Tantalize Author:Cynthia Leitich Smith Are you predator or prey? — CLASSIFIED ADS: RESTAURANTS — SANGUINI'S: A VERY RARE RESTAURANT IS HIRING A CHEF DE CUISINE. DINNERS ONLY. — APPLY IN PERSON BETWEEN 2:00 AND 4:00 PM. — Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her parents are dead, and her hybrid-werewolf first love is threatening to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them ... more »forever. Then, as she and her uncle are about to unveil their hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef. Can Quincie transform their new hire into a culinary Dark Lord before opening night? Can he wow the crowd in his fake fangs, cheap cape, and red contact lenses - or is there more to this earnest face than meets the eye? As human and preternatural forces clash, a deadly love triangle forms, and the line between predator and prey begins to blur. Who's playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything? TANTALIZE marks Cynthia Leitich Smith's delicious debut as a preeminent author of dark fantasy.« less
The title is intriguing, the description fascinating. Werewolves, vampires, a vampire-themed restaurant, a love triangle... sounds like a recipe for an amazing book, right?
Not so, unfortunately. TANTALIZE does not live up to its hype, and I was deeply disappointed in it. The book is a hurried jumble of underdeveloped characters and too much action. Smith's attempt to probe into the highly popular genre of paranormal romance is commendable, but not anything too special.