But there's something about the modern-day vampire that's even more alluring than any of these. It's not just that they're sexy. It's that every girl wants to have sex with them. But these changes in the vampire myth also have helped to humanize the characters, turning them into modern-day Romeos for all the angsty Juliets in the tweenage world. True Blood 's Ball says that his vampires are part of a "story of people trying to assimilate, trying to find a way in the world.
The notion that a group like the vampire is feared and misunderstood, that they're outsiders, it's really very interesting. But the current vampire obsession isn't all about the fangs. It may be an excellent balm for bigger issues, says Donovan Gwinner, assistant professor of English at Aurora University. In Gwinner's class "Got Blood? Vampires in Literature, Film and Popular Culture," students were required to read several vampire-related books, including Stoker's Dracula and popular literature by Rice, Harris, and Stephenie Meyer.
What's so bad about being powerful, almost immortal, always in control, and incredibly desirable? Very little, as contemporary writers of vampire fiction can attest. The imagery has always been sledgehammer-subtle, says Laurell K. Hamilton, bestselling author of the "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter" series. And why shouldn't it be? After all, "they've generally had centuries to practice," says author Charlaine Harris. Plus, her bloodsuckers are out, proud, and mainstreaming with humans due to a blood substitute they can buy at the corner store.
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I did like Roman he was definitely an interesting character as well as a few others. The Highlanders really peeked my interest. I hope they get books of their own. This series will probably be one I read I was really liking this book straight from page one. This series will probably be one I read as an in between. Jan 15, Erika marked it as did-not-finish. The opening scene with the sex doll wasn't the kind of scene I look for in my romance. Plus, after reading more reviews while trying to decide whether or not to continue, I don't think this book is really my type.
View all 14 comments. Sep 26, Katy rated it did not like it Shelves: romance , contemporary-romance , fluffy-romance , over-hyped , series , wish-i-liked-this-more , vampires , fantasy , pnr , terrible. Read for URR Halloween challenge: vampire romance.
I put off reading this for a long time because I just knew it would be campy. And silly. But then I thought to myself What's wrong with campy and silly? Campy and silly can be fun.
And you know what? I'm right. It can be fun. But this wasn't campy and silly, this was just ridiculous and bordering on cringe-worthy. It wasn't that there was one thing that disappointed me or a few things that could have been better, it was just all of it. So Roman, a super old woe is me I'm damned because I'm a vampire, God has abandoned me, and no one will ever love me because I'm a demon from hell vampire decides to test a new designed by someone who works for him sex doll that not only functions in its original capacity, has been altered to also provide a simulated experience of feeding on humans.
You know, as a safe alternative to sucking people dry. So, Roman goes for it and his fang falls out. You know, because apparently rubber or whatever is super strong. So, knowing that if his body heals without the tooth in there, he'd lose it forever, he decides to find a hour dentist. He does. So he barges in and meets Shanna, his dentist. Roman tries to use his mind mojo to make her do the procedure without her freaking out about the fact that it's a fang and finds her strangely resistant to it.
Color him intrigued. At the same time, Shanna is found by the people who are responsible for the fact that she's in the witness protection program and they come after her.
Luckily for her, Roman decides to help and he realizes she has a connection to a vampire he's been in a feud with for centuries. So naturally, he takes Shanna to his place for protection while hoping he can hide the fact that he's a vampire. This is a logical decision because there's nothing like taking a human to a giant mansion filled with literally dozens of other vampires to make sure she'll never figure out that you're a vampire. So then there's a bunch of She must never know I'm a vampire! A few bad humans join in the mix with major prejudice against the living-challenged. There was some really strange cultural vampire stuff thrown in that really could have been cool but just fell flat.
I'm still baffled by the fact that for the most part, Roman was almost as vulnerable as Shanna. Roman was so killable he was in essence, just a guy with weird teeth and a strange feeding habit who was decent at hand to hand combat. This book was just basically one swing and miss after another. Roman was strong, but not really.
Because he didn't drink from humans, he and all other "good" vampires were weak. Half of every day he was literally dead and useless. Hell, a large portion of garlic-y bruschetta would hurt these vampires. And don't even get me started on the whole harem thing.lieformidudhgot.tk
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He has a bunch of female vampires he keeps around so that he can have mind orgies with them because that's what coven masters do. The reason beyond "It's just how we do things! It makes zero sense. And the fact that because vampires can read each other minds makes the whole mental sex scenario fucking weird and creepy. His harem, and actually, everyone else knew when Roman was having mind sex with Shanna and his harem wanted to join in on the action. So he had to keep stopping to tell the women to go away and give them some privacy.
And there's always the fact that it didn't occur to Roman that it might bother Shanna. It wasn't an atrocious dear god, how did this book get made kind of book, I can see how this book could be entertaining, I just didn't like it. I didn't even enjoy the romance.
Shanna was genuinely repulsed by the fact that Roman was a vampire and had to work really hard to convince herself that he was an okay guy. The fact that he was a brilliant scientist was the main selling point.
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What if he had just been a run of the mill super old vampire? What if night gardening was his thing? Would she have walked away? His vampirism was just something she had to learn to live with. He had to train himself not to want her blood, and she had to learn to accept that his instinct was to eat people. Which, in my opinion, is really not romantic.
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Which is kind of the point of a romance novel. So much wasted potential. I love funny rom-com style PNR but I can't really recommend this. View all 3 comments.
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Oct 09, Sara rated it did not like it Shelves: did-not-finish , 1-star. I really hoped this would be interesting, but it ended up being completely flat. The poor centuries old vampire who was a monk and still believes in god, ya da ya da Got real tired, real fast.
The whole thing about vampires being "creatures from hell" too. One thing is them being Buffy-like, but now this?
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