Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Review: Vampire Vacation by C.J. Ellisson

Book Blurb

Meet Vivian. She's a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot—a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true.

Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests.

Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn't easy. Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?

Warning: This book contains adult content (bloody violence, graphic language, and explicit sex) and is not intended for readers under 18.

My Review

Vivian is more than 500 years old and oh yeah, a vampire. She is married to a human and runs the a large hotel for vampires in Alaska called the V V Inn. Vivian used to be an enforcer and she's killed a lot of vampires that needed to be killed. That said, she's trying to keep just how powerful she is a secret from the other vampires because she doesn't want them to know her true identity or that she used to be an enforcer. 

Vivian uses her powers on guests at the V V Inn to make sure they have a good time and their fantasies come true. What she isn't expecting is to find a dead body but she does and she has to figure out who or what killed the person. But when it looks like an old foe is the one who is stalking her to get revenge and she can't wait to find suitable back up to help her kill him, she comes up with a plan that makes the guests at the Inn all too happy. 

The descriptions of the Inn, and the outside really give us a good idea what this place looks like and we find out why she decided to build it in Alaska so far away from anything else. I loved how we get to see that in this series some of the vampires seem to have special gifts like being able to change into mist, shift into an animal or use glamour to make themselves look better than they actually do. And these are real vampires, they drink human blood and even keep humans around for that purpose but the humans want to be there and they are well taken care of. 

If you're really into vampires and paranormal romance with a bit of a mystery, you'll love this book. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

If you'd like to buy this book for yourself, you can find it here. When I bought it, it was free for Kindle.


  1. Must be such an intense and vivid read, a great review indeed and thanks for sharing!

  2. Vampires with special gifts, a neat spin indeed

  3. This was one of the very first books I've read when I started the blog. Back then, I was still blushing over the sexy scenes, this was paranormal erotica (right?), and I didn't appreciate it back then. Looking back, I think I will enjoy this series better now. Maybe I should revisit it one of these days

  4. I enjoyed reading your review of this book, going to buy it now.

  5. I read this one way back before she changed it and made it less erotic and man I loved it in the original form. Haven't re-read since then but glad you enjoyed it too!

  6. Still need to read this one, but happily I have it already. You've got me eager to push it to the top of the list.

  7. The idea of the main character running a vampire hotel in Alaska sounds like a fun set-up. And like there is enough details to be able to imagine how it all looks. It sounds like fun paranormal romance!

  8. I love the setting and inn...I want to visit. This sounds really good and perfect for Fall!!


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