Madam Periwinkle: Outlook Orgasmic by Hannah Beckham
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Review by Hibiscus
Terri Smythe, a transplanted New Yorker, is trying to find her feet in Kansas City. After an emergency "save-me-before-I-slit-my-wrists-from- boredom" visit from her best friends, and a shopping spree at Madam Periwinkle's Erotic Delights, a Magic 8-Ball sets her off on an adventure of a lifetime.
That adventure has one name -- Niko. He's a gorgeous. He's strong. He's bold.
He's also a vampire.
I liked the character of Terri Smythe. She was a serious woman trying her best to make a new life for herself. She is studying to be a doctor and leaves everything she knows to move to Kansas City where she can afford to study medicine. This is how she ends up working in the morgue -- a classic horror movie scene: working on a dead body but the body isn't really dead. Or is it? The whole time in the morgue was beautifully written. I could actually feel the vapor in the air and the heat when Niko and Terri first touch was incredible. I felt Terri was like a bulldog in that she never gives up when she is looking for Niko. Her Magic 8-Ball was a stitch. I had a smile on my face every time she used it.
Nikolas Pappas was a character I really liked. I thought he did tall, dark and dead (or wounded) beautifully. At first I thought he was a bit arrogant when he met Terri and her friends in Madam Periwinkle's shop but as I got to know him in the book, I saw that it was just a front that Niko puts on. I could see that he was shaken when Terri talked about the psyche and then his love for her began to shine through.
There are several minor characters around which the story also revolves. First is the fairy Elijah, who was very evil. He thought Kansas City was his very own kingdom. There is also Niko's best friend,Jace, who has been with him since Niko came to Kansas City. Jace seemed to be a nice vampire, if a bit on the timid side. Jace is always afraid of Elijah in the book. The story has several twists that I did not see coming and an ending that completely blew me away.
Madam Periwinkle's Outlook Orgasmic was a very good book. I loved how each scene was set with intricate details that made me feel as if I were actually there in the story. I am thoroughly enjoying this series, and look forward to the next installment!