Friday, September 3, 2010

Marta Acosta's Midnight Brunch

Midnight Brunch (Casa Dracula, #2)Midnight Brunch by Marta Acosta

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Milagro de los Santos is feeling left out because boyfriend Oswald is keeping secrets. True, they are family secrets, and Oswald's family of not-vampires have accepted Milagro into their home (and hearts), but she's feeling insecure and thinks that if only Oswald would include her, she would be much more sure of their love. In the mean time, Oswald is trying to juggle a demanding career, a demanding family, and a demanding girlfriend. He's understandably frustrated and lashes out at the one he loves the most—Milagro.

Milagro meets more of Oswald's family at a dinner party celebrating the birth of Oswald's cousin Sam's daughter. Sam is married to Winnie, Oswald's ex-fiance, whom we met in Happy Hour at Casa Dracula. After sneaking a peek at the secret family ritual she was not invited to attend, Milagro runs off to the city feeling more insecure than ever. While there, she meets up with one of the previous night's dinner party guests, who seems quite willing to tell Milagro anything and everything she wants to know about the secretive clan. Little does she know that he has much more than talk on his agenda...

Book 2 of Marta Acosta's Casa Dracula series doesn't disappoint. Milagro worms her way deeper into our hearts by proving to be vulnerable, sweet, funny, and loyal. Marta's characterizations are totally believable and we find it easy to like, or despise them, as the case may be. The storyline at the desert spa is fabulous and you can just see Milagro getting herself into this kind of fix—and getting herself out of it again. In the end, we are left with a more self-assured Milagro—one we will certainly keep rooting for as her adventures continue.

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