In an effort to keep up with the books I’m reading, I’m going to post about the three I read in the past two days (yeah, I’ve been reading a bit!).

How to Marry a Millionare Vampire by Kerrylyn Sparks – I’m always on the lookout for a good vampire book but I’m afraid, for me, this wasn’t it.

Roman Draganesti is charming, handsome, rich … he’s also a vampire. But this vampire just lost one of his fangs sinking his teeth into something he shouldn’t have. Now he has one night to find a dentist before his natural healing abilities close the wound, leaving him a lop-sided eater for all eternity.

Things aren’t going well for Shanna Whelan, either. After witnessing a gruesome murder, she’s next on the mob’s hit list. And her career as a dentist appears to be on a downward spiral because she’s afraid of blood. When Roman rescues her from an assassination attempt, she wonders if she’s found the one man who can keep her alive. Though the attraction between them is immediate and hot, can Shanna conquer her fear of blood to fix Roman’s fang? And if she does, what will prevent Roman from using his fangs on her … ?

Sounds like a cute premise and I suppose it was, but I found the book to be pretty blah. I didn’t feel a lot of desire to finish the book, but I did anyway. The characters felt flat to me, the plot was thin, and the whole tortured vampire who hates his existance before the heroine, who is of course, different from other mortals in that she can resist vamp mind control, enters his life thing felt like an overdone variation on a familiar them. Slightly campy and without a lot of depth, this book didn’t live up to my expectations. If you’re wondering if you might enjoy this book, when I did not, I’ll tell you that it put me in mind of the vampire stories penned by Lyndsay Sands and Katie MacAlister, neither of which I much care for either (with the exception of MacAlister’s Aisling Grey books). If you enjoy their work, you would likely enjoy these books, but I was disappointed and bored and wouldn’t recommend this for fans of darker vamp tales. For a review completley opposite (not to mention much more in depth and articulate) than mine, check out Paperback Reader

Hot Pursuit by Kathryn Jensen (Bombshell) – I’ve been on a Bombshell kick the past few days. Not only do they generally deliver kickass heroines and fast-paced action but they’re also a quick, fun read. Oh, and I’m trying to clear off some of my TBR pile and since Maili is in search of Bombshells, this seemed a good place to start!

The plot of Hot Pursuit is an interesting one, starting with the “theft” of a satellite being studied by Nasa scientist, Kate Foster. Here’s the blurb from the HQN site:

NASA scientist Kate Foster is having a really, really bad day. Her billion-dollar satellite has been hijacked. The hijackers also kidnapped her right-hand man. And Kate may have a traitor on her team.…

Only Kate’s quick thinking has kept the hijackers from using the satellite as a deadly weapon so far…but it’s just a matter of days before they crack her simple code. Chasing around the globe with one know-it-all counterterrorist expert to retrieve the satellite may just shred her last nerve, but Kate’s got to keep a cool head while they’re in Hot Pursuit.

The action in this book was fast-paced and interesting. I was much more intrigued by the suspense and mystery, as well as the science behind the satellite, than I was with the romance. The main problem being that the hero was an unlikeable, arrogant asshole and a more unlikely match with the heroine, I couldn’t possibly think of. But the relationship didn’t seem to be the driving force of this book so I forgave some of that. It’s not the best Bombshell I’ve read to date, but I didn’t want to toss it out the window or rap my head against a wall. Recommended for fans of the Bombshell line who don’t mind a few scientific explanations tossed into the action of a book.

The Contestant by Stephanie Doyle (Bombshell)
– I liked this book more than the three previous Bombshells I’ve read in the past two days. Despite a few minor inconsistencies (which I tried really hard not to notice, I swear I did), this book offered a good plot, interesting characters, a believable romance and solid, action packed scenes. Not at all predictable, I was guessing until the end, which I loved. Recommended for fans of reality tv and those looking for a quick, fun adventure read!

Cover blurb:

How far would her competition go to win a million dollars? Lying? Cheating? Murder?

That’s what former Olympic diver Talia Mooney feared when the body washed up on the site of the Ultimate Endurance reality TV show. Now she was stranded on a tropical island with her fellow contestants and their nervous host. One of them had to be the killer.

Was it the wannabe starlet, the underweight geek, the man having a midlife crisis? Could it be her strongest competition, the sexy smart-ass ex-cop? Talia had counted on her honed body and ferocious desire to win to pull her through. Now she must decide whom to trust — and how to beat the killer at his own game.…

Up next: I was going to start Immortal Highlander by Karen Marie Moning, but several strange coincidences today convinced me that’s not the book I’m meant to read first. Let me explain. I don’t know where, but I read something today that mentioned the “Pink Pearl” Bombshell series by Stephanie Feagan. I knew I had one of the books, but was unsure if I had the other, so went to the HQN site to look. I realized I did have both books and decided to pull them out of the TBR pile. A few hours later, Stephanie Feagan, who I don’t know, have never seen post anywhere, and would not have expected to visit here, left a comment on the buying used books post. As it happens, I still had the HQN screen open. I thought those coincidences were enough, I mean really, what are the odds of that happening? But then, when I finished reading The Contestant tonight, there at the end, was an excerpt for Stephanie’s August Bombshell release, She’s on the Money. It was too much for me. I’m listening to the signs and starting these books next 🙂 Who am I to argue with the higher power trying to subtly nudge me in that direction?

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