What an utter delight! Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta
Acosta offers the readers an odd mix. Sex and Vampires,
Latino style! And what a mix! The author has her finger on
the pulse of this formula and sees its heart just keeps
beating from start to finish. I haven't enjoyed a "silly"
vamp romp this much since I read Lynsay Sands' Single White
Vampire. Obviously, we shall be hearing more soon from this
very talented author.
Milagro de Los Santos is at a book signing for her ex-
significant other, Sebastian. She still has emotions for
the man, but then Oswald appears on the scene. The handsome
stranger summons potent chemistry and they share a
peculiar, devastating kiss, with a little mixing of blood.
Suddenly, Sebastian is paying attention to her again, but
much to disappointment, he seems more interested in finding
out about Oswald. He even tries to abduct her when she is
less than forth coming.
To the rescue is Gabriel, Oswald's cousin. He rushes her
back to the family, which includes Oswald's PITA
grandmother and yet another cousin, Sam. It soon becomes
clear the whole pack are vamps, though they prefer to think
of their state as their "condition". They fear with the
blood transfer with Oswald, that Milagro might be slated to
have a "condition", too. Sebastian is part of some dark
group stalking the vamps, hence his interest in Oswald,
sort of like the Watchers in the Highland series or Anne
Rice's Talamascar. Poor Milagro is torn between her love
for Sebastian and the really cool buzz only Oswald the vamp
can give her.
This book is a blast. It's funny, original, witty, romantic
silliness that is pure genius!! Brava!! More! More!
Posted November 5, 2006
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted March 26, 2007
Vampires, Margaritas, Mahem
What's a a girl to do when she's hidden away at the home of snobby vampires and her ex-boyfriend wants to drive a stake through her heart?
Milagro do los Santos can't find her place in the world or a man to go with it. All the men she meets are like beach reads--fun, but superficial--and she worries that she is only a beach read, too. Then one night, at a book party for her pretentious ex-boyfriend, she meets an oddly attractive man. After she is bitten while kissing him, she falls ill and is squirreled away to his family's estate to recover. Vampires don't exist in this day and age, or do they? As Milagro falls in love with a fabulously inappropriate man, she finds herself caught between a family who has accepted her as one of their own and a shady organization that refuses to let the undead live and love in peace.