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Always the Vampire (Oldest City Vampire #3)

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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 t
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Paperback, 342 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Berkley (first published March 28th 2011)
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Kaori
May 08, 2011 Kaori rated it really liked it
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
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Marcie
May 13, 2011 Marcie rated it liked it
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
Kelly
Jun 02, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
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 (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder*
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
Claire
Jun 12, 2015 Claire rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2015
I just found it all quite slow going, and Cesca seems to have decided that being a maid of honour seems to mean planning the whole wedding and pretty much taking over Maggie's day. Her obsession with Maggie's wedding also made her look pretty arrogant- the void is killing vamps all over the place, it's super dangerous but Cesca has more important things to do than worry about that- she's got to arrange cutlery and buy cute little pouches for the bridal party to put all their dinky little emergen ...more
Kristin
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.
Tricia (McAllister) Houseman
this is book 3 in a series. Make sure you read the others 1st, or you might feel a little lost.
Planning the perfect wedding, getting a GED, taking classes for inter design, working as a tour guide & hunting down an evil man ... and Cesca acts it like it's just a normal day. Well, for the most part she does.
Vampires are being killed off by this oily, tar-looking form (the Void). How & why will really (kinda) give you a startle. But that is always a good thing, predicting how a story will
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Grace
May 22, 2011 Grace rated it liked it
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
Bookaholics
Apr 26, 2011 Bookaholics rated it really liked it
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
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Khalia Hades
Aug 08, 2011 Khalia Hades rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Ana
Feb 07, 2013 Ana rated it liked it
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Romancing the Book
Nov 01, 2011 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Reviewed By:Stephanie
Review Copy Provided By: Publisher
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
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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
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Darcy
Jun 24, 2011 Darcy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, uf, vampires
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
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Laurie Whitlock
Aug 13, 2012 Laurie Whitlock rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
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
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Fantasy Literature
Mar 26, 2015 Fantasy Literature rated it liked it
Shelves: kelly
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 True Blood idea one step further: Cesca drinks Starbloods, synthetic blood with flavors like caramel macchiato. It’s a good thing she has that option, ...more
Lucy
Jun 28, 2012 Lucy rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires, fantasy
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
GamerChick
Dec 23, 2011 GamerChick rated it it was amazing
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
Sunshine✰✰✰
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.
Missyb
Jun 26, 2011 Missyb rated it really liked it
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.
Jillian
Aug 09, 2011 Jillian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 10, 2012 Kate Moffatt rated it it was ok
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.
Cj
May 01, 2012 Cj rated it liked it
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!
Chantel
Sep 08, 2015 Chantel rated it liked it
This one was just as good as the first two. Made me wish there was a number four. The author also did a good job of reminding us of what happened earlier and who people are.
Beth
May 09, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
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
Dec 04, 2011 Rachel- Goodbye Borders rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
Overall I liked it. I blame my lack of a reading mood for the length of time it took me to finish this book.
Jessica
Jun 26, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I wish there could be more to this one. This one was the best out of all three.
Christie72
Dec 07, 2011 Christie72 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Great addition to the series. Can't wait for Saber and Cesca's next adventure.
Inger
Sep 13, 2013 Inger rated it it was amazing
I loved this book serie it was really amazing. I totally loved the ending!!
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