Plot Summary: Milagro De Los Santos is a proud, curvy Latina with interests in gardening and writing. Her engagement to vampire Dr. Oswald Grant should be a no-brainer, considering that she's also a vampire, but obstacles keep coming up like she's running the 100 meter hurdles. The Vampire Council doesn't recognize Milagro as a card-carrying vampire, and they do everything they can to force her to heel like a dog. Milagro has friends and `frenemies' trying to gain control of her big day, and in the middle of this, a series of suspicious happenings has Milagro suspecting there's a malicious saboteur at work.
Well color me surprised. I picked this one up purely on impulse because of the cover art and title, and while I fully expected this to be a fluffy bit of fun, my expectations as to the writing were modest if not low. I decided to start it this morning with my cup of tea, and as the morning progressed I kept telling myself, just one more chapter, until there I was at lunch time still wearing my bathrobe!
This is an utterly charming book, and Acosta has a way with words that I very much envy. Too many times authors create these sassy, irreverent heroines who are all attitude without evidence of having a soul. Not so with Milagro. Her humanity is ever-present despite her vampire status, and she stands out for being kind-hearted without becoming a push-over. All of the digs Milagro takes for being a full-figured Mexican woman while surrounded by pencil-thin wasps had me grinding my teeth and wondering how white-bread blandness ever became the ideal of anything. Milagro's Latina heritage and personality combine to make her a spicy and unpredictable woman.
The dialog is a real treat, and it constantly snaps, crackles, and pops with humor, sarcasm, and witty insights. I take this story as one more cautionary tale against the perils of planning a big wedding, and it's comical to see how many hoops Milagro must jump through to marry her vampire fiancé. Toward the middle of the book, I felt like I was watching the Titanic sail to its doom, and without giving any spoilers, I'll say that I'm extremely happy with how it ended.
This is the third book in the Casa Dracula series, and I'd recommend this to anyone looking to read some vampire fantasy with a nice dose of romance, heavy on the humor, and non-existent gore. I'll be looking up the first two books for certain; no word on book four yet.