Sex and the Single Vamp
Author: Robin Covington
Date of Publication: March 24, 2014
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?
I really enjoyed this book (what a shock, given it’s an Entangled/Covet book, I know…:P So sue me, they write awesome books). I liked seeing the supernatural community out of the closet (again, what a surprise, given my Dream-Walker series), and the interplay between the various species.
Cici and Deacon were explosive together. Deacon’s certainly blunt in what he wants, and he’s wanted it for 2+ centuries. I loved that it was vamp/vamp, not buff ancient vamp/innocent human girl. It’s even better that they have a long-standing relationship of sorts (acquaintances, broken promises, etc.) that’s never quite landed them in the sack until this book. When they do…well worth the wait.
In a book this length sometimes you lose plotline because you have to get the romance in there. I’m happy to report the plot was great. I like the sinister organization out to kill/destroy all non-humans, and I like how it tied into both Cici’s conversion originally and into the modern plotline. There were definitely twists and turns I didn’t see coming which is always refreshing.
There were several secondary characters that I could easily see getting their own books, including Cici’s right-hand person, the Grand Fey Mya. I enjoyed Mya and the easy shapeshifting for her, and that she was absolutely comfortable walking (and interacting) as either a woman or a man.
Given that I clearly enjoyed this book, why am I only giving it 4.5 stars instead of 5? Because I felt that the resolution of something dire that happens at the end (no, I can’t go into more detail than that), is far too close to being a deus ex machina solution. Yes, there were hints as to powers available to one of the secondary character, but I really didn’t like that a potentially devastating incident could (and was) just poofed into being fixed. It just smacked of convenience to me. But others could find it not at all that way. It’s just my feeling.
So – 4.5 stars for me. Enjoyable and I look forward to reading more by Robin Covington in the future.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.