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Fits the Gothic theme because: a lot of it takes place at night, there are vampires, ghosts and demons involved, there is angst, the heroine shows some genuine Too Stupid To Live behaviour (a required plot element in the Gothic novels of old), and the hero is tall, dark and dangerous, and was alive during the Gothic era.
Genre: Urban fantasy, romance
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No. in series: 2
Setting & time: London, UK; contemporary
Girl’s Guide to Vampires. But Dante is a very masterful
I found this story better put together in many ways than the first book in the series, but didn’t like the hero and heroine as much as those of the previous book. As before, the sex is scorching but fortunately there are no gratuitous sex scenes - they all serve the purpose of bringing the heroine and hero together and strengthening their bond. This time it’s not a serial killer that provides the suspense, but an actual demon, but it was never really clear to me why he needed Allegra to complete his nefarious plan (maybe I read it too fast and missed an important detail?). There are genuinely dark and creepy horror elements to the story, but they are offset by humour so it manages to just skirt the borders of horror territory. But, as in the first book, the heroine does some truly stupid things which earn her a TSTL blue ribbon and that alone was enough to lose the book a half star. 2+ stars.