Smith, Cynthia Leitich. 2007. Tantalize.
Quincie Morris is not your average teen girl. For one thing, her first love and best friend, Kieren, is a werewolf. Another thing that separates her from the crowd: she's being wooed by a vampire. Yes, life for Quincie Morris is not your typical, ordinary one. She's an orphan being raised by her uncle. Together they are running the family restaurant. Due to some recent competition, the restaurant is being rejuvenated and going theme. The theme? vampires. So of course the head chef would need to at least pretend to be a vampire to attract customers. But when murders become an almost weekly occurrence in the neighborhood, Quincie doesn't know what to think. Is the restaurant attracting real vampires? Or is her best friend a serial killer? Who can she trust? Is anyone she loves a suspect? No one is safe in this thrilling vampire tale of murder and seduction.
P.S. The vampires in this novel are very, very bad. Not your blood-abstaining sort.
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