Source: Received eARC from publisher is exchange for a fair and honest review.
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?
3 stars - Sexy Noah was the best part
I'm struggling to write this review. I liked this book...but... I liked the world where vampires are living among us. Simple and brief, the world buidling wasn't really the story. Noah is being pressured to bond and he doesn't want to. That's really the only part of the world that effects the story. I kinda liked that fact that this paranormal romance took the front seat of the story.
The premise is priceless. I love when two people who are attracted to each other are forced into a situation where things are going to get out of control. The pretending to be a couple thing is just so perfect. I always love those types of books. Stuck on a cruise ship pretending to be together has so many yummy possibilities. AND those things definitely happen in this book.
Noah is all kinds of yummy. He's an older vampire that really needs to consider bonding to hold onto life but he doesn't think he needs to yet. He certainly doesn't want to be forced into it by the counsel and to a vampire he's never met - no thanks. So he avoids it by taking the opportunity to help out his neighbor. What I really loved about Noah was his reactions to Brent, Alice's ex. The way he meets him is perfect. Noah has the size of Brent in about two seconds and while he may not have been on board with this plan before, he is now. His desire to protect Alice from Brent's ideas is adorable. Noah is also a good sport to go along with all the wedding stuff. I loved him lots.
Alice is fine. She doesn't really do anything for me one way or the other. That may be part of my problem. I didn't get connected to her very well. And that really is where my problem is with this book. Alice and Noah have known each other for about 5 years as neighbors. Apparently, she has convinced him to be part of the neighborhood events when he never was before she moved there. The story starts right before the cruise and while there are some vague mentions of their previous interactions, it feels like they are starting new. But since they are really aren't, things are uncomfortable for me. As a reader, I didn't get some of it until well into the book. But by then, it felt like an after thought. I guess, I needed more of their relationship explained to me before they headed off to the cruise ship and a world wind love affair. Because in the a weeks time, these two waving neighbors have changed their relationship f o r e v e r.
I had one other issue. It was the whole "reveal" thing. Finding out that he's a vampire and how that came down. It just fell flat for me. I won't ruin it for anyone by explaining why but it was like...huh? I've read a lot of paranormal and never really experienced it like this before. Guess that can be good but it didn't work for me.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. I wish there had been about 50 pages at the beginning that gave a better picture of these two before the cruise and I think it would have been better. I can see where this series is headed and it could be fun to revisit this world.
If you like paranormal romance with a lot of sexy then this one may be a good choice for you.