Lights, Camera…Monsters by Lila Dubois

Monsters in Hollywood, Book 1

Samhain Publishing

Paranormal

ISBN: 1-59998-303-6

Reviewed by Cassie

   

 

Luke and his two friends, Michael and Henry, are determined to change humans’ opinions about their kind.  To do this, they need the assistance of some humans in the entertainment industry.  They decide to go with Calypso Productions, but the meeting is a disaster.  In the end, Luke asks one of the women to meet again somewhere else, hoping he can convince her to help in a less formal setting.  The woman, Lena, asks him to dinner.  Though he’s nervous—and attracted to Lena—Luke agrees. 

Lena has risen to a position of influence as a founding member of Calypso Productions.  Together with her three friends, she’s one of Hollywood’s young elite.  Normally she would blow off a guy who gives a presentation as awkwardly as Luke and his friends did.  Since she finds him attractive, however, she asks him to dinner with the intention of seducing him.  Will Lena still want Luke when she discovers what he and his friends are?

Lights, Camera…Monsters is a cute and interesting tale of what happens when an up-and-coming Hollywood businesswoman meets a monster, literally.  Lena is secure in her own place in the world, and proud of her accomplishments.  She’s tough and knows what she wants.  Luke, with his mixture of toughness and tenderness, confidence and vulnerability, throws her for a loop.  The scene in which she first sees Luke’s true form is really funny.  I liked Luke’s naïveté regarding human customs, and his uncertainty.  He softened some of Lena’s grating edges.  The storyline itself is engaging, with lots of sex, some action and suspense, and a rather unusual take on the paranormal/monster genre.  Secondary characters, including Luke’s friends and Lena’s business partners, are clearly destined for their own stories.  If you like the paranormal but are getting tired of the same old creatures, Lights, Camera…Monsters is a good choice. 

     

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