“Savannah is so beautiful that the dead never truly depart.” - James Caskey, Haunted Savannah: America's Most Spectral City
Dane looks forward to his human birthday. that date is the only day in the year that he and others like him who were unwillingly turned can live and die as a human. after 126 years, Dane feels he is ready and makes preparations for his mortal death until he meets the dark and handsome vampire Jorge...
this Wicked Tale takes place within the shadows of Savannah where there lies a world teeming with creatures that remain mostly hidden unless they choose to make themselves known. Dane, the main protagonist, prefers to mingle with humans rather than be with his kind. he is a creature of conflict - appreciative of his vampiric abilities yet yearning to be human at the same time. this desire has its roots in the past - a past which remains obscure to him when he became a vampire. he also wants to die. it is a dilemma that vampires like Jorge who were turned willingly do not have nor even consider.
from the get-go, the reader learns about Dane's quandary. his internal monologues are poignant as he ponders his existence. he is quite an endearing fellow and i liked how the author presented and developed his persona. Jorge, on the other hand, is Dane's opposite. he thrives more in the shadows and has no qualms being a vampire. older and more experienced, he understands all too well what Dane is facing. only one thing is common between them - the deep attraction they have for each other. however, this becomes another predicament as Dane's human birthday approaches. will Dane still choose to die now that he has finally found Jorge?
how this issue was resolved in the end was so simple and logical that it was just one of the many ideas in the book that i found interesting and fresh and i enjoyed reading about.
author Lissa Matthews did a great job with her story. the writing was excellent, the pacing was steady, the worldbuilding was just right and the plot kept me reading until i was done in less than an hour!
the book may have been short in length but it was nonetheless packed with goodness from cover to cover.
*received a copy for review
This was okay for me. The racing setting seemed like it could be interesting, but it ended up not being a huge draw for me. I didn't read the first book in this series, so I may have missed some background, but I didn't really like Allison, the heroine. She was very prickly and grumpy and generally mean to the hero, Jason. He chased her so hard, at first. And he didn't even know her. They were set up on a blind date. Well, Jason knew it was a blind date. Alli thought she was meeting her friend Grant, but he didn't show up and Jason explained they were supposed to have a blind date. Odd, really. But, anyway, he came on so strong and she resisted. And then Alli alternated between hot and cold. And, finally, Jason backed off a bit. Too many games. And I could've done without knowing the nugget about Jason seducing his high school math teacher after graduation. Ewww.
Arresting Holli begins when Holli is on her way to New York for the Holidays, and gets arrested. It's a total misunderstanding, but since it is a holiday, she has to wait till everything opens again before she can leave town. The thing is Holli and the officer who arrested her have some major chemistry going on, and neither one of them seem inclined to deny it. Once she gets out of jail to house arrest the officer offers her his home to stay in for a few days. These two start heating up really quickly, but it may all be a mistake by the end..
I really thought this book was going to be pretty good after reading the blurb, and then when I started it I thought it was interesting. But the more I read the more I just wanted to be done with. I didn't feel much of a connection between the hero and heroine, and the plot line got boring and dull at times as well. The only thing that the book had going for it really was the steamy parts. I think it could have been a whole lot better then what it was. And I really hated the ending too. That just didn't make much sense to me, and sort of really made me dislike the book.
So, over all this book was not for me. I'm not a fan of it at all. I really had hope for it, but by the end it just wasn't for me at all.