This is an erotic and very cute novella which details the strange relationship between a beautiful but shy and naive farm girl from Wisconsin and a 400+ year old vampire who is wealthy beyond belief and who happens to be attracted to this voluptuous woman in a way that both surprises and dismays him. He first noticed and was attracted to her while she was working for him. After agreeing to start dating him, Lana quit her job at Richard’s ad agency and has now begun working elsewhere. It is the time of President John Kennedy and the Cuban crisis, the hope-filled days just as the space program was being launched, and when the world of the beatnik was a part of common conversation.
This novella deals with some substantive issues even if the characters are a little different. Perhaps the very fact that one is a vampire and the other an innocent and naive gal from the upper Midwest work as metaphors for all of us as we are forced to deal with issues of trust in daily living as well as all sorts of relationships. I have not read anything by Jenna Reynolds before this, but I was impressed that she seemed to be adept at crafting some unusual characters. My only negative response to this book was that I thought that Richard’s angst was a bit drawn out but that was minor in light of the positives I found. This is a really cute love story and I think romance/paranormal romance fans will enjoy it. I give this novella a rating of 3.75 out of 5
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