The only thing that disappoints me about this book is that now I have only one more Esther novel to read that's been published to date. Woe!
This was an excellent book. It has a lot more of Esther's acting experiences in it, and I thought it was fun to get a glimpse of that part of her life. The basic plotting was well-paced; I called a couple of the plot twists but not all of them (which makes me happy both ways), and some of the scenes were literally laugh-out-loud funny- like the depiction of a really FAILED performance, and a real vamp going on a rant in a wanna-be vamp club and getting told to be more tolerant because "everyone can be a vamp in their own way".
The vamps were... not tedious, and I generally find vamps tedious almost by definition at this point. The author has an interesting and coherent take on them that works well and is less stupid than most.
Well-drawn characters, too! Her co-workers in the play were nicely written and seemed very real (even when absurd). I am finding the mostly-off romance to be getting a bit tedious; I think Lopez needs a good kick. I LOVED learning about Max's "thing" about Lithuanians.
This is probably not the best book to start with, although I think it stands alone OK. However, if you start here, you'll miss a lot that the previous books brought to the series and the characters. Start with "Disappearing Nightly" or "Doppelgansters".
I also have to give a good thumbs-up to the cover artists- these are GREAT covers.