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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Mortal Vampire is a work of short fiction in the paranormal and romantic suspense subgenres. It is aimed at the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Suzanne Smith, but also forms part of the larger Mystic Desire anthology of short stories. In this enjoyable, concise tale, we find ourselves following Remy, a carefree vampire who drinks from mortals with abandon, until the mysterious Angela comes his way. Will this rare beauty change his ways, his mind, and his heart? Only time will tell, and for Remy, time seems to be moving all the faster with that sudden thumping in his chest.
One of the things I particularly enjoyed about author Suzanne Smith is her sense of pacing and action for a short story, which gets straight to the point and introduces characters directly into the action. Remy is easy to enjoy at first glance, leaping off the page with that glorious libertine energy that makes the paranormal romance subgenre so delicious. The tension Smith creates between Remy and the beautifully-described Angela offers instant satisfaction, and this only deepens with their intriguing dialogue and engrossing romantic plot. As conflicts within Remy’s mind come to a head, discussing his other relationships and newfound conscience, the story transforms into something more complex and emotive and ends with a surprising conclusion that I found really innovative. Overall, I would certainly recommend The Mortal Vampire and the author in general to readers seeking atmospheric thrills, engaging characters, and something surprising and original in the paranormal romance genre.