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The Bride of Casa Dracula (Casa Dracula) Paperback – September 16, 2008

4.4 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Casa Dracula Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Marrying into a vampire family is tough, as Milagro De Los Santos learns in this charmingly goofy marriage of chick lit and the supernatural. Milagro, having been infected with vampire blood, is now engaged to her beloved undead beau, Oswald Grant, but the nuptial-planning hits a hitch when the rules committee of the vampire council demands that she renounce her citizenship. Not only does hot-blooded Milagro have a battle in store for her when she stands by her American roots, she's beginning to suspect the council of trying to sabotage her wedding: her assigned wedding planner is cruel and devious, her wedding ring goes missing, she nearly dies in a suspicious car accident and there are a few too many "chance" meetings with her seductive vampire ex-boyfriend. All ends well, but not in the way you might think. Acosta (Happy Hour at Casa Dracula) takes a bite out of the bridal circuit with this loopy, whimsical tale.
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Brash, witty Milagro de los Santos (Midnight Brunch; Happy Hour at Casa Dracula) has become so involved with the vampire community that she is now engaged to one of its members, the handsome plastic surgeon Oswald Grant. Because she is considered an outsider, Milagro must pass inspection by the Council. Knowing her penchant for stubbornness, Oswald convinces her to accept whatever is asked so that the wedding can proceed without interference. She agrees, even acquiescing to having the sultry, slightly trashy Cornelia as the coordinator of the secret vampire marriage ritual. Meanwhile the public wedding planner is best bud Nancy, an upper-class airhead and fashionista whose offbeat look at the world gives her some of the funniest lines in this humorous paranormal tale. At the same time, Milagro finds herself torn between her fiancé and the ultrasexy hunk Ian; a loony professor hires her to ghostwrite his memoirs; and someone is desperately trying to stop the wedding. Fans of light vampire fiction will snap this up. Recommended for all collections where urban fantasy is popular.—Patricia Altner, Biblioinfo.com, Columbia, MD
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition first Printing edition (September 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416559639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416559634
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,922,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By UBizz on August 1, 2013
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I just discovered this series through the Kindle Buffett newsletter and got this book and "Midnight Brunch" for free. I enjoyed reading the book, but would have to say I laughed and smiled more through that one. It was still interesting to see how Milagre De los Santos fared. There were a few editing issues, but not enough to be distracitng and since I had just finished the 2nd book, it was sort of annoying for me that she was having to explain certain things/connections/relationships, but I do understand that was for the purpose of having someone who did not read the first 2 be able to still enjoy this one. I would say to get full enjoyment from book 3, you should really read book 2 first. This is still good fun and as I said for "Midnight", if you enjoy comedy and a twist on the vampire genre then you will enjoy reading this book.
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This is book 3 of 4 in a series. While this story is complete in of itself, it is better read in series order.

Milagro isn't enjoying the wedding preparations as much as she should. Her friend Nancy has hijacked the wedding planner position. The Council is trying to force her to comply with their wishes. Oswald is spending a lot of time at his clinic and strange things keep happening. Which leaves Milagro in a quandry. Enter Ian, once again, to make things even more confusing.

I found this installment to be poignant. On one hand Milagro has the "perfect" nice man who does so much for others and yet through subtle statements ends up making Milagro feel less. Then you have the sizzling hot debauched rake who remembers what she likes and sends her the perfect gift, not to mention makes all of her senses tingle.

Life is definitely not boring around the ranch.

I recommend this story.
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As Milagro says in the Epilogue, "This story has villains and heroes, madmen and con men, schemers and dreamers, urbanites and socialites........There's adventure and passion and danger and love and laughter, too." And it's all written with intelligence and wit. Highly recommend.

One little thing though - quite often there was a word missing or an extra word inserted. This caused an interruption in my absorption in the story. This is such a fabulous book that it's a shame it's perfection is marred by some poor editing.
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I am on team Ian, with that said. This is a great third installment in the Casa Dracula series. I love that Ms. Acosta did a different take on vampires. That vampirism is a genetic anomaly on why they need blood. Very creative and believable. This is a tongue in cheek series that pokes fun at stereotypes while still getting a subtle message across That not all bodacious chicas are bimbos. "Young lady" that's her nick name given to her by her new quasi family, is not your typical girl, she's got curves, attitude and a brain which many people forget the third part and she uses to her advantage. Men come and go in her life but the 2 vying for her heart are Oswald and Ian. As the wedding approaches young lady tries to walk all the fine lines people are imposing on her while the same people keep changing them or erasing the line to prove that she is worthy. You go girl... As a saying from one of my favorite movies Nobody puts (baby) Milagro in a corner! A delightful book that will put a smile on your face and make you swoon a little.
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The Bride of Casa Dracula is another funny and flirty addition to this fabulous series by Ms. Acosta. Milagro knows how to get herself in trouble, in terribly hysterical ways, and how she gets out of trouble is just as fun. This book was a little bit more of a "downer" than the first 2 books, but, as always, I was so captivated by the characters & their exploits that I devoured every page. I'm still on the fence about the ending & can't wait to start book 4 to find out what's next!
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Really enjoying this series, going to be sad to see it end with the next book. I have confidence thou that the author will wrap things up and give everyone their H.E.A. This book revolves around the planning of Milagro's wedding to Oswald. While I liked them together and felt that they could have been happy eventually, they were not meant to be. Oswald is never around and is more dedicated to pleasing people, keeping up appearances and working at a job he is dedicated to to really devote himself to Milagro and their relationship. Meanwhile Milagro just wants to belong and have a family, she doesn't need or want the type of life that Oswald things he needs to give her, she just wants him. I think that he was also partially with her out of guilt for bringing her into this new world and felt like he was obliged to take care of her, but that really isn't reason's or a good ground to build a lifetime together. Then there is Ian, who I feel really does love Milagro and doesn't want to change a thing about her, accepts her for who she is. There has always been chemistry between them, and I'm not really sure what Milagro's hang up is over him. I think they could be really happy together. He is also there for her and spend more time around her than Oswald. In the end I think it was best that Milagro and Oswald split, sure both of them are hurt, they both truly loved on another. After they heal and in time I think that Oswald will see that it really was for the best.
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