“Kill Me” (A Blood Chord Novel) by Alex Owens
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Narrative: First person voice of Claire Ciappanna Adams
Goodreads Summary: Three days ago, Claire was a wife, a mother, and very much alive… then the music called for her.
Claire has one goal for the conference— to land a few whales so that her boss will give her a badly needed raise. She pitches and prays while courting the music industry elite until her plans are derailed by hotness-in-high-heels.
Bette is at the conference on a mission—to find a human with untapped talents that she can mold and control. Bette uses her cursed violin to lure Claire in with a haunting song, which unravels Claire’s life as her new talents emerge. To make matters worse, Claire is attracted to two unlikely people— Bette and her hunky associate, Gregor. Both can light Claire’s fire, but is either of them the only one?
Unfortunately for Claire, life isn’t all song lyrics and seduction. Tied to darkness by blood and power, Claire must harness her abilities if she has any hope of returning home to her daughter and regaining her former life… if that’s what she really wants.
Kill Me, the debut novel from author Alex Owens, is a quirky paranormal fantasy complete with music, magic, fangs and freaks. Be forewarned, this is not your daughter’s paranormal.
The summary of this novel enticed me and I craved to know more about the main character, Claire.
At the beginning of the story, Owens throws us into Claire's life as she attends a music conference to land some new marketing clients. It's there she meets a mysterious Italian woman, Bette.
The next morning, Claire wakes up with no memory of the night before, but something life changing did indeed happen. Throughout that day, Bette fills her in on the gaps somewhat. Claire begins to feel even stranger than she usually does. Then mid-way through the novel she meets Bette's friends, Gregor and Clive. She has an instant dislike for Clive, but is drawn to Gregor in quite the same way she's drawn to Bette. The connection she has with the three of them complicates her already chaotic life.
Due to the fact that the story is told in first person, there are some things that are left a mystery. I was a tad surprised by the steamy bits of the novel, but they were imperative to the story. I like the fact that Claire was the bread-winner of her family as her husband, Pete, is unemployed. Even through the most difficult situations she faces, her thoughts are always on her daughter, Quinn, and her well-being.
Overall, the story has great character development, a healthy dose of romantic entanglements, and an intriguing start to what is to be a fabulous series. This novel is defiantly meant for an adult audience, so keep away from the tweens. I am anxiously awaiting the rest of the series, “Kiss Me”, due out summer 2012, and “Thrill Me”, due out late 2012/early 2013.