I had enjoyed Missy Jane's other Paranormal novel, THEY CALL ME DEATH, quite a lot so I went into DAY SHIFT with no small expectation to enjoy it just as well. Which was probably where I made my first mistake--enjoying one book does not necessarily mean I'll enjoy another, or in this case finish it. Told from Zee's POV, I found myself often skimming over her internal comments or exposition moments. I didn't feel connected to Zee, didn't feel a driving need to know every little quirk she had or what she thought about vampires. She doesn't like them, I get that. I get that Vampires are basically akin to humanity's oppressors and won't let a girl have a decent life day or night. I get that she has trust issues and Greg (the hot detective who happens to be a vampire, whom she mentions. A lot. It's a tossup which she mentions more--how hot Greg is or that he's a vampire) doesn't do much to allay them.
The murder subplot didn't catch my interest either, and since I didn't get more than halfway through the novel I can't say if it even made sense at the end. Zee is rather unreliable as a narrator, she doesn't compromise her principles, but on the same token she is so overwhelmingly biased against so many of the characters (for one reason or another) I didn't feel sympathy for her when she got burned. She was uncooperative, catty and grumpy, often hurling curses or insults over the smallest provocation and generally being unreasonable. It's a marvel of modern mystery to me that Greg found anything redeeming in her.
I wish this had been more engaging and that Zee had...something that would have made me keep reading. Sadly she didn't, and it wasn't, so I didn't finish this book.
The sun's not the only thing that's too hot to handle.
President Vardin isn't the first vampire politician to make empty promises. Humans can work at night, he says. Humans will be safe on the streets, he says. It's all bull. I'm still stuck on day shift at Langley's Round The Clock Emporium, trying to earn enough to live from night to night.
If I thought the sun's harsh rays had turned society upside down, watch what happens when I witness a murder in the alley. The police keep bombarding me with questions until a detective with a bad attitude walks in and takes over. He's unbelievably hot, way out of my league, and way, way out of my comfort zone. Because he's the one thing I fear most. A vampire.
Then I learn why the police seem so interested in me. My ex-husband is drawing a series of murders in his new comics. I'm in every one of them, and it looks like I'm supposed to be the last victim. The detective's interest in my past-and his protective instincts-are bordering on unprofessional, but I can't seem to bring myself to care.
Because the last place I should want to be is the safest place on earth.a vampire's embrace.
Warning: If you like your vampires sparkly and emotional, don't read this book. It contains an overworked, underpaid, bloodsucking hero who might break your heart.