Title: Vampire Blues
Series: Lian and Figg Novella
Author: Stephany Simmons
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Adult Paranormal Thriller
Lian and Figg are still recovering from events that almost destroyed their lives, but when a good friend comes to them with a serious problem, they can't turn him away. Soon, Lian and Figg are neck-deep in local vampire politics and framed for a massacre they had little to do with. On top of that, the local werewolf pack is sniffing around, looking for favors.
The cover was so much better and gave me the impression of a comic book or graphic novel at first glance. It matches perfectly with the tone of this book. This book will surely go unnoticed with a cover art like this.
Favorite Quote“…I don’t think I could sleep next to a woman who snores like a chainsaw…”
My roommate in college used to snore and I will always remember the horrifying snoring sound she made. I could relate to every word above.
Vampire Blues is the second installment in Lian and Figg Novella Series by urban paranormal fantasy author, Stephany Simmons. If in the first book Lian and Figg gets caught up in zombie situation, this time they found themselves having to deal with primarily vampires and werewolves. Vampire Blues is obviously not the continuation of Voodoo Dues, rather I’d assume that it is a stand-alone story in the series that chronicle Lian and Figg’s many unfortunate adventures that usually came uninvited at their doorstep as they juggle with their own personal issues. What I liked about reading this series is the fact that it didn’t tire me with lousy plot, poorly-written dialogues and prolonged crisis that eventually made me want to skip certain pages so I could end my misery from reading it, very quickly. Stephany wrote her book in the most flawless possible way that will appeal to adult readers with hunger for paranormal fantasy that aren’t too tacky for their liking. Her characters were genial and every reader wants to be like them or wants a bit of them. When I first received the review copy from Stephany, I must admit that the title itself sent a sense of uncertainty, that the story would turn out to be somewhat too cliché for my taste. Many times I had been disappointed by mediocre vampire stories, but Stephany’s version of vampire story won me over. Vampire Blues as whole is an epitome of a vampire-themed thriller put together so perfectly with a sexy twist. Did I forget to mention that Skip the vampire is anything unlike Edward Cullen or Eric Northman?
This second book is definitely much sexier than the first. Stephany didn’t hold back this time with all the steamy scenes and such (though described ever so subtly) because I remember reviewing Voodoo Dues and mentioned something about lack of intimate moments between Lian and Figg. In this book, Lian and Figg seem to be quite comfortable with their relationship, of course not without bickering with one another over silly matters. However, I’m glad that Stephany gave her readers a chance of taking a sneak peek into Lian and Figg’s personal life that is both amusing and fascinating. The two characters complemented each other in a unique way; Lian, with his Irish charm is charismatic while Figg is a headstrong woman who never fails to drive Lian insane with her stubbornness.
My Thoughts in Brief
Stephany Simmons is a master of her own craft and she did it with enticing storyline as well as likeable characters. Vampire Blues offers not only suspense and wicked thrill, but also an added sexiness that guarantee its readers with a page-turning result. Now I’m left wondering what else Lian and Figg have to deal with in the next installment.
Bornean Bookworm rates:
5 stars out of 5!
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*Thanks to author Stephany Simmons who provided me with the review copy!