The Vampire’s Last Dance (Witch Island Brides #1)
Author: Deanna Chase
Genre: Paranormal Romance
$$$: $4.99 AUD/$3.99 USD
Publisher: Bayou Moon Press, LLC (April 5, 2018)
Publication Date: April 5, 2018
Curses. Witches. Vampires. Bridezillas. This book had it all. Witch Island is the premier paranormal wedding location in Chase’s created world, and the hometown of Felicia Patterson, a witch cursed to never have her own happy ending. All Felicia’s relationships are doomed to fail after her jealous cousin curses the florist to a life of loneliness. Enter Christopher Park, a vampire burned by past love and determined to live the bachelor life.
I picked this book up as a freebie, I think it was a recommendation from read.freely, or from the author’s newsletter. I really enjoyed this book so I decided to do a review for you my lovely readers. In the interest of transparency, I am not getting paid for this, and the book wasn’t a freebie in return for a review. I just really enjoyed it and thought you might too. I enjoyed other works by this author (Haunted on Bourbon Street and Spirits, Stilettos and a Silver Bustier) and so I was excited to read this book.
What can I say about The Vampire’s Last Dance? You know the romance book is going to be sexy and funny when the protagonists meet in the opening scene with Felicia creating bouquets of flowers and vibrators for a hen’s night. Unlike Chase’s Jade Calhoun and Pyper Rayne books paranormal creatures and magical users do not seem to have to hide in the Witch Island series. Witch Island caters to the supernatural, giving them a place to play, or live, their lives freely. Romance aside, when a mysterious witch causes trouble for the wedding Felicia has been hired to work for, it comes down to Felicia and Christopher to find the witch responsible and fix the relationship between the bride and groom before the wedding is cancelled for good.
Witch Island is the kind of place, if it existed in the real world, I’d love to visit. The author made not only the characters appealing, but the location as well. I pictured a small, semi-tropical island, maybe off the coast of New England America or the Florida Keys.
The Vampire’s Last Dance was an enchanting, funny, engrossing and easy to read (I think I read it within 3 hours). The story focuses on the romance between Felicia and Christopher, but introduces a host of side characters whom I’d love to read more about, especially the local healer Mystia. I really enjoyed Felicia and found her relatable. She had a wicked sense of humour. I found the depiction of the villainess a little flat, playing her role in perpetuity, not learning from her past.
My favourite part of the book was probably the Bingo Club scene, but I’m not going to go into details for fear of spoilers. Needless to say, I found it extremely funny. The book, in parts, didn’t seem very realistic. I don’t think that the relationship between Felicia and Christopher would have developed so quickly especially with Felicia feeling held back by her curse, and Christopher’s fear of being burnt again. That said, no one reads romance novels for their realism because the realism would usually kill the romance quickly.
I recommend this book for readers who enjoy paranormal romance, PR cozy mysteries, and books about fictional witches.