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Flora Reviews… Fashionably Dead (Hot Damned Series #1) by Robyn Peterman

 

 

…So what’s this book about?

The heroine of this book is a young woman called Astrid. She is 29 years old, has just lost her beloved Nana, desperately wants to give up smoking, teaches an art class to a bunch of wonderful characters in an old people’s home (whom she loves), has a wonderful best friend called Gemma (whom she also loves), is addicted to Prada and has the coldest, most heartless cow of a Mum in the world. Oh, and she doesn’t believe in vampires.

That is until she wakes up after visiting a hypnotist to stop smoking. Astrid has become a Vampyre, she has a guardian angel called Pam, a fairy called The Kevin to teach her how to fight and use magic, four so ugly they’re cute demons who live on her bedroom ceiling (who she names; Ross, Honest Abe, Rachel and Beyonce) and has to suppress her lust at first sight feelings towards a killer rogue vampire!

This book is the first of the Hot Damned series.

Read from May 24 to 27, 2014 Review posted on Goodreads on 27 May 2014

…So, what did I like about it?

I downloaded this book to my Kindle because I liked the cover, the blurb made me chuckle and it was free!!

I found the writing style a refreshing change from what I’ve been reading recently; it has vitality and wit that appeal to me. The pace of the story and balance between action and sex scenes felt right and there were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing.

I can’t single out any one character as my favourite in this book because they were all written so well, they all felt real to me. Ms Peterman had me loving/liking the good guys, hating the evil sods and even feeling for those that were in-between.

I must confess to becoming slightly worried after I’d read about a third of the way through this book because although the story and it’s fabulous characters had made me physically laugh my arse off a number of times, I was beginning to think that there wasn’t enough depth to make me feel involved in Astrid’s story. That had changed by the time I was halfway through the book – it still retained it’s hilarity and continued to make me laugh out loud but there’s depth too; I found myself with tears down my face a few times and an occasional excited knot in my stomach when trying to guess what Astrid would do next.

…So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?

Honestly, I did wish that the ending hadn’t been such an almighty cliff-hanger. It’s the only reason I gave 4* not 5*. I prefer my books to have a few loose ends to carry into another story rather than cutting off like this one. I will have to buy book 2 Fashionably Dead Down Under but it will have to be when I’ve saved a few more pennies.

…So, basically what I’m saying is…
I loved this book so much that I’ve added Robyn Peterman to my “favourite authors” list. I suggest you don’t read this book if you’re easily shocked but if you’re not put off by a lot of profane language or swearing and enjoy your books with a bit of heat (very descriptive and passionate sex scenes) then this “Jerry Springer” of a paranormal tale of vampires, angles, demons and fairies is for you.

Read from May 24 to 27, 2014 Review posted on Goodreads on 27 May 2014

 

…So what’s this book about?
The heroine of this book is a young woman called Astrid. She is 29 years old, has just lost her beloved Nana, desperately wants to give up smoking, teaches an art class to a bunch of wonderful characters in an old people’s home (whom she loves), has a wonderful best friend called Gemma (whom she also loves), is addicted to Prada and has the coldest, most heartless cow of a Mum in the world. Oh, and she doesn’t believe in vampires.
That is until she wakes up after visiting a hypnotist to stop smoking. Astrid has become a Vampyre, she has a guardian angel called Pam, a fairy called The Kevin to teach her how to fight and use magic, four so ugly they’re cute demons who live on her bedroom ceiling (who she names; Ross, Honest Abe, Rachel and Beyonce) and has to suppress her lust at first sight feelings towards a killer rogue vampire!
This book is the first of the Hot Damned series.

…So, what did I like about it?
I downloaded this book to my Kindle because I liked the cover, the blurb made me chuckle and it was free!!
I found the writing style a refreshing change from what I’ve been reading recently; it has vitality and wit that appeal to me. The pace of the story and balance between action and sex scenes felt right and there were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing.
I can’t single out any one character as my favourite in this book because they were all written so well, they all felt real to me. Ms Peterman had me loving/liking the good guys, hating the evil sods and even feeling for those that were in-between.
I must confess to becoming slightly worried after I’d read about a third of the way through this book because although the story and it’s fabulous characters had made me physically laugh my arse off a number of times, I was beginning to think that there wasn’t enough depth to make me feel involved in Astrid’s story. That had changed by the time I was halfway through the book – it still retained it’s hilarity and continued to make me laugh out loud but there’s depth too; I found myself with tears down my face a few times and an occasional excited knot in my stomach when trying to guess what Astrid would do next.

…So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
Honestly, I did wish that the ending hadn’t been such an almighty cliff-hanger. It’s the only reason I gave 4* not 5* . I prefer my books to have a few loose ends to carry into another story rather than cutting off like this one. I will have to buy book 2 Fashionably Dead Down Under but it will have to be when I’ve saved a few more pennies.

…So, basically what I’m saying is…
I loved this book so much that I’ve added Robyn Peterman to my “favourite authors” list. I suggest you don’t read this book if you’re easily shocked but if you’re not put off by a lot of profane language or swearing and enjoy your books with a bit of heat (very descriptive and passionate sex scenes) then this “Jerry Springer” of a paranormal tale of vampires, angles, demons and fairies is for you.

About Author

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

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