Former vampire hunter Michael Quinn is living a nightmare: he’s been turned into a vampire. His only hope is the “Eye”–a long-lost artifact that, once every millennium, will grant one wish to its possessor. Fortunately for Quinn, he has a map detailing the path to the “Eye.” All he needs to do is find it, then he can wish himself back into humanity.
Janie Parker has made a lot of many mistakes in her life, not the least of which was getting tricked into working for a demon. Not only is the pay awful, but she has to successfully complete all her unsavory assignments or risk a torturous death. Her latest mission is to track a vampire who apparently knows where some stupid treasure is. No problem. Until she sees who the vampire is — Michael Quinn, a man she’s had a crush on since she was twelve years old. Too bad she’ll have to kill him to get to the “Eye.”
But Quinn and Janie are kindred spirits, and soon they’re falling in love even though they’re after what the other person is desperate for: the “Eye”.
“You can be a lousy vampire. You can be a lousy human. What you are doesn’t mean anything. It’s what you do with what you are that counts.”
Lady & the Vamp is a change of pace from the rest of the series to date. We are no longer with Sarah Dearly, but we’re with her nearly lover Michael Quinn. It is a bit of a change not only of lead but gender. For a series that is quite chick-lit, I found this an interesting change. Yet, it isn’t just Quinn, but it is also Janie Parker. Both share the spotlight, though it is hard to say who gets more time.
Prior to Lady & the Vamp, Quinn was actually the only character in the series with much of a personality. Definitely the only one with a good personality. He was fun, when he was allowed to be. Yet, he was also dealing with the change from being a vampire hunter to one of those he hunts. Incredibly depressed, ostracized and wanted for dead by those who were his friends only a month before, Quinn wants to go back to what he was. Human.
The biggest problem I have with Quinn is actually his personality. Now, I know I just said he was the only one with a good personality. That was before this book. Now we’re in his head, and following him all the time. He has some major issues with women. The author seems to, too, because this series is scattered with mild, and even some major, insults to women. In one memorable instance, Quinn questioned whether women could even drive well, let alone fix a car (which is what they had to have happen in order to continue on with their quest). This series just leaves a mild distaste for me throughout on this topic.
We also met Janie Parker before, in the previous book. She was the one that befriended Sarah in order to try and kill her. Gotta give her props for this method, I actually didn’t expect it to be her. Mostly because I didn’t expect the author to have that sort of subtlety in her, alas. Janie is sort of one dimensional. She only really has a few things she is here for – most of it is just to become Quinn’s lover. All while being all angry and grr and you must die because vampire hunter meets vampire, of course. She is just so desperate to have anything go her way this book, yet I don’t particularly feel bad for her. I don’t really feel much for her at all, she is just a kind of meh character.
Their relationship was just seen as inevitable by me. Sure, I didn’t expect anything else to happen, because that is the kind of story this is. Yet, everything was just laid out too perfectly. The only struggle is the fact he is a vampire and she is a vampire hunter. They have a history together that is overlooked. They have different personalities that are overlooked. They have different end goals that is overlooked. Yet everything is a-okay without ever actually addressing any of their problems. I, unfortunately, just didn’t care about their relationship at all.
The book also amounted to nothing more than a treasure hunt. They followed clues hither and yonder across the American Southwest to find some mystical thing that none of them even really understood what it was. I’m not even certain they really knew what it looked like for part of the time. Along the way they run into others looking to throw a monkey wrench into their plans along with misleading information. Yet it was still just a treasure hunt.
Not terribly original, mildly entertaining to read. Kind of really just a side quest.
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