Review: Dead, Undead, Or Somewhere In Between

Slanging shots can be a tough job, NOT for this Necromancer!!

Title: Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between
Author: J.A. Saare
Series: Rhiannon’s Law #1
Publisher: Mundania Press
Release Date: May 23, 2011

  One bad corpse can ruin your whole day.

No one knows that better than Rhiannon Murphy.

She left behind the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York City, eager for a clean slate and a fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance; she managed to keep her nifty talent hidden from those around her—until now.

The deliciously good-looking vampire, Disco, knows her secret. When he strolls into her bar to solicit help investigating the mysterious disappearances of his kind from the city, Rhiannon discovers he’s not the kind of person that appreciates the significance of the word no.

But in a world where vampires peddle their blood as the latest and greatest drug of choice, it’s only a matter of time before the next big thing hits the market. Someone or something is killing vampires to steal their hearts, and unlike Rhiannon, this isn’t their first stroll around the undead block.

Rhiannon’s Law #27: When you’re working in a gentlemens club and one of your dancers takes off their heels, alert the big guns; an ass kicking is on the menu.

From the moment I read that first line in the book I knew I was going to be glued to this story. The story begins with a kick ass twenty five year old Rhiannon a bartender at a “gentlemen’s club” or let’s just call it what it is, a strip joint. She’s a snarky, heroic, guarded, foul mouth spewing, tough as nails, “shit kicker wearing” Necromancer. I love those protagonist with the badass attitudes and the fighting skills to back it up and she makes no apologies for her sassy attitude. But I just love it!!!

“What the fuck do you want?”
“Have you always been so refined, that attitude and that mouth? he sucked air through his teeth and grimaced. “Do you kiss your mother with it?”

Her parents died when she was a young girl, and she first discovered her necromancy when her parents showed up to their own funeral. Since then she was raised by ruthless foster parents that only led to her life alone and fending for herself. As you read the gritty details of her sad and heartbreaking childhood unfolds and it’s then that you realize that Rhiannon is lucky to alive at all.

Although Rhiannon hides her Necromancy skills from others, she can no longer hide it from vampire Disco once he has discovered it, and he asks forces her to use her skills to seek out missing vampires to confirm if they truly have met the true death. So first I must get this off my chest: My first thought of Disco was; What self respecting vampire would actually name themselves Disco??!! It sounds like some hideous nightclub outside the strip of Vegas filled with college spring breakers!! But keep reading there’s also a back story to that, and even an angelic name to go with it. Besides once I got to know Disco, I decided the could call himself “The Tooth Fairy” for all I cared because his masculinity, charm, strength, and straight up deliciousness made up for ridiculousness of having the name Disco.

“Don’t you know?” When I shook my head a breathtaking grin lit his face making his eyes shimmer. “I felt drawn to you the first time I saw you, Rhiannon. I’ve tried to deny the complexities of my feelings, but every time I’m in your presence they always return. Our kind experiences all things intensely, and emotions are equally difficult to suppress. As selfish as it makes me,I won’t hide the way I feel for you any longer. I couldn’t if I wanted to. The least I could do is put down the cigarettes you so obviously detest.”

*Swoon* that’s just a small taste of just how thoughtful, caring and worthy of a fan girl scream Disco reall is. ;) *Sigh*

Rhiannon quickly becomes infiltrated into the vampire community, a sexy mysterious vampire named Paine as well as partnering up with a fellow Necromancer commonly referred to as Goose and he helps to hone in her skills on the search for Disco’s missing friends Cash and Baxter. Now I must say at I was especially happy with the choice name of vampire Baxter,because well that’s my last name and all. ;)

Goose is fun, intelligent, nerdy character and his loyalty knows no limit. I look forward to reading more about him in the next book.
It was a universal law. To maintain that delicate balance, someone had to excell at one thing, and do piss poor at another. Since Goose had an Einstein brain, it was only fair that he had Steve Urkel-like reflexes.

Basically without spoiling any of the plot Rhiannon, Disco, and Goose become engrossed in the challenge of discovering who or what is actually killing vampires by cutting out their hearts???!!

In case my review doesn’t tempt you enough to read it, I borrowed a visual for all my lovely friends on here from J.A. Sarre’s GR page so you can see what Rhiannon and the gang are up against. :)

See this plot is so unique form all the other vampires books out there, J.A. Saare has such a unique modern take on vampires as well as some of the old mythology, I was fascinated from the beginning. There’s so many twists and turns throughout this book, just when you were sure you had solved the mystery, think again! Never was there a dull moment while reading this book, and when I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it.

He lowered his chin, grinned wickedly, and his voice dropped an octave, oozing with sexual innuendo.
“Unless there is something more I can do for you. Is there anything else you would like me to do for you Rhiannon?”
“Bite me,” I snapped, and winced at my choice of words.
His grin intensified, eye glistening. “I already have.”

The steamy lovin scenes in this book were so scorchingly hot, I felt like I was a virgin again experiencing it all along with Rhiannon. This book alone would get 5 stars from me based on those scenes alone.; Disco really excellls in his sexy meter and drool worthy status, and I can’t wait to see more of him. He’s easily one of my top favorite vampires. ;)

“I’m not asking for your soul Rhiannon. I’m only asking you to take a chance. How long has it been since you’ve done that? Allow yourself to fall. I’ll catch you.”.

What rock have I been living under and why haven’t I read this before now?! I added a long time ago to my Tbr pile

Rhiannon’s Law #101: Never make a deal with a demon, they’re evil bastards and will screw your ass over and….(you must read the book to find out the remainder of that sentence…;)

The cliffhanger J.A.Saare left us with was so evil and I’m so grateful I stumbled back onto this series after reading my friend Jamie’s review (thank you Jamie) because It would have been torture to have to wait for Renfield to be released, luckily I have already downloaded it, even though I’m apprehensive to read it because I’m anxious of the outcome.

 I personally have one question remaining:

 “Where the hell did Doc park the DeLorean?”

Miss Vain

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5 Responses to Review: Dead, Undead, Or Somewhere In Between

  1. Jamie says:

    Awww, thanks for the shout out, Miss Vain ;-) Great review!

    Can’t wait for you to post your review of Renfield.

    • MissVain says:

      Ahhhhh!;) You’re so welcome!!;) Seriosuly I was watching tv and read your review and pushed that 1-click button on amazon. Lol.

      Between You, Cat and Michelle bookstalker…I was sold!;)

      I think that review is going to be dirty….I sure hope not though…:/ I want that interview…I was going to mention it to her the other day on twitter but she was only on for a second! LOL…..:)))

      Happy Monday!

  2. Jamie says:

    Yes! And while she’s all drugged up on pain killing goofers, as the questions that’s on everybody’s mind….Ha!

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