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"A Fantastically Funny Twist on the Romantic vampire tale!"

Joy Randall along with her best friend, who is obsessed with all things vampire, Roxanne [Roxy for short], are about to leave on a European vacation. One of their stops will be in Czech Republic, home of the well-known vampire writer, who Roxy worships. Of course, before they leave Roxy makes an appointment for them with the local friendly witch. They are hoping to glean some information of where their love lives are headed. Roxy gets some good news that in a few months time mister right should show up. However Joy's reading is a bit darker, as she is told there will be two men, and not necessarily the kind you bring home to meet the parents.

No sooner do the two arrive, Blansko does the chaos ensue and comedy begin. As luck would have it there is a Gothic fair in town and Roxy has signed them up to attend. Joy, although not thrilled, decides to humor her and attend. Enter hunk, I mean, the head of security for the fair, Raphael Griffin St. John, who literally sweeps Joy off her feet. Of course this is following a hallucination that causes her to fall backwards in her chair.

And just when you think the hero has entered the room, another tall dark and mysterious man named Christian shows up. And Joy feels confused as he touch seems to evoke strange feelings inside her that are not that dissimilar to Raphael's.

Ms. MacAlister has written a fantastically funny twist on the romantic vampire tale. She had me guessing for some time as to who was the vampire and who wasn't. Her side- kick, Roxy is albeit annoying the way she stirs up trouble, but ultimately a best friend, through and through. I enjoyed the romantic confusion that Joy experienced as both Raphael and Christian pursued her. Truly I did not whom I wanted her to end up with in the end. A plot that keep me thinking like this book did made it that much better because it's hard to put it down until all your questions are answered.

Reviewed by Mindy Lobaugh
Posted November 5, 2006

SUMMARY

On a visit to the Czech Republic, Joy Randall (a skeptic of all things paranormal), is suddenly thrown into the dark, dangerous world where vampires known as Dark Ones stalk the night. Armed with nothing more than a wicked sense of humor and a bag of rune stones, Joy does her best to untangle the threads involving a serial killer, vampires (both real and pretend), and the handsome, mysterious man who may or may not be what he appears.

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Reading order of The Dark Ones series (per author's website):
  1. A Girl's Guide to Vampires
  2. Sex and the Single Vampire
  3. Sex, Lies, and Vampires
  4. Even Vampires Get the Blues
  5. Bring Out Your Dead (novella from Just One Sip anthology)
  6. The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires
  7. Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang (May 2009)

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A Girl's Guide to Vampires
(Dark Ones: Book 1)
by Katie MacAlister

Love Spell
October 1, 2003
Available: October 1, 2003
ISBN #0505525305
EAN #9780505525307
384 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Katie MacAlister

Much Ado About Vampires
The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons
In the Company of Vampires
Death's Excellent Vacation
Love in the Time of Dragons
Steamed
My Zombie Valentine
Me and My Shadow
Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang
Zen and the Art of Vampires
Up In Smoke
Playing With Fire
My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon
Holy Smokes
Ain't Myth-Behaving
Last of the Red-Hot Vampires
Light My Fire
Just One Sip
Even Vampires Get the Blues
Fire Me Up
Sex, Lies and Vampires
Hard Days Knight
You Slay Me
The Trouble with Harry
The Corset Diaries
Sex and the Single Vampire
Men In Kilts
Heat Wave
Noble Destiny
Improper English
Noble Intentions


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