Vacation with a Vampire is a romance anthology of three short stories featuring vampires. Before I started this anthology I had read only one of the authors works before, so I may be a bit biased. I found that I enjoyed Kendra’s entry, Vivi and the Vampire, more than the other two stories.
Stay by Michele Hauf
Magen is a freelance writer vacationing in France. She hopes to have a fling with someone, in order to spice up her life and do something different. She goes to Lucian’s shop in hopes of finding a gift for her friend. He’s an Italian vampire living in Paris and he’s quickly attracted to Magen. Lucian is a love and leave ‘em kind of guy and finds himself not leaving. Magen ends up being possessed by a past lover of Lucian’s, who is out for revenge.
While an interesting concept, I think it was too much for a short story. There was just too much information crammed into the story. While I did like the characters and the writing, I found the French annoying. I’m reading, I want to know what I’m reading and I don’t know French.
Vivi and the Vampire by Kendra Leigh Castle
This installment featured a character from Castle’s Renegade Angel, which was published in 2010. It features Justin, the king of Terra Noctem, an underground Vampire city. His sister forces her two thousand year old brother to go on vacation. Justin meets Vivi on the beach while two idiot vampires are trying to harass her. She’s a Hunter – a slayer who is supposed to kill bad vampires.
Although I hadn’t read Renegade Angel I didn’t feel lost in its world. Just enough was explained so that the story was understandable. It was a nice, lighthearted read with romance and action that had me rooting for Justin and Vivi. If Vivi and the Vampire was a standalone book I wouldn’t hesitate to give it a four or more star rating.
Island Vacation by Lisa Childs
Piper Reynolds won a contest in her office for a vacation she doesn’t want to take. Once she lands on the island and is taken to the house she’s supposed to be staying at, she quickly realizes something is off. Roarke Monterusso is seeking revenge for his cousins death, but Piper claims she’s not at fault, but is she?
This story once again suffers from cramming too much into a short story. One moment Roarke is ready to kill Piper and two minutes later he wants to screw her. Okay, maybe not two minutes, but you get the point. Everything just moved way too fast. I don’t know about any of you, but I’m not hopping in the sack with someone who wanted to kill me five minutes beforehand. I don’t care how hot you are!
If it’s easy for you to suspend belief and you don’t mind that the characters fall in love ultra fast and you love vampires, then this book might be for you. For me, the romance aspect just moved too fast in two of the stories and at an unbelievable speed.