"Sweet and Sexy Paranormal Love Story With Bite"
Reviewed by Diana Troldahl
Posted July 21, 2012
Casey Meyers has a fulfilling career as a graphic artist,
but the rest of her life can use some work. Living with her
transgendered Aunt Freddie brought both of them comfort
after the death of Casey's parents, but she needs something
more, something her gorgeous neighbor could provide.
Casey has been fantasizing about Nick Christos since the day
she met him. Their friendship has grown over time but never
come close to a physical relationship and it never will. Her
curvy body is nothing like those of the stick-thin models he
dates. She is resigned to her succession of mediocre
boyfriends but when Nick asks her to pose as his girlfriend
at a society gala she feels hope rising again for something
more between them.
Nick Christos is used to keeping secrets. In his 800 years
he has learned a great deal about self-control yet his will
power is tested by his sweet and beautiful neighbor every
time he gets near her. His position on the Council means he
must marry soon or forfeit his position, a position that may
be the difference between maintaining peace or leaving the
human race vulnerable to horrors beyond their imagining. The
last thing he wants is to bring Casey into his dark world
but when an enemy from his past targets her he has no
TAKE IT LIKE A VAMP is the first in a new light paranormal
from Candace Havens (author of the Charmed series featuring
Bronwyn the Witch). Witty and irreverent Casey is a lovely
character and her humor adds a great deal to the story. Nick
and his friend Linc are also interesting, and Havens does a
decent job letting her readers get to know them as well as
some of the more minor folks on the side of good. In fact,
the quirky characters are the main reason I was firmly
hooked by page ten.
The evil Alvinia isn't quite as fully drawn, she is almost
a caricature whose motives and abilities aren't fully
explained. The worst flaw in the book falls under world
building. The story starts out strong but loses momentum and
clarity in the latter portion as more facts about Nick's
life are revealed. The underpinnings of Nick's paranormal
background felt a bit unfinished and choppy, not as polished
as I have come to expect from an urban fantasy standpoint.
Still, I enjoyed at least three quarters of the storyline
and one hundred percent of Casey's part in the book. I even
hope there will be a second, maybe focused on Linc finding
love. Its bones are good but with its brevity (it was
just under 200 pages long) there was room for a bit more
fleshing out of the weak points. TAKE IT LIKE A VAMP is
if only for meeting Casey.
Falling in love with her best friend and neighbor was the
easy part for Casey Meyers. Keeping the crush a secretâ€¦
Well, that's getting harder by the day. Especially when he
begs her to pretend to be his fiancĂ© for a benefit ball
where all the high society matrons are dying to marry him
off as if they lived in freaking Victorian England.
Sure, Nick Christos was born in the Middle Ages, but
those days seem tame compared to the last eight years spent
ruling the Supernatural Council. The only respite in his
long days of governing is with his sweet neighbor Casey.
Sure, he's forced to take a cold shower after every
encounter, but no way will he risk anything more with a
human. Not with his blood thirsty ex on the prowl, and out
to ruin Nickâ€™s life.
But when said crazy ex shows up at the ball and flies her
freak flag high, Nick has more to worry about than keeping
his hands off his neighbor. He'll have to stay closer than
ever now if he hopes to keep her alive, but will she want to
leave him forever when she learns the truth?
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