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Vampire Vacation by C.J. Ellisson
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Feb 16, 2012

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Read from February 06 to 16, 2012

While I don't read erotic fiction on a regular basis, I do enjoy the occasional dip into those torrid waters. I have some strong opinions, however, on what I call the plot-to-porn ratio. I like a lot more plot than porn.

Vampire Vacation, luckily, has a good, fast-paced plot in between its detailed and sensual erotic interludes. Dria, more commonly known as Vivian to her clientele, runs a vacation spot for vampires in Alaska, where it's dark half the year. She has a staff of trusted humans who volunteer as room service for the visiting vampires, and a human husband, Rafe.

On this particular occasion, however, a mangled human body is found in one of the guest rooms before the guests arrive. It soon becomes clear that an old enemy has shown up to get his revenge. Vivian has to protect her guests, her staff, her husband and her own old secrets while trying to get to the enemy first.

One of the things that's special about the VV Inn is the illusions that Vivian can weave around everyone. She has a reputation for running an establishment that helps people (and vampires) ditch their inhibitions and have really, really good sex. Story-wise, this means a lot of voyeurism and Vivian's fairly frequent need to burn off that sexual tension with her hunky husband. In that sense, the story is almost a little coy, with the most explicit scenes happening between a loving couple.

Elements of the story I found a little difficult. Some of the ethics over the illusions that Vivian casts are problematic, though perhaps, since she's a vampire with a dark and rather ruthless past,this shouldn't be surprising. One scene at the end, venting sexual jealousy between Rafe and the werewolf Jon, who has the hots for Vivian, I found fairly unpleasant. Yet, on the whole, it's a good read. Dramatic tension, adventure, conflict and, as you'd expect, hot sex scenes abound. It's a rollicking read and leaves the stage set for a plot-driven sequel.
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