According to my research, March 26 is National Spinach Day. From Popeye to nutritionists around the globe, everyone agrees spinach is a healthy green veggie we should all be consuming. You might ask yourself, how does one celebrate National Spinach Day? Well, you eat the green stuff, of course, it’s great in a smoothie or tossed in a salad with a warm bacon vinaigrette. Mmmmm, bacon! Since we are all doing our part to flatten the curve and staying home, you could plant some spinach in a pot outside, or in that raised garden project, I’m pretty sure many of us are considering right now.
Now, if you happen to be a hater of the Popeye endorsed superfood, I have another option to help you celebrate National Spinach Day. You’re going to have to go with me on this one, take a leap of faith because let’s face it, spinach is not the standard romance cover model, is it? There is no “one bed of spinach” trope is there? No, there is not. I checked. But, I did stumble upon a paranormal series called The Energy Vampires, I read back in 2017 by Jacquelyn Frank.
Thirst is the first book in the series. I’m always on the hunt for exciting twists on common backstories, and I found Frank’s vampires exceptionally unique. Thirst tells the story of a hidden society of vampires and the humans they love. Our hero, Race DaSilva, is an energy vampire. His primary source of nourishment comes in a slightly more organic fashion than most old school vampires. He slakes his thirst by soaking up the sun and, only when necessary, by drawing sustenance from humans who are pure of body and spirit. And even when they use a human for nourishment, it’s still not your standard bite, they draw out your energy instead. It’s really clever. These vamps actually haunt vegan restaurants and Whole Foods, they only feed on the most organic, crunchy granola types.
In every society, real or imaginary, there’s always a bad guy doing terrible, horrific things to people weaker in body or status. Our heroine Detective Renee Holden is working a homicide case the likes of she’s never seen before. Her victim has two puncture wounds on his neck, and eyewitnesses swear they saw a vampire, but surely vampires don’t exist, do they? Rafe’s fascination with Renee is a seductive temptation for both, but it also comes with danger in the form of Rafe’s enemies and those other nasty bad guys up to no good.
Book two is Hunger, and it explores the relationship between two strangers thrust together after being kidnapped by some nasty sycophants. Our hero, Halo, is an energy vampire and only partakes from humans if it is safe, pure, and consensual. When he wakes up naked and weak from hunger in a locked room with an equally naked and confused human, Felice Mendoza, he immediately smells the drugs in her system. They quickly realize their survival depends on trust and calculated risks. Danger abounds, and pleasure is a delicious distraction.
The final book in this trilogy is Famished, and our heroine is the energy vamp. Simone is not just any vampire; she’s the Queen. She is powerful, independent, and incredibly dominant. She can protect herself, but she takes a lover, Marcus. Marcus is powerful in his own right and has taken on the role of protector for his Queen. Their pairing brings some common enemies to the surface, the most dangerous sycophant on the Eastern Seaboard’s underground. He no longer wants to just rule the underground bad guys, he wants to rule the entire vampire population. Marcus and Simone have to figure out how to fall in love, protect each other, and the vampire population they’ve sworn to keep safe from baddies.