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Reviewed by Jose Cornelio for Readers' Favorite
In Oil and Water, Lara Ann Dominick presents a female protagonist that is as real as she is fun to follow. Elsie Taylor lives a normal life, but she’s always had fantasies of embracing danger and doing something out of the ordinary. At twenty-eight, she is still engrossed in vampire stories. This ache for danger seems to recede when she meets and falls in love with Cy, but it is not long before she finds herself involved with two powerful vampires, Opal and her maker, Amber. Amber and Opal haven’t communicated for a very long time, but Amber is coming back to her life and she has a plan that will cement a connection between Elsie and Opal, and her plan is fraught with more danger than Elsie has ever fantasized about while reading her vampire stories.
For someone who’s loved vampire stories since the days of Vampire Diaries and Twilight, I found this novel exceptional. I had the same satisfaction I get when I read Christopher Pike. The characters are gorgeous and the idea of danger is written about in an exciting manner. The writing is strong and the author uses it to lure the reader into the psyche of the protagonist, and as they turn from page to page, the surprises just keep piling up. Lara Ann Dominick’s gift for plot comes out strongly in Oil and Water, a title that makes for a great canvas that readers will enjoy. I particularly loved the first-person narrative voice and how the author uses it to get to the depths of the characters. This novel has great prose, wonderful characters, and a fascinating plot.