I loved the whole different take on vampires -- with term like drinkers, as well as the classification of them in the society. This story is written into two parts; first half from Laurence's POV and the second half from Ira's.
I enjoyed Laurence's POV better, maybe because as a reader, I seemed to be with him from the beginning, as he dealt with being a drinker, meeting with Ira, talking in his sessions about what he felt and what he expected to happen.
Ira's part, however, was dramatic but not completely compelling. Maybe because it was caused by something that happened/started years ago; it happened off page and I was being 'told' by Ira rather than experiencing it first hand as a reader. So I didn't empathized with Ira as a character as much as I did Laurence.
All in all, I still thought of this as solid pleasant read.
It's a new world, where humans co-exist with drinkers--people who must drink blood to survive.
Drinkers that go rogue, by attacking and turning other humans, are hunted down by the Department of Drinker Control. Laurence Wickes was a member of the DDC, until he was attacked and turned into a drinker. Now he needs to meet with a psychiatrist to determine if he can join society again and under what circumstances.
The author built an interesting world with drinkers and humans living together somewhat comfortably with each other. There are a lot of rules for the drinkers to follow, including getting classified in order to determine what rights they'll have. Laurence was a good cop who is now forced to figure out what he's going to do with his life after being turned into a drinker. He develops a crush on his psychiatrist, Dr. Ira Ashdown.
Ira has a secret that ends up putting him and Laurence into imminent danger. Although the two of them are locked up together for a few days, they didn't spend that time getting to know each other better. This definitely made the story more of a mystery than a romance. Although both of the characters were likable, I never developed any kind of emotional connection to either of them. If more time had been spent on dialogue, instead of detailed descriptions of clothing and surroundings, it would have worked better for me. In the end, it was an easy read with some new concepts.
If you're in the mood for a paranormal mystery, along with a light romance, this is an enjoyable story.
Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Copy provided by publisher/author in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by: Lexi
Summary: Bitten on the job, Laurence is left to readjust to living as one of the drinkers he has always hunted. In order to be declared a stable citizen—and get back to work—he must attend a series of court-mandated sessions with a psychiatrist specializing in newly-turned drinkers.
The worst part of being a drinker, besides adjusting to life without sunlight, is that it's mostly doctors and red tape and tedium—right up until it isn't.
Review: Laurence is bitten by a vampire while on the job and now he must pass a professional evaluation before he can return to duty. Before he can do so he must obtain a Drinker Class A designation. If he doesn't transition well from human to vampire he could end up going rogue and becoming the dreaded drinker class X. There are many adjustments for him to make first. How he lives. Does he keep his drinking appointments? Can he handle being around humans? Laurence is nervous about his evaluation, attempting to devise what the right answers are to get him a Class A label. He cannot fathom not being allowed to do his job.
I simply loved this world with its steam punk feel. I sympathized with Laurence and how he was unsure of himself, felling as if others gawked at him like a sideshow spectacle. The pace of the budding romance with Dr. Ira Ashdown was perfect. When the real trouble started, Laurence and his control was put to the test. This was a fantastic story with a well-drawn unique world with characters I could root for. I definitely would recommend this read.