Dead End Dating by Kimberly Raye

(Dead End Dating, #1)
Paranormal Romance


A vivacious vampire with a flair for accessorizing, Lil Marchette is unlike most of her kind. She prefers lively shades of pink to dismal black (soo not her color), plus she’s a hopeless romantic. In need of a steady paycheck to support a compulsive cosmetics habit, Lil starts Dead End Dating (DED), a Manhattan-based matchmaking service that helps smart, sophisticated singles like herself find eternity mates–and may even help her stake a claim to her very own Count Right!

When Lil meets geeky vampire Francis Deville, she knows he’s the perfect first client. If she can hook up Francis–after a little revamping, of course–she will prove her skills to the vampire community and turn DED into the hottest dating service in the Big Apple. But just as her business takes off, Lil meets the (literally) drop-dead gorgeous bounty hunter Ty Bonner, who is hot on the chase of a serial killer. Instantly drawn to the luscious vamp stud, Lil really wants a taste. But as a made vampire, Ty can’t procreate–and Lil will settle for nothing less. Luckily, between “vampifying” Francis and helping Ty solve his murder mystery, Lil has no time for silly romantic entanglements . . . even if Ty is all that and a Bloody Mary chaser!

I was a bit reluctant to start on this endeavor, for the back cover description sounded a bit too cutesy for me. Also, I enjoy male vampires with female humans as the main characters, but I of course was curious about this one and am as addicted to series as vamps are to the red stuff. Pleasantly, this book was very different, focusing basically only on vamp-vamp relations, involving humans to a lesser degree, and injected so many unusual and new twists to vampirism that it was almost like reading about a new race entirely. Vampires are matched based on this orgasm rate for female, and fertility rating for the male. There are born vamps, and made vamps. Both groups are snobby toward each other and rarely interact.

I have seen comparisons in other reviews between this one and Mary Janice Davidsons' Undead series, but I digress. The protagonist does share the same fashion obsession, although not necessarily Betsie's die-hard shoe fetish, but she is no way over the top annoying. Her situation is completely different, goals endlessly varied, and all interacting characters from another world outside the 'undead' one. In other words, if you don't enjoy that series, you can still enjoy this one for they're not the same.

Liz is a bit irrational at times, but she's a fun gal to follow. She has a pleasant heart and an interesting outlook in the vamp world on love, romance, the whole nine yards. Her mother is constantly trying to set her up, which makes for truly funny moments. Her father is in constant battle with the neighbor werewolf, which also proves amusing.

She's surrounded by three brothers whom her parents have different standards for. It's almost like there is analogy for this in the book (as with how women are rated) that matches the human every-day life reality stuff. Ty does sound hot, although I'm not sure on the sugar endearment, and I was disappointed things didn't progress a bit more with this installment. Hopefully the second, please? He did irritate me with his comments on her softness, however, as he made fun of and looked down on her a bit too much sometimes.

If you're in the market for intense vampires, steer far away. There's no dark and ghastly here, even in terms of other vamps. It's all very light, fluffy, and a fast read that's humorous but not overly so, with plenty happening at all ends to keep things spicy. Raye's writing style is very different, not cloying and overdone but extremely spruced up and addictive. Add in a serial murder story that needs uncovering, and the pages fly by. The book does not stand out enough to rate a four star, but I'm very eager to read the next book :)

   Book Quotes:

“I've also been known to cry during MasterCard commercials.” 

“I could run, too, but my feet hurt. It's tough being a fashion vixen.” 

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