Review: The Wannabe Vampire by Alex Taylor

Posted August 1, 2012 by Vampbard in 4 stars, Paranormal Romance, Rating A Tags: , , ,

The Wannabe Vampire
Author: Alex Taylor  
Release Date: June 23, 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
Michael Alexander / Keri Logan Series
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Novella
Format(s): e-book
Book Source:  Author
About the book:
Michael Alexander is not your typical vampire.
He has a house in a small coastal California city, a software development team in Mumbai, and a black Toyota Prius. He wants nothing more than to enjoy the pleasant life he’s crafted for himself and the friendship of Kari, his new next door neighbor.
Unfortunately, Michael also has a stalker.
Bruce is convinced that only the power of a vampire can save him from the ghost that haunts him.  After a chance encounter in the grocery store, he turns to Michael for help. When Bruce’s entreaties are rejected, his unstable nature takes over. Trapped between a desperate and deranged man and his fantasies, Michael and Kari are caught in the crossfire.
What VampBards talking about:
The Wannabe Vampire is NOT your typical vampire love story.  On the contrary, Michael Alexander is the epitome of 21st Century.  He runs a software company based overseas, therefore he works nights to coincide with their daytime work hours.  He enjoys contemporary entertainment, and uses social media to ‘hunt’.  Yup.  Seriously.  Quite an astute observation on our society as well as how a vamp would have to adapt in our world.  Really, there’s nothing in his living habits that would give him away to the general populace.
Keri moved in next door.  She is not the damsel-in-distress type.  Initially, she struck up a friendship with her neighbor out of courtesy – good neighbor and all that jazz.  Soon, they both realized that there was more between them.  Establishing their relationship and taking the ‘next step’ was rather clinical, in my opinion.  However, in this day and age, it’s quite intelligent and (should be) accurate for anyone concerned with their health.  
Bruce is our unlikely villain.  Plagued with visits from ghosts since he was a child, Bruce believes that vampires are immune to ghosts.  Wow.  I have rarely read about a ‘villain’ such as Bruce.  The type you pity or feel as though he is a mere annoyance.  
While there was the internal conflict for both Kari and Michael, whether they were prepared for a romantic relationship, the external conflict – Bruce – wasn’t nearly as compelling for this reader.  At about the 80% mark, the internal/external conflict surrounding Michael’s feeding was actually quite a strong piece of writing, wrought with emotion and the sensuality you’d assume would be a staple in the vampire genre.  
Kudos to author Alex Thomas for putting together a modern-day tale of a vampire falling in love and NOT ravishing the object of his affections.  Good to know there are still some honorable undead left out there.   I look forward to future installments of the Michael Alexander/Keri Logan series.
VampBards Rating:
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)

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