There were a lot of things I really liked about this one. I loved the narrator. I appreciated that the author was able to have a black narrator without feeling obliged to have him sound like a street thug.
I also enjoyed the scene at the club when Travis reveals his attraction--SO hot!
And I appreciated the warning about the cliffhanger ending. I'm okay with those so long as I know they're coming. In this case, as soon as Sam mentioned seeing the news report about the vampire, I anticipated that Travis would end up being one. What I hadn't anticipated was him revealing it by sitting up in his coffin during his funeral, and I loved that I didn't see that coming.
I also enjoyed the way that both of the important cases were described enough for me to know what was going on, but not enough for me to get bored or start trying to make connections between them.
There were a few things I didn't like as much: scenes jump around so much at the beginning, it was hard for me to figure out what was happening. First Sam's talking to a hooker, then he's in the morgue with Travis and it sounds like he's meeting Travis for the first time, but then Sam's talking about how Travis is handling the case, and it's not clear until the middle of that scene that it's a week later.
The other thing that confused me was that when Travis sits up all confused at his funeral, Sam is the one he turns to. The room is filled with police officers that Travis has worked with both in Baton Rouge and in New Orleans, and Travis turns to his partner of one week? Or was it because of the developing relationship (that he had wanted to keep hidden) with Sam that Travis turned to him first?
Anyway, this was delightful in spite of my niggles, and I will definitely be reading the next installment. 3.5 stars rounded up for being free.