Saturday, February 21, 2009

Lynsay Sands 'Single White Vampire'

I do like books with a sense of humor. And this book is funny. But (there's always a but according to my book club members. "Do you ever like the book?") the humor comes at the expense of the characters full development.

Kate is bossy in a cute little blond way, and Lucern is curmudgeony in a "why should I have to tolerate you hoi poloi" sort of way and they end up in very funny situations together (a few actually went over the top and weren't so funny). But while Lucern was changed-because-of-love in a nice, rather believable way, the humor got in the way of them actually establishing a real rapport.

As an aside, I also thought the lay out of vampirism was (too conveniently) not scary or dark at all. It was clever, and avoided all the issues of, you know, just how sexy would a man be if his body felt like cold marble. But it also lacked the power/darkness/forbidden-other lures that I fall for with the vampire thing.

Well written, cute, funny but in the end not much substance.

Vampire Contemporary Romance 2003: 3.5 of 5 black adder re-runs.


Carolyn Crane said...

I like books with a sense of humor, too. This is interesting, though, that it kept the characters from being developed in your eyes. I can totally see how it could happen. Though sometimes humor helps build a character, too, but maybe not here!

Heloise said...

Yeah, in this case part of the humor required the characters to remain almost caricatures. I'm overstating it of course, but it distracted me from really liking the heroine.

Just the Sexiest Man sounds terrific. I hadn't heard about it until you reviewed it, but now I will definitely check it out. :)