Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Genre: Paranormal/ Erotic Romance
Approximate word count: 25-30,000 words
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“Silence O'Shea lives in a tiny woodland town in the extreme Northern U.S., where the lusty locals generate enough heat to melt the polar ice caps. As in any good Catholic town, dirty deeds are afoot behind closed doors. Some people just have to share their exploits--and Silence is a superb and trusted listener. She’ll never spill secrets, but that doesn’t mean she can’t use the naughtiest bits and most colorful characters as inspiration for her work.”
“Hoping to make her ex-classmates eat their bullying hearts out, Josie Miller plans to attend her high school reunion a foxy vixen. Until a bloodsucking fiend turns her. Now she’ll be attending the reunion a fat vampire. Enter Tanner Douglas, her one-time crush, who’s happy to use various body parts to boost her confidence, and help Josie waltz into the reunion a sexy, sultry class vamp.”
In this smexy (A little smutty and a little sexy equals smexy) novella, Ms. O'Shea has redefined some of her own unique vampire life rules. A vampire's appearance never changes after the turn although they still have to be wary of sunlight and pointy sticks. They also have laws governing them, especially laws about turning new vampires.
While patrolling a dark alley Bob, a vampire cleaner who wears a trendy Marc Jacobs cross-body man purse, finds Josie dying from a sloppy vampire feeding. He has a choice to save her by turning her into a vampire or letting her die. After saving her life and a rowdy round of the best sex Josie has ever had, all she wants is a do-over. The last thing she wants to be is a chunky vampire for the rest of her undead life. Their conversation is hysterical! Bob ends up making sure she gets home afterward while she laments about being a fat vampire for all eternity and being turned by what she considers a vampire janitor.
With help from her best friend Carmen, Josie takes on changing her self image problems. This is a totally irreverent look at a realistic problem facing many women today.
The plot has a nice pace and the characters are well developed and believable, aside from Josie's vampire situation. When Josie runs into Tanner, an old high school crush who just happens to have moved back to town, she tries to stay realistic but is all too easily swept away. When she learns he may have an ulterior motive, all of her insecurities instantly lock back in place. I enjoyed the dialogue between Josie and Carmen, everyone needs a friend to help them examine life, people, and situations through different eyes. Tanner is almost too good to be true and Josie's concerns are rational. With the reunion approaching Josie's and Tanner's relationship is still on shaky ground when an argument about what she will wear to the event breaks loose and both their worlds are turned upside down.
This is a fun, sassy, and sexy journey which is really more paranormal Chick-Lit than Romance. However, could it last an eternity?
Explicit sex and language that may not be acceptable for all readers.
I found no significant issues with editing or formatting.
Rating: **** Four stars