then definitely check this one out!
Jes is a self-proclaimed bookworm, who recently moved from the PNW back to the Midwest. When her nose isn’t in a book, she’s spending time with her husband, two kids, and her three fur babies, or exploring the globe. She also firmly believes that you should start the day with coffee, and end the day in bed with a good book.