Here’s the thing about vampires. They are undeniably sexy. I mean, just think about every vampire book, film or TV series from Bram Stoker’s original, Buffy and Angel, The Lost Boys, An Interview with a Vampire, True Blood and even the Twilight series. Whilst some are good and some are evil and you are not sure what morals others might have, they are all hot stuff.
Now here’s something else. Usually, aforementioned hot stuff has a mortal companion who falls into one or more of the following categories; they are equally as hot and sexy and quite frankly, the only reason they are mortal is so that they can be turned into vampires themselves. Or they are the reincarnated souls of a past love but don’t know it yet and eventually are turned into vampires. Or maybe they are masters in some obscure martial art or possess computer skills to rival that of the best hacker.
You get my point? That is to say, that whilst they may be mortal, they are by no means your average human. So, it’s refreshing to read something where, whilst the vampires are still hotness personified, the mortals are average human beings.
The first book is the start of the Queen Betsy series by MaryJanice Davidson. To quote the first line; “The day I died started out bad and got worse in a hurry.” Told in first person perspective from the point of view of Elizabath Taylor aka Betsy, this is the hilarious and in parts, very sexy tale of someone who doesn’t even know what she is when she wakes up in her own coffin. Not only that, her responses to various situations are so downright normal that you can’t help but identify with her.
Next up is I’m the Vampire, That’s Why by Michele Bardsley. “One minute I was taking out the garbage; the next I awoke sucking on the thigh of superhot vampire Patrick O’Halloran.” Single mother of two Jessica Matthews is leading a normal life when she is attacked and subsequently turned without so much as a by your leave in this very funny and as you can probably tell from the quote, very hot tale. Also the first book in the series, but unlike the Queen Betsy series, the protagonists change in each book although but because they take place in the same town of Broken Heart, the characters are shared. Unlike a review I read, I found the reference to MaryJanice Davidson to be quite relevant. Author’s like to pepper works with jokes, hidden meanings or references. It’s these that make you think “Ooh! I get it!” And if you don’t, well, it doesn’t detract from the story.
Last, but by no means least follows Sarah Dearly’s story in Michell Rowen‘s Bitten & Smitten, the first in the Immortality Bites series. “For a dead woman, I felt surprisingly good.” Like the previous two books, this first line is a corker and is the start of a book that whilst a touch grittier still refuses to take itself seriously as executive assistant Sarah Dearly desperately tries to cling on to some semblance of a normal life after the worst blind date, ever. And a final point, I think the cover is so classy.
I adored all three of these books, and whilst I also love the aforementioned Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Buffy and Angel, The Lost Boys, An Interview with a Vampire, True Blood and the Twilight series, sometimes you need something that is just dead funny.
See what I did there?
No? Nevemind. I’ll get my coat.