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Vampire Lover

3.14 of 5 stars 3.14  ·  rating details  ·  79 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The Kiss of Death?

Clare had thought that Denzil Black was intent on seducing her sister--after her best friend had already fallen prey to his charms. It was almost as if the film director were a vampire lover, moving from one woman to another, and leaving them drained and helpless. THen Clare began to suspect that she was next on Denzil's list of conquests--but not if she...more
ebook, Harlequin Presents #1720
Published July 2012 by Harlequin Books (first published April 1994)
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Tammy Walton Grant

All right, so it's not the 1700s and I'm not a man, but I'm sure this was the look on my face as I read this book.

This is the only book I've ever read where the heroine should really have been the villain. I was cheering for her underage sister to get the Hero by half-way through the book. Clare was a repressed, uptight, bossy British bitch. I was looking for her to be hit by a lorry, dismembered and stuffed in the boot of her car, scalded to death by the steam from her tea kettle or at least st...more
As I read Vampire Lover, I was continually torn between being fascinated, amused and flabbergasted. I went along thinking, “hmmm, this a really interesting gender reversal... oh, isn’t that suggestion of the supernatural funny... Wha…! She did not just do that!” Except for having the traditional romance ending, it reminded me of Daphne Du Mauier’s My Cousin Rachel, a book I find endlessly intriguing because it can be read two ways: taken at face value, it’s a gothic melodrama with an obvious vil...more
What a whacky book! lol

First let me start with Clare (the heroine?). She's suspicious, delusional, passive aggressive, controlling, sexually repressed and absolutely, batshit crazy. She reminds me of Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. And believe me, the heroine should not be like Nurse Ratched.

Poor Denzel should run for the hills, but unfortunately he has childhood issues that make him attracted to crazy women.

What’s even funnier, Clare gets to deliver ridiculous lines like,...more
Karla (Mossy Love Grotto)
This kind of Harlequin is right up my alley - crazy, insane and WTF - but it lost a bit of its potential thunder because I knew in advance what makes it take a 90 degree turn on the fast track to Crazyville.

That said, it was still an amazingly enjoyable read, given that the 2 Charlotte Lamb books I've read have only been blah/annoying 2 stars. Here there were a couple hooks that kept me reading in a good mood rather than grinding my teeth: Is Denzil Black really a vampire or not? Could Claire be...more
This is one of the goofiest books I've ever read. It's silly. It's ridiculous. It's downright odd...and yet something about it tickles my heart. The author dares you to take her plot seriously -- then she yanks the rug from under your chair, throws in some uber-insane gender reversal, & pats your hand with a cliched Woobie Confession at the end. I've been wracking my brain for an equivalent episode of MST3K, but my multimedia analogy skillz have failed. (Maybe because it's after 4 a.m.? Naaa...more
2.5 stars. This book was so cheesy, lol. If you are thinking it's a paranormal, it's not. You are sort of led on a wild goose chase thinking that it could be with all the subtle hints implying that the hero is a vampire, but you are speared the torture if you are not into paranormal. The book on a whole was pretty bad. The best part about it was an OTT CRAZY scene that caught me by surprise and made me laugh my butt off. The romance aspect of this book was dreadful though. The leads had no chemi...more
Holy moly, this book took a turn for Crazy Town in the middle. It was a little nutty to begin with with all the vampire references, but then the heroine started behaving like a total psychopath. Least believable HEA ever. But, four stars for keeping my interest!
April Brookshire
I read this book because I saw it on a Craziest Harlequins list and now it is one of my favorite Harlequins of all time.

And not because it was good, but because the heroine was a disturbed mental case. Seriously!

So this is how it goes:

Sexy, mysterious movie director moves to her little town and she decides to hate him on sight, just 'cause. She suspects him of sucking the emotional life out of every woman he meets. She's extremely paranoid about anything having to do with him. When he befriend...more
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Probably only 3* except I liked the kind of campy vampire allusions. Whenever the H comes on the scene a vein in the h neck begins to throb. It's not ridiculous enough for her truly believe he's a vampire altho she refers to him frequently as an emotional vampire, preying on womens emotions. Mysteriously all the women who become interested in the H become pale and lethargic. One actually becomes anemic. I think this book is fun if you don't take it seriously.Please take warning, the h does virua...more
This book is hilarious. My friends and I found it sitting on a bookshelf when we moved into our house, and we ended up reading the entire thing aloud to one another. It was like a train wreck we just couldn't look away from. The main character starts out seeming reasonable, if kind of bland with a side of bitchy, but by the end she's crazy enough that she should be institutionalized due to her obsession with the male lead. She also commits several serious crimes for which she could (and should,...more
wow. a cold-hearted-rapist heroine. what a nice change.
3 stars just for the intriguing reversal.
I really enjoyed the first part of the book with its multitude of tongue in cheek references to vampire cliches. Then the book flags a little as the story establishes the heroine's reasons for her paranoia about the hero. Then she goes completely off her rocker for the last section, which I could only read with a slack jaw and my eyebrows disappearing into my hairline. However, while a part of me had to appreciate the pure insanity, I did think the pacing was uneven. So, it was a little bit anti...more
I thought the ending left alot of things up unfinished and to tell you the truth, the characters where unrealistic and I would read another book to find out if any of them lived "happily ever after"
Sorry. I am disappointed. I could not read any further than 30 pages... I hated both Hero and heroine...

3.5 stars. It was cute.
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Sheila Ann Mary Coates Holland
aka Sheila Holland, Sheila Coates, Charlotte Lamb, Sheila Lancaster, Victoria Woolf, Laura Hardy

Sheila Ann Mary Coates was born on 1937 in Essex, England, just before the Second World War in the East End of London. As a child, she was moved from relative to relative to escape the bombings of World War II. Sheila attended the Ursuline Convent for Girls. On leaving scho...more
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