Between a Vamp and a Hard Place by Jessica Sims

Between a Vamp and a Hard Place by Jessica Simson December 29, 2015
Pages: 384
AmazonNarrator: Elizabeth Hart
Lindsey Hughes loves antiques and couldn’t be happier to make a living in the estate sale business. But when her assistant accidentally buys an entire estate without her approval, Lindsey is forced to clean up the mess herself.

Lindsey travels to the newly purchased, age-old house in Venice, Italy, and soon discovers more than she (never) bargained for. While digging through the hoarder’s trove that fills every floor, she finds a secret staircase behind a wall that leads to a strange coffin…with an even stranger inhabitant.

Vampire Rand FitzWulf has been in his coffin for 600 years. But now that he’s awake, he’s ravenous, and there’s a delicious-smelling woman with a rare blood type in his basement. Luckily, Lindsey has more to offer than blood: she agrees to travel throughout Europe with Rand to help him get revenge on the one who turned him. But as the unlikely pair grows closer, will the billionaire vampire be overtaken by his thirst for blood—or his thirst for love?

This audiobook was cheeky and light hearted and amusing. It is the kind of book you want to read when you don’t want anything complex and deep. It was superficial on world building and character development but high on amusement value.

Lindsey Hughes and her best friend Gemma ran a barely in the black antiques business. As they were trying to figure out ways to infuse some cash into their business, Gemma attempted to purchase some valuable items at an estate sale. It turned out that Gemma purchased the entire estate in Venice, along with all the items it contained.

Lindsey and Gemma travelled to Venice, Italy to get an inventory of their items in hopes of finding a treasure in the midst of the items. Something of interest was a hidden staircase behind a false wall, and it was holding a really nice coffin. Instead of finding rare gems, Lindsey discovered a man asleep in the coffin.

Rand FitzWulf had been in the coffin for over 600 years before he was found by Lindsey. Now that he is awake, he is eager to find out what happened to him all those centuries ago. Thus began the friendship and adventures of Rand and Lindsey.

I chuckled a lot. I mean, it used most of the same vampire clichés: garlic, holy water, dirt from hallowed ground but I still had fun with the characters. Lindsey was likable heroine as was her friend Gemma. Rand made me laugh as he still had his old ways of life such as referred to women as wenches. The characters worked well together and it appeared didn’t take themselves too seriously.

If you are looking for a story that was sweet, simple and comical, then this one is for you.

*Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.*

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