Unearthed After Sunset is definitively a vampire novel. I was expecting the typical angst filled romance, but instead this is a story about coming to terms with being a vampire. More psychological than you would expect, but not with much.
It is story of Greg who is struggling to coupe with his new vampire life and dealing with what is left of his humanity. They are also adjusting with being in the vampire hierarchy and the morality shift that comes with being an apex predator.
On the other side of the equation is a vampire hunter who questions her own morality. Rumours of a cure gets Caroline’s attention. Is it right to kill a monster when monsters can be cured?
The whole dynamic between Greg and Caroline is that off natural born enemies, but neither one really feels like killing the other due to personal attraction.
So we have a pretty good urban fantasy with a touch of romance and a dash of horror. The main characters are charming and the plot only hints at cliches before turning into different directions.
Most of the side characters did not really register with me. There were quite a few in the vampire pack that I could not keep track of. They turned out to be cannon fodder most of the time anyway. The same thing with the vampire hunters outside of Caroline’s immediate family. I cannot think of one of their names off the top of my head.
Bringing the focus back to the main characters. The conflict between Greg, Caroline and Santo was really well done and led to some decent fight scenes.
It’s so easy to get bored reading another vampire book, but Unearthed After Sunset does not suffer the uniformity so many others do. It had a fresh new perspective and left out most the lusty angst.