Book Reviews

Vamp by Rob Rosen at MLR Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Vampires / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller / Action/Adventure / Horror
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 27-September-2013

Book Blurb

Let your bat wings soar in this fangtastic misadventure of the superunnatural.

Fine, the coffin in the basement was a little unusual. Certainly no more so than the mansion itself, though, or, for that matter, the humpbacked manservant that came with it, or the mysterious death of its former owner. In fact, so starts a long list of all things unusual for our unlikely hero, Jack, and his newfound and strange family, his werewolf boyfriend, the pack eager to help him, and the ancient clan that wants him dead at all costs. Know this, however, in the end, this misfit group of characters will leave you howling in the crypt aisles!


Book Review

'Vamp' by Rob Rosen reminded me of a Mel Brooks film within the first few pages, and since I'm a huge fan, there is no greater praise I can give. In point of fact, every time I read the name "Igor" in the story, I simply heard it in my head as "Eye-gor"! This book had all the quirky, laugh-out-loud moments, with a great story that was very well written and strong characters, both main and secondary.

Jack has had a pretty weird week. First he gets a phone call from his as-yet-unheard-of cousin, Boris's, lawyer informing Jack that his cousin has died and left his entire, ginormous, estate to Jack as his only living relative. When Jack goes to his new mansion to meet the lawyer, he encounters Igor, his cousin's tinker, tailor, soldier, spy, so to speak. Igor is Jack's humpbacked man of all trades, butler, cook, chauffeur, housekeeper, lawyer, etc. Jack is drawn to the basement and to a coffin where Boris left him a letter explaining he was a vampire, and Jack will be too, as soon as he drinks of the vial Boris left him. Wow, talk about an inheritance! Jack, as a newly fledged vampire, in fact, possibly the last vampire, and with no one to train him, stumbles upon Steven, alpha of a werewolf pack. Actually, he doesn't stumble so much as sniffs him out as the most amazing thing Jack has ever smelled, which leads to hot supernatural beach sex, but then is cut short by a man throwing spears and trying to impale Jack. Bummer.

Turns out there is a war going on, but Boris didn't leave Jack a whole lot of information as to who is at war, and why. Jack is pretty much on his own, except now he also has Steven, alpha werewolf, Blake, the QueerWolf, and his pack, plus two werewolf bodyguards, one of which is a Barbra Streisand impersonator. With the help of Igor, and the werewolves, Jack is able to get some much needed information as to who is after him. Of course, staying alive until they can deal with the information is a whole other challenge.

I adored this story, with all of its campy humor, drag queen werewolves, humpbacked manservants, and cheesy dialogue. It was fabulous fun that I can easily recommend to any lover of a laugh and old vampy movies. Pun intended!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 75000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-July-2013
Price $7.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
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