I went in expecting a bit of brain candy, and was pleasantly surprised to find an entertaining story, much humour, and a cast of rather vivid (in some cases almost over the top) and entertaining characters. Given the subject matter (vampires - angst, guilt, woe *cough*Anne Rice*cough*), I was expecting a wallop of angst, and was pleased to find although there was action and excitement and perilous situations, I didn't have my gut unecessarily twisted six ways from Sunday emotionally. I didn't actually want to like Troy; he's very camp, in a way that normally irritates me in real life, but I think he's actually my favourite character. His lack of taste in decor probably endears him to me. :D The author doesn't try to take himself too seriously, and as such had produced a story that is easy for the reader to settle into and just go with it, and has enough in it to keep readers engaged until the end. I sincerely hope that the author writes more about these characters, because I feel a little bereft now I've finished the book. Sigh.