How to Defy a Vampire, VRC: Vampire Related Crimes #5 by Alice Winters

Book 5 of the VRC circles back to Finn and Marcus, where we learn more about both characters in How to Defy a Vampire.

From the blurb:

Stumbling into a crime scene is pretty typical for me. As a human, joining the VRC has done everything but keep me out of trouble. And now I seem to be playing a part that I’d really rather not play… if I want to keep my head, that is.

By my side is my partner Marcus, a vampire who has vowed to tear the world apart—and even a mattress—to keep me safe. I want to do everything I can to protect my newfound family, no matter what we’re forced to face.

When ghosts from my past step right into my path, I want to look the other way. I’d rather enjoy my life with Finn, figure out a way to make my brother less obnoxiously gaudy, and find out how to never go roller skating ever again.

Finn is the bravest person I’ve ever met, but he’s also a human and we’re working against some of the strongest vampires in existence. I’m left doing what I can to shield those dearest to me while trying to keep the past from consuming the present.

I can’t let the same mistakes happen again.

How to Defy a Vampire contains peculiar festive wear, misguided attempts at welcoming a human, and Marcus terrifying everyone as usual.

Jacquie's Review:

Book 5 of the fantastic VRC series circles back to Finn and Marcus. However, I believe these need to be read in order as there are references to events from the other books.

Not going to lie. This book gave me anxiety. Sure, there's some of the usual Alice Winters humor, but it's reduced here. The stakes are higher, thus the anxiety.

It all comes back to Watson. Why was he obsessed with Finn? What did he do it him? While some of this was answered, this storyline will continue on.

There are some new players and plenty of antics from the gang, but also a lot of growth emotionally from Marcus, especially. I loved getting his pov!

Rating: 5 Stars

Janet's Review:

How to Defy a Vampire is the fifth in the VRC series. While it can be read as a standalone, you’ll enjoy it more if you read the first four in the series. 

Finn has a way of falling into trouble or it finds him, I’m not sure, but he’s fun to read. This seemed a little darker that the previous in the series as my heart was in my throat several times. 

A ghost from Marcus’s past shows up, and he’s truly a monster. I’m a little obsessed with Claude. He’s the comedic relief that I needed. 

Overall, a fantastic addition to the series. Well written with heart pounding, exciting pacing.

Rating: 5 Stars

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