Hmmm....I kind of feel about this book the way I did about Demon Moon: love the vampire, am not so impressed with his lady love.
The scenario: Valerian Lazarus (hee) is a studly, egotistical, charming Las Vegas magic-act vampire who has a deep and tragic secret. His true love Brenna somehow gets reincarnated every century or so (same looks) and he finds her again, and then she ends up dying fairly soon into the restarted relationship. Valerian is getting pretty freaking tired of his ladylove(s) being targeted for death. In 1995 he meets Brenna 7.0 or so, a homicide cop named Daisy, when some of Valerian's employees are getting murdered. Valerian finally gets a clue that he must have some secret enemy around here somewhere, and that this needs to be dealt with.
To some degree the plot is kinda predictable. There's a limited number of people the secret enemy could be. However, there is one shocking twist that does come about that kinda blew my mind when it happened....but you never do figure out how or why it happened, and it doesn't really get followed up on. It seems to be there to give the villain extra motivation, I...guess?
The narration of this is all over the place. Third-person from Valerian's POV, first person narration from Valerian, third-person from Daisy's POV, various retellings of Brenna/Daisy's past lives. I really freaking wish the author had stuck to one or two changes. Maybe narrate Valerian from first person (his dialogue is the most amusing and charming stuff going on in the book) and keep Daisy/everyone else on third, but not making it so freaking complicated.
Also, I have to say that the DAISY/Valerian relationship, such as it is, gets short shrift. We don't see why she'd go for him other than "vampire hot destiny" or whatever, they just kind of take a shortcut to spiritual sexin'. We get to briefly know her past lives as the not-terribly-pleasant hooker Betsey, the sweet Jenny and (even MORE briefly) Harmony the Bostonian madam, all of whom seem more interesting than our current heroine. Now, I can't say I was terribly fond of Betsey, but I don't deny it was quite a switchup to make Valerian rediscover his love in the guise of a lady of easy virtue who operates on "how can I use this guy to get money" more than anything else. The romance between Valerian and Jenny is incredibly sweet, and I would have rather read about THEM than any of the other versions of Brenna. Harmony, alas, gets very briefly summarized (and I believe there's another version or two that never got mentioned in the book at all), which is a shame because she sounded interesting too.
Anyway, I saw glints of potential in this book, but mostly things do not come to fruition terribly well. Two stars.