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Dead End Dating|Book Review

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Title: Dead End Dating284138

Author: Kimberly Raye

Pages: 334


Synopsis: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!

Spoiler Free Review

Dead End Dating follows the story of Lil Marchette. Lil is a vampire, but not just any vampire, she is a born vampire. Born vampires have more freedom and are more respected than those who are made. Those who are born families really only care about finding an eternal mate and having children. So when Lil comes across super hot Ty, she knows she is in for a rough ride because not so luckily, he is a made vampire and that is absolutely forbidden… right? 

Going into this book I had the expectation that it was going to be a forbidden romance plot. However that was not what I found when I was reading. Though there is some romance in this book, it isn’t to the very end and it is very brief. The romance takes up about three pages in total throughout this whole book. I was a little disappointed on that front because I was going in with the expectation that this was going to include romance. This book turned out to really have no substantial plot. The plot was part mystery, part about Lil’s business and very tiny part romance. I was a bit surprised with how the lack of a solid plot didn’t hinder the book in any way. It was like each of these pieces of the plot came together and created a rather enjoyable book. 

The mystery aspect of this book was a little disappointing. The only connection the mystery had to do with the main character was the fact that Ty was investigating it. Other than that there was no connection to the main character. I think this book would have been better had there been no mystery. The mystery of this book didn’t add anything to the “plot” and was just a thought in the back of the stories head. 

Lil’s matchmaking business is what really takes precedence in this book. Though she is a born vampire and born vampires don’t believe in love, Lil can’t help but be a hopeless romantic. Which is why she creates Dead End Dating, a matchmaking company for both vampires and humans. Throughout the book Lil takes on different clients and struggles to set them up. What was nice to see was Lil’s  determination. Even though her business isn’t thriving like she thought it would at first, she ever more determined to keep it afloat. Her determination is a characteristic of her that made me like her as a main character.

I really loved Lil as a main character. She is very much a materialistic girl but that side of her gave me some good laughs. Lil is totally herself and it is very easy to see that. Her mother throughout the book tries to force something on her but she doesn’t have it. She repeatedly stands her ground and doesn;t waiver what she wants to do just because she mother is forcing something on her. One thing that I did not like about her was how she knew she was all that. I am perfectly fine with a main character who knows how they look and that they look good, but in this book that mentality just came off a bit snobbish. Lil will take any chance to either affirm the reader or another character that she is all that and by halfway through the book I was getting a bit annoyed by that. 

The development of the characters was pretty basic. The author didn’t go very much in deep with who the characters are, mainly the side characters. All the characters, even the main character just a bit, felt like surface line development. I hope in the next book each of the characters are more developed. 

The vampires in this book are very interesting. The vampires are definitely different than other vampire books I’ve read and TV shows I’ve seen. In this book there are made vampires and born vampires. Made vampires are like the typical vampires one sees in books and television shows. In order to become a vampire they have to drink another vampire’s blood, as well as they can’t have children. However the born vampires are very different. Born vampires are vampires that make the made ones, many see the made vampires almost as an abomination. One thing that I found interesting about the born vampires is their morals and what they deem important, especially when searching for a mate. Although I found the direction the author went with this interesting and how she added something new to the vampire rules we already know(like how they burn in the daylight, how die by stake to the heart), I did find it a bit weird and a little offputting.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The main character was funny at times and is also very passionate about her business which I liked seeing. The vampires in this book are both old and fresh with some twists to their living from the author. I am definitely looking forward to continuing the series.


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