I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Accidentally Married to...a Vampire? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Series: Accidentally Yours #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Forever on 5 March 2013
Reading Challenges: 2013 In Uniform Challenge
Vampire Niccolo DiConti wants to escape his queen and according to Cimil, there is a human woman that can help him. All he has to do is turn her into a vampire with her consent. Easy, right? Well, not quite because she won’t be born for about 300 years. Nevermind, Cimil is on the case. Even she however can’t stop a potential love triangle though.
I felt a bit sorry for Helena as she continually found herself in situations beyond her control. She might have told Niccolo that “women are no longer chattels” and that they make their own decisions but she ditched her friends and family just so she could live as his virtual prisoner in New York without him by her side. She fell madly in love with his good looks and masculinity which sounds like she was being compelled. When she gets the gumption to ditch him because she is tired of being treated like a pet, she falls straight into the path of Andrus who treats her in a very similar fashion. Helena is much like the flag in a game of capture the flag with each side kidnapping her or persuading her to go with them. When Helena did take control of the situation she found herself in, she was an absolute delight to watch.
Niccolo is fairly arrogant and controlling when it came to Helena but I guess if you have treated humans like food for centuries, it is a bit hard to get out of that mindset. I understand his willingness to do just about anything to free himself from his crazy queen but his treatment of Helena was fairly cold. I didn’t buy his sudden love for Helena because it was so wrapped up in his freedom. Later on in the novel when he begins to process what he has had and possibly lost, I began to warm to him. Niccolo may have had a nap 300 years ago courtesy of Cimil but he uses modern phrases such as “nice perk”, “lucky bastards” and “pure awesome” – this isn’t a major issue but I found it jarring at times.
The plot could have been tighter at the beginning as we meander around but things improve towards the end and the complications leading up to the climax were satisfying. There is so much humour that it is inevitable that some of it will fall flat. Pamfiloff uses a significant number of current pop culture examples e.g. Dexter and while that is fine at the moment, it will date the book in the future.
I enjoyed this book but you definitely have to be in the mindset for something frivolous to really appreciate it.