Published by Pocket Books on December 29, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Romantic
Sexual Content: Sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kate
In the wickedly funny spirit of bestselling authors Kerrelyn Sparks and Molly Harper, this sexy paranormal romance features an estate broker and a 600-year-old vampire out for revenge.
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?
While it didn't live up completely to my expectations of a Sims book, BETWEEN A VAMP AND A HARD PLACE was an amusing romp through Europe with a modern-day heroine and a very old-fashioned hero. Obviously, conflicts abounded and BETWEEN A VAMP AND A HARD PLACE managed to keep my attention with one thing after another!
One of my issues with the book is that some of the plot elements were a little ridiculous, in my opinion. For example, Lindsey of course had the best smelling and tasting blood of any human out there. Obviously. Plus, Rand's creator - over-the-top much? Lindsey and Gemma's discovery of an old scroll and then not translating it correctly was a new play on the common miscommunication trope, but since I absolutely hate that trope, the conflict that ensued as a result made me roll my eyes a bit.
While I did have some issues with the book, I also really enjoyed some aspects of it. For example, the friendship between Lindsey and her best friend Gemma was great. I always appreciate a good female friendship, especially one that doesn't revolve around the man. Lindsey and Gemma had their own issues, and the growth of their relationship was almost as satisfying as the relationship between Lindsey and Rand (if not more so, since it had a history, whereas the relationship between Lindsey and Rand has less than a month to develop).
All in all, BETWEEN A VAMP AND A HARD PLACE was no Midnight Liaisons. But, with a plucky heroine, a handsome alpha male, and the sparks between them, it is certainly a perfectly satisfying paranormal romance. Read this one if you're dreaming of an extended European vacation, if you're looking for a little hot action between two strong characters or you're craving a sweet, happy ending.Series Titles: