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Ty does sound hot, although I'm not sure on the sugar endearment, and I was disappointed things didn't progress a bit more with this installment. Hopefully the second, please? He did irritate me with his comments on her softness, however, as he made fun of and looked down on her a bit too much sometimes. If you're in the market for intense vampires, steer far away. There's no dark and ghastly here, even in terms of other vamps.
It's all very light, fluffy, and a fast read that's humorous but not overly so, with plenty happening at all ends to keep things spicy. Raye's writing style is very different, not cloying and overdone but extremely spruced up and addictive. Add in a serial murder story that needs uncovering, and the pages fly by. The book does not stand out enough to rate a four star, but I'm very eager to read the next book: Sep 29, Tara rated it it was ok Shelves: I think the thing that really turned me off to this book is that fact that the narrator was not the kind of person or Vamp I like spending time with and since she's the voice of the story.
I really don't follow clothes and fashions and so the constant interjections about what people were wearing started to get really old, really quick. Plus, it was hard to root for her to get the guy when I really didn't like her, and dreaded the thought of hearing their interact 2.
Plus, it was hard to root for her to get the guy when I really didn't like her, and dreaded the thought of hearing their interactions in her voice. This book was also hard to categorize. It was about romance but not really a romance. There was a whole who-done-it thing going on as well, but I prefer my mysteries solvable. Meaning, you meet the bad guy along with several potential bad guys and you get all the clues to solve it, if you are paying attention.
But we never really meet the bad guy, actually the whole ending felt rushed. We never really learn anything about the why of the matter. I guess if you are going to try to build a mystery, I want some explanation as to why the psycho killer turned psycho. Overall not awful, but I don't know that I'll read another one in this Kimberly Raye series. Maybe the other one though View all 8 comments.
May 22, Kathleen Burket rated it it was amazing. DED is a lighthearted paranormal that pokes fun at fashion mavens, glam girls, and entrepreneurial business people through its over-the-top heroine, Lil Marchette. As silly as Lil can be sometimes, she stills manages to win you over with her efforts to reach out to Francis, a geeky 1,year old born vamp, and Esther Crutch, a robust-figured made vamp who was turned shortl Dead End Dating DED the kind of book to which I turn when I know that I need to laugh or need something to make me smile.
As silly as Lil can be sometimes, she stills manages to win you over with her efforts to reach out to Francis, a geeky 1,year old born vamp, and Esther Crutch, a robust-figured made vamp who was turned shortly after the turn of the last century when the norm for women was to be a bit more rounded.
Esther is a delightful character who also appears in subsequent books and isn't quite with the current century. Lil is surrounded by her crazy family. There is her father who has selective hearing unless the conversation is about "money, the Knicks, or money. In this first book in the series you are also introduced to her three older brothers: Heh, heh, Heh ; and Jack, the closest brother in age to Lil. Jack plays a big role in a future book and gets involved with someone of whom mom may not approve Is that the sound of maniacal laughter?
Jan 14, steen rated it liked it Shelves: So the narrator is a little bit too much of a Valley Girl, despite aristocratic French roots. So she talks obsessively about designer goods. Which I'm not entirely opposed to, by the way. Still, I found myself interested in the book. It puts a slightly different twist on the whole vampire lore while still being pretty funny.
Honestly, the storytelling style kind of reminds me of the Jen Lancaster books which you must read if you haven't. All in all, the book can be a little annoying at time So the narrator is a little bit too much of a Valley Girl, despite aristocratic French roots. All in all, the book can be a little annoying at times but it's a quick and entertaining read with a pretty funny voice to tell the story of a modernized vampire just trying to start her own dating service.
Apr 24, Gina rated it really liked it Shelves: It's the first time I read Kimberly Raye, and it won't be the last! Her main character, Lil Marchette, is hilarious! She doesn't do anything in a simple way. I wouldn't mind meeting him, if he was real. The rest of the cast just makes up for a really good story. The plot, as well as the characters, was funny, quirky. Definitely different from your average vampire novel. May 27, Wendy Peoples Moore rated it really liked it.
