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April 20, 2008

Review: Lady and the Vamp by Michelle Rowen

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Lady and the Vamp by Michelle Rowen

When Janie Parker was 13 she had the biggest crush on Michael Quinn, but the feelings weren’t mutual. Twelve years later they unexpectedly meet again, but it’s not quite as heartwarming as your might expect. She has a career working as an assassin for a powerful but shady supernatural organization, and he’s a former vampire-hunter who has recently been turned into a vampire.

Both Janie and Quinn are after The Eye – a mysterious object that will grant one wish to whoever finds it. Quinn is having a hard time adjusting to his new blood-only diet. Considering that he was spending his time hunting vampires only two months ago it’s quite the lifestyle change.

Quinn wants the Eye so that he can wish himself back to being human again.

Janie has no personal interest in using the Eye for herself, but her employer has sent her to retrieve it. She failed her last mission so she’s a wee bit nervous of the consequences of messing up twice in a row.

After all, this is a company that asked for her “burial options” on her application form and where she signed her contract in blood. Sure enough, her boss threatens to kill her long-missing sister if she doesn’t successfully find the Eye.

Janie and Quinn reluctantly team up together to look for the Eye. Luckily they have an old-fashioned treasure map to follow – but who knows what they’ll find where “X” marks the spot? And despite Janie’s assertions that she’s a strong independent woman who can take care of herself, Quinn becomes increasingly concerned about Janie’s involvement with her employer. He vows to do whatever he can to keep her and her sister safe.

I thought there was great chemistry between Janie and Quinn. This is not one of those books where the couple is madly in love with each other by page 20. At the beginning of the book, Janie and Quinn are pitted against each other in their quest for the Eye. All that growing tension, though, is just build up for what happens later on!

Besides compelling main characters, I always appreciate a book that has well-developed and interesting supporting characters, and this book is especially strong in that area. The other characters include a psychic werewolf, a tough guy who writes poetry, and even some ghosts.

This book was fun, had some humorous parts, and moved quickly. Both Janie and Quinn are hesitant to address their growing feelings for each other, which made it even more satisfying when they finally get together! All in all, “Lady and the Vamp” by Michelle Rowen was a great read.

 

Reviewed by Kristina

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