My Zombie Valentine

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Tired of boyfriends who drain you dry? Sick of guys who stay out all night howling at the moon? You can do better. Some men want you not only for your body, but your brains. Especially your brains.
It's true! There are men out there who care--early-rising, down-to-earth, indefatigable men who'll follow you for miles. They'll take the time to surprise you, over and over. One sniff of that perfume, and you'll have to use a shotgun to fight them off. And then, once you get together, all they want is to share a nice meal. And another. And another.

Romeo and Juliet, eat your hearts out.

"Bring Out Your Dead" by Katie MacAlister
"Gentlemen Prefer Voodoo" by Angie Fox
"Zombiewood Confidential" by Marianne Mancusi
"Every Part of You" by Lisa Cach


My Take

I picked up this book at the local Wal-Mart because it was $1.99, and I seen Kate MacAlister's name as one of the contributing authors. I have been planning to read her Dark Ones series for a while now, but just haven't gotten around to it. 

This is a book of 4 short, zombie-toned stories. The first story, Bring Out Your Dead (Kate MacAlister) was enjoyable. The story contains characters from her Dark Ones series. Although I haven't yet read this series, I didn't feel lost. The zombies were just hilarious. I will definitely be reading the Dark Ones series in the future.

The second story, Gentlemen Prefer Voodoo, was enjoyable as well. Amie (practices voodoo and owns a voodoo type shop) had lived a life without true love. She decides to do a spell to bring her one true love to her and she got more than what she bargains for; she answers a knock at her door to find she's raised a zombie claiming to be her true love!

The third story, Zombiewood--Confidential, wasn't as good as the two previous stories. It revolves around the making of a zombie movie on a remote island. Lets just say the zombie extras start having cravings for brains. 

The last story, Every Part of You, wasn't bad, but it was a bit weird. Ever heard of sugar-craving zombies in LA? It's not your typical zombie themed story. 

Overall, this book is an enjoyable weekend read, or just for a rainy day.

Midnight Bayou / Nora Roberts

Synopsis (Goodreads):

Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he first saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted-and obsessed-with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up, Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

Determined to restore Manet Hall to its former splendor, Declan begins the daunting renovation room by room, relying on his own labor and skills. But the days spent in total isolation in the empty house take a toll. He is seeing visions of days from a century past, and experiencing sensations of terror and nearly unbearable grief-sensations not his own, but those of a stranger. Local legend has it that the house is haunted, and with every passing day Declan's belief in the ghostly presence grows.

Only the companionship of alluring Angelina Simone can distract him from the mysterious happenings in the house, but Angelina too has her own surprising connection to Manet Hall-a connection that will help Declan uncover a secret that's been buried for a hundred years.


My Take
3 Stars

The story starts out by telling of the tragedy that happened at Manet Hall in 1899, then skips to the present day. This happens throughout the book, which I liked. 

Declan and Lena (Angelina) are the main characters in this story. They are brought together to set the tragic events of the past straight and lay some spirits to rest. Declan is a very likable character. He was humorous, fun, loving, and determined. Lena was a very strong female in this book, and at first I admired that about her, but after a while it seemed a bit much. At times she just plain got on my nerves. However, the story was well put together and I enjoyed it. 

Although I enjoyed Declan and Lena's story, I would've loved to have seen Nora Roberts write a book about the backstory before she wrote Midnight Bayou. Why? The backstory of Lucian and Abigail was interesting and I believe it would've made a wonderful book even with the tragic ending. 

All in all, I did enjoy this book and would recommend it.

The Reluctant Vampire / Lynsay Sands / Argeneau # 15


Has this immortal finally met her match?

Rogue hunter Drina Argenis (from the Spanish side of the Argeneau family) has been many things in her years as an immortal, but bodyguard/babysitter to a teenage vampire is something new. There's an incentive, however: the other vampsitter, Harper Stoyan, may be Drina's life mate.

Trouble is, having just lost a life mate, Harper is resigned to being alone. He's completely unprepared when sexy and unpredictable Drina bursts into his life to reignite his passions. Can Drina, with a little matchmaking help from their teen charge, tempt this reluctant vampire to take a chance?

Or will a dangerous, unseen renegade kill Drina and Harper's one chance at happiness?


My Take 
4 Stars

I absolutely adore this series! Lynsay Sands has a wonderful way of combining her idea of vampires, humor, romance, and mixing in a little mystery to create a great read. 

Aunt Marguerite is playing matchmaker yet again, this time she pairs her niece Drina Argenis ( the Spanish form of Argeneau), with Harper (minor character from previous books). The story is set in Port Henry, Canada, where they are in charge of protecting 15-year-old Stephanie McGill (Dani's sister that was turned by Leonius in a previous book). 

Without containing any spoilers, I will say that Sand's turns up the heat factor in this book. There are also some situations that were just hilarious (i.e. "stinky cat"). 

Although I felt Stephanie was bordering on the annoying side at the beginning of this book, that subsided and didn't take too much away from the focus of Drina and Harper. I would say this is definitely a 4-star book and would recommend it as an easy, light read.

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