Lust for Life is the fourth book in the WVMP Radio series, which is about a group of vampires working as DJ's at a local radio station. I gave the first three books in this series 5 stars and eagerly picked up an autographed copy of this "recently released" final book in the series.
Well...The release date was November 2012 and I purchased my copy at the 2013 RT Convention in Chicago. I can't believe it took me 4 years to finally read this book, but I'm certainly glad that I did. All of my favorite characters were back for another action packed adventure.
Shane and Ciara are busy planning their wedding and their best friends/co-workers are expecting their first child. Just when you think everyone is going to receive my version of a happily ever after, one of Shane's ex-donors calls to tell him that Jim (another vampire DJ who is being held at a Control facility after attacking Ciara in the previous book) changed her into a vampire shortly before his incident with Ciara.. Shane and the other WVMP staff take her under their wings, but that is just the beginning of their problems. Jim escapes from the Control facility and the story takes off from there.
I have read a lot of fiction over the years and can easily comprehend the rules of vampires. They can't go out into the sunlight, they live forever, they have compulsions, etc. Overall, I loved all of the characters and their stories throughout this series; however, I could not grasp the unusual turn of events that took place the last several chapters of this book. Taking liberties with "the rules" is one thing, but this was unbelievable in my opinion. You can rationalize why things happened all you want, but the ending of this book was a bit too unrealistic for me. It really felt like Jeri jumped through hoops to provide the characters with her version of a perfect ending.
Perhaps my expectations were a little high, but I ended up giving this book 3.5 stars. It is still a very entertaining read, but I just can't get past the fact that it took the word fiction to a whole new level.