Monday, October 18, 2010

Vampire Vacation (V V Inn) by C.J. Ellisson

My Rating - 4 Stars

Vivian and Rafe own and operate an inn north of the Arctic Circle.  The remote location makes an ideal get-a-way for their fanged guests.  A new entourage is due to arrive in just a few hours so Vivian is doing a final inspection tour to ensure all is in readiness for the new guests.  Unfortunately, she learns all is not well at the VV Inn when she discovers a dead body.   So begins the adventure and mystery.

I loved the humor that was woven throughout this engaging story. It was a pleasure to read the well-edited pages.  There were quite a few secondary characters within the story but the author did a great job individualizing the important ones so that it was easy for me to keep track of who was who.  The descriptions of the landscape glistening under a heavy blanket of pristine snow in the near continuous darkness were so realistic and believable that a few times I actually shivered. 

Vivian sets the bar high with her alluring sexuality and there are several scenes that are intense and provocative.  The exceptionally erotic sex-scenes, however, are written in a fun, playful manner and the reader is encouraged to abandon inhibitions and fully enjoy the freedom of the fantasy.

This book is the first in a planned series by this debut author and I am looking forward to further madcap adventures with Vivian, the sometimes despotic ruler of her domain, Rafe, her soul mate and fierce protector, and all the other unforgettable characters who serve the dedicated and loving couple.  

Reviewed 10/8/10

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