Monday, July 16, 2012

Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (Jessica book 2)

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Jessica’s Gide to Dating on the Dark Side, Stop! I don’t want to ruin a great series for you.

Princess Antanasia Dragomir Vladescu (Jessica Packwood) is trying to adjust to her new life in Romania. Not only is she now married to Lucius, but is trying to find her rightful place as the ruler of the combined vampire clans. At the upcoming vampire congress to be held later in the summer, “the most prominent Vladescus and Dragomirs gather from all over the world” in Romania. It is a week not only of business, but parties and socializing. The first congress was held after Lucius and Antanasia’s parents agreed to their marriage pact. Now they will gather to celebrate the peace their wedding has brought but to cast a vote of confidence to elevate Lucius and Antanasia from prince and princess to king and queen.

At a meeting with the Elders, Lucius’ uncle Claudiu makes some disparaging remarks about how Antanasia was not ready to rule the vampires and he could not accept a Dragomir as his sovereign. Lucius is furious with Claudiu who leaves and everyone watching knows it is far from over. Later, Antanasia waits for Lucius in her office. She dreams of stakes and betrayal and awakes to find Lucius asleep on top of their bed, still dressed in his clothes. A guard knocks on their bedroom door to deliver the news, Claudiu has been destroyed. They arrive to find everyone standing around the body in the entryway. Discussion about what happened is going on when Antanasia’s best friend Mindy enters.

Tensions run high in the castle once again when uncle Flaviu pushes Lucius in front of the Elders about how he is going to investigate Claudiu’s death. In an attempt to diffuse the situation, Antanasia speaks up and says that all the Elders need to show their stakes. Lucius sets a time but Antanasia quickly realizes that she has made a grave mistake. Later, Lucius takes Antanasia to the castle’s stake room and shows her his stake. She immediately recognizes the stench and knows it is covered in Claudiu’s blood. Lucius tells her he has no idea how it got there and someone is setting them up to take the ultimate fall.

With Lucius imprisoned for the murder of Claudiu, will Antanasia be able to rise up and rule the vampire clans as she needs to? Can Mindy’s presence in Romania hurt or help Antanasia” who really destroyed Claudiu Vladescu and why? Can Antanasia with the help of some friends find the true murderer before it is too late?

The wedding chapters of Jessica Packwood and Lucius Vladescu can be found on Beth Fantaskey’s web site at

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