Ava Markham is tired of pretending to
be happy for all of her friends that have become ‘Others’.
She hates that the friends she is close to are another
species. She is happy that they have fallen in love but
that doesn’t help Ava, who just so happens to still be
alone. Leaving behind a claustrophobic party, Ava begins the
long walk home to her apartment. Thinking she is paying
attention to her surroundings, she really isn’t and the
unexpected happens. Ava is attacked and left for dead –
although, she doesn’t quite die, much to her dismay and has
Vladimir Rurikovich to thank. She doesn’t feel much like
being indebted to Vladimir, after all he only helped her
become the one thing she hates most in the world – an
When I first met Ava in Ms. Warren’s
early Ellora’s Cave publications, I thought her very self
centered and borderline hateful. I am happy to report that
in You’re So Vein, she honestly is self
centered, completely hateful, and so annoying at times that
I really wanted Vladimir to smack her. Her verbal abuse
alone was not endearing to say the least and I had grand
visions of Vladimir somehow taping her mouth closed so he
could just shut her up for one second. She was ungrateful
and rude and quite honestly, I could not stand her
Vladimir was a much more likeable
character. A member of the European Council of Vampires, he
is sent to New York to find and apprehend a rogue vampire.
Saving Ava was not a choice for Vladimir, it was something
that he had to do. If there is one thing I can commend him
for it is for the fact that he loved and cared for Ava in
spite of her attempts to shut him out. He loved her flaws
and all and his loyalty to her endeared him to me.
You’re So Vein is artfully written and a great
story, despite Ava’s attempts to make it otherwise. The
love scenes between Vladimir and Ava are sensuous and
intense. The plot concerning Vladimir’s reasons for being
in New York is catchy and keeps your attention. I enjoyed
everything about You’re So Vein except Ava.
Despite my feelings or lack thereof for Ava, I am looking
forward to Christine Warren’s next release. I hear rumors
of a shape shifting wolf and am hoping for the best!