Tease Me Tuesday
The awesome reviews for MUST LOVE VAMPIRES keep pouring in, so I have to keep sharing them! :fanglips
This week’s review comes from Camryn at The Season for Romance. Now, at times, you might think, Wait a minute—that doesn’t sound very complimentary! But once you read the entire review, you’ll realize that even though the reviewer isn’t an equally big fan of both stories that make up my vampires-in-Vegas romance, I do eventually win her over. Big-time. :dancer
When sisters end up with brothers, I think the collective world rolls its eyes. Yet, even though Charlotte (“Chuck”) and Chloe Lamoreaux (which, ironically, means “of the dead ones”—is it possible to have too much irony?) are twin mortal sisters who end up with immortal vampire brothers, I found myself loving Heidi Betts’ voice so much, I forgot about the relative eye-roll factor and just enjoyed myself.
I mean, come on… how can you not love an author who describes her hero thusly:
“He might not be as broad in the shoulders or spend quite as much time bench-pressing armored vehicles as the members of his entourage did, but he was definitely taller. And handsomer. And more imposing.”
Ooh-la-la, Ms. Betts. Intriguing, funny, and telling all at once. I love it. And by “telling”, I don’t mean the dreaded [::gasp::] telling that authors are so warned against. Oh, no. I mean telling in the absolute best sense. In the way that this description of the hero tells me so much about the heroine, without even meaning to. Yes, that’s Chuck’s voice, there, and she is a hoot. I found myself giggling more than sighing in this book, which was frankly a welcome experience. Far too many vampire books these days take themselves seriously. This book is not one of those.
Of the two brothers, who are remarkably similar, no matter what the sisters would like to think, I much preferred Sebastian to Aidan. Which makes sense, because I also preferred Chuck to Chloe. Still enjoyable, just in different measures.
If the story had been only about Chuck and Sebastian, I would have given this a 4.5. But the Chloe/Aidan section dragged it down enough that I couldn’t give it more than a 3.5. Chloe didn’t have her sister’s spunk, and Aidan didn’t have his brother’s smolder. Still, the couple chose wisely. I think if they were real people, they would have driven the opposite siblings crazy.
Bottom line for me was that the writing was spectacular. It made up for the flagging plot, and an intense lack of interest in Chloe/Adrian’s story. And when I say spectacular, I mean SpeckTackIlaR. Fantastic. I’m off to dig through Amazon and see if I can find more of Ms. Betts’ work. I’m sure with her voice and style, I’ll have no problem finding a story that will wow my socks off. And if not, then I’ll wait. Because it’s coming. Keep your eye on this one.
Thank you, Camryn & The Season for Romance! I still wish I’d been able to wrangle a 4.5 out of you, but there’s always next time. :vamp
Where To Buy
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P.S. I’ve got a post up on the Brava Authors blog today. Nothing terribly special, just an exclusive, never-before-posted excerpt from MUST LOVE VAMPIRES.
Oh, wait—that’s kinda special. Hope you’ll fly over & check it out! :flash
7 Comments • Comments Feed
Mary Kirkland says:
Very nice, I love it.
On October 25, 2011 at 9:59 am
I liked Chuck and Sebastian’s story more too. A part of it is because it starts with their meeting and I always like that part of a story a lot. It’s funnier too.
On October 25, 2011 at 10:42 am
Laura J. says:
Awesome review!! I loved both couples, but that Sebastian…*sigh*
On October 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm
Thanks, guys! I totally understand one story appealing more than the other to certain people. We all respond differently to different things. And since this kind of ranks up there with the Angel/Spike debate…yeah, I am SO not going to complain. :fanglips
On October 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm
Laura J. says:
On October 25, 2011 at 7:27 pm
Oh, yeah—definitely Spike. *VBG* :vamp
On October 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm
Jessica Lemmon says:
woot! I’d take a 3.5 all the way to the bank if I were you. She won’t be disappointed when trolling your backlist, and her review was the most fun one I’ve read.
(but I like Aiden) :fanglips
On October 26, 2011 at 7:54 am