Friday, July 29, 2011

Shadow's Review: Out With the Undead by Jade Twilight

Out With the UndeadOut With the Undead
by Jade Twilight
Published September 6th 2010 by Lyrical Press, Inc.
Courtesy of author
Brigit has dealt with being one of the few female Guardians all her life. Now she's asked to help train another woman while dealing with her Charge, Liam, and the changes he's going through. To add to her workload, she needs to help Hunter, a female in her employment. Brigit pushes her own needs and wants to the back burner until they are almost boiling over. Liam wants her, but it's against the rules. Edward can give her the normal life she wants, but is he all he's cracked up to be?          To call Hunter's home life crappy is an understatement. Only after discovering everything she believed about herself is a lie do two men turn her world upside down. Driven to the brink of sanity, she needs to learn who she really is.Regan's service worker job never prepared her for her duties with the pack. Traumatized vampyre victims, creatures who become children when hit by sunlight, and werewolves are just a few things she must learn to deal with. But she's not sure what to do when a vampyre wants to make her his mate, and she falls for her lycanthropic boss.

Content Warning: vampyre ménage a trois, explicit sex, harsh language, violence.

Shadow’s Thoughts:

Out with the Dead is about three different women who are connected in some way, and each has their own problems to figure out. The plot has a little bit of everything; a paranormal world filled with vampires, weres, zombies, and guardians. Author, Jade Twilight, pens an intertwined story that kept me guessing and I never knew which way the characters were going to go. 
Right away the story snagged my attention, but after a few pages of reading I started getting confused. It focuses on more than one main couple and jumped around a bit, which made it hard for me to keep the characters apart. I had a love/hate relationship by the middle and wasn't sure whether I liked it but at the same time I couldn't put it down! 

The first character introduced in the story is Brigit. She's a guardian that protects vampires who begins to have feelings for her charge, Liam, which is against the rules. But when a new guy shows up in town with his daughter, Brigit starts dreaming of white picket fences; so begins her love triangle. One of these men aren't quite who they portray themselves to be though...

Then we jump to Regan, who is the second woman introduced in the story. Regan and her boss Mac share an attraction for one another but neither act on that attraction until Regan starts getting stalked by a dangerous vampire, Bastien. Mac and Regan are part of a team that kill vampires and zombies but the tricky part is, female vampires don't die - they revert back to little girls. Regan takes these girls to a special school where they adopt the kids out and keep an eye on them. Mac, with the rest of his team, then kills and cleans up the other vamps and zombies. Did I mention Mac is a were?

The third lady is Hunter; she’s a young woman who attends the same school that Regan takes all the little girls to while working for Brigit at a book store. While finishing school she runs into two old loves, Julian and Blayze, from her former vampire days. With their return Hunter starts to remember bits and pieces from her previous life that confuse her, but luckily Regan and Brigit are there to help her out…

Out with the Dead has numerous twist and turns as well as plenty subterfuge, but there was so much packed into it that I found it hard to keep everything straight. All in all it was an enjoyable one-time-read; the characters were great and the story line, while jumpy, kept me intrigued.

Edited by: Crystal ♥

Rating: 3 Wine Glasses

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