When Helena Strauss gets stranded in the Mexican jungle, she finds herself drawn into a mysterious and dark work populated by vampires. In particular, there’s the fearsome Niccolo DiConti, whose views on the rights of women are a particular highlight of this engaging, dramatic but also extremely funny paranormal romance novel.
As the title might suggest, Accidentally Married To… A Vampire? brings a certain element of humour to the genre. Fortunately, it’s genuinely funny and Mimi Jean Pamfiloff creates a number of very memorable characters. The novel never descends into outright farce, and the humour is kept on a leash so as to allow the narrative drama to develop. It’s a rare thing for a book to be so funny but also so dramatic, but Pamfiloff seems to have everything (just about) under control.
Perhaps Helena could be accused of making a few too many mistakes of her own volition, and there were definitely a few moments where I wanted to poke her and point out that she was making her situation worse. But I guess that’s part of her character, and overall Accidentally Married To… A Vampire? remains one of the funniest paranormal novels I’ve read in a long time.
Star rating for Accidentally Married To… A Vampire?: 4½ stars.
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