A woman who has been burned in the past. A man who is just passing through. A summer fling that could be so much more…
Coffee is my life.
It might sound lame and lonely.
But with my café at the center of town, I’m too busy for any sort of a dating life.
Nor do I want one.
I’ve been burned enough to know what that kind of heat can do.
So when Grayson shows up in town, the sparks between us send me running.
Until the attraction is too strong to deny.
This will be okay, though.
It’s only temporary.
A summer thing that will be over as soon as the cooler weather whips into town.
Which is exactly what I want.
I never want to rely on a man for anything again.
Yet when the mistakes of my past threaten my future…
It’s Grayson who comes to the rescue, despite me wanting to be the one to save myself.
Can I let love blossom in Cherry Falls, or will the hot summer nights burn us both?
Full of vampires with spray tans and menopause trying to twelve step their way to salvation, Forever 51 takes vampire fiction into terrifying new territory: middle age. A very funny, very bloody book about growing older and getting dead. – Grady Hendrix, New York Times best-selling author of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
Veronica is eternally fifty-one years old with a proclivity for problematic drinking. Like most hormonally challenged women negotiating the change of life, she is a hot mess. To retain her sanity, she attends weekly AA meetings and adheres to a strict diet of organic, locally-sourced, (mostly) cruelty-free human blood from the hospice facility where she works. Her life stopped being fun about a hundred years ago, right about the time her teenage daughter stole her soul and took off for California with a hot, older guy. These days, Veronica’s existence is just that – an existence, as flat and empty as her own non-reflection in the bathroom mirror.
When her estranged daughter contacts her via Facebook, Veronica learns that she has one chance to escape her eternal personal summer: she must find and apologize to every one of the people she’s turned into vampires in the last century. That is, if they’re still out there. With raging hormones and a ticking clock, Veronica embarks on a last-ditch road trip to regain her mortality, reclaim her humanity, and ultimately, die on her own terms.
Fans of Alice Hoffman and Grady Hendrix will love the snarky and supernatural storytelling found in Forever 51.