Hotter After Midnight
Cynthia Eden
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Hotter After Midnight
Cynthia Eden
Brava
Paperback
272 pages
May 2008
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Dr. Emily Drake is a rather unusual therapist, known among those of a supernatural nature as the 'Monster Doctor.' Despite being human, she is able to identify the Other, supernatural beings through her psychic skills. When someone is murdered, she's called to help the police as a kind of profiler - and the detective who comes to collect her is a shifter. Emily's always been wary of shifters because of their unpredictability, but she finds herself strangely drawn to Detective Colin Gyth. When they find themselves working together to try to prevent a serial killer from attacking more women, each learning more about the other's skills and histories, an unexpected attraction develops between human and shifter.

Cynthia Eden's writing style is generally good, and this book starts in a particularly engaging way, with a vampire who is afraid of blood. Her characters are arresting, including an interesting medical examiner, Colin Gyth's partner and an evil demon. Her hero is a real alpha male, and her heroine is imbued with her own feistiness and bravery.

One odd thing is that the title, Hotter After Midnight, seems entirely unrelated to the content of the book. The story is well plotted; the identity of the serial killer is not particularly obvious, and the cast of scary creatures adds to the story. The sex scenes seem at times spurious and unnecessary, as if they have been included because that's what this kind of book needs, rather than being central to the plot, but the overall book is an enjoyable read.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2008

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