Haunted Honeymoon (Casa Dracula Book 4)
by Marta Acosta
Gallery Books, October 2010
Milagro de los Santos has gone through some wild times since joining the vampire community. Unlike others of this kind she was "made" not born. Mil is the accidental vampire. While kissing the handsome doctor Oswald Grant she accidentally tastes a tiny bit of his blood. No other human has ever survived this type of infection but Mil does and thrives - with some exceptions. She feels guilty that her engagement to Oswald did not work out. Her relationship with Oswald's cousin the gorgeous, sexy, charming Ian Ducharme (known, behind his back, as the Dark Lord) has an intensity that frightens her.
In an attempt to distance herself she agrees to write a second faux memoir for the self proclaimed guru Don Pedro who has made a mint on the first book ghost written by Mil. They meet up in London where she also encounters one of the local vamps, the free-spirited, and attractive Wilcox Spiggot.
The various threads that connect her to these people and others become horribly tangled and lead Milagro into the malevolent clutches of a secret organization whose torture methods almost destroy her. After narrowly escaping she heads back to the one place she ever felt safe - the beautiful ranch owned by Oswald's family. Here she hopes to heal. Unfortunately that healing at first proves illusive and becomes more difficult when she suffers sever amnesia. Mil remembers nothing about her life after her first meeting with Oswald.
Marta Acosta has written a superb ending for her Casa Dracula series. I have been eagerly following the adventures of Milagro de los Santos since book one, Happy Hour at Casa Dracula, (2006). I really hate to see this series close, but as the old cliche goes, "All good things must come to an end". Throughout author Marta has combined a wild sense of humor with a believability of characters and plot. Haunted Honeymoon is no exception. Milagro is a terrific character. Too bad she isn't real. I would love to meet her!
Throughout her life she has suffered many difficulties, including an abusive mother, and lots of self doubt, but her strong spirit and joie de vivre always got her though. In this novel she finally discovers where she belongs, what she wants to do, and who she wants to be with.
Enough back story is given so that you don't have to read the first three books, but the experience is so much more enjoyable if you do. You really get to know the many wonderful, enchanting, quirky characters Marta has created for Milagro's world.
Happy Hour at Casa Dracula
Midnight Brunch (Casa Dracula Series, Book 2)
The Bride of Casa Dracula (Casa Dracula, Book 3)