Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Vampire Vacation by C.J. Ellisson [Review]
Vampire Vacation (The VV Inn #1) by C.J. Ellisson
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: January 24, 2014

The VV Inn
0.1. Death's Servant
1. Vampire Vacation - Paperback | Kindle
2. The Hunt
3. Big Game
3.5. Death Times Two

C.J. Ellisson
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Meet Vivian. She's a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot-a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true.

Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests. Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn't easy.

Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?
Thoughts on Vampire Vacation: I enjoyed this book, but I enjoyed it more once we got past the non-stop sexy times in the beginning (seriously, I NEVER thought I'd say something like that) (It's like I've been body-snatched and my evil, non-sexy-reading clone was sent in to replace me) (Man, that's horrifying). I can totally appreciate Viv's ability to incite lust in those around her, but I was more intrigued by the connections she had with those around her and her libido kept pulling her away from those connections at inopportune times.

Which isn't to say I didn't like her naughty daydreams and frequent bouts of loving with her human husband but... I REALLY liked it when she turned on her POWERFUL, CUNNING VAMPIRE MODE and started kicking butts and taking names. Not that she did much butt kicking, actually. But she had a certain something about her that clearly said she COULD kick butt if she needed to.

I can appreciate that.

Solid world building and a slew of questions about who's ultimately behind these bloody shenanigans leave me ready to start book 2 right away. For all Viv claims she doesn't want any other vamps in her seethe, she seems to be attracting them at a breakneck pace. I can't wait to see how she deals with this.

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