Charles Wright has found the perfect way to trap the man threatening his brother's wife: cozy up to him, get invited along on the skiing trip, and then search for incriminating evidence. How much better that audacious but gorgeous Rachel is just as eager to nail the bastard. As far as he's concerned, there's nothing wrong with a little blackmail between two consenting adults. Especially when it's time for Rachel to pay up.
Charles is determined to find out just who is threatening his brother's mate, Alice. Someone is sending messages and Charles has promised Noah he will hunt the aggressor down and put a stop to it all. He's convinced Alice's cheating ex, Brett, is the one responsible and hatches a plan to gain his confidence. What he hadn't expected was to meet a certain Rachel who seems immune to his powers! In point of fact, not only is the aloof Rachel able to resist him but she discovers Charles is a vampire. His compulsion isn't working on her, so in a bizarre twist, he allows her to believe she holds all the cards. Now Rachel is blackmailing a maddening vampire to do her bidding, but is she completely sane? He's a dangerous predator and if Rachel isn't careful she might end up as lunch!
This is a delightful twist on the usual vampire books available. It's fairly quick to read and full of characters that feel more like romantic suspense then paranormal romance, but it seems to work. This is a light contemporary vampire world Ms Allee has penned and it makes it quite easy to immerse yourself within the pages. Is Charles a hero? Well, he's not necessarily the most alpha guy in fiction but he tries to protect those he cares about and shows his more human side. As for the heroine, Rachel, well she's determined to do what she thinks is right and takes risks that could easily backfire.
I'm sure those who want something without to much angst will enjoy this story. It's fine as a stand-alone but does obviously connect with the previous book. These are not bad ass vampires that will scare the pants off you (charm them off maybe!) but sweet and wholesome often has it's place. There's another brother, so I'm guessing a follow up book is planned.
Don't Blackmail the Vampire is an e-book. It is $2.99 at Amazon and B & N