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"lighthearted, witty and pure fun to read"

Fainting at the sight of blood, worrying about ruining your best gowns; fine concerns for a woman of the Ton, but if you are a member of the legendary, vampire slaying Van Helsing family, these traits can present a few problems.

Ethel "Plain" Jane Van Helsing doesn't quite fit into the London social scene. She is ordinary in looks, and happens to come from an eccentric family of vampire hunters. It is expected that every member of the Van Helsing family carry on the family tradition. But at age twenty-three, Jane is a dismal failure at the family "business." She cannot stomach violence or the sight of blood, and she has yet to stake her first vampire; unheard of in the history of the Van Helsing clan. Her father has recently uncovered some information that points to a prominent Earl being the infamous Count Dracul, so he devises a plan to slay the Count. Determined not to sully the family name any further, Jane sets out to complete the mission her father has given her. She arrives at the Masquerade ball dressed to kill, literally. There are just a couple of problems that might get in the way; her matchmaking best friend, Clair Frankenstien-Huntsley, and one gorgeous blue-eyed vampire, Lord Asher, Earl of Wolverton. A series of very funny missteps and mishaps put Jane in a compromising position, what's a vampire slayer to do?

Ms. Webber has struck again with her latest offering in this series. The story is lighthearted, witty and pure fun to read. With its 20th century references and loose historical setting it can hardly be considered historical romance, which the author freely admits, but it is an action packed, campy, satirical read that genre lovers will adore. It's a hoot!

Reviewed April 9, 2006

Reviewed by Dee Gentle
Posted November 16, 2006

SUMMARY

Having lived amongst the London's ton, Ethel Jane Van Helsing was an astute female who well knew her faults. Her skin was marred with freckles, her nose was too snub and her hair of a brown that reflected neither gold nor red highlights. She had a face unremarkable in its plainness. And yet...at a masquerade ball, anything could happen. There, until the stroke of midnight, even an ugly duckling could become a swan. But tonight was not for fowl play. You see, plain or not, Jane came from distinguished stock: Van Helsings. And Van Helsings didn't worry about soiling their pelisses; they were slayers. Where other young ladies were told no monsters lurked under their beds, Jane's parents had explained the often-handsome creatures lay in beds, crypts, and at balls like these. Her father, the Major, had shown her very early on how to use the sharp end of a stick. Tonight, everything was at stake. Something was going to get driven very deep into a heart, or she wasn't...THE RELUCTANT MISS VAN HELSING.

 

The Reluctant Miss Van Helsing
by Minda Webber

Love Spell
February 1, 2006
Available: February 3, 2006
ISBN #0505526387
EAN #9780505526380
358 pages
Paperback
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The Reinvented Miss Bluebeard
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