Category Romance, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Ebook $2.99 (209 pages, ENTANGLED COVET)
Alice Shepard needs one thing: a date for her sister's wedding. And not just any date. A hunk who will make her fiancé rue the day he left her for her best friend. Her drop-dead gorgeous neighbor fits the bill—even if he is a bit quirky and never comes out during the day—and Alice has downed just enough appletinis to ask him. But she makes it quite clear that there will be no funny business.
Spending a week on a cruise ship full of humans while sleeping close to his sexy next-door neighbor sounds like a helluva bad idea to vampire Noah Thorpe. But his friends need time to get him out of a shotgun wedding—a vampire bonding that will tie his fate to a female vampire he's never met. And Alice's offer comes at just the right time.
What could possibly go wrong?
Author Site: tiffanyallee.com
Could easily be non-paranormal... (2 stars)
Read the blurb and you get the gist of DON'T BITE THE BRIDESMAID's plot and unfortunately, the story is exactly what the blurb gives you. I know that the Covet imprint leans toward category trope first and paranormal element second but this is a great example of when that keeps a story from being great. Zero world building. A cardboard cut-out for a hero. A trope that's executed in a choppy, painful to read way. I've read Allee's work before and liked it but I had similar complaints with it.
As much as I tried to bring myself to give this 3 stars, I can't. Noah was an awful hero and I felt nothing for him. Not dislike or adoration or sympathy... pure ambivalence. He has no personality. Alice is a little more fleshed out but lacks any really endearing qualities. An overload of secondary characters to keep track of and mentions of characters and past events that the reader seems expected to already know the full story on make it really hard to follow for such a short story.
The saving grace on DON'T BITE THE BRIDESMAID is actually the steamy content. If you enjoy a passionate love scene, Allee delivers well. I was also quite intrigued by Kane, the 'father' of Noah and whom the series is named for. I do hope he gets a story of his own eventually as it'd be great seeing a non-Caucasian hero for a change. I just wish those two elements had been enough to engage me as a reader.
If your tastes lean more toward the contemporary romance side and you don't really care about the details of the paranormal world this will be a great category read. But if your tastes run more along mine, leaning more toward romantic Urban Fantasy, I'd say give this one a pass and give Angela McCallister's BAD MOUTH (another Covet tale featuring vampires) a read.
Notes: ARC received via publisher.
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