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Real Vampires Have More to Love by Gerry Bartlett

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Cover art: Real Vampires Have More to Love Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: Real Vampires Have More to Love - 6th in the Glory St. Claire series
Author: Gerry Bartlett
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN-13: 978-0-425-23697-0
Release Date: December 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Texas
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Gerry's Website/Blog: www.gerrybartlett.com


Glory St. Clair is just like any other American woman. She has her own vintage clothing shop, great friends and in her opinion a few extra pounds to lose. What sets her apart from every other woman though is that she is a vampire. Glory has just left her maker and is trying to make it on her own and take care of herself. She is about to find out however that she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

Gloryís friend Flo (who is also a vampire) is getting married and has asked Glory to be her maid of honor. In addition to running her store, Glory now has to arrange a bridal shower and help Flo get things ready for the wedding. She is also feeling the pressure to make the bridal shower great from a siren who is hosting the bachelorette party. If that wasnít enough to drive Glory over the edge, an ex-flame (rock star Ray Caine) has agreed to play at Floís wedding and is trying to rekindle his relationship with Glory. She only seems to have eyes for her former bodyguard Rafael. No longer a guard dog (Rafe is a shapeshifter) Rafe is now a gorgeous muscled man that sets her appetite in full swing. Just when Glory thinks she has everything at a manageable level, her life is threatened.

Several months ago she was attacked by an obsessed would-be vampire hunter. The hunter stalked Glory and they finally had a showdown and she killed him with his own crossbow. Now the hunterís children are taking up where their father left off and are hunting her down. In order for them to inherit the millions their father left, they must kill Glory and bring proof of her death. There is just one problem; the hunterís body has never been recovered. Glory must find proof whether he is dead or alive while taking care of her friendís wedding and deciding which man is the love of her life.

I must say this book was a definite wild ride. The action does not stop from beginning to end. I truly felt bad for Glory. One would think being a vampire would eliminate everyday human problems but it seems she has gotten the short end of the stick. She seems to be like every normal woman out there. She has a business with bills, man troubles, great friends and issues that most women deal with. She does however have some more vampire-like issues; such as almost getting staked by would-be vampire hunters. But like any good vampire, Glory has great resources and friends to help her through these unfortunate events. With all of the dark moody vampire media out there, this book is definitely a campier, laugh out loud take on the vampire.

Jillean

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