ARC The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire by Sara Humphreys

The Good, The Bad and the Vampire

Book #4 in the Dead in the City series

Releases 1/5/16: 320 pages

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

Author’s Site

Book Synopsis:

He wants eternity?
Dakota Shelton is a vampire cowboy with a penchant for cinnamon lollipops and Johnny Cash. Though highly skilled and deadly dangerous to his enemies, he’s still a Texas good ol’ boy at heart. And he has that heart set on wooing Trixie LaRoux-the most badass punk rock chick in town-the old-fashioned way.

Over her undead body…
Trixie is tough as nails and sharp as a silver stake-the last thing she wants is a man to sit on a porch and not grow old with. So it’ll take going to hell and back fighting a new threat to vampires before she admits Dakota’s courtship makes her blood hum. Turns out chivalry’s not dead after all.

My Review:

Finally I made it to the book that prompted me to work through this entire series recently.  I was approved for this book review late in 2015 and since there were not that many previous book I decided to start at the beginning.   An excellent choice by the way and I highly recommend it if you are new to this spin-off series.  So was it worth all the effort?  Yes,  I have discovered a delightful new world to play in and I want to go and check out the series that this one is spun off of.  This book however, just didn’t click with me as much as its predecessors, let me tell you why.

Mainly I think it has to do with the cowboy.  Oh sure Dakota is a great guy, very sweet and I’m happy that he and Trixie have found their H.E.A, but I’m just not into cowboys.  I also like a little bit more edge to my alpha males, Dakota is a bit too goody-two-shoes for me.  I know it will have all the feminists pulling their hair out, but he was just too polite and didn’t catch my personal interest at all.   Oh well.  Trixie also got on my nerves a bit.  I’m not able to put my finger on it exactly, but there was something there that kept me from identifying with her too.  I caught myself think ‘oh common’ a few times when it came to her issues to overcome and brash attitude.

I’m happy I read the book and the points mentioned above really didn’t ruin it for me, but they are the reason for the rating it received.  I liked visiting with the gang again and learning about the new supernatural species that the plot revolves around.   I also enjoyed how the author dealt with the issue of first impressions and prejudiced in this story.  Something that gets the reader thinking is always a plus.  I am wondering where this series will take us next as I think many of the original characters are paired up.  There were a few new ones added to the family though so perhaps one of them will be next.

Nice addition to the series.  Not my favorite, but that has more to do with personal taste than anything with the book really.  Looking forward to seeing where we go next and I really need to go and check out more of this author’s work!

My Rating: 3 Stars

 

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