Author: Cree Walker
Source: Publisher Request
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: July 24, 2013
Maple Lane returns to the retirement home where she grew up, after ten years away, and must fact the music. How can she rebuild the dilapidated building, repay a massive mortgage, and restore her residents' faith in her with her arch-nemesis - Stacy Three Names - breathing downn her neck, hungry fo an artifact said to grant immortality? As Stacy sabotages Maple's efforts, the gorgeous new handyman Derek complicates matters with his demon blood and hot attraction.
How can Maple and her residents fight Stacy, find the artifact, and save their home with the rich and powerful of the town arrayed against them?
...And can she trust a demon to help her?
Cree Walker is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. She delivers again in a humorous romance between a part-vampire and a part-demon. Maple is an odd sort - the sort that has been in college for 10 years and still doesn't know what she wants to be. When her grandmother dies and she is left to take care of Maple Lane Manor she is shocked to find it needs sooo much work, and there is sooo little money. She breaks down and hires a live in handyman who is quite the hunk. Maple is constantly hounded by her nemesis, Stacy, who apparently wants something from the house, but Maple has no idea what it is. Stacy tries quite a few dirty tricks to try and get her way and comes very close to succeeding several times.
The residents of Maple Lane Manor really steal the show at times. They were so perfect and spanned the paranormal spectrum, bringing in several side stories that really helped flesh out the main characters. One of my favorite parts was the geriatric witch smacking the big bad demon around with a broomstick. It was priceless. Maple and Derek are a great couple, but they have quite a few problems to work out as they go. It's too bad this seems like a stand-a-lone. Even though it ended quite nicely I wish I could keep going! A true sign of a good book. I even miss the bad guys.