Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: Mar. 1, 2011
Source of my copy: publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
TASTE ME is the first book in a gritty, fast-paced, and sexy urban fantasy romance series featuring a world where incubi, sirens, valkyries, vampires, and werewolves live undetected alongside humankind. Someone has to keep the peace-and the secrets.
Siren rock star Scarlett Fontaine is finally home after an exhausting year on tour with her band. Incubus security guru Lukas Sebastiani has more urgent problems than protecting the stubborn diva, but now that they're forced into close proximity, they're fighting an attraction that leads them to the brink of disaster...
Scarlett, a siren and lead singer in a rock band, was not happy--she's exhausted, just finishing her latest tour and she just wants to relax. Unfortunately, someone was attacking those who are close to Scarlett and the Underground Council assigned Lukas, an incubus and head of a security firm, to be her bodyguard. Scarlett and Lukas had a fling a long time ago but broke up. However, these two haven't forgotten the past and both still have feelings for the other. Taste Me is sort of a mixed bag of steamy romance, paranormal elements, urban fantasy, suspense, music, world building, among other things.
It thought the world building was pretty good and interesting. In Taste Me an alien space ship crash landed on earth bringing forth sirens, incubus, vampires, werewolves and valkyries. They have been living among the humans undetected since, forming their own Underground Council. However, I was disappointed with the mystery aspect of the book. I love to read romantic suspense and it quite work here. Right away the killer was revealed to the reader but it took Scarlett and Lukas longer to put two and two together. My knowing who the killer was and having to watch Lukas and the others try to figure out who it was frustrating--I wanted them to solve it already. The romance was okay and the book was steamy but Scarlett and Lukas didn't get together until almost the middle of the book. Maybe it's just me because I thought the writing was good but I didn't find myself reaching for it after I put it down but it was an just an okay read for me overall. 2 out of 5 stars