Friday, October 13, 2017

Jen's Review: Sex and the Single Vamp

Sex and the Single Vamp by Robin Covington
Publisher: Entangled: Covet (March 24, 2014)
Genre: Paranormal Romance


Cici Trent, vampire and media darling, spends her days finding true love for humans and supernaturals (the "Others") at her dating agency. But someone is trying to sabotage her business and she needs help. Unfortunately, the best man for the job is the one who broke her still-beating heart two hundred fifty-four years ago.


Deacon is a patient vampire. He’s only loved one woman in over three hundred years— CiCi— and she chose another. So when she shows up in his office asking for help, he finally has the chance to lay that demon to rest. He’ll help her, but for a price—a night in his bed.


Adrenaline, mischief, and a little late-night B&E light the passion that even a couple of lifetimes couldn’t put out. But Deacon has a secret and when Cici is suddenly mortal, his deception might be the only way restore her immortality. Can love bridge the gap between a heartbeat and forever?



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Other Covington Reviews:


Daring the Player
His Convenient Husband (mini review on this podcast)
Playing the Part
Playing with the Drummer
Rush
Salvation
Sex and the Single Vamp (Pat's review)
Southern Nights and Secrets
Sweet Southern Betrayal
Temptation



Jen's Review:



Something about this blurb just called to me. I love the enemies-to-lovers trope, but make them vampires that have been hating and lusting after each other for over 200 years? Talk about a slow burn! Sign. Me. Up.


Cici owns a matchmaking agency that specializes in matching humans with supernaturals, and several of her clients have been murdered. Her business is suffering, and the police suspect Cici is behind the killings. Desperate, she turns to Deacon for help. They’ve worked together in the past and he owns a security firm. He’s the only one who can help her, and he agrees to help if she’ll spend a night is his bed. The time and place is right for them to finally scratch this itch and Cici agrees.


This book was pretty much perfect for me. The conflict is clearly laid out and well-developed, with Cici believing in the idea of love and happily ever after, and Deacon convinced that only sex matters. He’s made a promise to her father to protect her, and he’s been keeping track of her for years. She’s infuriated that he’s been basically stalking her, but she needs his help. That doesn’t mean she puts up with his domineering ways. Cici is perfectly able to fend for herself. She’s fierce, self-protective, and doesn’t take any shit from Deacon. In fact, during World War II, they fought together as American spies. This book is actually a couple of years old, so when a friend says, “Wait? Nazis? How long have you two been friends?” it was sort of painful instead of funny since Nazis are back and in America right now. Idk, I know I keep talking about 2017 in my reviews, but these moments of cognitive dissonance have to be happening for other readers, too, right?


Cici is strong and independent, and even though Deacon has that alpha-hole thing going on, it’s abundantly clear that he respects her. At one point, he’s going off to chase a bad guy and she asks to come along. I’m so primed by a lifetime of consuming American media that I absolutely expected Deacon to say no to that question, but instead he says, “Sure, it will be like Berlin.” It was honestly great. He’s protective and possessive, but he treats her as an equal and someone who is perfectly capable of solving her own problems.


This book packs a ton of plot and character development into its 167 pages! It was fast-paced, fun, and sexy. Deacon and Cici are great characters and the resolution of this 200 year old slow burn was completely satisfying. The only complaint that some readers might have is that it’s definitely PNR lite, there isn’t lots of super-intense world building. Basically: vampires exist, live a long time, and own businesses.


You know what? Sometimes I want to just read about vampires fighting and fucking, and this book perfectly fit the bill. This is the first book I’ve read by Robin Covington, but it certainly won’t be the last.


5 STARS! 


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Jen bought this book.

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Thanks for the review, Jen! Pat read and loved it when it came out, too. I've had it on my wishlist, guess it's time to push it further up the list! :)

Plus, I'm 1000% here for fighting and fucking books, vampires or not.



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