What type of vampire goes around by the
name of Rudi? The same type of vampire that refers to himself
as “Vampire, Lord of Darkness”. But that image is hard to
hold as he spills his dinner of bagged blood all over himself
and that is the first impression that his new neighbor, Tori
Mahoney, gets as she tries to deliver his misdirected mail.
Her second thought is of the serial killer who has been
stalking the downtown bars. She could promise Rudi she’d keep
his secret, but she was definitely going to do some
Rudolph Alexandrov wanted to live his
quiet life as a columnist and critic. However, Tori kept
showing up everywhere he turned and soon, his unease created
from his past neighbors quickly changed to eagerness with
increased visits to Tori.
From the first glimpse of Rudi’s ruminations of how he should
look, debonair, orderly, and how he actually looked in his
wrinkled pajamas dripping with spilled blood, I knew that
The Vampire Next Door was definitely NOT going to
be a traditional vampire romance. I simply adored this story,
and read it in one sitting. Rudi and Tori were perfect for
each other and Ms. Bedwell-Grime injected subtle humorous
situations without being overtly comedic. My only criticism
was that the story ended abruptly and I felt Rudi and Tori’s
story was incomplete.