Karma & Melodies

Katie Salidas
Karma & Melodies
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Publisher
Rising Sign Books
Release Date
February 2011
Genre
Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

SUMMARY
Kendra used to spend her days organizing events for Café Enigma while daydreaming about Marcus, the sexy lead singer of Normal Paradox. But all those dreams of becoming Mrs. Rock Star died, along with her mortality, the moment Hector entered her life and turned her into a vampire.

Ten torturous years later, Kendra finally escapes Hector and runs straight into Marcus. (Well, actually, he hit her with his car, but that's beside the point.) The accident leaves Marcus concussed and a few pints too low, forcing Kendra to share her blood to save him.

Sharing her blood doesn't just heal Marcus's wounds; it bonds him to Kendra in a magical "can't live without you" sort of way. Now he's professing his undying love to her, and Kendra's not sure if he's for real or just experiencing the side effects of their new blood bond. Either way, the two of them can't be separated without suffering suicidal levels of depression, and the band needs to hit the road for the rest of their cross-country tour.

Kendra's content to travel with the band and explore her new-found relationship, until whispered threats from her master, Hector, start invading her dreams. He's tracking her down, and she can feel it. She knows the horrors he's capable of, and if he finds out about Marcus, Hector will do everything in his power to destroy him.

If she stays, Marcus is doomed to Hector's wrath. If she goes, the repercussions of their bond might kill Marcus. Both options will break Kendra's heart. If they're truly meant for each other, they'll have to find another way....

Book Review by Mia (reviewer)
Mar 25, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
246 people found the following review helpful
KARMA AND MELODIES is sweet paranormal romance about love lost and reunited years later. It's a cool twist on a vampire tale, without straying too far from the traditional. The story line about a female vampire who mourns her past mortal life and regrets being a vampire is unique and interesting.

We begin with Kendra and Marcus, one a vampire and the other a musician, both living life day by day with regrets. Kendra is relatively a new vampire, turned only 10 years ago. She is on the run from her "Master", a man so evil she wishes each day would be her last. Taking a moment to savor what she has lost when she was taken from her mortal life, Kendra goes to a concert to forget her curse.

The band was her favorite memory of her past life. Especially the main singer, Marcus. His beautiful voice brought back waves of memories of happier times. It seemed like a lifetime ago when she would stay at the coffee shop "Cafe Enigma" to listen to the band perform. She knew deep down Marcus was her true love. But because of her curse, her chance at love never happened.

Marcus never thought he would ever see that sweet girl again. Every night he and his band would perform at that coffee shop just so that he could catch a glimpse of her. He thought he had all the time in the world to get to know Kendra. But suddenly one day she disappeared, and Marcus spent each day regretting of letting go the one chance he had at love.

When an accident leaves Marcus dying, Kendra just reacts. Giving him her blood will heal him, but with a price. A blood bond is now formed and if either of them stray away, the suffering will be horrible. But with Kendra's Master looking for her, she knows that by staying with Marcus she is only insuring his death. KARMA AND MELODIES shows just how far a person will go for the one he or she loves.

I found this short story very well written. The author did a good job in establishing the characters and their motivations. The secondary characters and their friendships were written well. Kendra and Marcus have some chemistry, but there were no steamy scenes, and what I got was more of an innocent love with lots of stolen kisses. The story ends before anything happens, and I couldn't help but to be disappointed that there wasn't any love scenes.

Overall, if you want a quick read about vampires, then give it a try. It is written well and easy to read. Katie Salidas puts in all the necessary elements needed for a good story. It would be a great spring read and if you are fan of vampire romance you might want to check it out.
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Book Review by Leslie (reviewer)
Apr 07, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
299 people found the following review helpful
Katie Salidas is a writer that finds the places in your heart that create heat and passion. She is a strong voice in the Vampire Genre, one could say a speaker of the dead. In her usual way, she has given us that unique young man that tugs at your heart strings, the one you always remember. She sets her stage with strong female characters, and in KARMA AND MELODIES, she has also brought the music. This is a dark novel as most vampire stories are, but she brings humor and lightness with her witty prose. This is a fun tale of everlasting love. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The music scene was always Kendra's passion; it was when she was visiting her favorite hangout that she first met her Master. The vampire that turned her and now controlled her. But it was also at this same hangout that she met whom she thought was the man of her dreams, an up and coming musician just making the scene.

Escaping her master, she finds herself back in that place, a homecoming she did not expect. The band has gained notoriety and packs in a crowd. Even with her blood lust, she finds herself drawn to Marcus as he sings his song of love and loss. The heat of the crowd and the smell of blood almost distracted her, but like any fan, she is lost in the music and the idolatry of the man himself. Knowing she must leave before her need begins, she leaves the club to seek a place to spend the night.

Crossing the road to find the darker shadows, she is unaware of the car bearing down on her. The impact is brutal and weakens her body and resolve. Knowing she needs blood to rebuild her strength, she goes to the closest source, the driver of the vehicle. Little does she know until it is too late that the driver is Marcus, the man of her dreams. She has now become his Master.

This not only creates issues with his band mates, but her own Master has been seeking her and she is well aware that he will make an example of her rebelliousness. Every one of the band is now in danger. She has to trust them with her secret to keep them all safe, and because of this, there is a lack of trust, but certainly, something expected. Can she keep them from harm, as the Master tracks her and prepares to teach her a lesson? A lesson that does not allow love or friendship?

Kendra is a young woman turned by an unsavory and unscrupulous vampire to become his toy. Forced to do unspeakable acts time after time, she finally escapes his madness. Yet she belongs to him, she is still considered young in vampire years and she does not have the strength to stand up to him. But her love for Marcus has apparently never wavered. She had always loved him, and when they met again, that attraction was still there. But how would she know if he truly cared about her now? He is enthralled because in order to save him she has had to share her blood. Would she really ever know if he cared?

Marcus is enamored of Kendra. Even though she may not believe it, he remembers her from the club scene from years ago. All of his songs of love and loss are written with her in mind. She disappeared one night never to be seen again. He lost his opportunity with her and he felt as though there would never be another. Can he convince her that it is love, and can he save her from the very presence that took her from him in the first place?

This is an earthy and fun vampire story set in the music world. Fast paced, the story leads you on a merry chase. The interplay is both disturbing and at times quite funny. When push comes to shove though, all the band members line up behind Kendra, just as it should be. If you like vampire lore and stories of romance, you will enjoy this book.
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