Review: The Vampire Next Door by Ashlyn Chase

by Susan S., guest reviewer

Strange Neighbors Trilogy: Book Three

Summary: Sylvestro (Sly) Flores (hero) and Morgaine Marlowe (heroine) have been friends for almost a decade. They’ve had their reasons for not pursuing a relationship. He’s a vampire. She’s a witch. Sly’s also a widower who loved his late wife dearly; while Morgaine was a victim of date rape.

Now that the ugly past is behind them, they’re ready to let their feelings be known, but someone’s about to plunge a stake through their plans. Sly’s demented maker’s on the loose. Will Vorigan succeed in ending a love that’s been brewing for years? Or can Morgaine recruit her paranormal neighbors to put a stop to this threat?

Review: Chase’s latest novel is outlandish and fun. Instead of the usual stereotypical paranormal characters, she gives us: a penniless yet humble vampire, a witch with very real human phobias, and a simple-minded witch with an odd kick in the gallop, just to name a few.

Most scenes were so over-the-top, I couldn’t help but burst out laughing. I felt it was an entertaining story. Yet, if I was to alter anything, I’d`ve delayed the resolution of the characters’ problems. The antagonist, e.g., was taken care of so quickly and without resistance, I was left thinking, “That’s it?!” Sly’s chipped fang was another example. I expected his dental issue would be more prolonged.

Overall I’d say, it’s a light paranormal read which doesn’t take itself too seriously. And sets out to accomplish its goal: to make readers laugh.

Recommendations: Recommended for readers who enjoy the friends-to-lovers trope, light paranormal romances, funny quirky stories, and “lots” of secondary characters. If you’re searching for a romance which spotlights only the hero and the heroine, this isn’t it.

Favorite character: Gwyneth A witch with a vocabulary that’s singularly hers. Well the good news is that she understands herself. The bad news? That she’s the only one who does! Lots of miscommunications lead to some sticky situations.

Favorite scenes:

Number 1: Every time Sly passes out stone cold dead at sunrise. No matter where he’s at, Morgaine’s in charge of covering up his condition.

Number 2: Spells-gone-wrong. When Morgaine and her cousin (Gwyneth) are drinking moonshine and turn Sylvestro’s skin the color red.


Buy: The Vampire Next Door, The Vampire Next Door (UK)

Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc., Copyright August 2011, Paranormal Romance, Mass Market Paperback, Print Pages 354. ISBN# 978-1-4022-3663-1.

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