Book Review of Bring on the Night by Jeri Smith-Ready

Title: Bring on the Night

Author: Jeri Smith-Ready

Release Date: July 27th, 2010

*If you have not read Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone this will contain spoilers*

Recovering con artist Ciara Griffin seems to finally have it all. A steady job at WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ‘n’ Roll. A loving relationship with the idiosyncratic but eternally hot DJ Shane McAllister. A vampire dog who never needs shots or a pooper-scooper. And after nine years, it looks as if she might actually finish her bachelor’s degree!

But fate has other plans for Ciara. First she must fulfill her Faustian bargain with the Control, the paranormal paramilitary agency that does its best to keep vampires in line. Turns out the Control wants her for something other than her (nonexistent) ability to kick undead ass. Her anti-holy blood, perhaps?

Ciara’s suspicions are confirmed when she’s assigned to a special-ops division known as the Immanence Corps, run by the Control’s oldest vampire and filled with humans who claim to have special powers. To a confirmed skeptic like Ciara, it sounds like a freak fest. But when a mysterious, fatal virus spreads through Sherwood—and corpses begin to rise from their graves—Ciara will not only get a crash course in zombie-killing, but will be forced to put her faith, and her life itself, in the hands of magic

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Summary: This book is the third installment in the WVMP series and in my opinion it is the best one.  That summary up there is good, but it does not even come close to summing up everything that happens in this book.  There is also one EVENT (I put in all caps because it is a big deal)  that I am not even going to attempt to talk about because I would not want this surprise ruined for me, so I am not going to do that to you.  Let me just say, it is big and you will definitely know it when it happens.

I will not talk about aforementioned event, but I will talk about other things in the book that I liked.  I did like that this book fast forwards to two and a half years after the last book, because Ciara has established a routine in her life and her con-artist past has not made her run yet.  She is doing the one thing that that scares every ex con artist, establishing roots.  She and Shane are still living together and his post-it notes have not managed to drive her insane, but the time has come for her to start training to be a member of Control.  Ciara manages to get a reduced training time and only has to be there for a month, but she is miserable for every second of it.  Once she finally does get to go home, she is met with strange behavior in her home town.  People keep dying from some mysterious mutation of chicken pox and some of those deaths hit a little close to home.  I was actually surprised by some of the deaths in this book, which makes me sad because I, of course, don’t like seeing people die.  I do however, like the fact that Jeri does not let everyone have happy endings.  I know that sounds sick, but things in life are not always happy and it makes the story more real for me when there are low points.

There are issues that have been building since book one and they are starting to cause major problems.  While they do play some part in this story I have a feeling they will continue to gain speed and snowball in future books.  Jim has definitely been one of those issues.  His anger and bullying habits have been there from the beginning, but I think his age is starting to show and he is turning into something different than he once was.  I have a feeling this is going to blow up big time in the next book, but I guess time will tell on that one.

I have also loved watching Shane and Ciara grow together.  Shane helps Ciara get over her trust issues and Ciara is working on teaching Shane things from this century.  They compliment each other very well and are learning how to be in a relationship together.  However, their relationship is put to the test in this book because “the event” has them both questioning what they believe in and how they are going to get through it as a couple.  I am not going to say more then that, so you will have to read and see what I mean.

I don’t really think I can talk about this much more, because I want to talk about what happens and that will just ruin it.  So just know that after chapter 16, Ciara’s world gets rocked! I was almost flipping pages too fast to see what was going to happen.  So, here is my advise:

1.  Go read the first two books, Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone

2.  Then go read Bring on the Night

You will be so happy you did it.  Jeri has put a new spin on the whole vampire myth, that is refreshing and addictive.  Plus, you will not have to read all these reviews and go “what is the event”  because you will know and be happy 🙂

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