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The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire (Dead in the City Series #4)
     

The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire (Dead in the City Series #4)

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by Sara Humphreys
 

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Book 4 of the Dead in the City series

Beloved author Sara Humphreys' acclaimed paranormal romance series continues with sweltering attraction between two vampires who have all the time in the world to satisfy their desires...

He wants eternity?
Dakota Shelton is a vampire cowboy with a penchant for cinnamon

Overview

Book 4 of the Dead in the City series

Beloved author Sara Humphreys' acclaimed paranormal romance series continues with sweltering attraction between two vampires who have all the time in the world to satisfy their desires...

He wants eternity?
Dakota Shelton is a vampire cowboy with a penchant for cinnamon lollipops and Johnny Cash. Though highly skilled and deadly dangerous to his enemies, he's still a Texas good ol' boy at heart. And he has that heart set on wooing Trixie LaRoux-the most badass punk rock chick in town-the old-fashioned way.

Over her undead body...
Trixie is tough as nails and sharp as a silver stake-the last thing she wants is a man to sit on a porch and not grow old with. So it'll take going to hell and back fighting a new threat to vampires before she admits Dakota's courtship makes her blood hum. Turns out chivalry's not dead after all.

Dead in the City series:
Tall, Dark and Vampire (Book 1)
Vampire Trouble (Book 2)
Vampires Never Cry Wolf (Book 3)
The Good, the Bad and the Vampire (Book 4)

PRAISE FOR VAMPIRES NEVER CRY WOLF:
"Humphreys has outdone herself with this fun tale of opposites attracting. The sizzle is so strong that readers will practically feel the sparks coming off the page. All fans of paranormal romance need to read this book." -RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars
"Ms. Humphreys's hypnotic writing...ignites the readers' mind, body, and soul." -Night Owl Reviews
"Everything I want in a paranormal romance-full of fun werewolf and vampire sexiness." -Fresh Fiction

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Humphreys has struck gold with her sexy paranormal series set in New York City. With vampires, shifters and the addition of gargoyles, the supernatural beings are being explored and explained in a way that readers will find fascinating. The attraction between the two main characters sizzles right off of the page." - RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, TOP PICK

"This latest offering is another fun and witty romp in this ever-expanding mythology. " - That's What I'm Talking About

"If you're looking for a sexy vampire romance with some action to keep you turning the page you should check out The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire by Sara Humphreys. " - The Book Nympho

"The NYC vamps have done it again as I was completely delighted by Dakota and Trixie's story as they both charmed me with their quick witted personalities and of course who can resist a sexy vampire cowboy...certainly not this woman." - Paranormal Haven

"Sara Humphreys adds another fascinating element to her paranormal series of stories and romances." - The Reading Cafe

"Another fabulous addition to one of my favorite worlds to visit, The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire was everything I hoped it would be and so much more!" - Wicked Little Pixie

"THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE VAMPIRE is a compelling story about fate and overcoming your past-with vampire good guys, sinister villains, and a gargoyle queen thrown in." - Fresh Fiction

"I highly recommend this story for anyone who enjoys any sub-genre of Paranormal Romance. You'll find it all here — and maybe a new surprise for us all as well." - Keeper Bookshelf

"The Dead in the City series has been consistently exemplary, and Sara Humphreys's writing never fails to present a story that's worth sinking your teeth into (pun intended)." - Bookaholics not-so-annoymous

"I will definitely purchase the other titles in this series since this book was astoundingly good." - Yearwood Daily Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402274152
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
01/05/2016
Series:
Dead in the City Series , #4
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
522,386
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Chapter 1

Hidden within the lush branches of the towering tree, Trixie crouched low to avoid hitting her head on a dangling clump of pinecones. This had been her usual spot ever since Chelsea moved in a year ago, but those freaking pinecones always got tangled in her hair. Uncomfortable as it was, this location gave her a clear view into the kitchen and family room of the tiny house. The thick scent of the pine needles filled Trixie's nose as she sat motionless amid the branches, unnoticed by the human woman inside the little white clapboard cottage.

