Trouble continues to plague both Aaron and Michelle. These terrible two blow into London with their brand of crazy. This time, instead of trouble finding them, Aaron and Michelle are actively causing it. They are hunting down Mike Jamison who stole blood from Michelle to become one of the undead and broke Aaron and Michelle's special bond.
This is the first in the series I found amusing. From a character stand point, Aaron and Michelle are less annoying. They have a purpose which is to catch a rogue vampire who should never have been made. They partner up with a pair of Russian werewolves. The stereotypes of Albanian crime lords and Russian mafia type are not as heavy as the previous few books. There are a few repetitive phrases which did become old after a while. The constant comparison of "wet dog smell" to the werewolves was a bit tedious. It reminds me of Laurell K. Hamilton and her "sleeping in a puppy pile".
After a bit of discussion with the author, it appears these stories are supposed to be in excess and extreme play into sterotypes. If a reader were to view this series more as a campy comedy, it makes more sense. I see this series now as more of a tongue in cheek poking fun of the paranormal romance genre from a male author's perspective. It contains all the key elements many female readers go ga-ga over. The male vampire is hot young man with money. He's powerful with a long schlongs and he is amazing with sex. His woman is a French sex-bomb. Aaron is designed to be dark and mysterious too. His predator side may be used to induce panty wetting goodness for the ladies. It's all rather droll.
The story pace is pretty good. This one is smoother and more polished. The sex scenes are just the right amount with good spacing between each. The sex itself is glossed over and faded to black. While the story is eroticized, it isn't graphically sex-filled. Sure there are strippers, sluts and sex slavery, but those were just minor points as window dressing. For me, this made the book a bit better. This is because there is a plot and it was resolved, abet a bit messily. The fight scenes are Quentin Tarantino style - blood gushing and body parts everywhere. With the way this story ends, we are looking to book tickets to Moscow. ???? ?