Friday, 19 February 2010

Review: Sex and the Single Vampire - Katie MacAlister

Allegra's Dictionary of the Paranormal

Dark One n. [Origin Czech, also known as vampire.]  A Moravian Dark One is doomed to spend his lifetime cruising the singles' scene in search of the one woman who can redeem his soul.  You think dating is hard?  Try it when you're nine hundred years old and you've used every pick-up line in the book.  Forming a lasting relationship is even more difficult when the woman who makes your heart sing sees dead people and likes to play with demons.

Summoner n. [Origin English.]  Someone who summons ghosts, poltergeists, and demon lords.  Summoners tend to hang around cities like London that are filled with portals to Hell, haunted inns, and other locations dishy vampires might be found lurking.  Most Summoners are female, which makes for difficulties when it comes to explaining to the man who haunts your dreams and fills your soul with love why your pet ghosts can be found hovering around even in the most romantic of circumstances.

Dark Ones Series:
A Girl's Guide to Vampires
Sex and the Single Vampire
Sex, Lies and Vampires
Even Vampires get the Blues
Bring out your Dead (Novella in the Just One Sip anthology)
The Last of the Red Hot Vampires
Cat got your Tongue? (Novella in the My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon anthology)
Zen and the Art of Vampires
Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang
Unleashed (Novella in the Cupid Cats anthology)
Confessions of a Vampire's Girlfriend
In the Company of Vampires
Much Ado About Vampires
A Tale of Two Vampires

For more information visit Katie MacAlister's Website

Review:
I absolutely loved the first book in this series (A Girl's Guide To Vampires) but I have to say that Sex and the Single Vampire surpassed my expectations and was a fantastic read.  While you could probably get away with reading this as a stand alone book I would recommend reading the books in order as this continues very nicely from the first book & has guest appearances from previous characters.  Reading this book first would give you a big clue to the ending of the first book.

Allie is a Summoner but not a very successful one - in fact she is on a warning from her boss that unless she proves herself during this trip to London she won't have a job to come back to.  When she manages to Summon the ghost of a cat she is over the moon but before long she seems to be collecting ghosts left right & centre.  This may be fantastic for her career but unless she can work out a way to Release them into the afterlife it looks like she is going to be stuck with them. 

She is also seeing visions - naked & bleeding from multiple cuts the man she sees is telling her she is the only one who can save him.  She is surprised when she bumps into Christian and realises he is the man from her visions.  He is a Moravian Dark One and he believes she is his Beloved - the only one who can save his soul.  Allie has had a bad past with men - she has escaped from an abusive relationship and has no intention of ever letting a man have any kind of control over her again.  The last thing she is looking for is a relationship & she doesn't take kindly to Christian's attempts to protect her.  There is an instant attraction between them though which leads to fireworks between them.

This book had all the hilarity of A Girl's Guide to Vampires & more.  We get to see Joy & Roxy from the previous book and the addition of the ghosts just adds to the fun and games.  There is also plenty of action - Christian's friend is missing and Allie offers to join the search to help find him - they come across enemies that seem almost impossible to beat and it will take all their combined efforts to come through this.  Allie is strong, independent & the Queen of rants and witty one-liners and I couldn't help but fall in love with Christian.  This book kept me gripped from the very first page and I didn't want it to end.  I'm just pleased that there are more books in the series & I can't wait to continue reading them.  I really can't recommend this book enough.

Source: Purchased

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8 comments:

  1. It definitely sounds like an exciting read. Great review.

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  2. I like the sound of this book and the one before this one. Too bad my library doesn't have them, so I am forced (lol) to buy them one day. And I will, because your review makes me want to read them asap! :)

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  3. @ Becky - as you probably already guessed I loved this one LOL

    @ Nina - LOL sorry to add to your TBR pile (I'm just getting my revenge on you for adding to mine hehehe). You'll have to let me know what you think when you've read them :o)

    @ Cleverly Inked - It's quite racy in parts but also has a lot of comedy in there which is always good :o)

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  4. Me again, you just received an award at my blog..

    http://jadorehappyendings.blogspot.com/2010/02/awards.html

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  5. Awww thanks for the award Nina :o)

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  6. Stopping by from the Saturday Network!

    I have Zen and the Art of Vampires but I haven't read it, didn't know it was a part of a series!

    Good to know! Great review! :)

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  7. Hi Sherry, I've not read Ven & the art of Vampires yet but I do have this whole series in my TBR pile :o)

    Both of the first books could be read as stand alone - it's just one of the main characters that doesn't get a HEA in book 1 continues his story in book 2. Since you don't know who is going to get the HEA until the end of book 1 it could spoil it a little if you read book 2 first.

    At the end of book 2 all the loose ends have been tied up & I think we move on to different characters (perhaps with guest appearances from previous ones) so hopefully you should be OK to read Zen first :o)

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