THE RELUCTANT MISS VAN HELSING
by Minda Webber

January 2006
ISBN: 0-505-52638-7
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Mass Market Paperback
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In this sequel to The Remarkable Miss Frankenstein we meet Jane Van Helsing, a member of the infamous Van Helsing vampire slaying family. Unlike the rest of her family, Jane is less than thrilled with her lifeís calling and literally gets sick at the sight of blood. Despite this, her father has charged her with the job of slaying Neil Asher, The Earl of Woververton Ė believed to be the monster Dracul.


Fortunately Jane is as enept as she is enamored of her job and is unsuccessful in her first attempt to slay the handsome Earl. Her next attempt is equally futile, so when she finds herself invited to her best friends' Ė Clair Huntsley from the first book Ė home for a weekend party she accepts since she knows Asher will be attending as well. As guilty as she feels for planning on killing one of her friendsí guests, she is more afraid of disappointing her father yet again. Once more things donít go as planned and rather than killing her prey, she finds herself in a compromising position with him.


Yet again this author has combined an engaging story with very witty word play and fantastic dialogue. Though Jane and Asher spend most of the book arguing, itís such delightful fun that you canít help but enjoy yourself. Although Iím sure I missed many a reference, there were plenty I did catch Ė amusing twists on fairly tales, nursery rhymes and even modern day television shows that never get tiresome in the least.


If you enjoy a funny, yet romantic, paranormal tale filled with monsters, vampires, werewolves and trouble attracting heroines, then you will most certainly love this book.


Reviewed in January 2006 by Jackie.

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