by Juliet Lyons
Read: 16th – 21st January 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
So what’s this book about?
Drop Dead Gorgeous is the second book (approx 354 pages) in Ms Lyons’ Bite Nights series. It’s a paranormal romance set in modern Britain where vampires are no longer creatures of myth and legend but live alongside us, although they still like to keep their secrets close to their chests.
Although there are characters and references to things that happened in the last book, I don’t think you need to have read it to enjoy Drop Dead Gorgeous as Ms Lyons fills in any necessary gaps when necessary so that new readers are not lost, however, as with most series, if you jump without having read the previous books, you sometimes miss the nuances of character relationships and may suffer consequences of having not experienced past adventures first hand.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers of any kind or reveal any plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
For those mortals wanting to get up close and personal with the beautiful undead, there’s…
SWIPE RIGHT FOR MR. BITE
Mila Hart’s first experience with the hot new vampire dating site is a complete disaster. Turns out, her date is wanted for murder! But things turn around when she’s rescued by dashing vampire cop Vincent Ferrer. Dangerous and drop dead gorgeous, he’s just the vampire hottie Mila was hoping for.
Haunted by his past, Vincent can’t risk falling in love again, even if Mila charms him more than anyone he’s ever met. But when the killer from Mila’s first date seeks her out, Vincent is the only one who can protect her. Protecting his heart is a different story…
So, what did I like about it?
I am already a fan of Ms Lyons writing style; I find her stories very easy to read. I liked how she mixed fantasy and reality to create a world that I can easily believe in and I love the new twists she created for her vampires, how they are made, the hints at their origins and their society/social hierarchy. I look forward to seeing the world and the intricacies further expanded in consequent novels.
Ms Lyons writes Drop Dead Gorgeous from a “first person point of view” but allows both her hero and heroine to lead the reader with their own chapters/sections giving us a chance to read their inner dialogue; I really like this and think it adds a further depth of understanding. I loved the fact that Mila and Vincent are both multifaceted characters with their own set of foibles and emotional baggage. I felt as though I really got to know them during this book and fell for both of them.
There are a couple of stories running in the background to the main romance and I enjoyed all the twists and turns that Ms Lyons’ built into her accompanying plot lines. I enjoyed getting to know the supporting cast of characters a bit better and meeting some new faces. But, I’ve got to say I REALLY appreciated the cliffhanger-free ending to the murder/thriller aspect and the romance between Mila and Vincent, I wish more authors wrote more complete stories within their books in their series.
I can happily report, dear reader, that I experienced various emotions while reading Drop Dead Gorgeous; the banter/humour and predicaments Mila got herself into (and out of) made me chuckle, I shed a tear or two during the more emotional revelations, the fighting and action scenes fed my adrenalin, the tension and horror around the serial killer aspect had me on the edge of my seat, the romance warmed my heart and the passion titillated and put fire in my blood. In other words I was gripped and couldn’t stop reading.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
Ok, my only gripe is with the end of the story; it ends a bit abruptly. I would have liked another chapter that dealt with things like; Vincent’s job, Mila and Vincent having a “normal” date, the conversation with Karolina and does Mila still work as a receptionist and an English teacher’s? However, having said that, I did like the epilogue – 3 years later, which did answer some other questions.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really enjoyed this story and didn’t want it to end. I think it’s a very easy book to read; it’s intelligent, witty but also has oodles of tension, both due to the scary serial killer aspect and the sexual anticipation. I couldn’t stop reading it. We get a sneak peek of That Killer Smile (Bite Nights #3) at the end of this book and I have already added it to my Amazon wish list.
I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy good writing and plot development, heart warming romance stories with pages of titillating eroticism balanced with kick-arse action and tense crime drama and sprinkled with witty banter.
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