Review of Sunrise at Sunset

Sunrise at Sunset is a vampire romance novel, which carries certain connotations of content and writing style/quality. If that sort of thing doesn’t appeal to you, then move on. I’m only going to say that once.

I got this book for free off Amazon’s Kindle service last year, and promptly forgot it. Then in April, I decided to read it. I burned through it in a week and a half. The story is very stock vampire romance with a gender reversal: now the man is the helpless damsel.

First, a plot summary:

Amber Simmons is a suicidal vampire who meets a boy, Caleb Taylor, when he’s eight. He leaves an impression on her and she looks out for him from the shadows for almost 20 years. For a vampire, such time is revealed to be perceived almost as a pit stop. Now operating under the name Katrina Rawlings, a chance impulse to check in on the now-adult Caleb leaves Katrina wanting him in more ways than one, and that is where the main plot truly takes off.

The story is relatively fast paced for a vampire romance, and generally well written. The fact that Caleb and Katrina are SO PERFECTLY MATCHED is brought up enough times that it comes across as deliberate parody of that element of the genre *coughTWILIGHT!cough*, but even that begins wearing thin close to the end of the book.

A couple characters, such as Paige, are introduced feeling more than a little like Twilight expats. Fortunately, the author introduces no character he isn’t prepared to flesh out, and whether sooner or later, they all get their due time in the spotlight and are much more unique by the time the book finishes, and fortunately, the primary cast is kept very small to keep your attention focused.

Balance is a key concept here, and while the balance between serious and sappy is almost upset a few times, it never quite teeters over that edge, which saves it from becoming a deal breaker.

I enjoyed this enough as a free book that I immediately purchased the sequel, A Bloody London Sunset, and I now consider this a series I am rather attached to.

It’s a nice easy read that I recommend, especially for anybody who has loved Twilight or similar books in the past. There’s much here that will be found familiar, but it is pleasantly so without becoming more of the same.

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