Trixie's throat tightened with emotion. With her enhanced hearing, she picked up Chelsea's tuneless hum as she washed dishes in the small sink. She seemed content and peaceful. A combination of pride and sadness swirled inside Trixie-but not regret. That was one emotion she never allowed herself to entertain. Everyone made hard choices; living with the consequences of some choices was harder than making them.

She shouldn't be here. But she couldn't manage to stay away either. Not for long, anyway. Trixie could go maybe two or three months without checking on the girl, but then the nagging pull of worry would drag her back.

Was Chelsea safe? Was she happy?

Those were the only two questions that Trixie ever wanted answered. Based on the satisfied, wistful smile on Chelsea's sweet face, the answer to both right now was a resounding yes.

Trixie adjusted her position on the thick branch, the treads of her combat boots digging into the rough bark. It hadn't always been that way. There had been difficult times. Times when Trixie hadn't been able to stop herself from intervening. She had only wanted to give Chelsea a gift-an anonymous gift-but when Olivia found out about it, she was freaking furious. The vampire community did not look fondly on meddling in human lives. But that didn't matter to Trixie.

All that mattered was making sure that Chelsea was okay.

The alarm on Trixie's cell phone vibrated in the pocket of her jeans. She swore under her breath and pulled it out before quickly shutting it off. The club would be opening soon, and she had to go back to get the bar stocked and ready. She glanced at Chelsea one last time before shooting into the night sky. Maybe tomorrow after the party she would come back for another quick visit.

As long as no one found out, what could it hurt?

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• *

Trixie couldn't remember the last time she went to a little girl's birthday party but it certainly wasn't since becoming a vampire.

Olivia and Doug might be two of the world's most powerful vampires, but they had also become the first vampire parents in recorded history. Today was their daughter Emily's second birthday and they were throwing her a big old party, complete with birthday cake and balloons.

Trixie had gone back and forth all day about whether or not to attend.

Being around little Emily was bittersweet on a regular day, and the birthday celebration would only heighten Trixie's struggle. But choosing not to go would have been selfish. Trixie's personal drama wasn't Emily's fault, and she didn't want to disappoint the adorable redheaded cherub. Not only that, but Emily was Olivia's daughter, and since Olivia was Trixie's maker, that made her family.

Not showing up would have been rotten.

Olivia would have understood if Trixie bailed out; she knew her better than anyone else. But Olivia's bloodmate, Doug, wouldn't understand her absence from such a celebrated event. Neither would the other members of the coven.

Nope. Trixie decided to do what she always did. She'd put on a smile, make a wiseass comment or two, and act like nothing and nobody bothered her.

A familiar voice pulled her from her thoughts as she strode down the stone hallways of the Presidium's underground facility, buried deep beneath Fort Tryon Park and The Cloisters in New York City.

"Well, smack my ass and call me Sally."

The deep Texas drawl echoed around her, stopping Trixie dead in her tracks. A shiver of lust whispered beneath her skin as it usually did when he was nearby, but she swiftly shoved it aside.

"Okay, Sally." Trixie rolled her shoulder and fought the buzz of attraction. "But you can smack your own ass."

"What's the matter, darlin'?" Soaked with that twang, the rumbling baritone of his voice drifted over her shoulder, but she didn't spare him a glance. Trixie continued toward Olivia and Doug's apartment door, forcing herself to put one foot in front of the other. "Don't I even get a hello?"

"Hello, Dakota," she said with a roll of her eyes.

Coming to this little gathering for Emily was difficult enough, and his arrival only ratcheted her anxiety up a notch. Damn it. Why wasn't he out on patrol? Over the past few months, the cocky and admittedly gorgeous sentry had become more and more present in her little corner of the universe.

Trixie fiddled with the box in her hands, the one she'd wrapped carefully with the pink-and-white skull-and-crossbones paper. She didn't even bother to put a card with it. Everyone would know who'd brought it. She was the only coven member with bright pink hair and a penchant for skulls and crossbones, after all.

