[Arc Review] The Quick and the Undead by Kimberly Raye

ARC Reviews, Fry's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 3rd January, 2015

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[Arc Review] The Quick and the Undead by Kimberly RayeThe Quick and the Undead by Kimberly Raye
Series: Tombstone, Texas #1
Published by ImaJinn Books on November 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Western
Source: Netgalley
Welcome to Tombstone, Texas, where anything is possible, even your wildest fantasy. Once a haven to outlaws, Tombstone is now a tourist town that gives travelers a taste of the old West. What visitors don’t realize, however, is that the super-hot cowboys, gunslingers, and lawmen walking the streets aren’t actors—they’re originals. These ancient vampires claimed Tombstone two centuries ago.

So step right up, folks, and book your trip today! The outlaws of Tombstone will be waiting . . .

Travel blogger Riley Davenport loves her job, travelling to the most exotic places in the world. Even better, it keeps her one step ahead of her stalking ex. The last thing she wants in her life is a strong alpha male. But that’s exactly what she gets when she comes face-to-face with Sheriff Boone Jarrett, a hero right out of her most erotic fantasies.

Boone isn’t just the law in Tombstone, Texas. He’s also an ancient vampire and the target of a crazed killer. He certainly doesn’t have time for romance. But a temporary fling? Now that he can handle.

Unfortunately, their first night together ends in disaster when Riley witnesses a murder. And to protect her, Boone forces her into hiding. Only her “captivity” ends up becoming the realization of her wildest, most carnal fantasies. Still, Riley’s not going to fall for him, at least that’s what she tells herself.

But as she gets to know him—the man and the vampire—she starts to wonder if she can hold out . . .

I grabbed this one from Netgalley because I wanted something different, and fluffy. Something akin to potato chips or popcorn. I didn’t want to have to commit to anything too much. I just wanted it to be, and to fluff about being ridiculous. This book hit the mark in some aspects of that, and then fell flat in others. I was looking for vampire cowboys, and I got vampire cowboys, but the execution of said vampire cowboys was lacking.

Honestly, the first chunk of the book was a lot of fun. We met the main characters, and learned plenty about them. Boone was a sheriff before he was turned, followed his gut feeling and ended up on the gallows, and into the waiting arms of his sire. There’s so much potential back story for the characters that has just been hinted at. I know that the author knows everyone’s back story, but she’s only giving it to us morsel by morsel. It’s kind of infuriating, because with the potential I can see, vs what I get, I’m left wanting. Even with this book, there were only certain snippets that could pertain to the villain, and even those were a little confusing. They brushed over his motives and his sudden growth of balls (I guess it was a couple hundred years, but whatever) and I just didn’t FEEL like he was that much of a threat. Considering he was brought down by being easily distracted, you can see why I couldn’t even worry about him to begin with.

Anyway, the series revolves around an old wild west gang who are also vampires. They all have sordid pasts, but were all a gang at one point, and did a lot of looting and Robin Hood type antics in their heyday. All sired in Tombstone, Texas, they decided to pool their resources and buy the land, turning it into a immersive wild west experience for tourists. And so our love interest comes in. Riley blogs about the more interesting and offbeat vacation destinations, and she’s come to check out the little town for her blog. She has been stalked by her ex-boyfriend and harassed and had an awful relationship, and didn’t initially seem eager to start a new one with anyone but a beta. Though, that changes immediately when she sees Boone. Apparently he’s sexy enough to set her bits aflame.

The initial dance was interesting, the lead up to their random encounter in Boone’s hotel room (set aside just for romps with guests). Honestly, the romance scenes didn’t do it for me. They were a little too boring and a little too repetitive. Even when different characters were in charge of the sexual situation it was still cookie cutter. This brings me to another issue. I couldn’t tell what character was being focused on at any one time. Even if it was Boone’s chapter, instead of saying he thought she felt certain ways, it would literally just say how she felt. I understand that he was in her head or could feel her thoughts, but despite that, they were so far off base from each other. They still had misunderstandings and still found ulterior motives DESPITE being given the exact answer. They also mentioned a vibrator several times, but brushed over any acts of masturbation even though one would realize the other was doing such. Ugh. It was frustrating to say the least. Plenty of potential for overheated encounters but no payout.

All in all, it was a quick read and it was mindless enough to be satisfying. I just wish there was more to it, I guess. There’s so much potential, but not a lot of it is being displayed. Hopefully the rest of the series can ramify the mistakes of this one. All is not lost! But, currently, it’s just meh.

Written by Fry


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