All three stories were fun, fast and amusing. I got this book for Katie MacAlister and to find out what happened to Sebastian and Noelle.
1: Viva Las Vampires
I liked the chemistry between the characters. All the characters. The story was cute, but I still don't really know who the characters are and why they are. There was an attempt to explain, but the explanation wasn't good enough. Was the book Meredith wrote the one book she wrote and if she thought she was getting an interview why didn't she have a notebook with her when she went to the penthouse? I do hope there will be another story with Armand that gives more of this world she's created. More of his past, and brings in more of Eric and Meredith, because of his "like" for Meredith, where she can elaborate more on who they are.
2: Bring Out Your Dead
If it weren't for the tie in's to other books and a pickup of a couple of past story threads this would have been better. I was too often asking myself to remember past stories and what I remember of Sebastian, this was not the Sebastian that I remembered, so that mucked up the characterization for me. Noelle didn't get enough play so I couldn't reconcile her love lost to what Sebastian had become and how he could be so careless of Noelle's feelings.
The use of Damian, who I guess I should remember from a past book, was a waste. One minute he's in fear and when Sebastian arrives he's so calm and uncaring of his life. Very odd.
Yasbelle, I still don't understand who she is, why she is and how she rates a spirit guide.
3:Lucy and the Crypt Casanova
I liked this story the best. Perhaps I could relate better to the klutziness of Lucy and the fight scene in the ally with her falling in the food and clomping around with a box on her foot was just great.
I don't know exactly what her plan was in getting the story about the Ka incubus. It all seems so half hearted with no real purpose and when he's caught she takes no advantage to tell the story. Also, she learns from the Voodoo guy who loves his doll, about the Ka incubus, and that there is a way the victims, who aren't dead, can get some of their youth back? Did they get their youth back? Did the gris gris bag help at all?
I would like to see a more involved book with they two characters as they re-establish their relationship while both working in their respective jobs, TV Host and Detective. I think this would be fun.
All three stories would have been better with more to the. An usually the more is the character development, which, I would expect, would automatically tie up these loose threads. While I can enjoy the humor and potential of these types of stories it does take away, for me, these little things are apparently only needed to push the story but don't mean anything over all. I know these writers are better than this last sentiment, so perhaps they are too confined by short stories and should think better of doing them in the future.
Bottom-line this is a buy. I expect they will help or lead to or be a good addition to the writer's paranormal series for the worlds they have built.