Take it Like a Vamp by Candace Havens

Publication Date: July 21st, 2012
Entangled Publishing
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 3 out of 5 Stars
Vampire Nick Christos might have been born in the Middle Ages, but those days seem tame compared to the last eight years spent ruling the Supernatural Council. The only respite in his long days of governing is with his sweet neighbor Casey Meyers. Sure, he’s forced to take a cold shower after every encounter, but no way will he risk anything more with a human. Not with his blood thirsty ex on the prowl and out to ruin Nick’s life.
But when said crazy ex shows up at the ball and flies her freak flag high, Nick has more to worry about than keeping his hands off his neighbor. He’ll have to stay closer than ever if he hopes to keep her alive, but will she want to leave him forever when she learns the truth?

Take It Like a Vamp is different; it’s chick-lit in disguise and PNR that predominantly lacks the dark themes characteristic of its genre. More often, I find myself surprised with the mere mention of Nick Christos’ werewolf/vampire nature – and it’s because the novel was written in such a way that could very well be considered as contemporary fiction.

Nick Christos was a werewolf turned vampire (or is it the other way around?). He doesn’t melt under the glare of the sun. He doesn’t need that much blood – in fact, he didn’t drink because he was thirsty during the entirety of the novel. He drank because Casey Meyers was being possessed by an evil vampire and she needed Nick’s blood to fight her. The werewolf, or the beast in him was also er, shy. The point of the matter is, the paranormal element was barely existent and that I thought that it was better off marketed as contemporary romance.

Nick worked too hard to keep a lot of secrets from Casey – which, in retrospect, I truly understand. After all, how often do you find out that the man of your dreams is, in actuality, a vampire? And what’s going to stop her from running to the hills? What he didn’t anticipate is how easy Casey accepted who he was. Way too freaking easy. The woman has no sense of reality when it counts. She couldn’t accept that an Adonis like Nick would actually love her but she readily accepted all the bat-shit craziness that surrounded them with just a tiny bit of hesitation. What I don’t get is he kept piling it on; even after Casey’s acceptance. It just seemed like it was a ploy to drag the story longer or an attempt to create a conflict when really, there  shouldn’t be any more.

Casey Meyers tend to abuse herself; and I don’t mean she physically hurts herself but her self-deprecation was ramphant. It’s hard to digest just what kind of woman she is. In Nick’s eyes, she’s a va-va-vavoom goddess; through hers, she’s a big-boned loser magnet. Sigh. Just once, I would like to read about a confident woman. Someone sure of herself and who hadn’t an ounce of hang-ups about her body.  Is that too much to ask?

THIS MAKES ME SOUND LIKE A DIRTY READER: Nick was a tease. He held off having sex because he had a case of I don’t want to hurt you but I’ll give you days of groin pains instead. The sexual chemistry between these two was off the charts but when they finally did the deed, it was…a whole lot of fade-to-black. Boo-urns. I want sex, dammit! Crap. Did I say that out loud?

VERDICT: The banters between characters are fun; the secondary characters even more so. From the transgender Aunt Teddy, to the too-hot-to-be-straight designer, Linc, this book had all the makings of a quirky modern day romance. I enjoyed reading most of this book but with the added paranormal story arc, the result was a very enthusiastic…meh.

Thanks to TheJay2XA for the recommendation. 🙂

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