Plot Type: Comedic Urban Fantasy (UF)
Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story (1995)
You Suck: A Love Story (2007)
Bite Me: A Love Story (2010)
Jody and Tommy keep trying to have a normal life, without much success. They decide that if they can find a new minion, things will get better. Tommy finds a willing minion in Allison Green. She calls that her day-slave name, "But on the street I'm known as Abby Normal." (p. 187). Abby is a goth girl and a vampire wannabe who keeps a hilarious diary of her life. In the meantime, the Animals have spent their newly found riches in Las Vegas and have returned with Blue, a hooker who dyed her body blue to capitalize on the notoriety of the Blue Man Group. Although Jody promised the detectives that she would leave town immediately, that has not happened and probably won't. Jody and Tommy's lives are too complicated for long-term plans; they are barely making it from one day to the next. When drained bodies of street people start showing up again, Jody is sure that her sire is still around, but unfortunately, Ben Sapir is not the only murderous vampire in town. Eventually, Abby hooks up with Steve, the college student from book 1, and the action picks up. Once again, the ending comes twisting out of nowhere, so don't read ahead.
Unfortunately, this is the weakest of the three books. It begins with a 20-page (way too long) recap of the series so far, and then kicks this story off with a feline vampire attack on the Emperor, led by Chet, the huge cat from the previous book, who was turned into a vampire by Ben Sapir. Chet is growing bigger and bigger, both mentally and physically. He has his own fangy army, and they are decimating the street folk of San Francisco. In the meantime, Jody and Tommy are out of commission for reasons explained at the end of the previous book, so the first 75 pages go by with just Abby's diary and the Emperor's adventures. Abby's diary continues to be humorous, but her goth-girl vocabulary and her weird outlook on life are getting a bit old by now. As the plot unfurls, five different sets of hunters go after the cats: the two detectives, the Animals, the Emperor, Jody and Tommy, and the three vampires who spirited Ben Sapir away at the end of the previous book. Eventually some of these groups work together and some work against each other. The story ends with an HEA fizzle rather than an explosion, but the various characters' futures are relatively believable, as believable as possible, that is.
Funniest Parts: Abby's "I'm a Nosferatu now" scene; various scenes with Foo, Jared, and the rats; and Jared's over-caffeinated, bronze-smashing dance.
Here are a few examples of Moore's humor in this series, probably funnier in context, but you'll get the idea:
At one point, Tommy is briefly thrown into a jail cell with a "six-foot-five, two-hundred-fifty-pound, unshaven, unbathed, one-eyed psychopath" with extensive Disney-character tattoos all over his body." Here is part of their introductory conversation: