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Published by Zebra on December 1st 2009
Source: the library
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Is it more than just a one-bite stand?
Angie McCaffrey has endured her share of liquid lunches and boardroom shmoozefests to win new advertising clients. But her latest account--a cosmetics line for wannabe vampires--involves some unusual customer research at San Francisco's hippest private nightclub. The "undead" patrons are about as genuine as Macabre Factor's press-on fangs, but one thing is very real--the skin-tingling connection Angie feels with her clients' mysterious friend, Eric Taylor.
Still, there are a few problems with this hot new romance. 1) Eric is rumored to have dated Angie's scheming boss, Lucy. 2) Lucy, missing for days, just turned up dead and bloodless. And, oh yeah, 3) Angie has suddenly developed a teeny aversion to sunlight. Is Eric a real vampire, a killer, or both? Angie's got a lot riding on the answer--her heart, her life, and maybe even her soul. . .
An interesting & different look at vampires – quite a few things are definitely different in this book, then in traditional vampire folklore.
There are some very interesting characters in the book, but the main character is way too naive, and often contradicts herself. One of the more interesting characters in the book you never actually meet, and when she finally does show up, she’s dead. For example, throughout the book, she kept telling herself she didn’t believe in vampires, she didn’t believe in vampires – over & over again. But then when she finds out the guy she likes really is a vampire, she accepts this very matter of factly, without needing any proof whatsoever that he was a real vampire, and not a vampire wannabee.
There’s some romance in the book, nothing terribly compelling about any of the scenes. The cops are complete idiots, which drove me a little crazy.
I admit, I did read this book very quickly, I think mainly because I was waiting for the book to pick up speed. What you think is just an introduction & character development, is basically the actual plot. I kept reading because I was waiting for that final big bang that comes at the end of a great book – and there really wasn’t anything.
Even with all those negatives, I did still enjoy the book. It’s not anything I’ll ever read again, but I don’t consider it wasted time reading it, either.