Real Vampires, By Gerry Barlett. (review)
So, even though it's been awhile since I've read this book, I feel like I should review it, because it is by one of my favorite authors, and I LOVE her books.
This book is called "Real Vampires Live Large" and it is the 2nd book in her series, the first being: "Real Vampires Have Curves". I have read both books, as well as the third: "Real Vampires Get Lucky."
She also has books 4, 5, 6, and 7 out now, (Yes I'm behind) you can find all those on her site:
Gerry Bartlett. com or Amazon of course. I'll have the link for "Live Large" in a little while, but first, I want to tell you about this AWESOME series.
I actually first saw Gerry Bartlett on the shelves of my local library, and they had "Real Vampires Have Curves" which was spectacular. Admittedly, I was first drawn to the cover; it's animation, but it was more the title that drew me in. I am a curvy girl myself, and I relate well to things that are put closer to my perspective, not to mention that it was a free read, so of course I had to check it out!
She hooked me in almost immediately. The books are so funny, they have sarcasm, and of course the 'troubles' of being a curvy girl in a world of vampires. Gloriana St. Claire, (Glory) embodies every woman's woes. She has guy trouble, clothes problems, and then of course, being that this is a novel, we have to throw in that she is a vampire, and that people seem to want her dead.
Her sire, the Sexy Scottish, Blade turned her while she happened to be bloated, and now they aren't together, to his dismay, so he's sent his 'friend' Valdez, who stays in the shape of a talking dog, to 'guard' her, while they are apart, and even though she tried to resist her sires charms, she continuously finds herself in his arms, despite every attempt to put him behind her.
In this installment, we have a vampire hunter who's out for her blood, and a new drug called Vampire Viagra, which is highly addictive, created by Energy vamps, who want Glory's blood.
Why you may ask?
Glory is not like other vampires, not only is she NOT rail thin, she also is not very good at vampiric super powers, like shifting shape, so all that psychic energy is stored inside of her, and the Energy vamps wanna tap into it.
So with her boyfriend/sire off chasing a vampire hunter, she is left alone to battle the energy vamps, which happen to be quite a bit stronger than her.
Don't worry, she has friends to help her, like: Florence Da Vinci...who might have been married to Leonardo Da Vinci, and Flo's brother Damien, who is rumored to be Casanova himself. I did say 'MIGHT' so you'll have to read the books to find out.
You would think Fighting vampire hunters, and energy vamps would be enough to put a girl out, but did I forget to mention she also runs her own business, and that someone tries to burn down said business? Throw in a couple steamy love scene, some quirky remarks, and stoned vampires, and you've got yourself a rocking-good time!
Be warned: Do not touch Flo's shoes!
I can NOT tell you how much I love these books!!!
The "Real Vampires" series is published by Berkley sensation.