Friday, January 8, 2016

#Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire by Sara Humphreys - 4 Wine Glasses

Series: Dead in the City #4
Author: Sara Humphreys
Format: Kindle, 320 Pages
Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca (January 5, 2016)
Links:  Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Beloved author Sara Humphreys' acclaimed paranormal romance series continues with sweltering attraction between two vampires who have all the time in the world to satisfy their desires...

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.

Linda's  Thoughts:
"You are a spitfire of a woman, do you know that? You remind me of a horse that hasn't been broken yet. All skittish and full of wild energy."
"Are you for real?" Her jaw fell open. "Did you just compare me to a horse?"

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE VAMPIRE by Sara Humphreys is a fast-paced, sexy shifter romance. It's the fourth book in Sara's Dead in the City series, but don't let that steer you away, because it works well as a standalone, if that is your preference. Fans of the series will enjoy catching up with favorite characters from the previous installments. This is the story of Dakota Helton, the newest sentry for the Presideum, the vampire government, and Trixie LaRoux, the wild child goth chick in the eclectic New York City vampire coven.

Both leads were genuine and likeable. They were opposites in many ways and quite accomplished at tap dancing around each other. Dakota was the epitome of a good old cowboy from Texas. He loves his Stetsons and I chuckled over his obsession to lollipops. This is the first time I've read about vampires and lollipops... together. He's a badass sentry - deadly, stealthy, and full of swagger.

Trixie seemed to be tough - but that persona was really just part of the facade she's erected around herself to keep others from seeing the real Trixie. As a human, she suffered from addiction. Becoming a vampire freed her from that addiction. But... deep down, she still feels like a loser and she's terrified of becoming addicted again... this time to a hot, sexy male: Dakota.

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from this read:

Dakota pulled a lollipop out of his pocket before quickly unwrapping it and popping it into his mouth.
"What kind of vampire sucks on human candy?"

There ain't nothin' that makes a man feel more alive than white-hot desire.

Dakota started laughing. "You wouldn't have anything back there to help me tame a punk-rock wild child with a disdain for cowboys, would you?

I know when I pick up a book by Sara, that I'm in for a treat.
This story is solid from start to finish. Add in Sara's imaginative plot twists and I positively could not put this book down until I'd read the last page. I highly recommend THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE VAMPIRE to anyone who relishes an entertaining shifter romance.

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