Zen and the Art of Vampires & Crouching Vampire Hidden Fang by Katie MacAlister

NAL

Contemporary/Paranormal

ISBN: 978-0-451-22560-3 & 978-0451226723

Reviewed by Tanya

   

 

Zen and the Art of Vampires:

In Zen and the Art of Vampires Pia is in search of her dreams.  She has always wanted the husband, kids and the house in the suburbs but as she is turning forty she is losing hope.  So Pia gives herself the present of a singles tour through romantic Europe as a present.  The only thing is the guys on the trip leave a lot to be desired.  But the two men she sees on the Icelandic street are different; they are handsome, mysterious and dangerous.  But, they are obviously not for her.  So she is surprised when things take a turn and she ends up involved with Alec, then married to Kristoff.   If that was the extent of her issues it wouldn’t be bad but someone is mysteriously killed in her bathroom and now she seems to be a Zorya (and just what the heck is that), and has spirits following her around.  Oh and her husband apparently is a Vampire, who would have guessed.

 

Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang picks up after Pia is back in the states.  She is alone and is torn between both her new job as Zorya and her husband Kristoff (who doesn’t seem to want anything to do with her).  So while Pia in one way has finally got what she has wanted out of life – being married, her husband not only doesn’t want her but the vampire council thinks they have conspired against the Dark Ones and now she is going to have to see Kristoff face to face. 

Things change when Kristoff and Pia meet face to face again and she is determined to make things work with him, even if it kills him.  How did one woman end up with ghostly charges, a vampire husband and people out to kill her?  More importantly can she make the best out of the situation and possibly keep the new husband and new friends?

These two stories have been reviewed as a pair as at the end of Zen and the Art of Vampires,  Pia does not have her happy ever after ending, as a matter of fact most of the characters won’t be happy until everything works out at the end of Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang.  That being said, I think this is a fantastic duo of stories from Katie MacAlister.  I have loved her work from reading her first historical romance to her contemporaries and now her dragons and vampires, and have never been let down.  She continues to write strong and super spunky characters that women will love to read about.  If you are a fan of Mary Janice Davidson’s Betsy series than I think you will definitely enjoy Zen and the Art of Vampires and Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang.

     

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