Review: Black by Catherine Winters

Posted July 26, 2014 by Lorna in Lorna, Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 20 Comments

Review: Black by Catherine Winters
Black by Catherine Winters
Series: Josephine #1
Published by Indie
Published on: July 28, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 201
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Thirty-year-old redhead Josephine Berendt has everything under control. She's finally over her ex, Max Spencer; her third novel is about to hit the shelves; and she's living happily alone in a quiet Denver suburb. So what if her life is missing a little action? She gets all she needs by writing about vampires - and at least her furniture won't run away to Paris just to prove how much it doesn't love her.

600-year-old businessman Grant Black thinks he's just doing a favor for an old friend by keeping an eye on Josephine and her dangerously accurate storytelling. Keeping out of her life is no trouble at all - until Max shows up on her doorstep with a case of fangs and Grant is forced to meet Josephine in the fearless, foul-mouthed flesh.

Soon Josephine finds herself at the center of an undead incident of international proportions. Now every day is a test of how long she can balance her need for independence with her growing affection for a killer, and stay alive - or, at least, not dead.

Featuring some of the most famous and ruthless vampires from history and literature, BLACK interweaves traditional vampire canons with an entirely new race of vampires with its own laws and mores. Told in Josephine's thoroughly modern voice, the book is a witty, allusive tour of the vampire world's upper echelons and hubs of power.

As an author that writes books about vampires, Josephine Berendt has no idea that vampires actually do exist. So when her ex-boyfriend shows up with a wild story about being a vampire, she really doesn’t believe him. Max broke her heart three years prior and left the country. Coming back out of the blue with a wild story, is not her idea of a fun time needless to say. To make matter worse, he apparently wants her back. This is just the beginning of what becomes quite the adventure for Josephine, and actually not the best adventure.

Although Josephine is an American, her conversations kept veering into the Queen’s English for me, and I pictured her with an accent throughout the whole book. Why? I think it was just the tone of the writing for me-totally reminded me of British mysteries I have read, without the mystery of course. And while we are on the subject of Josephine, I found it hard to connect with her for probably the first third or so, of the book. I wondered about her motivations for some of the things she does, I couldn’t understand why she would willingly get involved with another vampire,(other then extreme lust) and I am not talking about Max. Grant Black is one of the richest men in the world, and probably the richest vampire. He’s good looking to the extreme, and enigmatic to the nth degree. At first I wasn’t doing much connecting with him either, but in the end, I liked him probably better then Josephine. That has everything to do with understanding his motivations. Josephine spends a big part of the book, shooting herself in the foot. She’s in love but she can’t admit to it, and I wanted to give her a good talking to at times.

This is not a feel good vampire book. Josephine is not a very happy person(due to the situations I am sure), she drinks like a fish, has a potty mouth, and a inferiority complex, and Grant is not a nice sparkly vampire. Grant is an admitted killer of a huge amount other vampires, and makes no bones about it. So this is really not a typical paranormal romance. Instead it delves into the intricacies of the politics of the vampire world. The world building by the author was pretty well imagined, especially when the book moves locations from Colorado to England, and the ancient, ruling vampires become part of the story. This is really when I got pulled into the story and kept reading, not because I had to review this, but because I wanted to.

One thing. The book ends without a real ending. So yes, it’s a cliffhanger of sorts. But I have read a lot worse cliffhangers, so it was okay. I think the second one comes out in September,so that is good news.

It was a good solid adult read once I finally got into it. I recommend it to lovers of all things vampire. I can honestly say it was a different sort of read for me.


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I’m Lorna and I live in Maryland. Since retiring, I spend my time mostly reading and reviewing books. My favorite reads are Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult. I read a lot of indie books in addition to traditionally published books. Favorite paranormal creature? Vampires, but I am really liking werewolves more everyday.



20 responses to “Review: Black by Catherine Winters

  1. YEAH! I received an email today.

    I LOVE the cover. Simple yet intriguing. Draws me right in. Then I read the blurb and thought, excellent. Your review brought to light some problems I may have with the book too, but it still sounds like one I would like to read.

    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
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  2. Berls from Fantasy is More  

    Sounds interesting – I do like the concept of writing about vampires, having dated a vampire and not knowing they actually exist ๐Ÿ™‚ Too bad you didn’t connect to her for a bit – I find it really hard to get into books when I don’t connect to the characters. I am extremely interested in this one though — and a big part is that awesome cover! LOL Great review Lorna ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Well that was the only way I knew to describe how the writing made me feel she was talking, not that she was speaking with an English accent-it was just how I pictured her ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I love that cover! Not sure about the book though. Some of it sounds really interesting but other parts – not so much. But I would be willing to give it a try because it sounds kind of different for a vampire series. Maybe I’ll wait until closer to September so I can read them back to back.