"That your present for little Emily?" he asked. "You wrapped it real nice."

He got closer by the second.

"No." Trixie snorted. "I just like carrying around a gift-wrapped box for the hell of it. You know, for shits and giggles."

She was being a snot, but she couldn't help herself.

Trixie kept her gaze pinned to the mammoth mahogany door at the end of the hallway and tried not to notice that he'd sidled up next to her, his stride matching hers.

Dakota Shelton-the newest sentry for the Presidium, the vampire government-was not an easy man to ignore.

His six-foot, two-inch broad-shouldered frame towered over her easily, but there was something else about him that set her on edge. It was the way he carried himself. He moved effortlessly and casually, as if he was just the good old boy from Texas he claimed to be.

But Trixie knew better.

He was a sentry, a member of the elite vampire police force, and he was anything but good. Beneath that easy breezy charm lurked an executioner who could kill her, and anyone else nearby, in the blink of an eye. Dakota was deadly, stealthy, and full of swagger-and that was probably why she found him undeniably attractive.

She never could steer clear of dangerous men.

If Trixie La Roux had one talent in this shitty, crazy world, it was picking the wrong guy. As a human, her poor choices in men had constantly gotten her into trouble. When Olivia had found her in the abandoned subway tunnels of Manhattan, Trixie had just had her heart stomped on by yet another guy. He'd betrayed her and tossed her aside like she was nothing.

Men lied.

They did and said anything to get what they wanted.

They made promises that were never kept.

In the end she was always alone.

Abandoned.

Worthless.

She was powerless...until she became a vampire.

Once Trixie was turned, she slipped easily into the strength and independence that came with immortality. Being a vamp was clear and uncomplicated. There was no guesswork about how to navigate the world, and better yet, there was no addiction. She had finally been freed from the drugs that had kept her prisoner as a human.

She refused to be addicted to anyone or anything ever again.

"So what's in the box, darlin'?" He inched closer. "I bet it's real nice."

"Quit calling me that, would ya?"

"Why?" His grin broadened. "What would you prefer? Sweetie pie? Honeybee? Or maybe sugar?"

"As if!" Trixie snorted with a laugh. In spite of how sexist it was to call her or any woman by pet names, she found herself surprisingly amused. "How about if you try using my name? Like, I totally have one, thank you very much. Jeez, get with the program, cowboy. Don't you know that it's chauvinistic to refer to a woman by names like that?"

"Come on now." He sighed. "I'm just bein' my normal self is all, Miss Trixie."

"Not Miss Trixie," she said with waning patience. "Trixie. Okay? Like, just plain old Trixie."

"Girl," he said through a laugh, "you are anythin' but plain."

"And you are anything but normal." She chuckled and sent a sidelong glance in his direction. "Sally."

"Why are you always lookin' to pick a fight with me?" Dakota asked, stopping in front of the czars' apartment door. "Were you this feisty as a human?"

"I guess you'll never know." Trixie stuck her tongue out at him. "I'm all vampire and being feisty is totally my thing, man."

"Damn, woman. If you ask me, Olivia should train you as a sentry and put some of that fire in your belly to work. Maybe we could get you out there and kickin' a little ass. Y'know...let you blow off a little steam."

Trixie had been about to knock on the door. Her fist stopped an inch from the mahogany surface, and irritation mixed with anxiety flickered up her spine. She dropped her hand to her side and turned slowly toward the man who was quickly becoming a total pain in the butt.

"Is that so?" she asked in a deceptively sweet voice. "You think I should kick some ass?"

He shifted his body so they were now toe to toe. Trixie's gut instinct was to step back and increase the distance between them, because getting too close to him was dangerous-for many reasons. But she held her ground even though it went against her better judgment.

Backing down wasn't her style, at least until she met this guy. He made her want to run to him and run away from him at the same time. It was more than a little confusing.

