It’s been a few weeks since I’ve even been able to think about cracking open a book. In the busy-ness of my life, there are times when, in the back of my mind, I think, “Gosh, I haven’t read a book in a while!” Aren’t those times in life just awful? I have a big pile of books on my dresser that I would like to read, it’s just a matter of getting around to reading them.
Fortunately this week, I was able to spare a few hours to check out “One Lucky Vampire” by Lynsay Sands. If you remember, I read a related novel she wrote, “Immortal Ever After,” over the summer. “Immortal Ever After” was a good, fluffy beach read, and “One Lucky Vampire” was much of the same.
The plot revolves around vampire Jake and non-vampire Nicole. Marguerite, also a vampire, wants Jake to be Nicole’s bodyguard. Nicole is a well-respected portrait artist and Marguerite believes Nicole’s soon-to-be ex-husband is trying to kill Nicole before the divorce is settled. Jake agrees and goes undercover as a housekeeper, trying to cook and clean for Nicole while also trying to figure out who wants her dead. An engaging and humorous read, “One Lucky Vampire” was much more entertaining than its predecessor, “Immortal Ever After.”
Lynsay Sands has a knack for mixing humor, suspense, romance and fantasy. I found myself laughing out loud at some parts, though maybe not for the right reasons. At one point, Jake almost dies because someone poisons Nicole’s hot tub. The sheer ridiculousness of the situation, coupled with the suspense, was very entertaining. It turned out to be a way to reunite Jake with his family and a tipping point for the last part of the novel.
Nicole was a realistic, down-to-earth heroine. She was a painter, and in one scene, Sands depicted her listening to music, dancing and painting on multiple canvases at once (all while Jake watched through her window like a creeper, of course.) While she was secure and confident on her own after recovering from an emotionally abusive relationship, she also had moments where she would wrap herself up in blankets and fall asleep on the daybed in her studio, not want to wear a bra, and beat herself up over the weight she gained during her destructive marriage. Jake seemed to bring her to life near the end of the story, and the happy ending was a positive part of the book, too.
Jake’s inability to cook even though he had taken on the responsibility of cooking for Nicole also was a humorous part of the book. He’d call on his vampire friends and catering companies to secretly deliver meals to the house. He’d burn things on the stove and try to replace them without Nicole finding out. Up until the point Nicole found out about his paranormality, Jake’s bumbling was pretty enjoyable.
Like “Immortal Ever After,” “One Lucky Vampire” was full of food. I’m pretty sure a meal was served in every chapter. There were only two scenes of Nicole painting, but for most of the book characters were brewing coffee, cutting cake, stirring peppercorn sauce for steak, eating potatoes… By the time the book was completely over, the characters should have been stuffed!
Once again, Sands relies on the parameters of her invented universe to push her hero and heroine together. Jake and Nicole didn’t have many meaningful conversations at the start of the book. Like Anders and Valerie in “Immortal Ever After,” Nicole and Jake fell in love because of supernatural forces, not because they were genuinely compatible. I was kind of hoping for more chemistry between the pair.
‘One Lucky Vampire’ is good if you’re a supernatural romance fan. You also might like:
“Immortal Ever After” by Lynsay Sands
“Insatiable” and “Overbite” by Meg Cabot
The “House of Night” series by P.C. and Kristin Cast
“The Host” and the Twilight saga by Stephanie Meyer
“Kiss of Temptation” by Sandra Hill.