Thursday, April 14, 2016

Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire (Dead in the City #4)

The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire (Dead in the City #4)

by Sara Humphreys 

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.
Themes: vampires, witches, paranormal
Rating: 4.25 stars
Heat Rating: 
 I have been a big fan of Sara Humphreys ever since I stumbled across her Amoveo series several years ago; her unique take on shifters, vampires, witches and other paranormal beings continues to amaze me and this newest addition to the spinoff Dead in the City series was just as intriguing.  Humphreys takes us deep into the underground and undead world of New York City, one that the humans don’t even begin to guess they are clueless about.  Serious changes have come to this society recently with long forgotten secrets being uncovered, cross-species matings, and battles brewing that no one realized they needed to be worried about.  Dakota and Trixie’s story was just as vital and interesting to the overall plot in this series as it was as a stand-alone novel.  Trixie is the kind of character that makes me want to dig deeper into their minds and learn all about them.  She obviously has secrets, ones she’s kept even from her coven, women she has long looked at as being her only true family.  She is faced with a startling attraction to a male that she knows would completely change her world, but resisting the sexy and lethal cowboy is becoming increasing difficult.  When Dakota came to New York a few years ago we all enjoyed seeing his playful laid back country boy wats clashing against Trixie’s punk rocker hard-ass personality, but under all that swagger is a truly loving and sweet male—Trixie’s perfect mate.  I loved seeing these two find their way through the morass of drama that they found themselves in and finding a way to deal with their fears and hang-ups in order to find one another’s hearts.  The passion between them is undeniable and the moments that they give in to it make me feel like I need a cold shower, but the truly great moments between them happened when they dropped their guards and were able to truly show their love and caring for one another.  Trixie’s past and the truth of her heritage was just the icing on the cake in my opinion and I, though I think I might be a long shot, hope to see her again in future novels as she moves further with her new powers.  All in all a really great story that I can see myself reading again and I am waiting anxiously for the next novel to find out who will find their mates and where these changing times will take Olivia’s family and coven.

*ebook provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided.

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