Today’s book squeeing shall be over The Vampire of Vancouver by the lovely and talented, Liz Meldon. This is the second book in her paranormal romance serial, Lovers and Liars. You can check out my ‘not-review’ of The Maenad of Manhattan, the first book in the awesome series, by clicking here. If this is your first time reading my blog and have absolutely no idea what a ‘not-review’ is, then click here.
Aphrodite, goddess of love and lust, is not impressed. After giving up her penthouse suite in trendy Manhattan to go monster hunting around the world, she finds herself in a sad hotel room in Vancouver with a decidedly distracted Loki. She hadn’t expected this job to be so serious, and her Norse partner isn’t exactly bowing to her whims these days. What was the point in coming with him if they weren’t beneath the sheets all hours of the day? It seems like such a waste of sexual compatibility. Humph.
Meanwhile, Loki, Norse trickster, is equally unimpressed. He hadn’t thought taking on a beautiful partner would make his work so difficult. Her unfocused energy grates on his nerves, and his lust for her is only surpassed by his desire for more godly power. He will complete this job, whether she likes it or not, and he’ll walk away one step closer to regaining his old abilities. Now, if only he can get his partner to focus on the task at hand, not seduction. Ridiculous woman.
Aphrodite and Loki, an unlikely team if there ever was one, find themselves in the City of Vancouver hunting vampires. The job is pretty straightforward: rescue the damsel, kill the monster. Unfortunately, even the easiest of jobs hardly ever go according to plan.
Top Three Reasons to Read The Vampire of Vancouver
1. Excellent Writing
One thing that really blows my mind is how Liz has interwoven so many different genres together—romance, mystery/thriller, drama, paranormal, mythology/folklore, fantasy—seamlessly into one cohesive story. I love how she writes. There are no wasted words. Every description is spot on, offering a clear and vivid picture of exactly what is happening.
2. Awesome Characters
I fell in love with Aphrodite and Loki in the first book and my love only grew stronger as this story progressed.This book was longer than the first which allowed the reader to get to know the characters better. Learning more about their pasts, figuring out their motivations, seeing how they interact and handle themselves with other people and supernatural beings aided in developing a better knowledge of who these two gods really are beneath the surface.
Aphrodite and Loki are hilarious, complex, flawed and totally relatable. It’s interesting and highly entertaining reading about these two trying to navigate the choppy waters of a relationship. It just goes to show it doesn’t matter if you’re an ancient deity or regular human, communication is the key to any relationship.
3. Sexy Times!!!
Sometimes when you read romance or erotica the “good stuff” can get a bit repetitive and boring. The characters keep pulling out the same old tricks with little to no spice or variety. Thank goodness, this is not the case with these books because Liz Meldon knows how to write the ‘sexy times’. Like seriously sexy times.
Loki and Aphrodite are an extremely frisky couple—I mean, what else would you expect from the goddess of love and god of mischief? However, each time they–erm, get it on? make love? have intercourse?
Whatever you want to call it, each time is new and different–even educational at times ;p And what I like most about them…the sex is not just filler. These scenes show us something about the characters, further expanding our knowledge of who they are. They also induce all sorts of feels which might end up giving you *heart eyes*; but don’t worry, they’ll leave you feeling like this too…
The Vampire of Vancouver was a fantastic follow up to its predecessor, The Maenad of Manhattan. I was completely enthralled by this story and its characters from start to finish. If you’re looking for something fun and entertaining to read with a great storyline, awesome characters and plenty of action, then you’ll definitely want to check this book out.