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Daysider - Susan Krinard Book Infoebook, 304 pagesPublished August 1st 2013 by Harlequin NocturneISBN 1460317025 (ISBN13: 9781460317020)Source:Netgalley EARCBook Buy LinksAMAZONB&NBOOK SYNOPSISHuman/vampire relations are in turmoil in a stunning new series by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Susan KrinardTensions between human and vampire factions are escalating. Peace hangs in the balance. And like two ill-fated stars, Alexia Fox and Damon are destined to collide. She's a seductive human operative on a mission to infiltrate an illegal vampire colony. He's a vampire and represents everything she loathes-and all that she desires. Their attraction is scorching, immediate...and could explode like the fragile truce they've both been fighting independently to preserve. Now the world's last hope hinges on their ability to work together. As enemies they are doomed, but as allies they just might save the world.My ThoughtsWhat I did not like or what gave me the most pause as I read the book were a couple or things:1. The two main characters internalize more than they show by word or deed, even their actions are not consistent with how they seem to feel at times and it can be a bit confusing if not downright misleading. 2. The at times overwhelming amount of information that could have been minimalized by the characters just taking action rather than "thinking" things to death.3. The fact that the main characters are involved almost from the beginning while at the same time they fight their mutual feelings for each other, even though they become physically intimate, and they show no real trust in one another until almost the end of the book which makes it hard to see them as a couple.What I did like and what kept me enjoying reading the story:1. The world building done by the author was concise and well developed.2. The different factions of Vampires are explained in just enough detail to set them apart from each other and keep track of who is who easier.3. Alexia Fox, the dhampire Aegis agent, is a strong leading female character whose mission puts her at war with herself emotionally even though she tries not to let it hamper her ability to complete her job.4. Damon is very believable as a Vampire who has the ability to walk in daylight with full immunity to the sun, his race the Darketans are not quite unique to vampire lore but rarely explored and my favorite type of vampire hybrid.While I felt a bit of confusion trying to keep up with the different characters and their allegiances at times on the whole this was a nice easy read that the author has detailed very believably and her characters are developed in a manner that allows the reader more time to focus on the the action in the scenes rather than spending a lot of time worrying about who is doing what or why they are behaving the way they are. There is a lot of political maneuvering that takes place in the story, at times it overshadows the main plot point and at times it also dictates the characters actions but in the end it all boils down to whether or not enmity can be set aside for the good of both human and vampire alike. By the time you finish this book you will have a new appreciation for just how hard such a resolution is to achieve. Kudos for the way in which the author dealt with the many problems as they arise throughout the story.Having read and enjoyed several books previously written by author Susan Krinard in her