In an attempt to drag my poor husband onto the “reading vampire books” bandwagon, I read the first chapter of Nymphos at my local bookstore and proceeded to buy it and the next three books in the Felix Gomez series…
All four parked on my bookshelf and sat, unread, for the next two and a half years collecting parking ticket after parking ticket for no particular reason.
Okay, that’s a lie.
The husband refused to read them because the main character was a vampire.
[insert eye roll]
No, really, roll those eyes in exasperation that the MC is a vampire. I did. and I’m about 98.967% sure everyone who deigned to read the back of the book probably rolled their eyes, as well. Nymphos hit the market during the height of the tsunami of books containing the watered down, romanticized, teen-heart throb, emo-pansy vamps/were-whatever-you-can-think-ups/leprechauns/faeries/half-breed how-have-we-not-combined-these-yets?.
The book is jam-packed with humor, from the title–obviously–to the numerous jibes at all of the aforementioned. And while Felix Gomez, said main character of Nymphos, is a vampire, he is none of the watered down variety. He isn’t quite a throwback to the monsters of Bramstoker’s day, but he isn’t the cute cuddly vamp we want to take home to mama, either.
He’s a little bit broken. A whole lotta manly-man. A semi-reluctant hero. A little bit selfish. Always intriguing. And believable.
A soldier turned vampire in Iraq, Felix returns home to become…
a private investigator.
And why not? He has the ability to get the truths his clients need and then erase the memory of the person he’s bleeding (punny, I know) the information out of.
Nympho-fucking-mania, on the grand scale…
several women have fucked their way right into medical leave from the nuclear facility in Rocky Flats, and once Felix has to interrogate each of them, he learns that he seriously doesn’t want to catch what these “ladies” have.
The character of Felix Gomez is incredibly well written and I think that is why I was able to devour the book in little less than ten hours of reading.
The plot was pretty straight forward: figure out who/what caused the nymphomania. But it takes on several crazy twists and turns and I honestly didn’t see the source of the “sickness” being what it ends up being. Like there is little to no clues early on to even point us in the right direction, and I am a reader who likes to play connect the dots with foreshadowing. This is where the three star rating comes from–a little slack on the cohesion of the pieces to the puzzle, which in turn makes the plot feel slightly shaky (to me, but YMMV).
I would recommend Nymphos if you are looking for a quick, fun read, because that is exactly the kind of book it is. I read it between two very emotionally draining books, and it was a nice reprieve from having to think/feel at any level. I would also recommend this to guys. Yes, GUYS.
I’m venturing to call this “dude-lit” because there’s women’s-lit and this is the exact opposite of women’s-lit.
Nymphos is a book guys will like if they actually gave it a read. So do that.
Don’t fuckin judge it because the MC is a vvvvvampire. Judge it because of the story, the writing, the premise, etcetera.
Happy Reading. Happier Writing.
blurb from goodreads:
The first and only vampire book to be declassified by the federal government . . .
Felix Gomez went to Iraq a soldier. He came back a vampire.
Now he finds himself pulled into a web of intrigue when an old friend prompts him to investigate an outbreak of nymphomania at the secret government facilities in Rocky Flats. He’ll find out the cause of all these horny women or die trying! But first he must contend with shadowy government agents, Eastern European vampire hunters, and women who just want his body . . .
Skewering sexual myths, conspiracy fables, and government bureaucracy, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats reveals the bizarre world of the undead with a humorous slant and a fresh twist.