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Always the Vampire (Oldest City Vampire #3)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  243 ratings  ·  30 reviews
It's not easy being a dutiful maid of honor when you're a vampire in the Sunshine State...

Cesca Marinelli has been slacking on her duties as a vampire princess, but she will be the best maid of honor ever for Maggie's Victorian wedding. However, when her mostly-human honey, Saber, falls ill due to a magical construct called the Void, she knows she'll have to go beyond th
Paperback, 342 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Berkley Trade (first published March 28th 2011)
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Can't wait for this one to be finally released... I would really have loved to have this one for this Christmas, but well, another book to look forward to having for next year.

Is it just me or the model has changed? I really loved the other books model, but it's only my opinion :)

I've missed this down-to-earth character who just makes you like her, want to be her friend and you can really connect with her. She has such a bubbly personality, that right off you can see that she's not trying to be
Always the Vampire is the third book in this series by Nancy Haddock. The first two are La Vida Vampire and Last Vampire Standing. I haven't read the first two books yet so I dove into this novel head first without the benefit of the background information you get when reading a series. I though that Nancy Haddock did a good job of giving you the twitter version of what had happened in the previous novels. I was glad she did that since I'm a newbie to her series. Cesca is a vampire. Not only a v ...more
Francesca Marinelli was turned into a vampire over two hundred years ago and then buried beneath her sire’s St. Augustine house as a punishment. The whole nest was then killed, and Cesca languished underground until the 21st century. Now she’s enjoying her second chance — and those handy modern conveniences. Nancy Haddock takes Charlaine Harris’s TruBlood idea one step further: Cesca drinks Starbloods, synthetic blood with flavors like caramel macchiato. It’s a good thing she has that option, to ...more
Erin (*is in a reviewing slump*)
Haddock writes with a talented hand, her style easy to follow and lose yourself in. The series lets off some of its steam in the third, and final, installment. The villain is a big-baddie and the ending showdown takes an entire book to prepare for...yet there's just not enough angst going on in Cesca's life to keep other areas as interesting. I missed the quirkiness and devout humor of the previous books. Here she's serious, a little moodier (guessing stress of this kind will do that to ya!), bu ...more
I like this series a lot. It cracks me up that Cesca is a vampire who hates the taste of blood, gags at the sight of it and refuses to ever bite anyone. This one wasn't as funny as the first 2. It was a lot more fighting and mystery. The characters are interesting and she left it open for another book at least.
Maybe it's the large gap between each book (a year) or maybe there was a supplemental reading in between books two and three that I missed, but I found myself confused by this book a few times. They talked of events that happened that I did not recall happening in the last book. I thought maybe there was a significant amount of time passing in the book and these events were just added in to let us know what was happening in their lives, but it turns out that was not the case either. That was rea ...more
Always the Vampire by Nancy Haddock
Paranormal Romance –May 3rd, 2011
4 stars

Always the Vampire is the third in a quirky vampire series full of charm and humor. This book can be read as stand alone but I would suggest reading at least one of the prior books to become familiar with the cast.

Francesca Marinelli is a vampire princess who doesn’t like blood. She is set on planning her friend’s upcoming marriage. Since being discovered, Francesca has settled into the modern world with her boyfriend and
Khalia Hades
Always the Vampire is the third book in this series by Nancy Haddock. The first two are La Vida Vampire and Last Vampire Standing. I haven't read the first two books yet so I dove into this novel head first without the benefit of the background information you get when reading a series. I though that Nancy Haddock did a good job of giving you the twitter version of what had happened in the previous novels. I was glad she did that since I'm a newbie to her series. Cesca is a vampire. Not only a v ...more
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Reviewed By:Stephanie
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Though Always the Vampire is book three of the Oldest City Vampire series, it makes for a pretty entertaining stand-alone novel that both douses in the contemporary romance and urban fantasy genres.

Though it's technically "paranormal romance", I can't get myself to call it that because the actual paranormal elements are extremely minor, if at all, important. Cesca Marinelli is pushing 228, but she does not display any vampirely characterist
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Rating: 3.0
Genre: Paranormal Romance.

