Thursday, October 29, 2009

Romance Book Review: Celebration for the Dead

Author: Lauren Dane
Series Connection: Witches Knot 5
ISBN: 9781419915819
Genre: Paranormal/ Vampires


It is almost time for El Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead and what a better way to celebrate then by reading a book that celebrates the popular Mexican holiday. I know this book is from last year, but author Lauren Dane does a great job of explaining the Mexican holiday, as well as tells a fantastic story with action paced adventures, sexy vampires, great food and fabulously erotic love scenes, it is well worth the read.

Celebration for the Dead is the final book of the Witches Knot series available through Ellora's Cave. It tells the story of a vampire hunter and a vampire who find love while they hunt for rouge vampires.

Both Melanie (Minx) Rodriguez and Connor Bell are familiar characters in the previous books in the series and while it wouldn't hurt to read the rest of the books to get to know the supporting cast, it isn't necessary if you are just looking for a good read with the holiday theme.

Melanie is very familiar with vampires. As a young child her grandparents and brother were killed by vampires. After killing her family, Melanie was then kidnapped by the vampires and taken back to their nest to feed from, until she escaped. Hating vampires and what they did to her family set the course of Melanie's life. She joined a team of vampire hunters and now spends her days killing them.

Every Nov. 2, Melanie returns to her grandparents home in Mexico and celebrates El Dia de los Muertos with the local community. This year is no different, except along the way she hopes to kill a vampire or two.

Connor Bell is an Oathkeeper leader. His job is to find the Oathbreakers and destroy them. In one of the previous Witches Knot books he meets Melanie and her team of hunters and an attraction forms, but before they can act on their feelings Conner leaves Melanie. Now looking to get her back he follows her to Mexico intent on winning her once and for all. All he has to do is convince her and keep her from getting herself killed while she tracks down the Oathbreakers.

Vampire Hunter Minx Rodriguez decides to mix a little business with pleasure when she heads to Mexico to celebrate El Dia de los Muertos. She's hot on the trail of the vampire who not only took her hostage and tortured her but also killed her friends and family.

Connor Bell finds himself in love with a Vampire Hunter who's skipped town without notice — much like he did to her just two weeks before. He heads to Mexico to find her and make things right.

Even as they work through their problems and plan a feast to celebrate the lives of those they've lost to the Oathbreakers, the threat remains. A Hunter's job is never done and there's a job to do in Mexico. The question remains as to whether Minx and Connor can survive what'll be asked of them both.

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