All Joy Randall wants is a little old-fashioned romance, but when she participates in a "Goddess evoking" ceremony with her friend, Roxy, Joy finds out her future true love is a man with the potential to put her immortal soul in danger. At first the ever-practical Joy is ready to dismiss her vision as a product of too much gin and too many vampire romances, but while traveling through the Czech Republic with Roxy, Joy begins to have some second thoughts about her mystery lover because she is suddenly plagued by visions of a lethally handsome stranger. Then, when she and Roxy attend a local GothFaire, Joy meets Raphael Griffin St. John, head of security, and she becomes even more bewildered because the dark and dangerous Raphael seems too close to her dreams for comfort
A Girl's Guide to Vampires is the first book of Katie MacAlister's Dark Ones series. I was introduced to this series with book 9 (Much Ado About Vampires), which was a very good book; this one not so much.
The argumentative banter between the two best friends, Joy and Roxy, were bordering on the edge of very annoying. To be honest, I wasn't really sure if I even liked Joy's (the heroine) love interest in the book, Raphael.
Joy is the Beloved of Christian (vampire), but she refuses Christian to be with Raphael (human). My rant I suppose is this is a vampire series, yet the first book in the series the leading female refuses the vampire to be with a human. I believe this was a odd direction to take in the first book of the series. With that said, Joy promises Christian she will find another Beloved for him.
I am so glad I read book 9 of this series first. If I had not, I'm not sure I would've even decided to give the rest of the series a try after reading book 1. I will continue with the series because I have faith that the series does get better.