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 have to admit I didn’t have a lot of confidence in this book. The vampire genre has been over done of late, and I find myself getting tired of reading book after book about typical blood thirsty vampires. Then I started to read, and to my delight this is not your typical vampire story.
Vampire Vacation, the first book in the V V Inn series, is a wonderful change of pace from the usual vampire genres. Vivian is not your normal killer vampire, she’s reformed and now running a vacation resort in Alaska for vampires who want to get away from it all. Her human husband, Rafe, is her partner in this venture and together they offer vampires a vacation of their dreams in the frozen Alaskan wilderness.
Sure these vampires are all beautiful specimens with perfect bodies and looks that will make you drool. But, they’re also romantic, thoughtful, loyal, witty, and quite humorous at times. I could almost hear Rafe saying, “If I told you you had a gorgeous ass would you hold it against me?”, something my hubby tries to get away with on a regular basis. Or many of the other smartass comments my hubby uses to get his way. While reading I found myself chuckling on numerous occasions and thinking that I’m glad my hubby will be unlikely to read this book, which is good because he really doesn’t need any new material. 😉
There are quite a few passages that get very steamy but they are well meshed into the story. Between bouts of steamy sex the owners and employees of V V Inn are trying to accommodate their customers’ whims, find and catch a murderer, keep everyone safe from a marauding vampire and grapple with new additions to the family.
C.J. Ellison has done a beautiful job of writing a refreshing look into the life and times of vampires. With well developed characters, witty dialog and vivid imagery this book is a must read, especially for vampire fans. If you are tired of all the vampire books out there, this one is a welcome change of pace. My only problem now is I have got to get my hands on the next book in the series.