The Quick and the Undead, Kimberly Raye
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
This sounded a fun read, a paranormal with some humour – Vampire Cowboys! It was fun, made me smile, but it was a kind of gentle, subtle humour most of the while mixed in with a bit of vampire trickery, and set in a Western old time world.
I wasn’t wholly won over by the characters, Riley had some history but though it had affected her adversely for the last three years, I just didn’t really get that sense from her that it was affecting her life and emotions as much as I’d have expected. Similarly the vampires, they each had a slightly different angle, but somehow they seemed a little flat. Though this book concentrated on Boone we met the others, and I’d have liked to see a bit more interaction with them. It kind of feels superficial at the moment, as if we’re just glossing over their surface and underneath they’ve real depth – and I want that depth now…
Still, its early days and first novels in a series are notoriously difficult, when the author has the difficulty of introducing a new group of characters, setting the place and stories for future episodes and keeping the reader interested. Its a fine balance. I found it slow to start but once it picked up it held my interest, had a couple of sensual, sexy interludes, and a plotline that’s going to develop later through the series. Its got enough content to hook me into future reads, and maybe on a re reading I’d rate it higher but for now its an OK read, a good one with potential.
Stars: Three and a half – its a decent read and I think shows potential for a series with something a bit different to it. As ever though I’m just one reader and everyone will have a different view.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers