The Vampire Next Door by Ashlyn Chase

Title: The Vampire Next Door

Series: Strange Neighbors

Author: Ashlyn Chase

Genre: Paranormal Romance

In this third installment of Chase’s lively, sexy, paranormal trilogy, we meet witch Morgaine, who is deathly afraid of the dark, and her vigilante vampire neighbor Sly, who has his reasons for hating sunlight. Sly needs Morgaine’s magic to help heal a broken fang, but with further help, and sometimes hindrance, from the wacky apartment dwellers around them, they may become each other’s last hope for a normal life…


I got this book mainly because I’ve read the other books in the series and wanted to see what happened next. I have to say that if I wasn’t reviewing this series I probably wouldn’t read it. While it was a really entertaining read it wasn’t a book that grabbed from the very first page and made me want to keep reading. It was a book that I could read a couple of pages of and put down and forget about until I went back into the room where the book was and saw it, so I would pick it up and read some more, but the book never left that room.

Sly is a vigilante vampire that has been sleeping in the basement of the building owned by his daughter’s husband. He refuses to accept charity and as he has no source of income he can’t pay for his own apartment. Merry his daughter comes up with a way for him to live in her old apartment without offending his pride. When he breaks a tooth he heads to Morgana the resident witch for help. He never expected what happens from then on.

Morgaine has a deep fear of leaving her apartment, she has been making strides however in the endeavor to be able to leave her apartment. It doesn’t help that she lives with her cousin who is a social butterfly and thinks that all men want her. To earn money they are sex by phone operators. When Sly comes to her for help there is something about him that speaks to her.

When Morgaine tells Sly that she knows of a Vampire that may have the cure for vampirism they embark on a journey to end this curse that was given to him the night Merry was born and his wife died.

What ensues is at times flat out hilarious because of the situations they find themselves in, throw in the vampire that has been trying to find Sly ever since he made him to make him his lover, a very pregnant Merry who just wants her dad to be happy and in her life, a couple of witches and you have this book.

Like I said previously this was an okay book for me. It could have been that I wasn’t in the mood for this type of book and may pick it up in six months and love it, but at the time of this reading it was just okay.

Grade B-

Other books in the series

Strangers Next Door

The Werewolf Upstairs




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