Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mouthy Vamp

Bill the Vampire by Rick Gualtieri


There are reasons we fear the night. He isn't one of them.

Meet Bill Ryder: programmer, gamer geek, and hopeless dweeb when it comes to women. All he ever asked for out of life was to collect his paycheck, hang out with his buds, and eventually (someday) ask out the girl of his dreams.

However, then Bill met Sally. She was mysterious, aggressive, and best of all...smoking hot. Bill never stood a chance. Before he knew what was happening Sally had lead him to his death, and that was only the beginning of his troubles.

Now Bill awakes to find himself an undead predator of the night. The only problem is he’s still at the bottom of the food chain.

He’s in way over his head, surrounded by creatures more dangerous, better looking, and a whole lot cooler than he is. Worst of all is the dreaded Night Razor, a master vampire who just can’t stand him. He gives Bill a 90-day deadline to either prove himself or meet a more permanent kind of death, and the deck is definitely stacked against him.

But Bill isn’t exactly average. A vampire like him hasn’t been seen in over five centuries. He's got a few tricks up his sleeve, unlikely allies to help him out, and an attitude problem that makes him just too damn obnoxious to quit. He may just pull it off... if he doesn't get his teeth kicked in first.

Rate & take


I never really got what exactly an 'anti-hero' was until I read this book. Bill sure meets the criteria of someone who lacks 'conventional heroic attributes'. His ineptitude and really good luck keeps this plot moving in crazy and funny directions. If you are looking for something different, you've found it right here, look no further. This is the first book in the, Tome of Bill, series.  

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Surprised by a third

Distance by David Pandolfe


A ghost who brings visions of fire. A runaway girl on the streets. A psychic who might be lying about someone’s death. It must be time for Jack and Lauren to get serious.

Ghosts, Lauren can handle. People, on the other hand, can be scary as hell. So when Lauren finds herself visited by a young girl who's clearly no longer of this world, she’s more intrigued than anything else. It's only when this ongoing visitation coincides with receiving a psychic distress call from a girl who desperately wants to stay missing that Lauren becomes both curious and frightened.

Soon, Jack and Lauren find themselves pitted against a ticking clock as they try to rescue a girl the police are searching for, at least one man is hunting, and who another psychic claims to have already seen dead.

Rate & take


Such a pleasant surprise to find that a third book was published in this the, Streetlights Like Fireworks, series. I grabbed it right up and began reading it right away. So good to be back with Jack and Lauren and their friends. I will forever be a fan and happily wait for whatever books may come. There are a few plot points I am looking forward to seeing addressed in future books and I do believe the author will clear them up nicely as the story continues.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

No mixed review here

Risk It by Jennifer Chance


As dominating in business as he is in bed, Rand Sterling Winston, IV, always gets what he wants. And even before he realizes that she’s scammed him into paying triple the cost for her friend’s painting, he wants Dani Michaels. To catch her alone, Rand demands she personally deliver his purchase. The attraction between them is immediate and electric, and he knows she feels it, too. So when the part-time petty thief rebuffs his advances, he gives her a choice: a night in jail or an evening with him.

Despite her checkered past, Dani has never met someone like Rand: brooding, intense, and oh-so tempting. Only a man with a broken soul could make losing control feel this dangerous. Still, when Rand proposes a no-strings, no-holds-barred affair, Dani’s more than a little intrigued. It’ll be the trickiest con she's ever run and a chance to indulge her steamiest fantasies—nothing more. But as their encounters grow increasingly intimate, Dani uncovers a vulnerable side to Rand’s steely exterior . . . and opens her heart to the ultimate risk.

Rate & take


I noticed this title had usually mixed reviews on Goodreads, I had no pause about my rating because I very much enjoyed this book. Could the plot have been a little less thin? Sure, but overall it was just what I needed, a little steam with a little food for thought. I wish the author would do a follow up on these two damaged creatures.

Readers Note: I found out this book is the 4th in the Rule Breakers series but it reads just fine as a stand alone.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

All in the title

Fugly by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff


My name is Lily Snow. I am twenty-five years old, and despite being born with an unattractive face, I have never doubted who I am: smart, driven, and beautiful on the inside. 

Until I met Maxwell Cole.

He’s handsome, excessively wealthy, and the owner of Cole Cosmetics. It’s been my dream to work for this man for as long as I can remember. The good news is he wants to hire me. The bad news is he wants me for all the wrong reasons. Ugly reasons. 

In exchange, he’s offered me my dreams on a silver platter. The job. The title. A beautiful future. But this man is as messed up and ugly as they come on the inside. I’m not sure anyone can help him, and he just might take my heart down with him.

Rate & take


This was a very off-the-cuff choice for me but it paid off by being a decent page turner. I would recommend it as a good beach read.