The perfect summer fun read. This is one of those rare books that makes you laugh out loud. Simplistic plot, lots of silliness, and light romance. Definitely a strong start for what may just be a really great series. If you don't believe me, here's an excerpt from the book: He was a vampire.
Okay, so that was't actually my first thought. My lace Victoria's Secret thong had crawled into a r The perfect summer fun read.
My lace Victoria's Secret thong had crawled into a really high place, and I was thinking I should have used my preternatural reflexes and gone after it a block back instead of opting to wait until I reached the office. He was a really hot vampire Think totally irritating thong chafing the hell out of my ass beneath last season's DKNY jeans which I'd pulled on for lack of anything else with a pink vintage Metallica T shirt that did absolutely nothing for my complexion May 19, Anita rated it did not like it Shelves: I recommend against reading this novel.
It's chicklit paranormal romance, which I like, but it's poorly done. The characters are not particularly loveable, the fashion references seem extraneous, and there are enough inconsistancies in the book to think that it desparately needs a good editor. The plotline was fine, and I liked the concepts behind most of the characters, but MaryJanice Davidson this author is not.
Barbie doll type vampire chick sets up dating service for all ty Yuck! Barbie doll type vampire chick sets up dating service for all types of beings - human, vampire, were, whatever. Murderer and sexy bounty hunter come to town. This book was not really worth the time it took to read. If I had 6 hours to kill and the only book available to me was the sequel, I might read it, but it's unlikely otherwise. This was a really good book. Lil and Fred would make the cutest couple ever.
Definitely going to read more books in the series. It's tough being a fashion vixen. Jan 17, Yodamom rated it did not like it Shelves: It reads like a silly copy of the Undead series by MJDaivson. I found myself skipping paragraphs, forcing myself to turn the page, time to quit. Just a big fat DUH from me. Jul 27, Anamarija rated it it was ok. May 24, Amber rated it liked it Shelves: Hey if I am going to read chick lit, it might as well be cute and sassy.
A little more "pop culture" than I'd ideally like, but I will read the second in the series. Finished in a couple of hours. I couldn't finish this book, but I'm not going to give it a rating. I thought I would try chick-lit, but I just can't do it. So, I can't really say anything about the quality of this book in particular. Mar 06, Alisha rated it really liked it Shelves: Kind of cheesy and silly, but very funny. Apr 04, Yoru rated it really liked it Shelves: It's was quite funny!
I really like it! The book started rough for me; the main character was a bit too fashion-focused and shallow. And, the first fifty pages could easily be edited down to 25, which would help the initial pacing. However, once the plot got going, I enjoyed the story. It wouldn't be my go-to series, but I'll try book two. Sep 12, TheFangirl rated it really liked it Shelves: I absolutely adored the style of vampires presented in this book. The character are attaching and the idea of a matchamking service for vampires is awesome.
May 25, LASD rated it liked it. This was an entertaining fun light read. If you are wanting a vampire character that is serious and deadly this book is not for you.
Da kommt eines Ta Inhalt: Diese versteckt sich aber in Band 1 noch weitestgehend. Es ist Chic-Lit, da muss also noch was kommen. D Aber diesen langsamen Verlauf zwischen den beiden, fand ich ganz angenehm.
Negativ hervorheben muss ich dennoch, dass die Handlung etwas einfach gestrickt war. Ebenso war es schade, dass Lil keiner direkten Gefahr ausgesetzt wird. Obwohl sie einen Kidnapper jagt, ist das Schlimmste, das ihr passieren kann ein Schmutzfleck auf ihren ultrateuren Stiefeln.
Dies soll das Buch nicht abwerten, es ist ein solides Werk, aber im Vergleich zu tiefer gehenden, komplizierter gestrickten Titeln, kann ich keinen vierten Stern vergeben.
