Friday, August 22, 2008

Even Vampires Get the Blues

Even Vampires Get the Blues is book 4 of the Dark Ones Series. Yesterday I reviewed Book 3 – Sex, Lies, and Vampires, and although I thought it was funny and maybe a bit charming, I really wasn’t too impressed. I decided to read book 4 in hopes it might be a bit better (and it’s overdue at the library).

Paen is a Dark One who has not found his Beloved. He would like a soul, but he doesn’t want to have to depend on a woman to survive. He is content in doing his own thing and having his own life and would rather not have a Beloved. While his parents are away on a research trip a demon comes to collect his father’s debt and only Paen can do it: he has 5 days or he will take his mother’s soul.

Samantha, the half elf and her cousin who is in denial about being a faerie, run a business of finding things – Paen and his brother go to Sam and Claire to help find the item they need to save their mother’s soul.

Even Vampires Get the Blues is a nice change from the rest of the books in the series. Paen really doesn’t want to tie himself down to a woman forever, Sam is a unique character with some interesting characteristics, and Claire is funny and charming.

Even after Paen finds his Beloved and the “join” he still doesn’t want to fall in love with her and live happily ever after. This is a huge change from the rest of the books. Yes, the basic outline of the Dark Ones books (girl travels, boy meets girl, love and denial, danger, steamy sex, etc) still follows the same for this one, but it’s not so sappy and more bad things happen. I hate to admit it, but I even cried a little bit because part of it was so sad.

I enjoyed book 4 much more than book 3, and probably 2, maybe even the first one as well.

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