The novel pretty much starts right where Bitten left off. All the old, major characters are back, and even though it doesn’t spend too long re-establishing the characters, I think if you hadn’t read the first book, you could catch on fairly quickly. Not that I advocate it by any means…
The plot’s great and twist-y, the way I like ‘em. I know I was surprised by all the turns it took. And without giving it away, yeah, nobody is who you think.
In short, our dear (oh, god, I’m punning again) Sarah Dearly from Bitten & Smitten is back, with her problems reborn and multiplied. Now she’s the most wanted of the Toronto vamps, and all the world’s hunters want to dust her. Well, maybe “goo her”, but you have the idea.
Fanged & Fabulous is a touch hotter than Bitten & Smitten. And we have a Thierry bite scene! Double the exclamation point on that — it’s hot!! Until it goes awry. Poor Sarah. But… it was hot. Poor Thierry. Back to cranberry juice. (A pitcher of which I drank while reading F&F.)
We have a good selection of new characters, too. Sarah’s new bodyguards are fun. The burly and brawny man writes poetry for his unrequited love, blonde Janie-the-other-bodyguard. Who really grows on me. I like her.
And then there’s Barkley. The lovable dog. Yes, totally lovable, as all dogs — werewolves — are. That’s all I’ll say on the matter. Nice doggy.
And for those who must know this part, yes, the vamp boys are hot. The way they should be, of course. Both of them. Always.
Also, I just want to say — I really like the author’s settings. I’m not sure whether it’s a product of great description, or the fact that her vamps avoid the “Gothic” cliches with the ability to withstand sunlight, but… damn. I like the settings and end up saying, “Ooh, you know, that’s such a great idea!”
Fanged & Fabulous rocks. Pure and simple. The sad thing is apparently the Sarah-verse is only due to run two more books, in Lady & the Vamp (of our hottie Quinn) andStakes & Stilettos (back to Sarah).
In short, I love this series. I leave you with an urgent “go buy them”.
- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Forever (June 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446618624
- ISBN-13: 978-0446618625