"A lot of action with magical charm"
Nell Harris has traveled half way around the world to the
Czech Republic to examine a piece of armor that shouldn't
exist. Only when she arrives at the house of her client
Melissande Banacek, she is pestered by the housekeeper to
get rid of the imps. This easily, Nell is thrust into a
world she wanted to forget -- a world involving magic- all
because of a horrible accident that took the life of her
best friend and left her left side partially paralyzed.
Nell is a natural Charmer, and refuses to use her
abilities. When a sexy Moravian Dark One known as Adrian
the Betrayer kidnaps her, protecting him against the other
Dark Ones trying to kill him suddenly has her forming
Charms Nell didn't remember.
SEX, LIES, AND VAMPIRES by Katie MacAlister spins a
wonderful story involving her Dark Ones. Melissande hires
Nell to actually try and find her nephew, and wow! What a
story! Adrian is a true misunderstood hero, and I'm so glad
Nell was able to see his inner strength and goodness.
s a heroine, I found Nell very refreshing and interesting.
I didn't find her humor very funny, (it kind of missed its
mark with me) but I did find it funny that she would be
just making lazy loops and swirls that would turn into a
charm. Or she would try to copy a charm she had undone but
would bungle it so badly that that would be good enough to
keep anything warded! She is just the epitome of 'I'll try
to do my best, but I've never done this'. Nell was a quick
learner, but far from perfect and I liked that a lot.
As I haven't read any of the stories involving the Dark
Ones, I don't know if this is standard or not, but Katie
MacAlister has written SEX, LIES, AND VAMPIRES in first
person, from Nell's point of view. Katie MacAlister also
has the great writing talent of misdirection, which is
something else I really enjoy in a good book. Christian and
Allie from a previous story have a roll in saving
Milissande's nephew, and I have to say I find Allie very
intriguing and look forward to reading her story.
If you are looking for a not too serious read that has a
lot of action with quite a bit of magical charm, I would
highly recommend SEX, LIES, AND VAMPIRES. It's memorable
and I'm looking forward to reading about another one of
Katie MacAlister's Dark Ones.
Posted February 23, 2006
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted December 4, 2006