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Just One Sip Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2006

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Editorial Reviews

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Quirky visions of vampire love animate this collection of three original novellas by paranormal romance authors MacAlister (author of the popular Dark Ones series), Ashley (Penelope and Prince Charming) and Webber (The Remarkable Miss Frankenstein). In Ashley's contribution, "Viva Las Vampires," journalist Meredith Black pursues an interview with sexy Vegas hotelier Stefan Erickson, owner of Transylvania Castle hotel. Little does she know he's a real vampire, with designs of his own for her. Webber's entry, "Lucy and the Crypt Casanova," cruises on the irascible charm of lead Lucy Campbell, a klutzy TV talk-show hostess who's forced to team up with her no-good ex, a sexy vampire detective, for the sake of a hot story: a murder investigation involving an incubus, a rare monster that feeds on youth like vamps feed on blood. The strongest of the three, for its over-the-top sexual antics and fully realized farcical world, is MacAlister's "Bring Out Your Dead," a story that unites an undead life coach for zombies (and part-time English tutor), Ysabelle Raleigh, with an anxious vampire who takes her for his long lost "Beloved." Despite a few missteps (MacAlister's French-mangling spirit guide, for instance, tends to irritate rather than amuse), this fast, funny and twisty collection proves good to the last drop. (Oct.)
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Three romance novellas take a different look at vampire heroes. "Viva Las Vampires," by Jennifer Ashley, features a gorgeous, sun-bronzed Viking vampire who owns a vampire-themed hotel and casino in Las Vegas and sees his one true love striding through the lobby hot to interview him for her new book on vampire culture. In this world, there are warm vamps who are immortal and cold vamps who are undead. Katie MacAlister's "Bring Out Your Dead" is about Ysabelle, a counselor to newly made zombies, who meets Sebastian, a vampire who falls madly in love with her and must protect her from a demon. In Minda Webber's "Lucy and the Crypt Casanova," the host of a cheesy talk show who frequently gets into trouble because of her paranormal guests finds that the police detective investigating the same incubus case as she is the long-lost vampire love of her life. All three tales are entertaining and enjoyable, and it is a delight to see nongruesome takes on vampires. Diana Tixier Herald
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Love Spell (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 050552659X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505526595
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let me just preface this review by saying that I like all three authors in this anthology and was really looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, the anticipation was better than the actual reading, and here's why:

The first story, by Ashley, was my favorite of the three. It told the tale of an author of vampire nonfiction who was staying at a vampire-themed Vegas hotel, where she met a hot master vampire. She thinks he is finally going to give an interview for her new book, but he thinks she's the woman he needs for a "blood slave" to restore his power. I enjoyed this story because I liked the characters. I even found myself liking the main bad guy at the end. Seems like there's room for a sequel or two here. There were a few problems, though. There was a complicated dead/living vamp distinction that was never clearly explained, and I could have used more backstory.

MacAlister's story was about a revenant counselor (she counsels new zombies) with a spirit guide. Through a series of extremely confusing twists she meets Sebastian, a Dark One who is out for revenge & is convinced she's his Beloved. I normally love MacAlister, but in this story the humor seemed over-the-top and forced. Things happened with little to no explanation. I felt like I needed to go back and read all her other books because I couldn't remember all the backstory. The characters weren't all that likeable (mostly because they weren't that well developed) and I had trouble getting through this one.

The last story was by Minda Webber. I thought her historical vampire books were great, so I figured I would love this story. Not so, unfortunately. Her heroine is the hostess of a cheesy paranormal talk show. She longs to have a "real story" instead of all the fluff she does.
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My reason for buying this book: Katie MacAlister. I love her books, she's always imaginative, and can always manage to make me , at the very least, chuckle a little if not laugh out loud.

I did neither with her story "Bring Out Your Dead". It had promise, and at the beginning I thought I might be able to get into it. But spirit guide just killed it for me. Nowhere on the book did it say that one needed a basic understanding of the French language to understand the dialogue in this story. Sally the spirit guide is supposedly speaking some mangled version of her own type of french, and I gather from the other characters reactions to her dialogue that it is supposed to be funny. Not that what she is saying is funny, but the act of mangling the language is supposed to be joke. But as I DON'T SPEAK FRENCH, I can't tell what she is saying, what she isn't saying, or what she is trying to say.

This same technique worked pretty well for MacAlister in a different book that featured a latin swordsman that spoke with spanish flourish, but the basic meaning of what he was trying to say came through, here it just confused the hell out me.I also think I prefer her full lenght books where she had the time to develop the history as well as the story somewhat more.

Minda Webber's story was choppy and problematic with a twist of unrealism. I know this is a paranormal book and realism shouldn't be called into question. I am referring to relationship with Lucy and Val. Their conflict goes from being monumental on both their parts, to Lucy begging for him to tell her went wrong, with no real transition in between. I just found it unrealistic that a somewhat strong character could go from one extreme to the other, with no catalyst for any kind of transition.
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The first story by Jennifer Ashley was somewhat different in that the Master Vampire had to have a willing sacrafice to renew his powers. Meredith Black has come for an interview with the reclusive owner of Transylvania Castle, a hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Stefen Erickson is a master vamp who needs to be recharged. He chooses Meredith when he sees her on the hotel video camera. He needs a blood slave, however Meredith in not exactly easy to control.

The story was a little uneven but they finally find their way. It was readable.

The Second was the reason I bought the book, I like Katie McAlister books. I was lucky because this is the story of Sebastion and Noelle, secondary characters from one of her other novels. I enjoyed the story.

The Third was interesting but not outstanding, in fact none of them were that good. This one started out well but somehow the reason for their break-up was not really believable and the length of time they stayed apart was just wrong. Finally she had to beg a bit too much at the end.

If you don't have anything else to read it is O K.
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All three stories were fun, fast and amusing. I got this book for Katie MacAlister and to find out what happened to Sebastian and Noelle.

1: Viva Las Vampires

I liked the chemistry between the characters. All the characters. The story was cute, but I still don't really know who the characters are and why they are. There was an attempt to explain, but the explanation wasn't good enough. Was the book Meredith wrote the one book she wrote and if she thought she was getting an interview why didn't she have a notebook with her when she went to the penthouse? I do hope there will be another story with Armand that gives more of this world she's created. More of his past, and brings in more of Eric and Meredith, because of his "like" for Meredith, where she can elaborate more on who they are.

2: Bring Out Your Dead

If it weren't for the tie in's to other books and a pickup of a couple of past story threads this would have been better. I was too often asking myself to remember past stories and what I remember of Sebastian, this was not the Sebastian that I remembered, so that mucked up the characterization for me. Noelle didn't get enough play so I couldn't reconcile her love lost to what Sebastian had become and how he could be so careless of Noelle's feelings.

The use of Damian, who I guess I should remember from a past book, was a waste. One minute he's in fear and when Sebastian arrives he's so calm and uncaring of his life. Very odd.

Yasbelle, I still don't understand who she is, why she is and how she rates a spirit guide.

3:Lucy and the Crypt Casanova

I liked this story the best.
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