The Mortal Vampire

Part of the Mystic Desire Anthology

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 01/11/2022
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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.

Jennifer Ibiam

The Mortal Vampire (part of the Mystic Desire Anthology) by Suzanne Smith follows the life of Remy the Vampire and his journey through space. Around three hundred years ago, Dr. Merlot found Remy beaten, bloodied, and left for dead in the bowels of a California gold mine. The doctor restored life to Remy by turning him into a vampire. Remy killed and fed on humans with reckless abandon. He also had an evil vampire mate/girlfriend, Giselle, who enjoyed these activities. On one of his feeding expeditions, he met a new prey called Angela. However, something strange happened. There was a continuous thump in his chest from the minute he looked into Angela’s eyes. Remy fell in love, but what are the odds? Will the evil Giselle let them live? Who is the mysterious Angela?

The Mortal Vampire by Suzanne Smith was a fantastic and captivating book. This novel was concise yet packed a punch. The author showed through this story that everyone deserves a second chance. No one is so terrible that they become irredeemable. I loved the unique plot, unusual storyline, and memorable characters. Giselle presented a typical human trait where we value people based on their relevance to our agendas. They become dispensable the minute their value diminishes. I loved the unpredictable twist that Suzanne threw into the story. There was a take-away from this novel that I cherished. When death isn’t a possibility, then life means nothing. But because death is inevitable for humans, we strive to leave our footprints in the sands of time. Thank you and please write more, Suzanne.