Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Berkley
Released on December 3, 2013
I’m always a sucker for humor and blend that with urban fantasy and I will rush to pick it up. The Glory St. Clair series was no exception. Glory is your everyday woman vampire who’s a bit of a softie, slightly insecure, and has a confusing romantic life. These traits manage to land her in trouble more often than not and it takes luck and help from her friends to save the day. Light and humorous urban fantasy that reads like ‘day-time drama, cozy read, and paranormal comedy’ all mixed together.
Real Vampires Know Size Matters is book ten in the Glory St. Clair series. It’s probably not a good place to start for new readers, but I will admit to skipping several books in the series and doing alright. I read the first four and set aside book five (more on that later), but anyhoo, yes, one could read this one after getting that far because there are some ‘catch the reader up’ moments when characters bring up the past.
The story opens with Glory happier than ever about finally having things settled between her and Jerry, but her happiness is tinged with a spot of trouble from an ex of Jerry’s that has gone all voodoo priestess stalker gal on Glory. The woman is determined to ruin Glory and drive her into giving up Jerry. Jerry has told the woman that he isn’t into her and he is back with Glory and Glory is it for him, but Mel still persists. Glory let’s doubt creep in whether Jerry is really over the woman and can’t help getting stirred up that he was with such a gorgeous put together woman even if she has a crazy stalker side. And she definitely worries that Jerry underestimates Mel and somehow the woman has a spell on him.
Meanwhile, Ray accidentally loses control while drinking from his co-singer, Sienna, and Glory has to come and change over Sienna to save her life. If getting a new vamp adjusted whose angry about her transition isn’t enough, Glory is climbing the walls because of her irritating roommate the siren turned mortal, Aggie, now taking her stinking life issues out on Glory and anyone else. Rafe’s back to being bodyguard while the dangerous ex is on the prowl and Ian seems more than casually interested in a spellbook Glory has. Glory’s mom won’t keep pestering her about her life and it’s all starting to hit at once. Something’s got to give and it may be Glory.
This one is a typical Glory situation. She has a laundry list of things that need her attention and most of it is due to her taking pity or going soft when someone else screws up and she feels she has to help fix it. And, if it’s not that, she manages to drama up her love life even if it seems like it should be settled by now. This was definitely the book of the exes both Jerry’s and Glory’s though Glory likes to pretend it’s all on Jerry.
It’s been many months since I picked up a book from this series. I really loved book one. The next few were good, but certain issues kept cropping back up. So, I stopped reading at book five. I had this later book from the series on my shelf so I figured I’d give it a go and see if maybe moving ahead would take care of some of the stuff that was bugging me.
Nope, the stuff that troubled me was mostly still there (to be fair, her fixation on her weight and looks was toned down and that was good). Even in a fun and light series like this one, I still want to see a character come into their own and grow and I also want to see a long time building romance grow and mature.
But the thing is, other than a few tweaks to setting, I could have been reading the same book I put down. Ten books in and it’s still drama central with Glory and the gang minus the danger of the villains in the first few books.
And that brings me to the plot. There is no true conflict in this installment. This was a bland story. It’s a string of petty annoyances for the most part with some occasional laughs. I think a fan of the series would probably keep going to see how some of the loose plot threads turn out, but for me, this book did not encourage me to want to see what comes next.
In summary, this was a moderately enjoyable book. The humor is a great addition and I do love the world and the characters even if the plot didn’t pull me in. Though this wasn’t my thing, it might work for others. I do think those who enjoy the lighter cozy-style urban fantasy should give it a go.
My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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