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Happy Hour at Casa Dracula

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Vampires don't exist in this day and age...or do they?

Milagro De Los Santos needs to get her career on track — and a sexy man to come home to. At a party for her ex-boyfriend, she meets the unusually attractive Oswald Grant, who sweeps her off her feet. But when he bites her in the heat of passion and she instantly falls ill, Milagro realizes Oswald is not just any fabulous man — he's a vampire. Whisked away to his family's estate to recover, Milagro learns the ins and outs of vampirism while falling for a wickedly inappropriate man. But when the vampires' lives are threatened, Milagro uses her wits, her wiles, and an incredibly whacky scheme to bring down a power-mad secret society that refuses to let the undead live and love in peace.

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Latina Ivy League grad Milagro de Los Santos can't find her place in the world or a man to go with it. Then one night, at a book party for her pretentious ex-boyfriend, she meets an oddly attractive man. After she is bitten while kissing him, she falls ill and is squirreled away to his family's estate to recover. Vampires don't exist in this day and age — or do they? As Milagro falls for a fabulously inappropriate man, she finds herself caught between a family who has accepted her as one of their own and a shady organization that refuses to let the undead live and love in peace.

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Marta Acosta received a degree in English literature and creative writing from Stanford University. She is a regular contributor to The San Francisco Chronicle and the Contra Costa Newspapers. Her debut novel, Happy Hour at Casa Dracula, was a Book Sense Pick.

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Lynne Perednia, May 24, 2009 (view all comments by Lynne Perednia)
Milagro de Los Santos has a degree from an Ivy League university (which she calls F.U.), a love for gardening and night life, and little else. Certainly no idea of what she is supposed to do with her life, outside a vague idea of writing a novel, and most certainly no man.

On the thinnest of premises she attends a swanky author's party in Manhattan, where she bumps into the boy who spurned her at college. Unfortunately, he is the author being lauded. Not so unfortunately, or at least she thinks at first, Milagro is swept off her feet by a mysterious stranger. They exchange body fluids, including some blood. Milagro thinks she may have got a virus. She feels drugged, sleeps all the time, especially in the day, and craves raw hamburger.

She also now has more man trouble than she ever dreamed she could land. Oswaldo, the mysterious stranger, wants to whisk her away to a secluded country estate. Sebastian, the boy who dumped her in college, thinks she has become a vampire.

Milagro, of course, ends up at the country estate where she settles in with a variety of well-educated, charming people. Most interesting is the prickly Edna, who could have given Dorothy Parker a run for her money at the Algonquin. There is also Oswaldo, who is at times charming and at times just confusing, and a beautiful, brilliant doctor who has personal knowledge of exactly what has affected Milagro. She also happens to be Oswaldo's fiancee.

Happy Hour is a long book with many meandering scenes, mainly because it is more a story of Milagro growing up than a traditional romance. It also is longer because there are not only the romance tropes to include, but also exploring whether the merry band in the country actuallly are vampires. There also is the question of just what is going on with a shadowy group called CACA, which really buys the vampire story and wants to stamp them all out. One of the loosest cannons in the group is Sebastian, who can't decide whether to bed Milagro or shoot her.

Despite the extra story elements, which Acosta does weave into a cohesive whole, Happy Hour shines best when the focus is on Milagro and her journey. Whether she ends up with a man, and the right man, whether she becomes a writer, what Edna can teach her and other questions, are the more interesting because Milagro's first-person voice enlivens the novel. Acosta has a sure touch in making Milagro engaging, sympathetic and witty without making her perky or snarky.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416531609
Author:
Acosta, Marta
Publisher:
Pocket Star Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Romance - Fantasy
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Romance - Paranormal
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Vampires
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in 6.51 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Latina Ivy League grad Milagro de Los Santos can't find her place in the world or a man to go with it. Then one night, at a book party for her pretentious ex-boyfriend, she meets an oddly attractive man. After she is bitten while kissing him, she falls ill and is squirreled away to his family's estate to recover. Vampires don't exist in this day and age — or do they? As Milagro falls for a fabulously inappropriate man, she finds herself caught between a family who has accepted her as one of their own and a shady organization that refuses to let the undead live and love in peace.
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