March 23, 2011

Book Review: How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire
At First Sight: Roman Draganesti has been indulging on a bit of  "woe is me" time for a while now, he's old and feeling slightly messed up about being a vampire, particularly since something happened with a human some, oh, 140 years ago. So he was in one of his darks moods when a couple of friends arrive with a prototype of a new product Rom's enterprises could sell on the Vampire Digital Network. 

After 'testing' the prototype, he ends up in the very undignified position of having lost a fang and being in bad need of a dentist. And so he stumbles into Shana Whelan, who was covering the night shift at a 24/7 dental clinic. Shana Whelan is in deep trouble, not long ago she witnessed a massacre -where her best friend died - and now she's hiding under a new identity thanks to the witness protection program. 

But it seems like her past is catching up to her, and that Rom is the only one who can help her, since the people after her aren't the run-of-the-mill Russian Mobsters.

Second Glance: I can't honestly say that I liked this book very much, maybe because it was the first book of the series and the author was trying to set up a lot of things at once, and introduce both a lot of characters and the dynamics of her vampire-universe. 

The characters are likable enough and there are parts that can be really funny but I felt like the pace of the story was very off. The plot felt both stuck and convoluted at times, mostly because I felt there were chapters were nothing happened, that the characters stayed stuck on one single situation for several chapters rather than flowing and that took dynamism away from the story.

Bottom Line: At times over the top, and at times going in circles,  How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire is funny story, but it's not my favorite and I don't think I will be turning a fan of this series.

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