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Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta
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Happy Hour at Casa Dracula (2006)

by Marta Acosta

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I need to re-read this one for a proper review. I remember enjoying it much more than I figured; the main character is fun, the humor quirky, and the hero of the story intrigued. Would like to re-read and continue the series. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
A super fun read. The flow was a bit choppy at times but other than that it was a fun fast read. I believe I will dive into the next one. ( )
  LenaR0307 | May 30, 2016 |
The heroine has always been a complex individual. He mother didn't want her, actually doing everything in her power to ride herself of the burden of her child from putting her in dangerous situations to leaving her behind in public places. As such the heroine has a massive insecurity problem. So the only way she knows how to get attention is through men. It helps to have the body of a lush sex goddess and the tendency to shamelessly flirt with every man she meets. One night, at a book release party for a much hated ex boyfriend She meets a very odd but extremely attractive stranger. He's hansom beyond believe but his suit if old fashioned and he obviously has no talent when it comes to picking up ladies. But from the moment they meet there's a strange but powerful connection between them. She goes to the hotel with him where a sexual attraction they exchange blood in a bit on the lips. Suddenly her life is thrown into chaos. She's being hunted by her ex lover and a horrible and devastating sickness she finds out that's she's been infected with a vampire virus She's taken to the hero's family's ranch where she can be monitored and kept safe. I enjoyed this book because of the heroine's quirky personality but it was certainly a change of pace in regards to your typical romance. First off, the heroine and hero have very little interaction with each other once they arrive back at the ranch. This is because the hero is actually engaged to another woman. In fact the heroine spends most of the book being sexually involved with another man. But you always know that there was an unmistakable connection between the oddball doctor and the promiscuous heroine. You both hated the heroine but at the same time related to her. She was horribly insecure and she needed the attention of a man to feel loved. But she openly admitted this and did try to change her ways and grow as a person as the story went on. What I liked most about this book was the cast of characters and the fact that you had to spend time with each of them to truly understand them. This is written in first person narrative so what the heroine knew the reader knew and it added an interesting element of mystery. I wished there was more romance and the interactions between the hero and heroine were more frequent and passionate but all in all this was a nice read. ( )
  Eden00 | May 14, 2016 |
This is the first in the Casa Dracula series. We meet Milagro and her vampire, who's not a vampire lover, Oswald. In this book we meet Oswald's entire family and learn some of the background on the family, which includes an odd genetic anomaly. We also learn that there is an old world group that has a grudge against his family as well as a leaning towards world domination. All of this is shown to us from the point of view of Milagro a street wise Latina. Mostly a fun read and a lighter side for the most part to vampire stories and lots of "chic lit" thrown in for good measure. ( )
  ChrisWeir | Apr 13, 2016 |
A thoroughly enjoyable chick-lit vampire story with a sharp, witty and voluptuous Latina for a heroine. A quick but juicy kiss with a handsome stranger ends suddenly as they trip and tumble to the floor, splitting their lips and inadvertently exchanging a few drops of blood. The handsome man turns out to be a respectable vampire and the heroine finds herself undergoing alarming physical changes.

She's whisked away to a vampire family hideout, partly to provide a supportive environment for her transformation, and partly to protect her from a cabal of yuppie vampire hunters.

The 'Casa Dracula' is an isolated farm inhabited by an extended family of law-abiding vampires who drink animal blood cocktails to enliven their otherwise normal diet. The lack of detail in the vampire mythology was this book's weakest point. After the exchange of blood, heroine Milagro feels ill, loses weight, then develops a severe addiction to animal blood and a fondness for all red-colored drinks. The vampire doctor taking care of her reveals that most transformations end badly but hers seems to be an exception. When Milagro regains her strength, her stamina, and her bra-busting boobs, the reader assumes she's now a member of the vampire clan. But when Milagro begins to tan rather nicely, her doctor informs her that she's developed an 'immunity' to the change.

I ended the book unsure of the heroine's status. The few hints were insufficient: an explanation would have been helpful. Apparently there's at least one other book in the series, so all will eventually be revealed, but it's a pity the first in the series was left with so many loose ends. ( )
  skirret | Jan 2, 2015 |
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To my fabulous husband, Miguel.
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If I had been a rational human being, I would have had a normal job and I never would have gotten involved with any of them.
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Vampires don't exist in this day and age...or do they?

Milagro De Los Santos needs to get her career on track -- and a sexy man to come home to. At a party for her ex-boyfriend, she meets the unusually attractive Oswald Grant, who sweeps her off her feet. But when he bites her in the heat of passion and she instantly falls ill, Milagro realizes Oswald is not just any fabulous man -- he's a vampire. Whisked away to his family's estate to recover, Milagro learns the ins and outs of vampirism while falling for a wickedly inappropriate man. But when the vampires' lives are threatened, Milagro uses her wits, her wiles, and an incredibly whacky scheme to bring down a power-mad secret society that refuses to let the undead live and love in peace.

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Hip, smart Milagro de Los Santos is minding her own business at a book party for Sebastian, the ex-boyfriend she's not quite over, when Oswald, a mysterious, handsome stranger approaches her. The chemistry between them is potent, but after they accidentally exchange blood during a powerful kiss, Milagro finds herself feeling strange. Suddenly Sebastian becomes interested in her again, though when he tries to abduct her it's clear he's more interested in her encounter with Oswald than in rekindling their romance. She's rescued by Oswald's cousin, Gabriel, who spirits her off to the family home, where Oswald, his prickly grandmother, Edna, and his other cousin, Sam, take her in for her protection. Although they are vampires, they insist on referring to their state as a "condition," and now they're worried Milagro might also be infected. Sebastian is part of a sinister group determined to investigate the vampires, and Milagro is realizing that her passion for the seductive Oswald is conquering her feelings for Sebastian. A fun, snappy read for romantic fantasy fans. Kristine Huntley
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"A fun, snappy read for romantic fantasy fans." -- Booklist

"Hilarious...fresh and sassy...a keeper." -- Romantic Times (4 1/2 stars)

"Page-turning excitement...wickedly snarky." -- El Paso Times
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Hip, smart Milagro de Los Santos is minding her own business at a book party for Sebastian, the ex-boyfriend she's not quite over, when Oswald, a mysterious, handsome stranger approaches her. The chemistry between them is potent, but after they accidentally exchange blood during a powerful kiss, Milagro finds herself feeling strange. Suddenly Sebastian becomes interested in her again, though when he tries to abduct her it's clear he's more interested in her encounter with Oswald than in rekindling their romance. She's rescued by Oswald's cousin, Gabriel, who spirits her off to the family home, where Oswald, his prickly grandmother, Edna, and his other cousin, Sam, take her in for her protection. Although they are vampires, they insist on referring to their state as a "condition," and now they're worried Milagro might also be infected. Sebastian is part of a sinister group determined to investigate the vampires, and Milagro is realizing that her passion for the seductive Oswald is conquering her feelings for Sebastian.… (more)

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