Nothing sucks the romance out of world travel like a boyfriend who may or may not have broken up with you in a hotel room in Brussels. Jane Jameson's sexy sire Gabriel has always been unpredictable, but the seductive, anonymous notes that await him at each stop of their international vacation, coupled with his evasive behavior over the past few months, finally push Jane onto the next flight home to Half Moon Hollow — alone, upset, and unsure whether Gabriel just ended their relationship without actually telling her.
Now the children's-librarian-turned-vampire is reviving with plenty of Faux Type O, some TLC from her colorful friends and family, and her plans for a Brave New Jane. Step One: Get her newly renovated occult bookstore off the ground. Step Two: Support her best friend, Zeb, and his werewolf bride as they prepare for the impending birth of their baby...or litter. Step Three: Figure out who's been sending her threatening letters, and how her hostile pen pal is tied to Gabriel. Because for this nice girl, surviving a broken heart is suddenly becoming a matter of life and undeath....
All of the issues between Jane and Gabriel finally come to a head when their trip around the world becomes one disaster after another. Someone is sending mysterious notes to each stop along the way, no matter how often they change locations. The problem is that he tries to act like nothing is wrong and won't show the notes to Jane. She gets fed up with it and heads home realizing that their relationship is probably over. Luckily she has her book store's opening and the upcoming birth of Zeb's twins to distract her. However those distractions start to wear thin when she receives a few threatening letters of her own. All her instincts tell her to stay away from Gabriel but her heart just won't listen, and that might just cost Jane her life, or well, undeath.
As much as I dislike romantic relationships having problems in books, I'm glad the problems finally came to the surface in this book. I hated how things were between Jane and Gabriel, not really knowing where they stood with each other. They were stuck and just couldn't move forward at all with his constant mysteriousness and her severe insecurities. Even though they spent most of the book either avoiding the other or fighting terribly, I still preferred this to the emotional limbo they were in before. Now that the issues are at the forefront they can finally decide whether to work things out or just call it quits.
Jane's family continues to be a major thorn in her side in this book, especially her sister. She is still on her rampage to steal the house and its contents right out from under Jane. Of course there is the situation with her grandmother's undead boyfriend that tried to kill her, but hey at least her mother seems to be coming around. Another group causing issues is Jolene's family. They are determined to destroy Jolene and Zeb's chances at living a live outside of the pack's home grounds. I understand following tradition to a certain extent, but this crazy family is taking things to the extreme. All I can say is be glad you aren't a werewolf from her family, or even worse, a human married into it.
The hilarious wit from the previous books continued in this book as well despite the nasty situation Jane was in. I cracked up so many times reading this book, and I love the author's ability to make light of even the worst predicaments, so that you don't feel like you are reading something unhappy. It is amazing how a book about heartbreak and life endangering situations can be funny, but this one pulls it off beautifully. I loved this book and am really glad to see that there will be another book in this series, it's just a matter of playing the "waiting game." Definitely recommended for fans of the lighter side of paranormal books, or really for anyone who enjoys a good laugh.