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The first thing I have to say is that vampire books are not usually my sort of thing. The second thing I have to say is that this book is brilliant!
From the opening scenes where Roman Draganesti (a genius vampire scientist and inventor of artificial blood) has a fang fall out and goes in search of a 24 hour dentist, you can tell this this story doesn't take itself too seriously.
A 24 hour vampire TV channel - The Digital Vampire Network whose catch phrase is "It's always nighttime somewhere" A CIA "Stake-Out Team" of vampire hunters. An army of Scottish Highlander vampires all in kilts. A French vampire fashion designer. And Shanna, a very confused female dentist on the run from the Russian Mafia who finds herself falling in love with a vampire.
This book really was hugely enjoyable. The strong storyline, brilliant characters and a large helping of humour kept me turning the pages right to the end.
Presentation on the Kindle is absolutely first class. Formatting, chapter and paragraph breaks are perfect and there is an active table of contents. The book cover art is also included and looks really very good in black and white.
As I said, vampire books have never been my thing, humorous books don't often hit my funny-bone and I would usually run a mile from a romance novel, but this book succeeds on all counts!
I think this could possibly be a new sub-genre of vampire fiction - Christian vampire romance fiction. I really could have lived without the Christian ethics being peddled throughout as an attempt to justify the vampire's apparent kindness towards humanity and make him a 'good guy'. He's a vampire for goodness sake - he's way beyond that level of morality. It was completely unnecessary to the plot and it seemed obvious that the Christian references were only put there to indoctrinate the reader, which personally I found patronising and irritating. Maybe it would work better in a juvenile market, but as the book is clearly aimed at an adult audience I felt it detracted from the story.
The other main annoyance was the woeful attempt at writing a Scottish accent for the Highlander guards. This would be laughable if it wasn't so excruciatingly bad. It's as though the only Scots accent that the writer has ever heard is that of Groundskeeper Willie in The Simpsons. Perhaps inevitably, that's exactly who they looked like in my imagination. I couldn't take them seriously at all.
I would say that the storyline is OK but not sparkling, and the writing is fairly competent; but there's too much vamp fiction around at the moment and this just doesn't stand out as being anything special - it's mildly entertaining at best. The plot isn't particularly fast-moving and feels like it's being overly stretched out to fill the book. The characters struggle to be more than two-dimensional. The main 'good guy' vamp was potentially quite an interesting character, apart from his Christian angst. The 'bad guy' vamp was very stereotypical; his only interesting character trait was a tendency to crack his neck bones from time to time. The heroine at least was a bit feisty, but I mean... a dentist with a fear of blood? Really?
Sorry, but the stakes are pretty high in this field of fiction just now (pardon the pun). This just about manages to rise above 'mediocre', but no further. Must try harder.
Another reviewer described this book as lukewarm and I think that is spot on. It's not a bad book, there are just much better examples of this genre out there.
The characters of Shanna (blood phobic dentist in the Witness Protection Programme, hiding from the mob) and Roman (wealthy vampire businessman who specialises in the manufacture of synthetic blood products) are appealing enough. The dialogue is fine. The storyline is interesting enough too- Roman is in need of a dentist, having broken one of his fangs. He chooses Shanna and turns up in the nick of time, just as the mob are closing in on her. He rescues her and tries to keep her safe. Their relationship develops into something more but Shanna is unaware of what Roman is.
So, if all these things are okay, why am I not raving about this book? I think the crux of the problem is that there isn't really enough heat or tension between the characters, so the romance angle is a bit lacking. The plot is mildy amusing but not actually funny. It takes far too long for Shanna to properly clue into the fact that Roman is a vampire and I personally find all that a bit boring. With series like Sookie Stackhouse, Broken Heart and Queen Betsy where the vamp stuff is already out in the open to at least those that count, the big build up to the discovery that someone is a vampire seems terribly passe now.
So, it won't be a bad decision to read this book, if it has caught your eye, but don't be surprised if you are a bit underwhelmed.
Shanna and Roman are the two main characters in this book. They are so funny, I was in stitches with the first few pages, then when he finds the dentist who is afraid of blood of all things, the adventure really kicks in. Kerrelyn Sparks had it all in this story, which in my book has got it to a tee. I enjoyed it so much and is glad there are more like this. I am definitely going to get the other books. If vampire's are real then I would definitely want one just like him, but that's not saying much for me as I love all of the vampire's I have read about, which have all been sexy, and charming. I'm afraid I'm not that lucky to get someone like that. I told my friend about the book and that was it, I had to tell her every thing that happened. We both had a good laugh, and wished for the same things Haha. Another great author to add to my very huge collection. This is such a good read I recommend it to every one. Don't think "Oh no vampire and fantasy" Because those types of stories are brilliant especially if you love romantics. Go on go for it.
Not as funny as Rachel Morgan, not as easy to like as Sookie Stackhouse, but definately more intriguing than Bella Swan.
I enjoyed the book as an audio book, and it is well read at a good pace. There is a nice amount of mystery, and a nice familial twist, so definately dont regret the time spent listening. However this will probably end up as a series I buy the next one of only when none of my favourite authors have released anything else recently.
Downloaded this months back as a freebie for the Kindle and didn't expect much. However, it's a very entertaining read with some interesting twists on the vampire genre. I'm far from a romance fan but this book has a lot more to offer than an 'on-off' relationship - not least the capacity to make you laugh out loud! If you're a vampire fan you should not miss this book and I look forward to reading more in this series.
Great fun read. This book never takes itself too seriously, but rockets along at a cracking pace. There's the usual romance misunderstandings and the compulsory bad guys, but very little else fits the common mold! Vampires that don't bite and a dentist with a fear of blood, helped by highlanders in kilts and a fortune telling PA! What more can you want? Smut? Yup, got that too!