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Val Shapiro and her hellhound of a terrier fang return in this sequel to Bite Me. Not only has her part demon heritage been exposed to her partner, who accepted it after careful consideration, but their companionship has taken a much more intimate turn. Or has it? After Val discovers that her partner's ex-lover had not only turned vampire, but was stirring up all the bloodshed, things got very nasty. When the raid happened that nearly cost the peace loving vampire community's leadership's life, Val's vampire slayer skills were all that stood between the manipulative and greedy woman and her followers and death of a permanent sort. Sadly, seeing Val lop off her head seems to really cool loverboy's jets, leaving Val confused. What's a succubus to do?
Dan Sullivan may be avoiding her but the vampire faction leader Alejandro is definitely after her services to help keep his sweeping social changes going smoothly. And her incubus cousin has some ideas to help Val keep her succubus side safely satiated. Enter Shade, a demon who stands in multi-dimensional space, his face and hands an swirling blur phasing in and out unless touched so that he is anchored to this one firmly. When someone steals the Encyclopedia Magicka and begins poisoning vamps, a mysterious stranger appears, claiming he is the keeper of them and that they were stolen from HIM first, so when found, must be handed over. The person responsible for the theft this time is using them to poison vamps, so Alejandro and the Demon underground are counting on Val to help find them before things get really messy. But can she trust this keeper guy? And what about the thing with her and Dan, and her and Shade? Life just keeps getting complicated...
In the second book of the Val Shapiro Vampire Slayer trilogy, Parker Blue once more pulls out all the stops and delivers an action packed tale filled with romance and showcasing some excellent character development. Fang returns to provide a good dose of humour along with the angst and action, making this a well balanced story that takes itself seriously when it needs to, and pokes fun gently at itself when it should. Val herself grows up a bit more in this one, as she mends fences with her family, comes to terms with needing a love life and being a Succubus, and accepting herself for who and what she is instead of just trying to partition her demon part away. The character of Shade is a very interesting one. No mere distraction, his talents and role as wannabe lover provide a lot of the backbone for the story, without which it would be rather pedestrian.
It's smart, sassy, and witty, with a plot line that will hook in adult readers of paranormal romance as well as young adults. I'd like to thank Bell Bridge Books for providing me with my review e-edition, and I'd like to point out that this can be purchased as a paperback, or formatted for the Kindle.