Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Dusty Pages Review: The Vampire Wants a Wife

Shelley Linley is sick of sickos. Yet another prankster has applied to her dating agency. This one says he’s a vampire and he wants Shelley to help him find a wife.

Meeting him for a second interview against all her better judgement, Shelley discovers that he has no clue about women. A shame because he’s super-hot, amusing, and has a lot of single friends he could recommend her struggling business to, even if he does say they’re werewolves and demons. She has to help him, even if he’s crazy.

If she can ignore his delusions, she’s sure she can help him meet someone. But when death threats start arriving on her doorstep, Shelley’s not sure she’s cut out for the job…then her dating algorithm states she’s his ideal partner. Now she’s not sure if she should take the risk for love, or run like hell.

 When I originally picked up this title, I think I was expecting an established world of supernatural creatures and the woman who had decided to cater to their romantic needs. Its not entirely what I got. The supernatural world was more sprung on our unsuspecting heroine - and you get a hodepodge of supernatural races in small town where its implied that everyone knows your business - just not this big whopper of a secret.

I liked the lead character but think I would have preferred it if she'd been a total norm. Consequent revelations as the story progresses prove that she isn't even in the least bit normal though she has led a completely normal life up to the age of 26 - in fact the final bit about her father made me sort of do a double take. I was like, did I read that right. It came right out of left field with no precursors or ground work. I was left a little stunned and not in a good way. It honestly felt as if it was thrown in last minute - sort of, oh let's just add a little of this now because its unusual and will shock my reader.

However, that said, it comes with a good dollop of dry humour which I like. There are a fair few characters to keep tabs on, some of which it looks like are going to get their own stories told, as part of this series. It appears to be a popular form of series at the moment, wrapping up the main character in book one and using the other books to follow a secondary character - I just feel that Shelley's story was rushed, considering her family isn't reunited until almost the last few pages and it felt like there was more to tell.

One thing that did really let it down for me was the head hopping. I am not against the format of different chapters being from the different points of view of the two main characters - I do however like it better when its a more even divide. We only seemed to switch - once or twice - to the male leads point of view so the reader could be shown something that could not have been possible sticking to just the female leads P.O.V.

I give it

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