Title: The Quick and the Undead Series: Tombstone Texas #1
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Release Date: November 26, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
“As the always funny Raye clearly demonstrates, the course of true love never runs smoothly—for humans or for bloodsuckers.”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Dead End Dating
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 . . .
USA Today bestselling author Kimberly Raye writes steamy contemporary cowboy reads for St. Martin’s Press, as well as sexy paranormals for Bell Bridge Books. Born and bred in the Lone Star State, she’s an avid reader who loves Diet Dr. Pepper, chocolate, cowboys, and anything that goes bump in the night.
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
“The Quick and the Undead” by Kimberly Raye is the first novella in the Tombstone, Texas series. I thought the idea was great. I was totally sold on a Western re-creation that is actually the real town with its original inhabitants who have lived for so long because they are vampires. The writing itself was excellent; I could clearly visualize everything. The metaphors and similes caught my interest, especially when Raye was describing the super sexy sheriff, Boone. Unfortunately, the plot left a lot to be desired.
The majority of the book is history of the town’s inhabitants and the history of a visitor to the town named Riley, who falls for the aforementioned hot sheriff. Some of the backstory given is necessary, but some of it isn’t. Perhaps this book is setting the stage for further books, getting all that information out of the way, but I felt like the reader didn’t really need to know everything being told. Aside from the history of characters, the book focuses on Riley’s obsession to get laid, even if it is by her vibrator she mentions over and over again (at six mentions of the vibrator, I quit counting).
In the first half of the book, there is a hint that danger might be on its way to Tombstone. This danger isn’t introduced until halfway through the book. Even then, the threat isn’t real exciting because it isn’t directed at Riley. Never once does the bad guy actually look for her or go after her, despite the sheriff’s worries that he might.
I didn’t understand how lust equaled love. There just wasn’t enough time in this story for real love to develop. I think this should have been a full novel instead of a novella to give the relationship more time to develop naturally. Instead, it was mostly having sex, which somehow, miraculously, turned into love.
To me, the story goal had nothing to do with vampires, outlaws, or the Western town. I sum it up as: horny travel blogger meets sexy guy and has lots of sex.
For some readers, this might be enough. The writing was good and the characters were well-developed, but the romance was rushed and the story lacked an antagonist. I don’t count the villain who was introduced because he only interacted with Riley one time, and that was only because she tried to interfere with what he was doing.
I think this series could turn still turn out okay. I’m not sure if I would read the next one or not. If it were a novel, maybe.
As far as recommending it to others, I would have to do so with a warning that it’s basically about sating sexual desires. If that’s what you like to read, this would be a good book for you. If you want more mystery and danger, then I would say pass on this one.