Dakota's arms hung at his sides, and even though they were always hidden beneath his long leather sentry coat, she had a hunch they were thick and well defined. His pale blue eyes, which sometimes glinted almost silver, crinkled at the corners as a grin curved his firm-looking lips. He leaned closer and his scent, a mixture of sandalwood and leather, filled the air around them.

In spite of the warning bells that went off in her head, the heat of desire pooled in her belly.

But beneath the thick scent of lust lay the pungent aroma of silver from the heavy arsenal hidden within his coat. The reminder of who he really was broke the spell.

You're playing with fire, she thought.

"Yes, ma'am." His grin widened as he looked her up and down in one slow, lazy pass, lingering briefly on her breasts before finally locking his gaze with hers again. "You look like you were made for it. In fact, if you ever wanna learn the ropes, I'd be happy to teach you a thing or two."

If Trixie didn't know better, she'd swear the man was flirting with her and egging her on. She let out a short laugh and shook her head slowly. He had no idea who he was dealing with. If Dakota wanted to play this game, he was no match for her. In the field of battle he would be the undeniable victor, but flirting was her specialty.

She shouldn't feed into his taunting, but Trixie never did know when to quit. Besides, there was something about this vampire that kept her coming back for more.

"I doubt that there's much you could teach me, cowboy." Trixie kept her voice low, barely above a whisper, and moved closer so their bodies were mere inches apart. His eyes widened slightly as she met his challenge. "And if I'm going to kick some ass...I'm totally gonna start with yours."

"That so?" Dakota pulled a lollipop out of his pocket before quickly unwrapping it and popping it into his mouth.

"What kind of vampire sucks on human candy?" Trixie arched one eyebrow. "What's with that, anyway? That is, like, way weird."

"I enjoy the way they taste. That's all."

"Yeah? Well, it's strange." She tilted her chin defiantly. "I should kick your butt for that offense alone."

"Easy there, darlin'." He slid the sucker from his lips and pointed it at her. His voice dropped to a low rumble as he leaned closer and murmured, "Your threat sounds more like a promise. If you're not careful, I'll have a mind to make you keep it."

The sweet scent of cinnamon filled her nose and mingled with the dizzying buzz of lust, which was why Trixie barely noticed that the door to the apartment had opened. She blinked and stepped back, suddenly and acutely aware of her body's intense reaction to the nearness of his. When she finally tore her gaze from Dakota's, she found Doug holding the door open and looking at her and Dakota suspiciously.

"I thought I heard you two out here." Doug stepped back and gestured for them to come in. "We were waiting for you before we brought out Emily's cake. Come on in and let's get my baby girl's party started."

"Right." Trixie cracked the knuckles on her right hand and handed him the present. "I was just about to knock."

"Uh-huh." Doug glanced back and forth between them and nodded slowly. He'd been a homicide detective in his human life, which made getting anything past him more than a little difficult. "Well, no need to knock. You two are family. Come on."

Doug took the gift and headed into the apartment. Before Trixie could force her feet to move, Dakota slipped past her and whispered, "I'd say that round goes to me. Wouldn't you?"

Trixie opened her mouth to respond but snapped it shut when her sibling Maya came running over and wrapped her up in a bouncy hug. Maya's long blond hair obscured Trixie's view as Dakota strolled casually into the apartment.

"I'm so glad you're finally here," Maya squealed. She must have noticed how annoyed Trixie was because her giddiness faded quickly. Maya glanced over her shoulder at Dakota before stepping into the hallway and closing the door behind her. "What's going on?"

"Nothing," Trixie lied. She tried to get past Maya to the door but her sister blocked the way. "Come on, Maya. It's nothing. Let's go inside."

"Yeah, right," Maya said with a roll of her big blue eyes. "Are you gonna tell me what's happening between you and Dakota or not?"

"There is nothing happening." Trixie placed both hands on Maya's shoulders. "Other than the fact that he's freaking annoying me. Now move it."

