The Undead Next Door
by Kerrelyn Sparks
Three signs that something is very different with your mew man:
1. He sleeps all day . . . which would be annoying except he's so attentive at night.
2. He's attacked by sword-wielding assailants, yet insists he can handle it on his own.
3. He never seems to age.
Heather Westfield has always lived a quiet life, but that all changes when she helps a very handsome, very mysterious stranger. There's something not quite right about Jean-Luc, but still, she's never been with a man so charming, so attractive . . . so wonderful. Now if only a murderous villain wasn't after them, they might get their happily-ever-after.
This was my second vampire novel by Kerrelyn Sparks, and I have to say that she hasn't disappointed me yet. The author has a wicked sense of humor that shows up throughout the entire novel.
I enjoyed our heroine, Heather -- a fiesty, plump and creative woman who wasn't afraid to stand up for herself. Her attitude intrigues our hero, a famous fashion designer named Jean-Luc Escharpe, first because she insults his clothing designs and claims she can do better, and then just because he's not often challenged by anyone. The problem is, he's in her little podunk town to go into hiding for 25 years, before coming back as his "son", since people can't seem to understand why he hasn't aged at all the past fifty years or so.
Unfortunately, Jean-Luc's enemy, Lui, sees them together and assumes they are lovers and vows to murder Heather in order to upset Jean-Luc. Suddenly, Heather is forced to accept the protection of a group of men (many in kilts!) she's never met, to protect her, her daughter, and her daughter's nanny.
Along the way, she's starts suspecting that there is something a little...off...about Jean-Luc and his friends. I chuckled at her original assumption!
And, oh! What a hoot! Jean-Luc deals with Heather's nasty, abusive ex-husband in a most creative way that I could see so clearly. It still makes me smile to think of it.
Ms. Sparks did a marvelous job creating a strong (sometimes too strong... her stubborness got her into trouble a time or two) and REAL heroine who stands up for her right to be a size twelve amongst the size zero models she finds herself surrounded by. She's proud of who she is and what she's accomplished. As well she should be.
The secondary characters are equally as colorful, and I enjoyed revisiting many of the people from previous books in this one. It's always wonderful to visit old friends again.
The way she handled the heroine's slow realization that the man she had the hots for wasn't entirely human was amazingly well done. And amusing. Heather realizes that Jean Luc is some type of immortal, but her guesses about just what he is runs the gamut...except for a vampire.
If you're looking for a chuckle and a hot romance, this is the book for you, especially if you've read the other books in this series.
Review by Poppy
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