Review: Red Hunger- Crystal Kauffman

Title: Red Hunger
Author: Crystal Kauffman
Series: Night Squad - Book 1 
Release Date: November, 2011
Publisher: Ellora's Cve 
Genre: Erotica/ Paranormal
Rating: 3 Hoots
Reviewer: Rayna

Book one in the Night Squad series.  When the sexy trucker he’s fantasized about turns out to be a CIA assassin—and a vampire—whose team needs his help to bring down a drug dealer, bartender Vince West lets go of inhibitions he’s harbored too long and admits his sexuality, allowing himself the freedom to share his bed with Jas. But in agreeing to help the Night Squad, Vince gives up his dreams of returning to San Francisco. He knows he probably won’t survive the sting, whether it’s the drug dealers who get him…or the vampires. 

Jas Tudor and his team need Vince to lead them to a drug kingpin, but Jas’ interest in the handsome bartender with the ultra-sweet blood goes deeper. He lures Vince out of his protective shell and enjoys taking him to unimaginable heights of pleasure, even as Jas counts his regrets. His team is swift and destructive, and rarely leaves behind survivors. If Vince doesn’t end up as collateral damage, the vampires will mind-wipe him when the operation concludes, destroying his memories of their magical time together (Goodreads)

Most of the times I have huge problems with shorter stories; either it’s so good that I don’t want it to end, or there isn’t enough detail in the story that makes it difficult to understand because key elements of the story are lacking.  In Red Heat’s case it was the fact that most parts of the story were not described in great detail and left the reader going huh???  I found the ending to be abrupt almost like Kauffman met her word quota and then just decided to end the story.

That being said, the story idea was good and I really liked the characters.  I think she could have developed Jas’ character a bit more and delved into the vampire world more.  I enjoyed the concept of the ending and wish that it would have played out a bit longer.  You truly get the feeling that love can concur all and that nothing, not even a mind manipulation can keep people apart.  I will continue with this series because Kauffman has potential and I want to read the journey between Jas and Vince as they tackle the next twist that Kauffman will throw at them!

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