How to Vex a Vampire
(VRC: Vampire Related Crimes Book 1)
by Alice Winters
Release Date: February 18, 2020
Getting into the vampire-only detective unit was the easy part; what’s going to be more difficult is dealing with my new partner, an ancient vampire who keeps threatening to eat me. The unit has never had a human in it, and Marcus—or as I like to call him, Fangy McFangface—would really prefer to keep it that way. He’s grumpy, short-tempered, and broody, but I have a way with words and I know he’s starting to like me, even if he swears he’s not. But what he doesn’t know is that I didn’t join the unit because I was tired of being a homicide detective, I joined because there is someone after me. They’ve already taken enough from me and I’m afraid they’re going to take all of me if I don’t find someone to help. That’s all Marcus was supposed to be, but now, he’s so much more and I can’t imagine my life without him.
The moment the pesky human walked through that door, I knew I had to get rid of him. He’s charming and almost everyone else instantly loves him, but he doesn’t understand how risky it is being part of this unit as a human. But as I get to know the stubborn man, I learn that perhaps he’s not as naive as I once thought. And maybe he’s what I needed to realize there is more to life than just work and my dog. A group arises who is threatening to disrupt the alliance between the humans and the vampires, but Finn is the one who shows me how strong that alliance can be and reminds me why it’s worth protecting. When threats hit closer to home, I realize I would do anything for Finn because he’s brought so much joy to my life—and because he’s mine.
This 105k word book contains: A creative use for undergarments, unintentional splits, a wolfhound who just wants to be a part of things, a vertically challenged human who still manages to wrap every vampire he meets around his little finger, the best date ever, possessiveness, really awkward dancing, some workplace revenge, and just a bite or two. Or three.
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 stars
🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 3.75
Alice knows how to draw you in and weave a tale that keeps you enthralled, on edge AND laughing all in the same sentence!
I loved this one from Alice! While not as humorous as her last, this one had so much depth and character! A world where Vampires live in peace (sort of) with humans; this story is a complex and thrilling web of crime-solving, humor, a wish for revenge and safety and an unexpected connection that challenges the foundations of both main characters.
I loved Finn and his quick wit, humor and comedy that he often uses to mask so much more! Marcus was the perfect gruff and grumpy Vampire you’d expect but is constantly surprised and challenged by the enigma that is Finn! Their unique partnership is full of wit and humor as well as a somewhat slow-burning connection, not from Finn’s lack of trying though. When Marcus finally gives in, their connection explodes!
I really liked this story and the careful balance between Finn’s purpose and past and the current case and unrest the characters face. I was on edge waiting for Finn’s past to catch up with him but in true Alice style, she leaves us with a chilling teaser ready for book 2. I need it NOW!!
I loved the colorful collection of unique characters that make us this little family and VRC team. I look forward to learning more about the intriguing Karsyn and all his blushing and the rest of the team as they face the next case and hopefully help Finn faced his past and fears once and for all.
I Loved it! Highly recommended new series!!
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More from Alice:
The Hitman’s Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love
By Alice Winters
Release Date: July 30, 2019
What happens when a snarky hitman and a by-the-book PI cross paths?
Being a hitman has its perks, but I never thought getting an accidental mooning by an attractive PI while he’s caught on a fence would be one of them. While it’s not exactly love at first sight, he’s captured my interest and won’t let go.
Suddenly, I find myself caught in a game of cat and mouse, determined to attract the attention of Jackson, the PI who should be my enemy. He pretends like he’s not flattered by my flowers and the mentions of my totally-not-fictitious blow-up doll Randy (or was it Dandy?), but I know better. Why else would he be teaming up with me to bring down Hardek, one of the city’s most ruthless criminals?
Even though the cops are telling me that the hitman is a notorious contract killer, I can’t help but admit that I’m drawn to him. He’s funny, charismatic, and attractive. There’s no way this ridiculous man can be the person the cops are after.
But when Leland ends up at my doorstep injured, I’m faced with a tough choice. It’s my duty to hand him over to law enforcement, but my heart has other plans. I want to keep him. To protect him. To be with him.
Though one question remains: why in the world does the man have so many d*mn guns?
Contains: shenanigans on a swing that you would NOT find at a playground, a car chase that sadly doesn’t have flips or explosions, a horsey ride sans horse, cuddles, an exuberant mutt, a suspicious chief of police, and lots and lots of laughs.
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About the Author
Alice Winters is a self-proclaimed writer who holds a minor in English.
She enjoys reading, writing, and hates writing biographies about herself since no one else will write it.
Review By KR Phoenix for Books, Tattoos and Tea