1) A Girl’s Guide to Vampires
2) Sex and the Single Vampire
3) Sex, Lies, and Vampires
4) Even Vampires Get the Blues
5) The Last of the Red Hot Vampires
6) Zen and the Art of Vampires
7) Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang
8) In the Company of Vampires
9) Much Ado about Vampires
Why I Started This Series and General Thoughts
I started this series because I really like Katie MacAlister’s writing style and sense of humor in her books. I enjoyed the first two books of the series, but the third one just fell a little flat for me. I will probably take a break from this series for a while, and then come back to it later.
Amongst the Dark Ones there is one they call The Betrayer, one who is doomed to hand his own kind over to a demon lord… for eternity.
But now a small boy’s been kidnapped, and it’s up to Nell Harris – a Charmer – no, literally, that’s her job – to rescue him. Problem is, she can’t help but find The Betrayer a teeny, tiny bit attractive… is it possible he is not as soul-less as he seems, or has her penchant for bad-boys just gone into overdrive?
My Thoughts on Book 3
I’m not really sure that I can pinpoint exactly why I didn’t like this book as much as the previous two. I still do not feel like I know all that much about Dark Ones. After the first book, which detailed all seven steps of Joining with one’s Beloved, the second book had fewer details about it, while this book had virtually none, other than being marked, exchange of fluids (kissing), and the final exchange of blood. I certainly don’t remember all the seven steps, but I do remember that there are seven steps, so I am a little confused why they don’t play a greater role, or at least, we could be reminded of them. And despite the constant references to how they are not referred to as vampires, but rather as Dark Ones, there is little detail about the exact differences. Instead, it seems up to the reader to piece together what being a Dark One is about over the course of the series. The world this is set in has a lot of the same elements as the Aisling Grey series, and I keep half expecting Aisling to show up in one of the books.
While Joy and Roxy appeared in the second book, they were absent from this one. Instead, we got Allie and Christian (as well as some other characters) again. There was little character development for them here; they felt like strangers even though we read their story in the previous book. I was a little disappointed that Nell also had a physical disability like Allie. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but it’s rare for a leading lady, and for two back to back leading ladies both to have leg trouble, it was a little too much, and probably contributed to my feeling that these books are becoming formulaic. Perhaps these physical handicaps of sorts drive home the idea that although Joining makes the Beloved immortal, it does not improve your physical person. But then, I got that in the second book. I was also a little perturbed by Damian – the little kid in need of rescuing – and his role in this book. It felt odd and strangely enough, I didn’t like the ending.
I did like that we got to see more Dark Ones in this book that weren’t necessarily good people. I think this goes to show that they are not cookie-cutter vampires. That is, they are not all good. This really helps with the characterization of the Dark Ones. I would like to see more about Dark Ones though, because I think this is one aspect of the series that is unique and worth further exploration. The rest of this book felt pretty formulaic bordering on cliche. That said, I still liked it. Just not as much as I would have hoped.
You Might Like This Series If…
This series will probably appeal to paranormal romance fans who enjoy light hearted stories along with the dark, especially if they are laced with wicked humor and lovable characters.