Buried in the Heartland is a town that no one enters or leaves. Graf McDonald somehow becomes its first visitor in more than five years…and he was only looking for a good party. Unfortunately, Penance, Ohio, is not that place. And after having been isolated for so long, they do not like strangers at all.
Jessa's the only one to even remotely trust him, and she's desperate for the kind of protection that only a vampire like Graf can provide. Supplies are low, the locals are ornery for a sacrifice and there's a monster more powerful than Graf lurking in the woods. New men are hard to come by in this lonesome town, and this handsome stranger might be Jessa's only hope for salvation.
Even if she has to die first…
I read Armintrout's Blood Ties series last year and loved it. When I seen this book authored by Armintrout in the store, I bought it without even reading the description on the back. I've had it in my TBR pile for a while, and I finally decided to pull it out and see what it was all about.
Just by the description alone, the story is a bit different from what we normally see in a vampire romance book. The vampire in this story is Graf. He is self-centered, egotistical, and materialistic. He's on his way to D.C. to party up the Fourth of July with his Sire, Sophia, when he gets stuck in the very strange town of Penance. No one has been able to enter or leave Penance in five years, as if that isn't strange enough, Penance also has a 15-foot monster running around.
Graf meets Jessa, who happens to be hiding from the monster (townspeople call the monster "It") in an abandoned gas station. Graf soon realizes Jessa is a bit of an outcast amongst the townspeople and has a very questionable reputation. Poor Jessa, she's already stuck in a town that hates her, got a monster chasing her, and now a vampire who possibly wants to eat her.
I have to say, I really didn't care for the cover of the book, or the title of it. I'm not sure how Armintrout came up with American Vampire for the title of this book. However, don't let the cover art or the title throw you off. I found this book to be a pretty good read and would recommend it. I found it humorous, interesting and overall enjoyed it.