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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Romeo's Dead but Juliette Faked It by Christine McKay



Romeo’s Dead but Juliette Faked It by Christine McKay
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary; Paranormal
Length: Short (63 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Orange Blossom

Convincing a jaded middle-aged woman that she's still smoking hot is tough work, but turning her into a vampire hottie may get Jean Louis Lautrec staked. Again.

While landscaping, Gretchen Parks, a descendent of a powerful witch queen, uncovers a vampire in her backyard. Time's are tough and she filches treasure from his staked skeleton, unaware she's just broken her ancestor's curse. Once awake, suave Frenchman Jean sets his sights on Gretchen. His belle laide, beautiful ugly woman, is far from being a romantic. Convincing a jaded middle-aged woman that she's still smoking is tough work, but turning her into a vampire hottie may get him staked. Toss in a coven of goddess-worshipping witches and a pack of supernatural wolves and watch this cheery town squirm like a chemical-soaked ant hill.

Can't witches, goddesses, vampires, and townsfolk all get along? Apparently not in this memorable tale of how matches not made in Heaven sometimes work and why walking in the woods at night is ill-advised (unless you want to catch your neighbors dancing naked in the moonlight).

Lord Almighty! With a title like--"Romeo’s Dead but Juliette Faked It"—how can you not pick up this book? It’s the whole reason I decided to read this short novella to begin with. Paranormal stories with vampires and pagan rituals are not my usual weekend read, but it was the snappy dialogue and the fun, romantic comedic tone that kept me turning the pages.

Being a vampire story there is plenty of sensuality and mild levels of gore. So be aware. It is tastefully done. There is a real snap to the prose by this author—a strong voice in the heroine who is the POV character for the duration of the story. It contained a humorous, sarcastic tone throughout which was just perfect for romantic comedy. But this author can also write intense moments where you are worried about the life of our heroine and the outcome with of this sexy, French vampire.

Were there some sections that seemed a little too fantastical in this book? Sure. But I took that as being part of a paranormal and it just fit in with the humorous tone of the story.

An unusual tale that, though it wasn’t my typical fare of reading, quite fascinated me. Perhaps it will entrance you too.

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