Title: Take it Like a Vamp
Author: Candace Havens
Release Date: July 21st, 2012
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Vampire Nick Christos might have been born in the Middle Ages, but those days seem tame compared to the last eight years spent ruling the Supernatural Council. The only respite in his long days of governing is with his sweet neighbor Casey Meyers. Sure, he’s forced to take a cold shower after every encounter, but no way will he risk anything more with a human. Not with his blood thirsty ex on the prowl and out to ruin Nick’s life.
But when said crazy ex shows up at the ball and flies her freak flag high, Nick has more to worry about than keeping his hands off his neighbor. He’ll have to stay closer than ever if he hopes to keep her alive, but will she want to leave him forever when she learns the truth?
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: Take it Like a Vamp is a fun, fast, hot read that would be perfect for a lazy day on the beach. It was a nice escape into an interesting world and I really enjoyed getting to know the characters that Candace created for us.
The first aspect of this book that drew me in was Casey’s witty inner dialogue. She was cracking me up when we first met her and I was immediately drawn into her life and wanted to know more about her. Her neighbor, Nick, was her love interest and he was easy to fall in love with as well. The two of them have been friends for nine months, but both secretly wish their relationship could go to the next level. It was a sweet friends to lovers relationship that developed organically because they had known each other for a while it was easy to watch them transition into a couple. Sometimes novels can rush the relationship between the two main characters and though once these two got together everything seemed to happen in fast forward, they still had the friendship foundation in place.
I also enjoyed the lack of information dumping. Many times the first book in a series can overwhelm you with new mythology so instead of developing the characters we spend too many pages developing the world. In this book we get enough to follow along but we are learning most of it right alongside Casey. While I did enjoy not having tons of information thrown at me, I did hope for a little more insight into this world once I was closer to the end of the book. We do know quite a bit about the vampires in this world, but I wished we had a little more information about how they came to exist.
As for the secondary characters I loved Nick’s friend Linc. There is a scene in the book where he is helping Casey get ready for a function she has to attend with Nick and he was cracking me up. He is a designer but one hundred percent straight! He continued to amuse me as the book progressed and I am keeping fingers crossed that Candace will give us his story one day as well.
The ending of the book was good, but I did wish there was an epilogue or just one more chapter to tie it all together. We are not left with a cliffhanger or anything like that, but I just thought it needed a little more to be complete. The book was just shy of three hundred pages and I felt like Candace could have expanded a couple of things, like the fight scenes with Alvania and the resolution.
Even though there were things I wanted to learn more about I still loved Take it Like a Vamp! It was a fun, light read that had just a little bit of everything. There was a little action, a sweet romance, an interesting mythology and some great humor to round it all out. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun paranormal romance read.
FTC: Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book for review.