"Mmm-hmm. I knew it." Maya's eyes narrowed and a smile curved her pink lips. "You like him," she said in a conspiratorial whisper. She poked Trixie in the chest. "Ha! I knew it. You're so full of it."

"Shut up." Trixie slapped a hand over her sister's mouth, but Maya shoved it aside. "Not so loud."

"Sorry," she said in a barely audible voice. "But you two have been flirting forever! Why don't you just sleep with the guy and get it out of your system? I mean, seriously, everyone knows you two have the hots for each other. Why not just go for it? I mean, let's be honest, it's not like you're shy. You've gotten it on with a bunch of human guys, so why not give a vamp like him a chance?" She arched one eyebrow. "You have to admit, he's a hottie."

That was an understatement. Dakota was a tall, gorgeous vampire with a naughty twinkle in his eye and a jacked body, but all Trixie said was, "Not gonna happen. It's too complicated."

"Why?"

"Because I can glamour a human, okay? I can't sleep with him once or twice and move on. He's a vampire, and you know we can't glamour another vamp. The human dudes never remember me or what happened. There's simply pleasure for everyone. No muss, no fuss, and nobody gets hurt. That is the only kind of sex I'm interested in."

"I think you're shortchanging yourself...and him." Maya tucked her long blond hair behind her ear before fiddling with the ends of the platinum strands. "Maybe he only wants to have fun too. Aren't you being kind of presumptuous to think he'd automatically want a relationship?"

"Maya, Dakota is a sentry, okay? The guy isn't going anywhere. He will be patrolling this city for at least the next fifty years, and since I have no intention of leaving, there is no point in risking an awkward situation for a few nights of hot sex."

And Trixie had no doubt it would be hot.

"Whatever," Maya said flippantly. "But I still think you're full of it."

Before Trixie could respond, her sister spun around and opened the door to the apartment.

"Let's get the party started." Maya clapped her hands excitedly. "Game on!"

Dakota captured Trixie's gaze the moment she stepped into the room and her stomach fluttered. Damn it all. He winked and that cocky grin slid across his face.

"Oh, it's on," Trixie murmured. "It's on like Donkey Kong."

And she sure as hell wasn't talking about the party.

Meet the Author

Sara Humphreys is the award winning author of the Amoveo Legend series. The third book in the series, Untamed, won two PRISM awards—Dark Paranormal and Best of the Best. The first two novels from her Dead in the City series have been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award. Sara was also a professional actress. Some of her television credits include A&E Biography, Guiding Light, Another World, As the World Turns and Rescue Me.

She loves writing hot heroes and heroines with moxie but above all, Sara adores a satisfying happily-ever-after. She lives in New York with Mr. H., their four amazing sons, and two adorable pups. When she's not writing or hanging out with the men in her life, she can be found working out with Shaun T in her living room or chatting with readers on Facebook. For a full list of Sara's books and reading order, please visit www.sarahumphreys.com

