Friday, July 9, 2010

Review: Romancing the Dead by Tate Hallaway

Romancing the Dead
Author: Tate Hallaway
Publication: Berkley Trade (May 6, 2008)

Description: It’s been one heck of a week for Garnet Lacey. The Vatican witch hunters finally think she’s dead, the FBI has closed their file on her, she’s co-founding a new coven—and the gorgeous vampire she loves has just asked her to marry him. How lucky can one girl get?

Then, her fiancé goes missing and Garnet’s worried sick. Has he been kidnapped? Or could he have run off with that blonde from the coven? Now Garnet will have to seek the help of her future stepson—the same brat who turned her over to the witch hunters for a brand-new Jaguar. But there’s more bad news: the Goddess Lilith, who camps out in her body, has been making embarrassing appearances. And on top of that, some killer’s on her tail...

This is the 3rd in the Garnet Lacey series.

My Thoughts: This was a very nice addition to the Garnet Lacey series. The story begins with Garnet being rather ambivalent about her new engagement. She is worrying about the details - where will they live? what about Sebastian's ghouls? Is she making a mistake? But life goes on and she and Sebastian are feeling safe enough to try to form a new coven. Some rather odd characters show up to be part of it including a man who is hosting Coyote and who wants to steel Lilith from her. 

Problems escalate when Sebastian is kidnapped and someone is trying to kill Garnet. Garnet and Sebastian seem to have an over-abundance of enemies. Is it someone who wants Lilith? Is it someone who feels Garnet doesn't deserve Sebastian? Is it politics in the new coven? Garnet is assisted by Sebastian's son Matyas but she isn't really sure that she can trust him either.

I especially like the small town, cozy feel of this series. I also like that it takes place in a part of the US that is very familiar to me. I recommend this book to followers of the series and those who like sort of cozy paranormals.

Favorite Quote (because I am a native Minnesotan):
For the next ten minutes, Micah and I bonded over Norwegian bachelors, "Minnesota Nice," butt-freezing winters, lakes "up north," and how much we loathed the movie Fargo.
Challenges: Paranormal Reading Challenge, RYOB Reading Challenge, Bottoms Up Reading Challenge

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