Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Author: Meg Cabot
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-173506-6 (Hardcover)
Release Date: June 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, New York NY
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Meg's Website/Blog: www.megcabot.com
Meena Harper is one of the dialogue writers for one of the hottest soap operas in New York called Insatiable. As she is hoping to get the head writer’s position, she works tirelessly day and night to come up with the best script writing that she possibly can. Imagine her surprise when she walks into the meeting the next day to discover she not only didn’t get the position, but her boss has given the position to her rival Shoshona. Shoshona just happens to be the niece of the show’s executive producers and co creators. Nobody realizes that Meena has done all of Shoshona’s work for the show as well. To add the icing on the cake, Meena’s boss also decides that the show needs a new edge. The edge, much to Meena’s definite dislike, is to incorporate vampires. Meena is not a fan of vampires and thinks that the media hype surrounding them is a bit ridiculous.
While Meena’s work situation is very similar to most working women’s lives, her personal life is anything but normal. Meena has had a strange gift for most of her life. She is able to touch a person and know how they are going to die. Most people don’t believe her and even think she’s a bit crazy. Meena’s ex was one of the nonbelievers and is why she now lives in a tiny apartment with her brother and dog. If that wasn’t bad enough, her eccentric neighbor thinks it is her lifelong ambition to see Meena set up with a good man that will treat her right. She invites Meena and her brother over for a cocktail party that she is hosting for her relative Lucian, who happens to be a prince from Europe.
Lucian is on a mission. He has been given the news that there have been girls killed in New York. These girls all have multiple bite marks and have been drained of blood. It looks to be the work of vampires and it is up to Lucian to find the killers and take them out. Lucian, you see, is the leader of the vampires and the son of Vlad Dracula himself. In order to keep the existence of his race a secret, he must find the killer or killers quickly. When Lucian and Meena meet though, Meena cannot see his death and is intrigued, whereas Lucian sees Meena as his salvation from the killer he has been.
As I seem to be obsessed with vampire stories, this one has won a place in my ever-growing library. I love Meena and Lucian’s story. Meena is another of those strong-minded women with an extraordinary gift that nobody seems to want to believe in. I love that Meena takes this in stride and has adapted how she tells people. Instead of telling someone they are going to die if they do a certain thing, she just gives them advice of going a different direction home, for example. When she meets Lucian, it’s like she can breathe again and is not assaulted by images of his death. This is very similar to Sookie’s amazing gift of mind-reading on the series True Blood. I found it very funny that Meena is so adamant over her dislike of vampires and then turns around and falls for one. Lucian’s attraction and ultimately love for Meena is instant and heartbreaking as he tries to tell Meena that she is his salvation in a world gone mad. If you’re looking for a romance that defies time, this is the book for you.
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