La Vida Vampire by Nancy Haddock
She’s Gidget with fangs? Cowabunga!
Cesca Marinelli is not your typical vampire. Buried for more than 200 years in a smelly coffin under an old Victorian house, she is unearthed in a time when vampires are a protected species. Cesca dives into her second chance at afterlife, and is soon living la vida vampire as a surfer girl, a fiend for bridge, and a ghost tour guide in St. Augustine, Florida.
Cesca is riding the wave of “perfectly normal” … until the tide turns and brings a stalker, a shifter, and a killer into the picture. Suddenly Cesca is a murder suspect, and is forced to team up with sexy ex-slayer Deke Saber to solve the case. Saber insists that Cesca stop passing for mortal and embrace her vamp powers. If she doesn’t, she could be the next victim — and this time, the wipe out will be permanent.
La Vida Vampire is a fun and fast-paced paranormal romance with wonderful characters and an intriguing mystery.
After being buried for over 200 years, reluctant vampire Francesca Marinelli has decided to make the most of her afterlife once she is freed embracing all that 21st Century St. Augustine, Florida has to offer including Wal-Mart, television, surfing, and more. After securing a job as a ghost tour guide, Cesca’s life seems to be “normal” or as “normal” as life can get for a vampire in today’s world.
When a tourist from one of her tour groups turns up murdered, Cesca finds herself the prime suspect. Suddenly her afterlife has taken an unexpected turn when she finds herself dealing with an ex-vampire slayer, a killer, the police, and a whole slew of other intriguing characters.
With the support of her friends, Cesca is determined to clear her name and get her life back to “normal.” As she works to discover whodunit?, she finds a bit more than she bargained for…
La Vida Vampire is a light-hearted and fun paranormal full of colorful characters, intrigue, and a fascinating setting.
Cesca is a wonderful heroine full of spunk, grit, and determination. With her sass and sense of humor, she quickly won me over and I couldn’t wait to see what she would do next. With Cesca, Ms. Haddock humanizes the vampire to other characters (if that makes sense). Gone are the images of bloodsucking killers and in their place is the image of an “underdead” (her heart beats slow) young woman struggling to find her place and live her life as she wishes rather than how others expect her to…something other characters struggle to understand about Cesca.
The colorful secondary characters also enhance the story. From the diverse tourists on the ghost tours to Cesca’s fellow vampires, each character fascinated me. Among the most intriguing secondary characters is Cesca’s friends Maggie. Maggie is the one responsible for Cesca’s freedom and protects her like a mama bear with her cub.
Another intriguing character is Deke Saber, an ex-vampire killer who now investigates preternatural activities. Saber has come to St. Augustine to assist with the murder investigation and finds himself intrigued by Cesca, as she is unlike any other vampire he has ever met.
There were many other secondary characters that added to the story and made me want to know even more. Cesca’s interactions with the other characters left me smiling as she worked to clear her name and protect herself from the danger she faced.
In addition to the characters, the setting of St. Augustine also enhanced the story. A city full of rich history, I could easily see vampires roaming the streets of the lovely city.
With fabulous characters and an intriguing setting and plot, La Vida Vampire was a great read! I look forward to more adventures with Cesca!
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