Review: Drop Dead Gorgeous by Juliet Lyons

Reviewed by Elle

I admit, I have a soft spot for vampires. I hadn’t read a vampire romance for awhile, so when I was offered this one for review, I easily accepted, despite not reading the first book in the series. This book stands alone well, so you can definitely jump in here without reading the first of the Bite Nights series.

Mila is a bit of an adorable mess. Her last boyfriend dumped her to go back to a wife and family she knew nothing about. Down on her luck, she tries the hot new dating site V-Date. Yes, the V stands for Vampire. They’re out of the coffin, living in society and open to dating.

Mila’s night out becomes a bit of a drama, when her Vampire date tries to kill her. Lucky for her, Inspector Vincent Ferrer happens to be around to save her. One look at Vincent’s (Hemsworth look-alike) face, is almost enough to erase Mila’s near death experience from memory. Only problem is, he’s a Vampire too. Oh, and the killer isn’t giving up that easily.

With one Vampire trying to kill her, Mila turns to Vincent for protection. But secrets from his past might be painting an even bigger target on her back.

There was a lot that was good in this. I thought the Vampire Dating site idea was clever and unique. Mila is adorable, and a bit funny. She has some cracker one-liners that made me grin. Vincent is hot, and their chemistry is swoon worthy, as is their between the sheets action. I liked how Vincent’s back story came into play, and how it shaped the plot.

Vincent, though, gave me some grief. I think the author was trying to make him more of a beta than an alpha, which I would have been fine with, but he ended up reading like a female character. It wasn’t just that his eyes filled with tears on more than one occasion; men crying is A-ok in my book. But he did things like ‘flinging’ his arms around her. His actions seemed feminine, as did a lot of his dialogue, to the point where both characters sounded the same at times. To use writer talk, their ‘voice’ was too similar. And because the chapters alternate from Vincent and Mila’s point of views, I sometimes forgot who’s head I was in.

I also thought there could have been a bit more action from the antagonist. He was there in the beginning and the end but he seemed to disappear completely in the middle. I think he could have really spiced things up if he’d had a presence there.

But overall, it was a fun, no thought required read (just how I like it.) The HEA was possibly the best part of the whole book. The epilogue was super sweet and had me a bit misty eyed. This author definitely knows how to spin a good story and I’d be happy to read more from her in the future.

Rating: B-

Click to purchase: Amazon

Drop Dead Gorgeous
by Juliet Lyons
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

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