Thursday, June 1, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - FASHIONABLY DEAD by ROBYN PETERMAN - HOT DAMNED # 1 - PARANORMAL ROMANCE

By: Robyn Peterman
Published By: Robyn Peterman
Released: Available Now
Details: Kindle Purchase, currently FREE

RATING: 3.75 STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Vampyres don’t exist. They absolutely do not exist.

At least I didn’t think they did ‘til I tried to quit smoking and ended up Undead. Who in the hell did I screw over in a former life that my getting healthy equates with dead?

Now I’m a Vampyre. Yes, we exist whether we want to or not. However, I have to admit, the perks aren’t bad. My girls no longer jiggle, my ass is higher than a kite and the latest Prada keeps finding its way to my wardrobe. On the downside, I’m stuck with an obscenely profane Guardian Angel who looks like Oprah and a Fairy Fighting Coach who’s teaching me to annihilate like the Terminator.

To complicate matters, my libido has increased to Vampyric proportions and my attraction to a hotter than Satan’s underpants killer rogue Vampyre is not only dangerous . . . it’s possibly deadly. For real dead. Permanent death isn’t on my agenda. Avoiding him is my only option. Of course, since he thinks I’m his, it’s easier said than done. Like THAT’S not enough to deal with, all the other Vampyres think I’m some sort of Chosen One.

Holy Hell, if I’m in charge of saving an entire race of blood suckers, the Undead are in for one hell of a ride.


BOOK REVIEW:

This is my first Robyn Peterman read, and Fashionably Dead is FREE on Amazon. Robyn has over 2000 ratings. (an author's dream)

Readers love this series.

Now this is only my one opinion that is coming late into the game and doesn't mean a great deal in the 'bigger picture'.

I did enjoy Fashionably Dead. Robyn has a great sense of the silly in her writing and you can tell she is having a really great time writing this story.

I’m gonna state up front that I am giving this 3.75 stars, but I still enjoyed this book and will be continuing the series.

For those readers who have read the Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill, they may notice a few ‘little’ things in Fashionably Dead. One of them is having the lead character named Ethan and kinda (in my personal opinion only) resembling Ethan from Chicagoland Vampires. In my head I kept seeing THAT Ethan all the time, rather than Hot Damned’s Ethan.

Just me… I know.

It was a little distracting in my head when reading. Not a reason to bring the stars down though. Not at all. Loads of peeps have not read CV series so would not notice these things.

Moving on.

I lowered my stars purely based on my level of rating and what I want from a story as a reader. I felt there was a lot of ‘speed-dating’ so to speak when it came to plot. I call them plot-jumpers.

It was almost like Robyn was so super excited to spin her yarn, she couldn’t slow down and flesh-out some places—which is okay for the reader who digs that.

I felt things were a bit too convenient. What I mean is Astrid didn’t really earn her stripes, she was handed them on a silver platter… every time.

In the early stages of the book we are ‘told’ things rather than ‘shown’ which was part of my whole ‘speed-dating’ comment.

The Kev has trained Astrid. When? But we are told; so it is. This is one example. Speaking of The Kev… guy is an absolute hoot.

Now this story isn’t to be taken seriously, it is a total pile of the funnies, but a story still should have a good structural bone up the middle—IMO. It’s the glue that holds it all together.

Astrid I felt needed some work. A bit of  laying-down-the-land with her character—I thought was necessary. Everything is kinda taken in its stride. Her BFF, Gemma, takes everything in her stride. There’s a lot of ‘striding’.

I did have a chuckle at the 6% roughly mark when Astrid discovers her new self and Gemma is more worried about Astrid getting her hair done without her.

BIG PLOT JUMP.

WT!! Bahahah.

Again, nothing is taken too seriously and I had to keep reminding myself of this, but I thought some honest, deeper emotions, could have come into play, that were a bit more realistic.

There seemed this whole area that had been torn out of the book that I missed. LOL

The Kev is a fave—visually. (insert chuckling)

Pam… totally dug what Robyn did there.

I won’t continue with the things that lowered my stars, because I am late to this series and it was the first book. So many dudes have read it and loved the shit out of it and that is awesome.

A definite pool-side read.

8 books in the series, loads of 5 STARS thrown at it… I’m in for the ride.


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