Feb 16, 2010

Annotation #3 Romance

Posted by Kirsten at 2/16/2010 06:35:00 PM


Biting Nixie

by Mary Hughes

Take 1 pint sized  twenty-five year old, responsibility avoiding,  German American punk rockin’ polka player and add 1 straight-laced 1000+  year old, expensive three-piece suit wearing, vampire lawyer. Stir in Vampire Gangsters and top it all off with a garnish of vampire war and you get Biting Nixie.

The town of Meiers Corners is home to town lawyer Denny Crane (not to be confused with William Shatner’s character from Boston Legal), a geriatric stripper named Granny Butt (who strips out of a girdle and support hose) one full time hooker (who may or may not be more than she seems). A group called the Coterie is working for its annexation by Chicago who’s suburbs surround Meiers Corners. The town hires attorney Julian Emerson to defend against the annexation but in order to pay, as Nixie puts it "HDTV-an-hour lawyer” the town is throwing a town wide three day festival. Who should they put in charge of this highly important festival but Dietlinde Nixie Schmeling but, whatever you do, don’t call her Deitlinde.

Nixie doesn’t want to run the festival. She only wants to keep playing gigs with her band Guns and Polkas. She’d rather die than have someone see her as a responsible 25 year old and she believes that buying insurance is the last step before death. When Nixie and Julian meet it’s like a forest fire, of course, you have to ask yourself “Who’s the forest and who is the fire?”  In the midst of the romance between Julian and Nixie, they have to find a way to not only stop the annexation of Meiers Corners but to defeat the bloodthirsty vampire gangs that are attacking the town and seeking to sabotage the festival. Those vampires and lawyers better look out. Nobody, and I mean nobody messes with Nixie Schmeling, except maybe her mother, and gets away with it!

I love a little humor in my fiction and Mary Hughes did not disappoint. From the geriatric stripper references and Nixie’s almost indecipherable language containing words from TV, Manga and even sound effects, to referencing William the Bloody (a vampire made famous on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as the reason for Julian being so conservative I just laughed and laughed.  The pop culture references that Julian didn’t get for most of the book were refreshing and I loved the fact that when he finally figured out Nixies speech Hughes explained it so that the reader would understand too. However the best description of Biting Nixie was the warning on the back cover. I picked this book up because I liked the cover. Once I read the book jacket, which included the following warning I just had to read it.

“Warning: Contains more eye-popping sex, ear-popping language and gut popping laughs than can possibly be good for you. And Vampires. Not sippy-neck wimps, but burning beacons of raw sexuality – this means passionate blood-heating, violent bloodletting, and fangy blood-sucking. Oh, and cheese balls. Those things are just scary.”

I love a good paranormal romance novel and Mary Hughes has written a very unique one rather than your everyday version. Its humorous without being corny, vampirey (yes I made that word up)  without turning vampires into sappy sparkly angst ridden fools and overall entertaining throughout.  I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the Biting Love Series. With titles like this, how could I not.


SLIS Guy on February 16, 2010 at 8:10 PM said...

What a hoot! I'm not a romance fan, but this is a neat review.

Heather Bowman on February 19, 2010 at 10:45 AM said...

I have to read this book now for one simple reason: "Oh, and cheese balls." How could anyone NOT read a book with something like that in the description?

Andrea Japzon on February 20, 2010 at 10:39 PM said...

You are hilarious. Please keep up this book blog after this class is over. I need to laugh.

Kirsten on February 21, 2010 at 1:36 PM said...

Will do! I'm enjoying writing this.

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