This disappointing sequel to Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (2009) finds Jessica (a.k.a. Antanasia) trying to find her place as wife, princess and vampire in the drafty halls of an ancient castle in Romania.
Attempting to fill her birth-mother’s vampire shoes, Jessica does her best to stand at her husband’s side as he attempts to bring peace and cell phones to the vampire world. Vivid hallucinations, a violent death and her husband’s imprisonment leave Jessica isolated in a country where she does not understand the language, the customs or whom to trust. Desperate, she calls on her shoe-loving friend, Mindy Sue. Mindy’s arrival triggers a visit from her ex-boyfriend, Raniero, a vampire with the laid-back attitude of a surfer but a dark and possibly violent past. Fantaskey’s lackluster story suffers from a wooden romance, weak characters and a mystery that is anything but mysterious. Jessica’s obtuseness and lack of initiative render her ineffective as the main character. However, spunky Mindy’s passionate-yet-tragic love for Raniero keeps the story from being a total bust. Readers hoping for a paranormal romance full of intrigue and passion will be seriously disappointed.Only readers absolutely desperate for another vampire romance need apply. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)