Today am reviewing a Paranormal Urban Adult Fantasy titled Vampire Vacation by C. J. Ellisson. This is the first book in the V V Inn series. First let’s get to know the author..
C.J. Ellisson is the USA Today Bestselling author of the NYT Bestselling book, Vanilla on Top, the bestselling V V Inn series, and several erotica shorts. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two children, three dogs and two cats. She’s battled severe chronic illness for years and is thrilled to report she’s finally approaching the end of treatment. She turned to writing when she could no longer work outside the home and claims the escape of penning contemporary erotic romance, urban fantasy, and erotica has helped save her sanity.
Meet Vivian. She’s a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot-a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true.
Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests. Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn’t easy.
Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?.
I hate vampire stories (Read : the likes of Twilight Saga). Then what made me give this book a chance?. It’s the summary that drew me to it. When a dead body is involved, it instantly piques my interest, how much ever horrid that makes me seem like!. That plus the ‘projection of illusion’ part, made me read this book and boy, I am glad I did. Vampire Vacation is one of the best books I have read recently.
Alexandria a.k.a Dria runs an inn for vampires, complete with every necessity including blood donors, along with her husband of 65 years, Rafe. She exudes sensuality and sex, thus making every customer’s sexual fantasies come alive while staying at the inn. Dria, being 580 years old, is extremely powerful and can manipulate even the thoughts of others, thus making her illusions perfectly believable. How she uses her powers to control situations around her is actually wonderful to read. The erotica part of the story is just something that happens on the sidelines. It’s a hot read, I wouldn’t deny that but the power that electrified throughout the story is what made this read stunning.
While I was in school, someone asked me what kind of power I would like to have if given a chance & I said mind control and the power to project physical illusions!. I didn’t want to be invisible or be able to fly, like my fellow schoolmates mentioned. It’s exactly this that happens in this book. It was like my desires were being fulfilled by reading it!. The author has an amazing imagination and I loved every minute of it.
Rafe’s & Dria’s connection is enviable since they love each other incredibly, something that does not happen within normal couples, after being together for 65 years that is. Lol!. Jonathan, a werewolf, is a wonderful addition to the story, who is a great support for Dria but at the same time vies for her attention every time he possibly can.
Add in a murderer wandering in the hotel premises and the story just escalates into a sheer thriller. The hunt for him is calculated well and Dria once again shows how shrewd and tactful she is. The book cover shows the naked back of Dria. I didn’t quite notice that she was naked, at first. My eyes were drawn to the vivid color of her hair & the contrast created by the moon & the night sky. It’s a pretty cover.
Overall, Vampire Vacation is a fantastic story, pure genius I should say. Can’t wait to read more from the V V Inn series.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars which by Goodreads standards mean I ‘really loved it’!
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