I liked the other stories in her series but this was so not interesting at all. I found Eve to be quite annoying, honestly I just wanted to slap her.
While I have read other books in this series, and was excited to get back into it, the novelty wore off halfway through. Her prose and puns are fun, but halfway through the book,it started to become a bit redundant. I did enjoy the characters though.
IT was a good weekday read, but am trading it.
After caring for her crazy ailing werewolf grandmother, Eve Bluebeard decided her life's ambition was to run an asylum for the supernaturally insane. After med school she opened The Towers with an ogre butler, an ogre gardener and a varied group of patients, including a vampires bride afraid of blood, a lunatic leprechaun forever burying a non-existent pot of gold, Frederick Frankenstein who has an inferiority complex, Jane Van Helsing a famous vampire hunter married to a vampire, a gargoyle afraid of heights and Hugo a hunchbacked dwarf with a bell fetish. And if these characters didn't provide enough levity, Eve has created a husband to satisfy society (after all a single woman cannot run an asylum all by herself, heaven forbid!) When said pretend husband appears on the doorstep and commences to interfere in patient treatments and her private life, Eve is beside herself. Her father, Captain Bluebeard himself, has sent an actor to impersonate her husband in an effort to get her away from the crazy people and back on the high seas having babies.
I was enjoying this pun-laden book until Adam Griffin appeared. I didn't find him amusing at all. As a matter of fact, I found him condescending and nervy as hell not to mention the fact that he has absolutely no respect for Eve or her profession. And don't even get me started on his interfering in patient treatments...after all he wasn't a real doctor. I certainly understood that he felt that Eve was his soul mate but IMHO he went about snagging Eve completely wrong. I totally lost interest in Eve and her plight and had to force myself to complete the book.
Eve Bluebeard wants noting to do with the family business of piracy or with men; she is a modern woman and feels she does not need a man to do what she wants; unfortunately she lives in a time when society does not agree with her. So she does what any creative and head strong woman would do, she invents a husband. She has been operating The Tower's, London's premier mental asylum for the paranormal for three years while her imaginary husband has been away in Transylvania treating a vampire of bloodlust.
Just before a very important dinner with members of the Supernatural Science Foundation, Eve is surprised with a visit from her father the infamous Captain Bluebeard. He tries to get her to go back to the sea and to think about marring Captain Hook; Eve reminds him that she is already married and that she would not marry Hook if he was the last man on earth.
At the start her dinner party seams to be doomed by a series of weird events, her butler is smashed and dropped a bottle of port on the rug, cook burnt the dinner, one of her crazed patients dug a hole and her gardener fell into it. All the while Eve is trying to keep a calm face for her guests because this visit is very important for the funding of The Tower's. Just when Eve feels that things are under control again, a man claiming to be Dr. Adam Griffin, her husband crashes the dinner party.
Eve can not protest that Adam is not her husband due to she has no husband and must act out the farce to her dinner guests. Adam (which is his real name) even looks how Eve described him and she finds him quite attractive. He finagles his way into staying at the Tower's for a bit. Adam discovers the occupants of The Tower's are a motley group of paranormal with a wide array of problems that keep Eve and her staff on their toes: a paranoid leprechaun, a bell obsessed hunched back dwarf, a claustrophobic vampire, a werewolf who thinks he is a housefly plus many more.
Minda Webber has created a delightful humorous paranormal romance filled with historical and literary characters along with her own. The combination of which one would think would not work, but she makes it seem not only possible but real. That along with the humor, jokes, and little quips that have you trying to remember what they refer to; make this story a fun and enjoyable read.
Reviewed by Cat Smith
For PNR Reviews
August 13, 2007