Lisa Kessler – one of our own published her book Night Walker this month. I read it, loved it and now reviewing it.
Mun’s NOT the word when it comes to Night Walker– the book is out, both in paper and ebook, and Lisa is telling the world!
Genre is paranormal romance
He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her…
Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.
She’s haunted by dreams of her own death…
After catching her fiancée with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she’s drawn to him in ways she doesn’t understand.
They’ve waited in the shadows for centuries…
Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he’s ever loved again.
As we know, Lisa is wonderful at character development. Her characters here are compelling and well crafted; they come to life and dance right off the page. (I don’t own an e reader and Lisa was thoughtful enough to publish in soft cover as well as ebook) Perhaps her villain was too well developed; she must have pulled every nasty and freaky story she could find to write this character. He’s a villain you can really sink your teeth into.
As Sophocles would say: All a man’s affairs become diseased when he wishes to cure evils by evils
Calisto is a Night Walker. Not a vampire. And he makes that abundantly clear. He despises the glamour that vampires seek. “Vampires were for movie screens and romance novels.” He, Calisto is a Night Walker. Which is really kinda uber vamp… but don’t tell them that…..
Lisa’s attention to word usage and language is excellent. When Calisto transforms into his animal persona, which occurs several times throughout the book, the language is always just a bit different. This is the kind of thing I notice in others’ writing because it’s something I have to be attentive to myself. So I paid attention. And I don’t think she ever used the exact same wording twice. Typos and incorrect word usages leave me frustrated and annoyed. The book is well edited. I found only one spot where a word was missing. And no typos! So the editor was paying attention also. I come across very few books with no typos.
It’s true that some of the situations involving Calisto and Kate are a bit contrived—but it’s a romance after all—and Lisa does attempt to work around the unbelievable to make it as realistic as possible.
Calisto may be immortal but especially in one particular scene, he is just a man, just like all the rest. Here again, Lisa’s whimsy shines through –I think she meant it to be whimsical….
The Night Walker is not adept at modern technology and refuses to even try. The scene where he attempts to drive a car – stick shift no less—is hysterical. He becomes rather frantic pushing buttons and pedals in order to get the car to move.
The novel is really two stories melded into one with very satisfying results. The back story starts in 1775 and is told in rich descriptive detail with a sense of time and place that would be expected of historical novels. Perhaps Lisa was of two minds, whether to do historical or contemporary, and said the hell with it and just combined them. Either way, it works. Lisa would have had to do a lot of research (all books require research to one degree or another) for the back story to come as alive as it does. In fact, the plot is complex enough that for a lesser author it would have entailed at least two books. But Lisa does pull it off.
Lisa does a wonderful job of world building and the reader has to buy into the premise and just go with it.
Obviously Kate does not read vampire stories–she does not pick up on the clues…
Yeah and for an uber vamp, his home security system leaves something to be desired. This is a romance though and much more too. Lisa uses these discrepancies to enhance the plot.
One of my favourite scenes is when the villain scoffs that Calisto is well read. Geeze the books in his library are probably the originals and would make a cute sidebar for how he obtained the volumes.
I don’t really have a lot of time to read, but I couldn’t put this one down. Even read it in the car on latest road trip. It’s a good read for both romance and paranormal adventure, and I highly recommend it.
Is that ok Lisa? Is the cheque in the mail? 😀 🙂
Blogophilia 25.4 Topic: “Mum’s the word”
(Hard, 2pts): Incorporate a quote by Sophocles
(Easy, 1pt): Use the words frustrated, freaky, frantic