I Only Have Fangs For You
It used to be when you read a vampire novel, you didn’t get much nuance in the way the vampire was portrayed. Basically he was an evil creature. Oh sure sometimes the vamps brooded about the awfulness of their existence, but really all they wanted to do was drink your blood. Once romance novelists discovered the vampire, though, he was no longer just a tortured soul in a tuxedo. Sebastian Young, hero of Fangs for the Memory, owns a nightclub and revels in his vampireness. Face it, wouldn’t you like to be 25 and totally hot forever?
Sebastian is the owner of Carfax Abbey, one of the hottest clubs in town, a place where vampires and other preternatural creatures can meet humans to dance, flirt or take things to a higher level – something that serial player Sebastian is famous for. There’s a society of vampires (the Society of Preternaturals Against the Mistreatment of Mortals) who don’t approve of Sebastian and others like him at all. They think that “humans are super, and natural too” and are not there to be used as a food source, or a plaything. So they send vampire agent Wilhelmina Weiss to Carfax Abbey to put Sebastian out of business.
Mina is not exactly the best vampire to send on such a mission. She’s shy, she’s mousy, she’s clumsy, and she stands out in Sebastian’s place like a pair of Birkenstocks in a Jimmy Choo boutique. In the real world, a nightclub owner would ignore mousy Mina and hone in on Paris Hilton, but since this a romance novel, Sebastian is attracted to Mina and senses her inner hotness. After she botches her mission to take him down and destroy his club, Sebastian finds out who sent her (he knows all about them), and he discovers that Mina never fully embraced her vampire nature. So they make a deal. He won’t bite anyone for a month and she will let him show her just how much fun it is to be a vampire.
This is the third in a trilogy about the vampire Young brothers, and it falls into the humorous vamp sub-genre. It’s funny, even though at the beginning Mina is too klutzy to be believed. I had a good laugh when Sebastian told Mina a bit of his past. Seems he was a vampire in the regency period and used to party with Jane Austen (she could dance a mean quadrille).
After Mina settles down and talks to Sebastian, she becomes a very likable character. Her early life was pretty horrid – she was turned by the detestable Donatello, disowned by her family – and she’s only existed, not lived. She and Sebastian make an odd but endearing couple, and I laughed again when his brothers kept calling him “fang-whipped”.
I Only Have Fangs For You is light but not silly and ended up being a fun read. I’ve been getting tired of vampires lately, but only a totally humorless person could dislike this book. Read it when you are feeling grumpy, and I guarantee you will at least smile, and I’ll bet you’ll laugh more than once.