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Dead End Dating: A Novel of Vampire Love by Kimberly Raye
Cover Artist: Marcin Baranski
Review by Paul Haggerty
Ivy Books Mass Market  ISBN/ITEM#: 0345492161
Date: 29 August, 2006 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Dead End Dating is part mystery, part paranormal romance, but mostly paranormal romance. Lil is convinced that she can find the perfect mates for all the lonely vampires, humans, werewolves, or whoever comes through her door. The problem is that bigotry and snobbery run rampant in all societies. The first thing you have to understand is that in Raye's universe, born vampires can produce babies, made vampires can not. So therefore, there's no point in even looking at a made vamp if offspring is what you're after, and if you're a born vamp, offspring is all important. Except that through her door walks Ty Bonner, a hundred year old made vampire that sets strategic points on her body to full quiver mode.

Ty is a bounty hunter, hot on the trail of a serial killer that moves from city to city abducting and killing young lonely woman. The modus operandi is to use the personal columns to find women who won't be missed. Ty figures a dating service like Dead End Dating might just be what the killer is looking for, and hopes that Lil will keep her eyes open. While complaining bitterly and at length, Lil is more than happy to oblige, as long as she can keep one eye on Ty.

And so the story goes, Lil seeking romance for everyone but herself, desperately not interested in Ty, ducking her mother's constant efforts to fix her up, and trying to talk her friends out of buying the latest fashions, while searching for the perfect coordinated outfit for herself.

As a male, I find these paranormal romances fun. The story is light but interesting, and Raye's characters are funny, whether brooding, giddy, or vacuous. I doubt I would have picked it up for myself, but I enjoy reading books aloud to my wife, and we thought (correctly) that this would be something we would both get a kick out of.

Dead End Dating is the first of a new series, and I'm going to pick up the sequel just as soon as it appears.

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