Last Vampire Standing by Nancy Haddock

(Oldest City Vampire, #2)
Paranormal Romance

Second in the delightful series featuring a vampire princess in the Sunshine State, adjusting to life, undeath, and that brutal Floridian sun.

228-year-old Francesca Marinelli thought her past was dead-then a stranger from the Atlanta vampire nest crashes her home looking for sanctuary. A budding stand-up comic, Jo-Jo's running from an undead superior eager to drive a stake through the heart of his dream job. But Jo-Jo's bad jokes aren't the only dark clouds on the horizon. A psychotic vampire with a murderous agenda has followed Jo-Jo to Florida, putting everyone close to Francesca in danger.

The first was a bit better, but this still kicks out a lot of fun. There's a new mystery, and the continuance of the drama from the first is here - Triton, her long-lost friend and why he disappeared, the elusive Pandora and wizard, and Cesca coming to terms with her emerging powers and acceptance of them. Almost immediately a new character is introduced, one who is funny, witty, and charming. His story intertwines with the main theme of the series, the big danger introduced here and continued to the third novel.

Saber is still drool-worthy, and their relationship shines. As a Paranormal romance, plot is still in the forefront of the book, with romance being heavily present but not overly cloying. Still, the unrealistic sex that's so frequent is now getting a little stale. It's short and not indepth though, so not a biggie, just not realistic. Jo-Jo as the new character rocked, he's funny and the stand-up comedy scenes were quite fun. He trying to teach Cesca some basic vampire abilities is amusing. 

One of the more fascinating aspects of the series is the antagonism stemming from nearby vampire nests, accusations Cesca may be siding more with the humans than the vamps, and her being alone in her city without other vampires around. The author explored this deeply enough, but even more would have been welcome.

The first story had a bit more action, and certainly held more obstacles in personal relationships. The resolution at the end with the "big-baddie" seemed a bit anticlimactic; however, I'm looking forward to the third (and last book), to see who the Void is and everything surrounding it.

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