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Review: Don’t Bite the Messenger (Vampire Courier #1) by Regan Summers

Review: Don’t Bite the Messenger (Vampire Courier #1) by Regan Summers

by Rachel ElizabethMarch 14, 2012

TLDR Recap:

In Anchorage, Alaska, twenty-six year old Sydney Kildare is a courier for vampires. Born with a natural immunity to the vamps’ allure, she is the perfect woman for any job that requires a messenger, but that hardly means she’s safe. She unexpectedly finds herself caught up in a vampire turf war, and must rely on Malcolm, a sexy, mysterious stranger who always seems to know when Sydney’s in trouble, for help. But if she’s not careful, this last assignment may prove to be Sydney’s last… Don’t Bite the Messenger is worth a look!

  • Title: Don’t Bite the Messenger
  • Author: Regan Summers
  • Series: Vampire Courier, book #1
  • Prominent Characters: Sydney, Malcolm
  • Recommended Reader Age: 17+
  • Sexual Content Level: Moderate


Sydney Kildare lives a pretty exciting life- being a messenger for vampires is never boring. In the town of Anchorage, there are vamps everywhere. Unfortunately, their strange energy fields have a way of destroying technology, which means they depend on couriers to communicate. This is where Sydney comes in; when vamps need to get business done, they come to her. Sydney is unique- she has the ability to resist the vamps’ compulsion, which makes her an ideal (and reliable) messenger. Just because she’s immune to their glamor doesn’t mean she’s protected, though. Vampires are still hostile, bloodthirsty creatures, so Syd’s job is extremely dangerous. She longs for the day she can retire and escape from Alaska, and live a vampire-free life.

When Sydney accepts a new assignment, it turns out to be much more hazardous than she could’ve ever imagined. There’s a vampire turf war going on, and Syd suddenly ends up right in the middle of it. No place is safe anymore, and Syd doesn’t know who to trust. Malcolm Kelly, a new, intriguing stranger, has a habit of showing up whenever Syd needs help, and soon enough Syd finds herself falling for him. Yet Syd can’t help but wonder…whose side is Malcolm really on?

Don’t Bite the Messenger was a pretty quick read. For a short novella, it had a good amount of action, which ensured the story was fast-paced. Syd was an interesting heroine, not to mention intelligent. She knows how to handle vamps and she’s extremely vigilant when it comes to her safety. This also means she doesn’t really trust anyone, but when a few tidbits about her past are revealed, it makes sense, although her lack of faith in certain people was frustrating at times. Sydney is sort of damaged, but I like that about her and I think that makes her a realistic character. She has a great sense of humor, too, which made me like her even more.

The relationship between Syd and Malcolm wasn’t as compelling as I’d hoped it would be, though. I felt like there weren’t really sparks between them, and I don’t think they had a lot of chemistry together. Fortunately, things got a little better and heated up as the two learned more about each other and spent time together. There were times when the romance fell a bit flat for me, but there were still plenty of sweet (and hot!) moments featuring them.

Aside from that, I enjoyed reading this novella. The concept and plot were original, and I’m glad I got the opportunity to get to know Sydney.

Memorable Quotes:

I’d gladly trade places with her…

My arm, looking small inside of the gaping blue terry cloth robe, was stretched diagonally over his bare torso and my hand rested on his equally bare far hip. Claiming the continent of his body. I stretched my pinkie below the covers, subtly scouting for underwear or-better yet- a chastity belt.

Poor Malcolm. Sounds like a tough job…

“He offered me the choice of service.” Malcolm said.
“Oh my God. How long is this period of service? Do you have to, like, pick up his dry cleaning and laugh when he makes bad jokes?”

Trust Sydney to give the guy chasing after her driving instructions…

He drove up beside me, window down, yelling. His left hand held the wheel, his right hand a gun. Blondie must have had a suspended license for this guy to have been the designated driver.
“Two and ten,” I yelled.
His bloody brow furrowed.
“Two hands. Ten fingers. On the wheel at all times!”

If you liked Don’t Bite the Messenger…

You might also enjoy books by Jennifer Estep. Her writing style is similar to Regan Summers’ and the Elemental Assassin series begins with Spider’s Bite. Like Don’t Bite the Messenger, these books are Urban Fantasy but contain romance, too.

Final Thoughts:

Don’t Bite the Messenger was a well-written novella with a spunky heroine and an entertaining storyline. This one is definitely worth a look!

Rating: Don’t Bite the Messenger


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About The Author
Rachel Elizabeth
I'm an avid reader who loves Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult books! Despite the fact that my TBR pile is huge, I simply can't stop myself from constantly looking for new reads. I've always loved to read, but my love for books has grown in the past few years (Yes, I admit, Twilight was one of the first PNR books I'd ever read.) Since then, I've discovered many amazing authors and books that I hope to share with more people. Books are an escape for me, and without them..well, life would suck. Alot. Any author who can make me forget about real life by pulling me into their story and getting me to genuinely care about their characters is a good author in my book. I also love authors who write about strong, gorgeous, sexy alpha males. I mean, c'mon, who doesn't love a good alpha male? When I'm not reading (gasp!), I'm usually going to classes, studying, or spending time with family and friends.
  • March 14, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Great review! I pretty much came to the same opinion when reading this novella. I will keep reading this series as it releases.

  • Sophia Rose
    March 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I enjoy UF for their focus on the world building, character arcs, and the action. I agree- they are slow to develop in the romance area, but that is a trait of them too.

    This story sounds like a good read and I’m going to check it out. Thanks for sharing your review!

    • Rachel Elizabeth
      March 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Yes, most of the UF books I read have great world building and complex plots. And yeah, the romance is slow to develop sometimes, but it’s pretty satisfying when things finally heat up! Thanks for the comment!

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