Jessica's Guide to Dating the Dark Side

Jessica's Guide to Dating the Dark Side
By Beth Fantaskey
Published on February 2009
Published by Harcourt

Summary taken from Goodreads:

The undead can really screw up your senior year ...

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancĂ©. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.

The little blurb on the back of the book and on Goodreads made me think that this was going to be a funny book, perhaps even a satire on all the other vampire books out there.  I didn't expect a well done, well thought out story.  I loved getting lost in the story of Jessica and Lucius.  I loved that Jessica didn't fall in love with him instantly.  I get so frustrated by books that have one "love at first sight" plot after another.  I liked the slow progression of their romance.

I can't wait to read the next book in this series.  The author does a great job of keeping the story from every lagging and makes the characters real and believable (as believable as vampire princesses can be!).  I loved that Lucius was not a "perfect" male, though he thought he was. 

If you haven't read this story and you are a fan of paranormal romance- I have no doubt that you will love it as much as I did!

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