Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Berkley
Released on July 3, 2007
It’s been a while since I read the first book in the series so I thought it was about time that I continue on for the next Glory St. Claire and menagerie romp. It wasn’t five pages in and I was snickering and curling up in my chair to get comfortable. Glory is the common woman’s vampire and she gets herself hip deep in ‘gators without even trying. This is book two and should probably be read in order though in a pinch the reader would do alright with starting here with this one.
This book picks up close to where the last one left off. Glory and her friends are settling back down after a huge menace is driven off temporarily or so they think. Glory and Diana’s shops are firebombed in the day while the vamps are sleeping in their day sleep above the shop. Valdez comes to the rescue and Glory makes the six o’clock news. Her shop is ruined and she suspects Westwood out to get vengeance. Jeremiah her on again off again lover along with other friends are there to give comfort and help. Jerry is set on catching Westwood once and for all so off he goes to chase the man down leaving Glory with a second dog bodyguard that she doesn’t want.
Meanwhile, she owes Richard Mainwaring for accidentally running over his vintage bike and she’s being stalked by vampires who want to drain her for energy they can turn into drugs for paranormals. Glory has a friend behaving oddly, a homicidal vampire hunter trying to kill her, an unwanted ex who has a not so interesting proposition, a too inquisitive reporter suspicious about a little show of fang, and a shop to get back into shape. A curvy girl vampire’s work is never done.
I’m not sure if Glory is growing on me or maybe I was in the right mood, but I had a much better time with this book than with book one. In book one, Glory came across as flaky a lot of the time to me, but it wasn’t like that in this one. She still has a flaming libido that distracts her, a complex about being a curvy gal and she still struggles with her powers, but those things were balanced and not the only thing going on in her head. There was a lot more action and less explaining and mental monologue too. Glory is surrounded by a great cast of quirky regular characters that all just enhance the fun and mayhem. And Jeremiah Campbell- a lot more of the sexy Scottish vampire and Glory was a verra good thing. Jeremiah takes phone sex to new levels- just ask Glory about his phantom hands and erm other parts.
There is a new threat to Glory and also a new character. I loved Valdez the dog guardian in the last book, but he is joined by another dog guardian, Will, who is quite the character. Will is only on temporary assignment until he pays off a gambling debt, but he is a lady’s man and gambler still even in shifted form.
There is lots of steam, humor and a whole new adventure for Glory and her friends in this latest installment. I’m now eager to progress to the next book. This series is a good one to pick up if you like light and humorous Urban Fantasy.