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The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire (Dead in the City Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***Received a copy of the ebook for an honest review via Netgalley The cover is hot, and it definitely fits in with the rest of the series. This is the 4th book in the series. As soon as I saw this book, I knew I wanted to read it because I loved book 3. This book is for adults only due to the steamy content. I loved reading this book. I hated that it took me so long, but life was interfering with my enjoyment of this book. I wanted to sit down and read it straight through without stopping. I loved how spunky Trixie is and how much she has overcome. Of course, Dakota is the sexy southern cowboy and had my heart from the start. Their journey together was packed with actions and surprises. I love when a book grabs my attention and doesn’t let go. Sara does a fantastic job creating her magical world where you never know what will happen next. I love this world and can’t wait to be immersed in it again! I hope to get book 1 and 2 and read them soon! I highly recommend this series to any paranormal fan because it is an awesome series filled with supernatural creatures!
DivaDelishous More than 1 year ago
Sara has out done herself, this novel pulls you into every page you can't help but be the characters. You feel what they feel and want to be there to comfort them or join in when they are happy. Sara Humphrys pulls you into each scene and makes you feel like you are right there standing next to them going through what they are going through. The detail is so right on that the fantasy is real as you read each page and everything around you just disappears. You are Trixie, I see me in her as I feel a lot of women will see them selves in her. Dakota is the same way I know a lot of men who could see themselves in him and women may see there men as him as well. It is riveting. AMAZING. WONDERFUL. DARE I SAY MY FAVORITE IN THE SERIES. If you have not read the series trust me you are missing out. This installment is absolutely astounding.
DebsIN More than 1 year ago
It has been a while since I have read a story of vampires. Although this is the 4th book in a series and I have not read any of the previous books, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Given that, I would like to go back and read the others in the series. For me, this was such a different take on vampires and the interaction of the paranormal world. There was so much involved and enriched story between Trixie, the badass chick and Dakota, the Texas cowboy. I was so into this book that I read it in one sitting. Couldn't put it down. Highly Recommend! I was gifted a copy of this book by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca. I was only asked for an honest review. 4.5 Stars!
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
A cowboy and a punk rock chick? Both vampires? I wasn't exactly sure what to expect because this is my first book in this series. I thought it would be a fun, sexy story about opposites attracting which it was, but it's also a tale of regrets, treachery, betrayal and love. Dakota Shelton is just a good ol' cowboy from Texas and quite out of his element in New York, but the scenery in the form of one tough as nails punk rock chick is quite interesting and Dakota has never been one to back down from a challenge. Trixie LaRoux has the rest of her undead life to mull over the mistakes and regret the choices she made as a human and she would love to do that without the newest member of their coven, Dakota and his cinnamon lollipops in her face or following her around, thank you very much. But Dakota doesn't seem to be getting the message, which is actually a good thing because his persistence soon leads him to a discovery that puts Trixie and everything she holds dear in peril and she'll need his help. THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE VAMPIRE was a new take on the vampire lore for me and I enjoyed it very much. With a snarky, outspoken heroine and a sweet, old-fashioned hero, this is an engaging and action-filled story that comes with a mystery that spans centuries, destinies that have been entwined for decades as well as lots of witty and humorous moments. Trixie and Dakota are the embodiment of opposites attracting but they are also very enjoyable characters and Dakota's siege on Trixie's heart was fun to read. I absolutely loved the mystery in this book and I'll recommend it to anyone who loves a bit of action and mystery with their romance. I hope that future books in the series will explore the otherworldly characters introduced to us in this book. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
TSRBR More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating: 4.25 Rockin’ ★★★★ What happens when two equal but opposite forces collide? You get the beginning of an intensely hot, happily ever after romance, Vampire style! In Sara Humphreys' fourth book in her Dead in the City Series, a story unfolds involving Vampires, Werewolves, Gargoyles, Demons, Witches and Humans that hits a new level in paranormal romance! The Good The Bad & The Vampire weaves an unforgettable tale of fated mates, Trixie LaRoux and Dakota Shelton that stretches known folk legend. There are so many twist, turns and kink through out this novel that the turn of the page can introduce something new and unexpected. They have known each other for two years and are young in vampire years! He is a cowboy and she is punk rock and they are vampires. Both admit to themselves that they are attracted to the other, but are unwilling to act on it. When it is discovered that they are Bloodmates, Trixie refuses to give into being controlled. She has been there and done that in her human life and swears never again. Trixie has secrets however, that she has kept hidden, secrets that are slowly eating her alive. Things are not always as they appear to be as Dakota is finding out and maybe the things he believed about himself is also not true. Can you deny your destiny? When a species that was thought extinct suddenly reappear in a violent and horrific act lives will be changed forever as truths once known are proved false. Lines will blur as a fight explodes between the good, the bad and the vampires. Love will be tested and relationships strengthened in Ms. Humphreys latest release! You will not want to miss adding this book to your paranormal romance library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope for more to come. Don't take to long. I hate waiting.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
