Review: Take It Like A Vamp by Candace Havens

Take It Like A Vamp by Candace Havens
Release Date: July 20, 2012
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing
File Size: 295 KB
Source:  Publisher

Vampire Nick Christos might’ve been born in the Middle Ages, but the good old days seem tame compared to the last eight years he’s spent ruling the Supernatural Council. His only respite is with his cute neighbor Casey Meyers, a woman he wants more than any undead man should. Sure, he’s forced to take a cold shower after every encounter, but there’s no way he’ll test his own strength by getting too close to a human, and he’s not willing to risk her life–not with bloodthirsty family on the prowl out to ruin Nick’s life.

When said Nick’s kin shows up, the innocent Casey is caught in the middle of a centuries old fight, and Nick’s biggest fear is realized. Now, instead of keeping his hands off his neighbor, he’ll risk everything to save the human he’s come to love.


Review: I enjoyed this book. I was expecting more “paranormal” happenings in this book, but I was not disappointed. I categorized this book as a contemporary romance sprinkled with some paranormal spices.

This book was very easy to read. I loved the humorous tone in the writing of Candace Havens. Many times I found myself laughing out loud. Below are a few memorable moments from the book that made me laugh out loud!

“Is that why you went fangy?”

“You can’t understand what it’s like to be the crunchy Milk Dud in the pack.”

“Way to go embarrassing him with all the talk about vibrators and Milk Duds right after you flashed him.”

I adored Casey and Nick. Casey is a beautiful woman but has no clue. Nick is her best friend and is a super hunk. They both have the hots for each other yet neither have a clue! I felt this made the story entertaining. Throughout the story Casey was so in need a a good man and some good loving. I laughed my butt off with her crazy thoughts and ideas which all seemed to be about getting some good loving… particularly from her best friend Nick who has NO IDEA she is lusting over him. The characters are well developed, there were several characters in the book and the author does give plenty of information and back story. I loved the personality of both Casey and Nick. I found myself relating to Casey throughout the whole book with her ideas of love and relationships and her past “failed” relationships and losers. She felt like a “girlfriend” to me. This made me want to keep reading!

The fun starts when Nick is in need of a date for an event. He invites Casey to be his “date”. Before the he spoils and lavishes her with the royal treatment. He sends a limo for her, she gets pampered at a high end salon, and he provides her with a wardrobe of dresses to pick from-top designers. By the time she was ready, Casey felt like a fairy tale princess and that is exactly what Nick intended. The fairy tale princess portions of the this book made me love it even more.  The book was just full of the “over the top” love story themes and scenarios but the humor and characters made it memorable and very enjoyable. You have your prince charming, your beauty with no clue, romance and excitement!

Nick is head of the Council and is expected to marry and find a mate. Alvinia is a woman from his past that wants nothing more to ruin Nick and to join the council. There was some more hints and touches of “paranormal in this book” with all the Council dealings and the war between Nick and Alvinia. Alvinia wanted Nick for herself and will stop at nothing to destroy Nick’s ‘Casey’.

On top of hurting Casey and filling her head with doubts, Nick has to find a way to to win Casey over. He needs to protect her from Alvinia and her demons. He has to convince her to marry him and mate with him. Problem is she has no clue that he is a Vampire. He loves her, he wants to be with her and now that he has brought her into this secret “Council” mess! Staying with her would be the only way he could protect her.

The story does deepen as Casey ends up in Greece with her hot and sexy best friend. He is on a quest to make her fall in love, tell her the truth about himself and make her fall deeply in love that she will marry him! I did enjoy this read!

This book was a short read. Short not by number of pages, but short because I could not put it down. I kept reading looking for more paranormal and vampire things but got much comedy and romance. I did find myself wanting more spicy sex scenes. The book cover is extremely sexy and led me to believe this book was more “adult” that it truly was. I did enjoy the bits of paranormal tied into an over the top romantic comedy. Author Havens references “Twilight” and “Tru Blood” along with WOW (World of Warcraft) and some other pop culture themes. I will say this book is refreshingly funny. For those paranormal readers I would not recommend this book, unless of course you are also a bit of a cheesy romance lover . This was a funny, sexy adventure that will be sure to keep you laughing and reading. Thumbs up for Candace Havens.