The Vampire Relationship Guide Volume 2: Secrets and Trust by Evelyn LaFont
Published: 31st August 2011
Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon US
Josie’s come a long way from being an average human chick who just wants to sex-up a vampire. She’s dated, mated, and killed one of the world’s richest vamps and is currently seeing a mysterious, blood-slurping hottie named Walker.
Now, Josie must adjust to the realities of a steady relationship with a vampire, which isn’t all exciting parties, hot sex and moonlit walks. And with a vamp who’s anxious to push their relationship to the next phase as mortality bears down on his human’s fragile body, the pressure for Josie to commit is on.
Can their night-day romance survive leaving Josie’s character and individuality intact, or will the secrets of the supernatural community crush her spirit and her chance at a permanent vampire mate?
Josie's back with her trademark naive vampire knowledge and sarcastic commentary. I adored the first n in this series and couldn't wait to get my hands on the 2nd. This novella sees Josie and Walker heading to Texas to visit Walker's home, but of course nothing can be that straight forward.
The characters were as funny as always, it was hilarious to hear more about Walker and his dysfunctional afterlife and to read about how Josie adapted to his lifestyle. There were a couple of new characters and a couple of twists I didn't expect which I enjoyed. I love the mythology of this series, LaFont has taken traditional vampire (and were...ooooh) lore and twisted it into something that is new and interesting and given it a scientific explanation which I really like.
The writing was full of satire and adult humour and completely and utterly engrossing. I love LaFont's writing, it never fails to make me laugh and the voice she's given to Josie is so entertaining and believable.
The only thing that sorta let this story down for me was the plot; I felt it suffered slightly from 2nd book syndrome and whilst I enjoyed it and there were things introduced that are clearly going to have more of an impact I couldn't help but feel slightly dissatisfied at the end.
Despite that though this novella series is something I would happily and over-enthusiastically recommend to anyone who loves paranormal adult fiction (and anyone who doesn't, because it's just SO satirical). It's fresh and funny and ridiculously well written, it's the perfect read for when you're having a bit of a bad day.
Read the first chapter of The Vampire Relationship Guide Volume One here
Read the first chapter of The Vampire Relationship Guide Volume Two here