What a fun and interesting novel that can be read on its own or as part of Humphreys’ series. She returns to a world full of vampires and excitement that can capture your heart and your imagination. I enjoyed the way that suspense mingled with romance, heartfelt moments with comical ones. This was all wrapped up in a vibrant, larger than life package that was a blast to read. The main characters were a blast. Not only were they fun on their own, but the contrast between their personalities and their ways of life was so shockingly perfect. The well-developed individuals were easy to connect with while also fitting into the story well. The subtle complexity with which they were crafted really held my attention. Once again Humphreys has created a fun, romantic, and suspenseful novel that I truly enjoyed. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Dakota is a home town cowboy with fangs. Cinnamon lollipop eating, his quiet demeanor only hides his prowess on the battle field. Trixie is the epitome of the goth vampire. Bold, in your face attitude, she dresses like a young punk rocker and has personality to back it up. Little in common, except vampirism, when their world collides sparks fly. Humor, action and a very twisty plot makes The Good, The Bad, and The Vampire and great, sexy, paranormal romance read. I received this ARC copy of The Good, The Bad, and the Vampire from SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca in exchange for a honest review.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A fast-paced, sexy shifter romance... "You are a spitfire of a woman, do you know that? You remind me of a horse that hasn't been broken yet. All skittish and full of wild energy." "Are you for real?" Her jaw fell open. "Did you just compare me to a horse?" THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE VAMPIRE by Sara Humphreys is a fast-paced, sexy shifter romance. It's the fourth book in Sara's Dead in the City series, but don't let that steer you away, because it works well as a standalone, if that is your preference. Fans of the series will enjoy catching up with favorite characters from the previous installments. This is the story of Dakota Helton, the newest sentry for the Presideum, the vampire government, and Trixie LaRoux, the wild child goth chick in the eclectic New York City vampire coven. Both leads were genuine and likeable. They were opposites in many ways and quite accomplished at tap dancing around each other. Dakota was the epitome of a good old cowboy from Texas. He loves his Stetsons and I chuckled over his obsession to lollipops. This is the first time I've read about vampires and lollipops... together. He's a badass sentry - deadly, stealthy, and full of swagger. Trixie seemed to be tough - but that persona was really just part of the facade she's erected around herself to keep others from seeing the real Trixie. As a human, she suffered from addiction. Becoming a vampire freed her from that addiction. But... deep down, she still feels like a loser and she's terrified of becoming addicted again... this time to a hot, sexy male: Dakota. I know when I pick up a book by Sara, that I'm in for a treat. This story is solid from start to finish. Add in Sara's imaginative plot twists and I positively could not put this book down until I'd read the last page. I highly recommend THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE VAMPIRE to anyone who relishes an entertaining shifter romance. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there! Suggested Reading Order: TALL, DARK, AND VAMPIRE (Book #1) VAMPIRE TROUBLE (Book #2) VAMPIRES NEVER CRY WOLF (Book #3) THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE VAMPIRE (Book #4) 4 Wine Glasses!
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire by Sara Humphreys is a fun ride in the Paranormal world. I have not read very many paranormal books and this is my first by Sara. I would love to see this book turned into a movie that is how much I enjoyed it. I was so hooked from page one to the last sentence. The characters are very likable, fun, loving, families rough childhoods and lots of secrets. Dakota... I loved this guy, hot with southern charm a Cowboy vampire from Texas...my new book boyfriend. Trixie is a wild punk rocker girl that is beautiful and tough. Will these two opposites of each other make it work? I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun exciting story with Supernatural groups and Gargoyales or just a great book. I will be reading more books by Sara Humphreys. I was given an ARC by publisher via NetGalley, for my honest review.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I love this series but this book was the best. Dakota is a hot, hunky, sweet cowboy (now sentinel) vampire. Score! Trixie is a city vampire through and through. She is tough on the outside and squishy on the inside. When fate declares them bloodmates things get interesting. They both have pasts to overcome and Dakota has to convince Trixie to lower the walls she has built around her heart. I love that there are more than just vampires and werewolves in this book. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.