The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais Book Cover The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais
Vampires in Manhattan Book 2
Susan Hanniford Crowley
Paranormal Romance
October 29, 2013

Reviewed by:   Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Laura Cordelais has lost her fiance to another woman, her mother to death, her ticket to her mother’s funeral, and most of her money to a robber.  With the last of her money, she takes a cab home. Upon crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, she jumps out and decides death is the only thing left for her.  But then one more thing doesn’t go her way; she changes her mind but slips and falls anyway.

David Hilliard is a vampire who has longed for love for a long time. When he sees Laura going into the water, he swims in after her.  Determined to take her to the hospital in spite of the seriousness of her injuries, she begs him not to stating that she will only try it again.  With no other choice he turns her.  At first she is angry for losing her humanity, but before long she realizes she loves David as much as he loves her.

For a year they have lived together in Manhattan until she finally convinces David to take her to New Orleans to visit her mother’s grave.  In New Orleans, things take a very bad turn for them.  One day she comes home to find a naked vampire on top of David. She is determined to leave him.  When a unicorn comes and offers her back her humanity, she readily accepts until the last part of the ritual which I will not reveal in this review.

What happened with David and the other vampire was not of his doing. He surprises Laura with a wedding ceremony, something that has never happened between two vampires before.  Right after the ritual, Laura finds herself being whisked away by a Mambo called Brilla.  Brilla was an old friend of her mother.  Laura discovers that she is a Telkhine, a being that can call a storm or unwind it. According to ancient laws, she cannot take a vow with a vampire, or there will be destruction.

Unfortunately, Laura is being given tainted blood which is slowly removing her memory, especially of her husband.  Before long, she realizes what is happening and stops drinking. David, with the help of Laura’s long lost father, is on the way but it will not be easy.  Brilla is throwing everything at them to destroy them both.

When I began the book I loved it, it was everything I enjoy in a paranormal book, vampires, sex and eternal love.  Unfortunately, this book veered off into fantasy and magic.  Although David and Laura still loved each other, there was too much going on.  I will definitely read the rest of the books in the series and hope that they will not detour as much as this one did.