Italian Weddings and Funerals, 2nd Edition by A.J. Llewellyn

18400547Title:  Italian Weddings and Funerals, 2nd Edition

Series:  Italian Stallions, Book #1

Author:  A. J. Llewellyn

Genre:  Paranormal/Vampires

Length: Novella (116 pages)

Publisher:  Silver Publishing (August 31st, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥/♥ 4 out of 5 Hearts

Reviewer:  Laurie

Blurb: There’s nothing like rediscovering ‘the one that got away’ even if it does take five hundred years…

Luca Dell’Oro has developed an unusual but successful even planning business. His specialty is Italian Weddings and Funerals, which is also the name of his highly sought-after Mendocino, California, business. He accepts an unusual assignment to fly to Rome, Italy, to cater a funeral for an Italian opera singer. Nothing goes right from the minute he accepts the assignment. Cookware goes missing and his most trusted employees mysteriously can’t go with him, leaving him with a motley crew for a staff.

Luca is stunned to find the grieving widower happens to be a man Luca met and lost to the deceased woman—in sixteenth century Italy. Luca has good reasons for still being around. He’s a vampire and all his recipes and magical ingredients have been carefully cultivated over the years. But just who the hell…or what the hell…is Franco Savelli and does he want Luca—or does he want to kill him?

CONTENT ADVISORY:  This is a re-release and re-edited title

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Review: A very different take on the vampire tale. It is well written, easy to read and just a fun story from beginning to end.

This Vampire is five hundred years old, running his own business, bedding movie stars and general happy with his life. Then Luca gets the call that changes everything. He’s been hired to do an Italian funeral for a much loved opera singer. And the name of the man hiring him is all too familiar. But how could that be? This guy was the love of his life way back in the day, sixteenth century to be precise. And this love had left him to marry…a woman.

This funeral was going to be a trial for Luca, but the trouble starts well before he and his crew leave the States. Most of his crew can’t go for a variety of reasons, cookware goes missing and then Luca finds out that it is the same man he loved and lost so long ago. So is he going to get another chance at this man? Can Luca get past Franco wanting to appear as straight man and for Luc to have been the ‘bit on the side’ or as in those days they were called a courtesan? Can Luca survive driving in Italy, in one of the funnier scenes in the book?