LAST VAMPIRE STANDING
by Nancy Haddock

May 2009
ISBN: 978-0-425-22754-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Trade Paperback
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Cesca is back and in fine form in Nancy Haddock’s Last Vampire Standing, the much anticipated sequel to La Vida Vampire.


We find Francesca “Cesca” Marinelli enjoying a housewarming party along with her friends and her new beau Saber. In the midst of the celebration a new vampire makes an appearance. This one is quite a character. Jo-Jo, a jester, is seeking asylum with the Princess. Jo-Jo also wants to become a stand-up comic. As well as entertaining Cesca, he turns out to be a great help during his stay. Jo-Jo can teach Cesca to embrace her vampire powers, if only she’ll stop resisting. Also, he informs her of a vampire who is immune to silver. She thought everyone from her past was dead save Triton, but the vamp Jo-Jo speaks of sounds eerily familiar. If it is whom she thinks, then Cesca‘s afterlife may very well be in danger.


Pandora, the enigmatic creature sent to watch over Cesca, plays a larger role in this book. Readers also discover more about Triton. Regrettably, it is just enough to make us want more. There are returning characters and new ones for the reader to hate or love. Mostly hate since they seek to harm our beloved Cesca.


Between helping Saber find a house closer to her, solving another murder, and trying not to be the next victim, Cesca has her hands full. She barely has time to catch a wave.


After a slow beginning Last Vampire Standing soon picks up speed and then readers are once more caught up in Cesca’s world. Author Nancy Haddock has a true talent for creating characters with intriguing storylines. Readers of paranormal romantic suspense novels would be wise to keep an eye on this unstoppable author.


First time readers will have no problem keeping up with Last Vampire Standing, however, I can’t imagine the experience will be as rewarding without reading La Vida Vampire first.


Reviewed in May 2009 by Rho.

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