Vampire Vacation (The V V Inn #1) by C.J. Ellison
Urban Fantasy, Vampires
Ebook, Print (313 pages, RED HOT PUBLISHING)
Meet Vivian. She's a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot—a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true.
Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests.
Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn't easy. Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?
Warning: This book contains adult content (violence, blood, and sex) and is not intended for readers under 18.
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Something fresh for bored UF fans! (3 stars)
I have to preface this review by noting that I have read Ellisson's contemporary erotic romances before and gave them high ratings. Ellisson is also on of a small handful of authors whom I think interacts very well with her fans and writes some amazingly sex positive stuff. But I digress... I'm not sure why I've previously not taken the time to try the V V Inn series but I'm glad I finally did.
The Urban Fantasy genre tends to be filled with young, nubile women just coming into their stride as powerful supernatural beings so it was very refreshing to find Vivian is not only well established in her power as a vampire but also very, very married and happily so. Knowing Ellisson for her hot-monagamy-centric contemporary work I have to say that this is hands-down the reason I would recommend her over and over. The world building is pretty involved and I'll admit there were times I rolled my eyes at it. But if you want the strength and complexity of Anita Blake without the orgies I think that you'll really enjoy VAMPIRE VACATION.
I would be remiss, however, if I didn't mention that I actually hated Vivian. Like many an urban fantasy heroine before her she has strong Mary Sue trappings. Everyone wants her, she's uber powerful, and can pretty much do no wrong. Again, I'd have to compare her to Anita Blake there, Viv just doesn't get it on with everyone who wants her. Because I disliked her so strongly I'm not sure I will read more of the series since she's the central character but I would still recommend the book and series to others who are looking for something different in a genre that can get really stagnant.
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Notes: Review copy receved via author.