Narrator: Ashley Huyge
Publisher: Punch Audio (2014)
Length: 1 hour 18 minutes
Series: Book 2 Werewolves & Shifters
Note: While this is Book 2 in the series, it works just fine as a stand alone story.
In this dark comedy, Maggie is a lonely vampire. She contemplates suicide but decides to try to make some company for herself first. Kreel and Charlie work at a cemetery, which is the perfect place to meet suicidal, lonely vampires apparently.
Charlie drinks on the job, which makes him an easy target when Maggie attacks. Alas, his head is dented in so he provides much of the humor for the rest of the story. Kreel is dead set against being a demon blood sucker forever so he has a huge argument with Maggie, which isn’t what she was expecting. Toss in some voodoo and family ties and there’s plenty of fodder for humor.
This story was quite a bit different from Book 1, Blood Moon. There’s dark humor every where (which I liked) but no sex of any kind (which was fine). The pacing is still swift as there’s plenty of ground to cover and characters to introduce in this short story. Over all, I liked this book better than Book 1. I felt the characters were a little better formed, I liked all the humor, and I didn’t have to put my suspension of disbelief in overdrive over some sudden hormonal romantic hookup. The ending does have a solid tie into the first book but you don’t have to have read it to enjoy this story.
I received a free copy of this audiobook.
The Narration: Ashley Huyge was great with the accents but didn’t do spooky at all. Instead she sounds chipper the entire way through, like a flight attendant. This worked for the humor but not for the lonesome suicidal part of Maggie’s personality.
What I Liked: Dark humor; Charlie’s dented head; Kreel’s rejection of Maggie’s ‘gift’; voodoo; eventual tie in to Book 1; the cover art.
What I Disliked: Sometimes the chipper narration didn’t fit the character’s inner turmoil.