Thursday, June 26, 2014


Publisher: Siren
Date published: May 2014
Vampires, Erotic romance
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3

Jamie Cavendish is a somewhat overweight chef, working late evenings in Elsternwick, a trendy bayside suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Walking home through the back laneways to save time proves to be a bad mistake, when Jamie is almost killed by a ghoul. Fortunately she’s rescued by a vampire, Alec. The only way he can save her life is to turn her, which he does, and then he assumes responsibility for her new career as a vampire.

The Vampires of Elsternwick Book One.
Jamie is a wonderful, bubbly, realistic, very engaging character, and it’s fun to follow along with her story. There’s some great drama and humor, and a couple of excellent chapter hooks as well, especially earlier in the book. The Australian author has done a great job of integrating Australian history and geography into the story in a very useful and realistic way. This story really couldn’t be set just about anywhere, as so many books can. The surroundings form an integral part of the plot. Alec is suave, caring, and sexy and the other vampires will make excellent future heroes, so the series has great potential. All of that is good.

However I was constantly pulled out of the story by choreography errors (she turned her back away from him to hide her face?), grammatical errors, dangling modifiers, missed quotation marks, repeated phrases, and there’s even a typo in the blurb. This is the author’s fourth book. She’s a great story-teller but she shouldn’t still be making these basic mistakes. Reader may well reject a good story because of these unnecessary errors.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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