Elvi Black is the only vampire in her small town. She has the town’s total support though. They love her and are willing to do whatever they can to make her happy. Their adoration reaches new heights when they place a vampire wanted advertisement in the paper.
Victor Argeneau is the enforcer for the vampire counsel. When he learns about a vampire placing an ad for a mate, he and his friend travel to her small town to ascertain if the it is a hoax or if someone has truly broken vampire law by making herself known to humans. He soon finds out that he’s not the only one interested in the vampiress. Four other male vampires have come to compete for her hand.
Life has pretty much sucked for Elvi for the past five years. She was in an auto accident in Mexico and woke to find herself one of the undead. She’s given up food, sunlight and her bed. As far as she can tell the only good part is that she looks like she did at her peak. Being a sixty-five year-old woman in a perfect body has its perks. But life is sad for the only vampire in town. Her friends are dying of old age and with the arrival of other vampires, someone is trying to kill her.
I’m very pleased with this book. It was pure fun. I enjoyed reading about Elvi, the town mascot if you will, and her methods for learning about being a vampire. I laughed out loud at the poor
woman vampiress as she discovered things weren’t quite the way she thought. One of my favorite moments revolves around Elvi and food.
A great thing about this book, number seven in the Argeneau series, is the mythology. Vampires are the the result of nanos in the blood stream. The nanos repair all the damage done to the body over time, including time itself and sun damage. The nanos come from the Atlanteans and are completely capable of turning back the clock and making an old person appear young.
This makes it possible for vampires to find mates in 100 year-old women and not just cute 20 year-olds. This makes for an interesting story. Gorgeous men fall for old women, not for their looks, but for who they are. Oh yeah, there’s also the whole, know your mate because you can’t read her mind thing.
The vampires in this story range from pompous to laid back. They all are interesting and it’s fun to watch them try to understand Elvi. By the end of the story they are all flomoxed by Elvi and her town. Sometimes I forgot how old many of the characters were. I then had to think for a moment, but then was like, “Oh yeah, that makes sense.”
By thinking about the age group of the townspeople, I was able to overcome the light attempt at killing the heroine and the pure corniness of some situations. I was also able to understand her stupid moments by considering age. She was born in the 40’s or 50’s (she was 57 when she was turned and the story takes place 5 years later) so manners are a big deal to her and she explains away the TSTL moments so they didn’t bother me at all. She cares about what people think about her and is particularly up on proper etiquette. Knowing this makes the story understandable and fun.