25 November 2013

ARC Review: My Sunny Vampire by Stacy McKitrick

What they say: "I'm afraid a hospital can't help you. You were bitten." - Jack

After centuries alone in darkness, how far will a vampire go for Sunshine?

Jack VanAllen has spent his long life following the rules and, as a member of the Vampire Committee, he also enforces them. So, when he awakens in an alley next to an illegally-turned vampire who resembles his late wife, he must prove his innocence or suffer the punishment: death. The problem? He doesn't remember a thing. Sunshine Petersen's life as a vampire isn't getting off to a great start. She's got no control over her powers, can't find a job, and sexy Jack is being stand-offish. The only thing she'd like more than catching the creep who turned her is getting Jack into the closest bed. But, could Jack be the one who turned her? When he and Sunny team up to find the culprit, Jack discovers feelings he hasn't had in years. But once Sunny finds out he's keeping a major secret, she disappears. Unfortunately, the man who turned her still has plans... 

CONTENT WARNING: Some graphic violence, sensual sex scenes, and a vampire who's finally found his 'sun' 

  • A Lyrical Press Paranormal Romance - Expected publication 6th Jan 2014.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Jack is facing the morning and hangover from hell - he wakes up by a dumpster as the sun is rising, to discover a half dead woman next to him and no recollection of what happened or how they got there. Sun is BIG problem because Jack is a vampire. The woman Sunshine (I wasn't keen on the name as it reminded me of the annoying girl from Glee) looks exactly like Jack's long dead wife, and is apparently mid vamp-transmission. The story follows Sunny and Jack as they try to find who bit or 'vamped' Sunny and prove Jack's innocence.

It was interesting to see how angry Sunny was at being turned into a vamp. I laughed a lot at her many new-vamp mishaps. I didn't completely buy into their super speedy connection, because it was hard to separate Jack's attraction to Sunny from the memory of his dead wife. McKitrick addresses this issue by having Jack consider the differences between Clara and Sunny. Jack himself even questions the attraction, but more interestingly he worries her interest may stem from some sort of hero worship or saviour complex. I found Sunny a bit annoying at times because she kept changing her mind.

The other characters were a fun edition and I liked the idea of secondary drinking to get drunk issue (it'll make more sense when you read the book but think of blood alcohol content).  The hunters were hilarious and the Buffy refs made me smile.

My Sunny Vampire is a fun, adult story with some naughty bits so it's not for younger readers.

3.5 Stars in my Sky!

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