Always the Vampire, by Nancy Haddock, is the third book in the Oldest City Vampire series featuring Francesca Melisenda Alejandra Marinelli. Cesca is a 228 year old vampire who was unburied by her best friend and mentor Maggie O’Halloran 14 months ago. As the story opens, Cesca is Maggie’s maid of honor and somewhat of an Obsessive Compulsive with her planning and running around to make sure everything to done to perfection. She is also working to track down
As much as Cesca wants to lead a normal life she keeps getting pulled into crap and this book is no different. In the midst of maid of honor duties Cesca finds herself in the middle of a supernatural war. At times the wedding festivities drove me nuts, at others the lengths Cesca went to make sure they were safe had me laughing.

I found it interesting how Triton and Cesca were able to resolve their feelings of the past and the present, which was a good thing because along with Saber and a couple
Laurie Whitlock
I loved this book; it had everything that a person could ask for, romance, drama and funny parts. Francesca “Cesca” is not only a vampire princess and a ghost tour guide. She’s also the bridesmaid for her best friend Maggie’s wedding but she, her boyfriend Saber and her best friend Triton have to work together to spot a craze wizard and the illness that he created called “The Void” from infecting and killing vampires.

There is a great cast of characters in the book from the Marine vampires, the
The third book in the saga of vampire Cesca Marinelli is more serious than the previous two. Something is devastating vampire communities, especially the strongest vampires, and Cesca's wizard friend says she must master her vampire abilities to combat this evil Void. Meanwhile, Cesca is helping her friend Maggie plan her ideal Victorian wedding; being maid of honor is a time-consuming task. Also, her job as ghost tour guide continues. I like this one mostly because Cesca comes into her own as a ...more
I started reading this series a few weeks ago and been unable to put it down since. This is the third book in the series and continues the story of Cesca amazingly. The book starts off shortly after the last book ended and deals with the main story arc of the series as the main plot. The story moves along and a perfect pace giving you plenty of time to enjoy what you're reading. The ending is nothing short of perfect as it makes you feel like everything that's happened so far has been for a reas ...more
Of the 3 books in this series, I think this was my least favorite. Triton, Cesca, & Saber had to do some magical training to prepare for the fight against the Void. It seemed pointless to me cause they got everything done right almost right away. And who wants Smell as a super power? Cesca takes her Maid-of-Honor duties very seriously for her best friend's wedding, and that was the whole side plot, but we didn't see too much of Maggie and Neil in this story.
Bronwyn Rykiert
This is the third book in this series and it did not seem to grab me as the earlier books did. In this one Princess Francesca and her beau Deke Saber, along with the wizard Cosmil and dolphin shifter Triton (Cesca's childhood friend) are working together to rid the vampire world of an illness they are calling The Void. It turns out that Cosmil's brother is behind it.

Interesting enough but not as good as the earlier books.
Story continues along nicely from the book before. Funny series. The characters are really good, the story starts a little slow. I look forward to the next book. Great ending, funny & surprising. Cesca is a great character, funny & a smartass yet caring. Her & Saber are great together.
I love this series, it sucks (no pun intended) you in. I highly recommend that you read all three books and not just this one. Although great in it's own right, I think the book has more impact if you know the history of the characters set up in the preceding books. Can't wait for the next one!!
Kate Moffatt
I found this such a hard book to read, very hard to get into. This was the first book in the series that I read and perhaps that is the reason I had to force myself to read it to the end. I'm in no real hurry to read the other books in this series.
Have loved the other books in this series, and good contender in the now very over populated vampire romance genre, this is a good follow-up, but not as strong as the first. Note to other readers, must read in order!
Definitely found another series I must follow. Great characters, wonderful charm and humor throughout. Can't wait to see how Cesca comes into her own.
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Overall I liked it. I blame my lack of a reading mood for the length of time it took me to finish this book.
I wish there could be more to this one. This one was the best out of all three.
Great addition to the series. Can't wait for Saber and Cesca's next adventure.
I loved this book serie it was really amazing. I totally loved the ending!!
Melissa Stevenson
What can I say but awesome!! Can't wait for the next book = )
Rachel Baird
Good, but too short. Leaves you eating more :/
Sep 01, 2012 Amy added it
What a cute series!
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