Review: Vampire Vacation (The V V Inn #1) by C.J. Ellisson

July 22, 2014 Review 0

Review: Vampire Vacation (The V V Inn #1) by C.J. Ellisson

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?

Title: Vampire Vacation
Author: C.J. Ellisson
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Death's Servant, The Hunt, Big Game, Death Times Two
Series: V V Inn #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Death's Servant, The Hunt, Big Game, Death Times Two
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: August 24, 2013
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance, Suspense
Pages: 313
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: four-flames

This was a difficult book for me to finish.  I had a hard time staying with it.  The story was good.  The characters were interesting enough, but, for some reason, it just did not grab me.  It was very easy for me to get distracted.  The only reason I can think of is, I am not a fan of the first person present point of view.  It just did not work well for me.  I did so want to love this book, but I will have to leave at like.

There were a few good moments.  Like I said, the story was good. I like the world that was developed.  It has the basic, universally excepted vampire lore – night dwelling blood suckers who like a lot of sex and tend to be sensitive to silver. They have servants both human and paranormal – like werewolves with the twist of owning an Inn for Vampires in the wilds of North Alaska where it is dark six months of the year.  Now that is a nice long time for Vampires to go on vacation and have all kinds of fun.  Then throw in a murder or two, a rape – both mentally and physically, and organize a hunt to catch the culprit and you have a vampires dream vacation.

I also found some rather profound and inspiring quotes.

“Love is a choice, and I choose to love every day.  The day I knew that, and that the choice was always mine, was the day I became a strong independent person.”  Vivian says this and I find that so beautiful.

One of the things I don’t care for in the first person, present pov is the fact we are always inside the narrator’s head and, in this case, she rambled a bit.  But this little gem made it a bit more bearable.

“In the retelling of a story, the heroine always sounds like she knows what she’s doing at all times. In reality, when things are happening, did she really know?  Or did she fly by the seat of her pants a lot like I do?  Sometimes I wish my life were like that.  Then I could sit back and write it all out and wrap it up with a happy ending.”

Wouldn’t that be really nice for all of us?  But, this explains why Vivian always seems to be second guessing all of her choices.  I mean, who would expect an almost 600 year old vampire to be this insecure.

I read the author plans six books and several prequels, depending on reader response.  It will be interesting to see where this goes.  The author also acknowledges all of her friends and family whose name she “stole” for this book.  I found that quite entertaining.  There is also a glossary of terms and people that helped me out a lot.  Characters that were mentioned briefly in the book were given more definitive identities.  I suspect, maybe, they will have “prequel” status story lines at some point or even feature in future books.  This gave me a better appreciation of the story and I will look forward to reading more – even with the first person present pov.


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