Bad Mouth Angela Mccallister.
ARC supplied by publisher.
I love a good vampire romance and this one was no exception. So many romances are jut a light, brief plot carrying the romance, but here Angela has given us a decent storyline and fantastic cast of charters that could (IMO) continue into a series. Val is definitely anti vampire when we first meet her, thanks to her ex husband but the delicious sexy vampire Kade, obnoxious and rude though he is, soon changes her mind. Funnily enough he’s been ordered by his superiors to work with her, a human investigator for the Vampire Liaison Organisation, knowing that he also hates humans. A match definitely not made in heaven 🙂 Its really interesting the way Angela shows us via these two people how wrong it is to pre judge, to take things at face value rather than looking for the facts behind them, and as the truth slowly emerges the affect is has on Kade and Val is astonishing. I really enjoyed the way this part worked out and they learned the need to trust in each other, and not just act on their attraction to each other but to listen and understand the other person and their motives. There’s some terrific, steamy, sexy interludes between them – and their romance is one step forward two steps back all the way it seems. I like all of that, I don’t want everything to run smoothly but for there to be problems, blocks in the way, puzzles to work out.
The romance side of this book is great but the story carrying it was very good too, and it took some working out just who was moving the pieces behind the scenes. Loyalties were tested, and both Val and Kade were in for some big surprises.
As I said earlier Kade and Val were terrific characters, both very definite in their views about the other people around, and both were very strong minded. Val wasn’t going to curl up and be simpering and meek (once she found her voise at their first meeting!), even though Kade was drop dead gorgeous vampire prince and Kade, he wasn’t lying down to take any orders from a human! Even one as sharp and attractive as Val. Sparks flew as you’d expect and it made for an outstanding story, that kept me guessing what was going to happen right to the end. The others in the cast were interesting too and I think the main characters would transfer easily to further novels in the world Angela has created. I don’t know if that’s the plan, but I hope so as I’d love to read more from this group of characters.
As always from Entangled Publishing excellent editing and quality of writing, and at 180 pages for £2.63 its around normal pricing. It’s strong enough to bear a re read and that adds to the value for money for me, and its one to join the keepers file.
Stars: I love long novels and feel this has such a strong story and group of people that it could have been longer and I’d have given it five stars then but as it is for me personally its a four and half star read.