Now I’m not just a single mother trying to make ends meet in this crazy world....I’m also a vampire. One minute I was taking out the garbage; the next I awoke sucking on the thigh of superhot vampire Patrick O’Halloran, who’d generously offered his femoral artery to save me.
But though my stretch marks have disappeared and my vision has improved, I can’t rest until the thing that did this to me is caught. My kids’ future is at stake…figuratively and literally. As is my sex life. Although I wouldn’t mind finding myself attached to Patrick’s juicy thigh again, I learned that once a vampire does the dirty deed, it hitches her to the object of her affection for at least one hundred years. I just don’t know if I’m ready for that kind of commitment....
Bardsley gallups through the setup, where we learn about her alternate reality and her main characters. She's so busy getting to the good stuff she devotes no more than a paragraph to any of the following things: (1) The narrator finding out that vampires exist (2) The narrator finding out that she's dead (3) The narrator finding out that she's a vampire (4) The narrator coming to grips with the drinking of blood. The sum total of the narrator's reaction to these things is: Pretty crazy, huh?
Seriously, I don't care about the rules of her alternate reality if I'm not discovering it with the narrator, feeling it with the narrator, really getting involved in the STORY.
Her vampires are basically just superheroes with fangs. They have a laundry list of supernatural powers, they wake up from their Turning extra-gorgeous, and they don't seem to have any kind of noticeable personality change from their earlier, human selves - bloodlust is mild, no hunting instincts. So vampires either volunteer blood to one another, or else they feed off of donor humans, and it's all very civilized.
Jessica's romance with Patrick would be hot...if Bardsley hadn't pretty much spoiled it from the beginning. The reader discovers almost on the first page that Jessica is wearing a very special, very ancient ring and it has been prophesied for thousands of years that whoever next wore this ring is Patrick's soul-mate. Patrick believes in this prophesy, so he's instantly devoted to Jessica; and he's a really (almost tiresomely) nice guy. So there isn't a whole lot of tension to the romance; sure, it makes sense that Jessica needs a few days to think it over, and it sucks that they can't have sex while she thinks; and yes, she ought to wonder how her kids fit into the equation, but there's no real threat to their union, just a frustrating deferral.
What else? Too many characters, introduced too quickly, without enough personality. Over the top evil villains. Jessica pretty much ignores her kids throughout the novel (it's always, "Well, there goes another night without seeing my kids...good thing I know they'r safe!"), characters say and do things at inappropriate times and places (example: Evil Ex Girlfriend interrupts a war room powwow to tell Patrick, out of the blue, "We were good before, we could be again" - don't even Evil Ex Girlfriends have a sense of timing?). A real cop-out at the ending.
Bloodless? Absolutely.read more