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Summary

At the age of nine, Johnnie lost everything. A quiet, normal child, his life forever changed when his family was attacked by a blood-crazed vampire, leaving his parents dead and Johnnie an orphan. Now grown, he is the cold, proud, beautiful - but very human - son of the Dracula Desrosiers, who took him in after the tragedy that befell Johnnie's parents. Constantly kept apart for being human, Johnnie chooses to bury himself in the two things he most loves - books and mysteries. Then he is summoned by a friend to solve a simple mystery involving a pair of Cinderella slippers, and in putting one mystery to rest Johnnie only succeeds in waking several more.

©2010, 2014 Megan Derr (P)2014 Less Than Three Press, LLC

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Johnnie's story

I really really love this one! Although at first glance this doesn't appear to mesh with the first book, apart from the fact that Johnnie is a PI even if he doesn't admit it, stuck with it and all will be revealed.

This is Johnnie's story and we get to know him, his world, his situation and along with him, his past as well. Johnnie is every bit a vampire in attitude and manners if not in species and that right there is the thing he believes he is missing, so he guards his heart and feelings even from his adoptive father, much else every one else. But slowly, with every new case he solves, the life he makes for himself outside the Dracula's home, investing in the bar with Peyton the barman, Micah the alchemist and the rest of the gang, his babysitter Bergrin and his night time visitor "Eros", with the puzzle pieces of his past falling into place, Johnnie becomes a bit more open and approachable, surrounded by those people that have proved to be loyal friends.

A lovely story truly but in a format that you either hate or love ;) .

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  • Elizabeth
  • 01-11-16

Pretty good

I loved the world building, the banter and bickering between MCs and all the little mysteries, which were connected some way with the bigger mystery.

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  • Riva
  • 17-01-15

Liked the story more than the first book

This was really a nice surprise. I read the first book (not the audio) and honestly didn't like it much. It was the book that explains a lot of the world building that is referenced in this book. I just found it boring b/c the MC was an established couple. It was more about the various cases than a romance. Although some of the characters from that book make an appearance in this one, this is a standalone story.

I enjoyed this 2nd book much more than the 1st. In addition to a strong mm romance, it has multiple layers of mysteries. There are the individual small cases, another mystery about Johnny's secret lover; and then there is a larger over all mystery that ties everything together. It was a really clever way of doing it and it kept me engaged for the entire book. There is also a really strong romance throughout the book. Johnny is a great character, a royal snob with a heart of gold. He has strong insecurities due to being an adopted human in a world of paranormals. However, he always tries to do the "right thing" and in doing, gains a great cast of friend, allies and even a lover. The thing to remember with this book is nothing is as it seems.

Of course Paul Morey does a wonderful job as usual. The only negative was some annoying production errors scattered throughout the book, but didn't take away from my overall enjoyment. Definitely worth a credit.

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  • SE
  • 06-11-21

Love this series!

The MCs are so intriguing and play off of each other very well. I have fallen in love with this series so obviously will have to buy all the books and audios!

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  • Masselyn
  • 25-04-19

Love the book, and Morey brought it all to life perfectly

I actually read the stories out of order , reading this one first and I am so glad. This story makes more sense to me. The way each chapter was a separate story, though all of them are tied together, was a neater than the first book. Plus I LOVE Johnnie and Grim!!! Reading this book first helped me make sense of the Dance With The Devil book. Sounds weird, but it worked for me. The narrator was really good and I am glad to hear he did the first book too because that is my next Audible purchase. M. Derr writes very unique stories that are always engaging, great romance and rarely can you put them down. This series is my favorite!

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  • LadyTygerEyez
  • 21-05-15

Outstanding!

I loved the twists and turns of this story. The reading was most excellent. Definitely worth the money. Kudos!

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