Und tadaaaa das hier war eines davon. Es erinnert mich auch ein wenig an die Betsy-Taylor-Reihe. Aber gut, man soll ja ein Buch nicht nach seinem Einband beurteilen. Der Schreibstil der Autorin ist sehr einfach gehalten.
Einen Spannungsbogen hat das Buch leider nicht wirklich. Ihre Lieblingsfarbe ist pink und sie ist definitiv ein Shoppaholic. Irgendwie habe ich hier das schlagfertige vermisst. Er steht somit in der Vampirgesellschaft unter Lil. Ich hoffe das ist im Folgeband anders, weil er scheint doch sehr interessant zu sein.
Die nicht vorhandene Beziehung der Beiden entwickelt sich langsam aber sicher weiter. Ich finde es gut, dass die Beiden so langsam mit einander anbandeln. Eigentlich knistert es nur bei Lil und Ty. Mal sehen, wie es so weiter geht. Dastrifft vorallem auf ihr Mutter zu. Doch Lil hat ihren eigenen Kopf. Bis dahin hatte ich zwar Vermutungen, lag mit denen jedoch total daneben. So hatte ich das nun nicht erwartet. Die anderen Nebencharaktere wurden gut ausgearbeitet und in die Geschichte gut eingebaut.
Jedoch wurden sie immer sehr genau und authentisch beschrieben. Leider kam die Spannung echt nur am Ende auf. Aber ich bin zuversichtlich was die Beziehung zwischen Lil und Ty noch so bringt. Insgesamt ein eher durchschnittlicher Seienauftakt aus der Feder von Kimberly Raye.
Mir hat es einfach an fast allem gemangelt. Ich hoffe wirklich, dass er zweite Band besser wird. Ich vergebe 3 von 5 Sternchen! A quick read, that was enjoyable for the most part.
The author puts her own spin on vamp mythology, with two classses of vamps, born vamps and made vamps, who do not intermarry. Born vamps can have children with their eternal mate, and when choosing a mate they don't consider love or feelings. A female looks for a mate with a high fertility rating, and a male looks for a mate with a high OQ - orgasm quotient - as the more orgasms she can have in a single session of love making, the more eggs she A quick read, that was enjoyable for the most part.
A female looks for a mate with a high fertility rating, and a male looks for a mate with a high OQ - orgasm quotient - as the more orgasms she can have in a single session of love making, the more eggs she can produce and the higher her chances of conceiving. Made vamps are unable to procreate.
Lil Marchette is a born vamp, who is also a romantic. She has started a matchmaking service, catering to both vamps and humans. She would like to find an eternity mate for herself, but she also wants someone she can actually love. Her mother is constantly trying to set her up and get her to settle down.
One of Lil's first big clients is Francis, a geeky born vamp who blushes whenever a woman talks to him. If she can make him over and find him a mate, then her business should surely take off. In the meantime, she meets Ty Bonner, a bounty hunter who is after a serial kidnapper. Ty comes to her office to warn her to be on the lookout as the kidnapper may be meeting his victims through dating services.
Ty is a made vamp, and Lil is surprised and dismayed at how attracted she is to him, and keeps reminding herself that born and made do not get together and it would never work. The story and the dialogue were enjoyable, though Lil is a little too on the chick lit side, being overly obsessed with fashion and clothing and such.
Her assistant is a human who knows nothing about Lil's vamp side, and it was a little hard to believe that she never wondered about her nocturnal boss. Ty was a great character, but was around way too little, though I gather he'll be in future books in the series. He seems attracted to Lil also, and hopefully something will come of that, despite Lil's reservations.
Where the book turned sour for me was during Francis' transformation. Lil has fixed his wardrobe and messed with his hair, but she isn't satisfied with him. So she takes him to her parents' next door neighbor, a werewolf, and talks her into keeping him for the weekend. For now, avoid forcing the issue with mere "lists" of works possessing an arbitrary shared characteristic, such as relating to a particular place.
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