Series: Half Moon Hollow #4
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Pocket Books on 27 October 2015
Becoming a vampire for Libby Stratton was surprisingly easy. She didn’t have to hang around shady bars or roam the streets at night. She didn’t even have to haunt cemeteries to catch a glimpse of one. She simply placed an ad on Craigslist asking a vampire to turn her and quickly received a response.
Libby Stratton, like most mothers, is willing to do anything for her kid and her ‘anything’ is pretty hard core. In quick succession she lost her husband and got diagnosed with cancer. Rather than falling into a heap, she decided that the only way she could enjoy life with her son was to become a vampire. Ironically, Libby dying is what brought her to life – pun intended. With the help of two of my favourite vampires, she stopped being an introverted creature who routinely took the path of least confrontation and started standing up for herself.
The good bits
Libby’s life as an un-dead creature of the night is pretty conventional though as she negotiates PTA responsibilities, interfering in-laws who want custody and child care. The normality of it was unexpected as many of the other supernatural characters in this world have such a colourful existence. Libby’s strength of character and emotional development is ultimately what sells the book rather than the romance, making it a sort of paranormal chick lit.
The way the community treated Libby once they discovered she was a vampire was pretty vile and oh so petty. Harper seemed to be making an analogy between racism and vampirism as the negative attitudes ranged from outright abuse to subtle discrimination. Very few humans apart from those who knew vampires personally were able to behave without prejudice and much of this came from ignorance and fear. The message therefore seemed to be the importance of judging people on their own merits rather than blindly rejecting those who are different.
I loved catching up with my favourites in the series such as Jane and Dick Chaney (the vampire one). The former just does snark so well and the latter steals every scene he is in as he’s such an unrepentant but charming rogue.
The not so good bits
The half hearted love triangle unfortunately didn’t really work as so much of the novel was dedicated to Libby adjusting to her new life and taking care of her son. The set up was great as we had the mysterious Finn who couldn’t seem to tell the truth to save his life and Wade, a tattooed red-neck but highly dedicated father. I had hoped to know more about both of these men to understand their feelings for Libby and vice versa but it wasn’t to be. To be perfectly honest, one of the characters could even have been cut without affecting the novel significantly.
It is a bit light on in the actual romance department as well. The relationship between Libby and her man was mostly platonic and I felt like they settled into the old married couple routine without taking the time to fall in love first.
This is a sweet book filled with the enduring love a mother has for her son but falls a bit short in the romance stakes.