The Reluctant Miss Van Helsing

The Reluctant Miss Van Helsing

by Minda Webber

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Overview

PLAIN JANE’S CLAIM

Having long listened to London’s ton, Ethel Jane Van Helsing well knew her faults. She had skin marred with freckles, a nose too snub, and hair of a brown that reflected neither red nor gold highlights. She was plain. And yet, at a masquerade ball an ugly duckling could become a swan.

If only tonight were for fowl play. But Jane came from distinguished and determined stock. Where other young ladies denied monsters under the bed, Jane’s clan sought them out and snuffed them—under, beside or on top. She was expected to do the same. Her father, the Major, had shown her very early how to use the sharp end of a stick where and when the sun didn’t shine. And tonight, seeing Neil Asher, the dreamy, rakish and oh-so-delicious Earl of Wolverton, her name was at stake. Something was going to get driven very deep into a heart, or she wasn’t a Van Helsing.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045327374
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/03/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 332,128
File size: 413 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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The Reluctant Miss Van Helsing 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Minda Webber really knows how to really pull you into the story. I like the way the story makes you forget everthing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was hoping for a much better read than I got after picking up this book. The story was fun and the characters quirky enough to get me through the book, but the writing was a bit stilted and all the pop culture references were a little too much. A few laced sparingly throughout the book would have made it much more enjoyable. But it was a funny book, nice turn on an old tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jane Van Helsing has not had a normal life how could she as the daughter of one of the most notable vampire and other evil being slaying families? Unfortunately, she's just not very good at slayage. She hates the sight of blood and has botched a few killings. Now, to redeem herself, she needs to kill Dracul, who she believes is masquerading as Asher, the Earl of Wolverton. Garbed as Cleopatra in a gown designed by Elizabeth Burton and armed with holy water, Jane attends a masquerade where Asher will be attending, but only ruins his clothes. When she tries something more old fashioned, like a stake, well, we won't say were she staked him, but it wasn't the heart. All she achieved was to be forced into marriage with a vampire. Who ever heard of a slayer and vampire being married, much less in love? Yet, somehow, both things happen. .............. *** Tongue in cheek humor seasons this delightful tale. Seeing how many in-jokes and puns you can find is almost as much fun as reading the story itself. ***
harstan More than 1 year ago
Her family is as renowned as their enemy, but Jane Van Helsing does not have her heart into hunting and staking vampires. At times she wonders if she shares the same blood as her famous kin as the thought of killing an abomination makes her queasy. Lady Jane assumes nothing could propel on the hunt. --- That is nothing except her beloved brother is Transylvania so someone has to carry out the family business in England. Reluctantly she decides to stake an earl Neil Asher whom she believes is a vampire. Her plan is simple seduce and stab. Neil, known for the beautiful women he escorts about town, is shocked that he finds the freckled loud mouth attractive. He enjoys the verbal battles though his valet detests the ruined wardrobe that is becoming his norm. The stab jabs he can do without, but he is not so sure he can claim the same about Plain Jane. However, when they are caught in a compromised position, the alleged vampire and the vampire-slayer must marry. Jane sees this as an opportunity to go after Dracula while Neil just wants to kiss her senseless. --- In a short time, Minda Webber has staked out a unique segment of the paranormal romantic fantasy sub-genre with her delightful late 1820s tales. Her current story focuses on the Van Helsing offspring who like the heroine in her previous novel, Clair Frankenstein, seeks out vampires though their reasons are different. This sensational screwy satirical sequel will have readers laughing at Jane¿s capers and Neil¿s reactions to her antics. The action-packed amusing story line also is loaded with literary references that are fun to follow as these witticisms augment a zany well written tale that howls for more. --- Harriet Klausner
DMG57 More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a fun read with the paranormal theme check this book out. I don't think you would be disappointed.
fluffiee More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It was full of humor, it constantly had me cracking up laughing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the hallmarks of a typical regency-style historical romance - an unlikely couple (vampire and vampire hunter) caught in a compromising situation and forced to marry. Then the puns and modern pop culture references started. This might have been less annoying in a modern romance, but James Bond, the Beatles and Gone With the Wind have no place in Regency England. It's a cute premise for a book and well written, but too distracting to be really enjoyable.
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