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Book Review – Vampire Vacation by C.J. Ellisson

vampirevacationVampire Vacation is the first book in The V V Inn series by C.J. Ellisson. It’s an adult urban fantasy/erotica featuring vampires, werewolves, and very adult situations…making this for readers 18 years and older. Vivian runs an inn in a remote area of Alaska and caters to a very unique clientele: vampires looking for a little rest & relaxation. It also doesn’t hurt that she has a way to make their fantasies and deepest desires come true while they are there (due to telepathic abilities she has to keep hidden). However, right before a large group of guests arrive, someone is murdered in one of the rooms. While juggling solving the murder and entertaining guests, she realizes that everyone is in danger from an old enemy. Will she be able to stop the killer without revealing her powers to her guests?

This was definitely a very different read than what I am used to reviewing. I was hit with very graphic sex scenes within the first few pages, and it stayed that way until well into the middle of the book where the plot finally kicked in. Some of it was very uncomfortable, especially the part where she walked in on several men going full BDSM. In fact, I was reading it while my sister-in-law was over and she kept laughing at the faces I was making.

The premise behind the book was good, and I liked the idea of an erotic version of Fantasy Island. But she spent half the book on detailing sex & peeping at sex (through her surveillance room that she used to adjust the fantasies). The plot got completely lost. As I mentioned earlier, once it got to the middle of the book, the plot picked back up and from there on it is was okay. It was interesting enough that I wouldn’t mind reading the second book.

My main issue with this book is that labeled only as urban fantasy on Amazon. I knew from the brief description on the review site that there were sex scenes. I’ve reviewed a few books with sex in them and figured it was more on the hot romance side. This was full blown erotica, so I was wasn’t expecting the graphicness of some of the content.

Overall, once you make it past the all the sex it isn’t too bad. I just don’t know how comfortable people with be with some of the content. It’s pretty out there in a few spots. And, as I said, it’s erotica even though it’s not labeled as such. There are several books in the series, with Book 4 (Blood Legacy) releasing in February. It’s available on Amazon in both Kindle and print.  You can also get more info about the series at Mrs. Ellisson’s website.

I received a free copy of the above mentioned book to help facilitate my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.
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