Bad Mouth by Angela McCallister
After her ex-husband's obsession with vampires, Valerie Craig is on a mission to stop transformations. Of all vampires, Kade Rollins is the worst of the worst, but when multiple murders plague Seattle, Val is forced to enlist his aid. Kade's crude wit and seductive nature attract her like no other, but she can't ignore his violence toward his human servants, no matter her yearning to forget.
She's torn when she learns Kade may be behind the murders. Val's worked hard to protect humans from vampires, but the truth surrounding the murders could ignite a bloody battle between their races, one humans are sure to lose. Someone is pulling strings to build a vampire army and spark the war—setting Kade up to kick it off. But if she trusts the vampire prince, she risks her job, her integrity, and her heart if he betrays her as all the men in her life have.
About the Author
Angela McCallister had always wanted to grow up to be someone who would never grow up, and lucky her, that's exactly what she's done. Nothing says adventurous more than being a career US Navy Sailor with an imagination wild enough to create stories and characters with a paranormal bite. A mother of five, she's gained plenty of story ideas from her family as well as her military experience. She's currently stationed at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu in California to work on Air Traffic Control consoles and radar. She loves to hear from and meet readers and fellow authors.
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"It's a monstrosity."
Valerie Craig agreed with her companion's sentiment wholeheartedly, not exactly thrilled about entering the remote mansion in front of them. She spared Graham a quick smile despite the falling sensation in her stomach.
"You say that every time we come here," she said.
She felt clammy and wilted like a cold, half-cooked noodle. The entire western half of Washington State often wore gloomy skies like a skin, but today the humidity exceeded Val's expectations. Graham didn't look disheveled in the slightest, each strand of his thick brown hair perfectly aligned as usual and nary a wrinkle in his crisp charcoal slacks and vanilla button-up. He could have been a cover model. Amazing. Four dismal hours out of Seattle along winding roads into the Middle-of-Nowhere Mountains and he looked as fresh as the minute they'd left the office.
Val angled the rearview mirror toward where she sat in the passenger's seat of Graham's Prius and took a last-minute peek at her reflection. She grimaced, brushing the smudges under her eyes with her fingertip. Even her makeup sagged under the humidity and perspiration coating her skin.
"Stop, V. You look beautiful."
"Eye of the beholder, Graham. You're too nice to be honest."
No one in their right mind would call her once wavy-golden tresses — that now hung in ropy tendrils — beautiful. Sustaining an impeccable appearance was easier for Graham. He bordered on pretty, with the face of an angel that hosted long, dark lashes, a sculpted nose, and high cheekbones with a slightly cherubic roundness to them. He hadn't broken a sweat once during the humid drive. She wasn't sure Graham could sweat.
Val took another minute to blot at her eyeliner and renew her lip gloss, but she was only stalling. Then again, the vampires they were calling on were nothing if not fastidiously snobbish, thus necessitating the attention to her makeup meltdown.
Steeling herself, she stepped out into the misting rain and peered up at the three stories that contained the source of her dread. As dismal as the clouds, the mansion towered over them like a weathered sentinel. Slate-gray stone ended in jagged spires at the top of each corner, the sharp angles stabbing into the sky. Occasionally, a sliver of stained glass interrupted the structure's flat planes, but aside from the slivers and a few balconies, the place was windowless. It made sense, considering who lived — or rather existed — within.
They were about to enter an upscale coffin.
Graham nudged her with his elbow as he reached her side. "Come on, Val. Buck up. It's just a building."
"It's not the building I'm having issues with." What awaited them inside was worse. Much worse. She shook her head. "I'm fine, Graham. You know I always get a case of nerves before I go in. It'll settle."
"You think they'll blow us off?"
"Of that I have no doubt." Her shoulder lifted in a half shrug. "But we've got a job to do. We have to give them a chance to fix the problem before we can consider taking drastic measures with them."
"I can't believe I get to come in this time. I'm about to meet royalty face-to-face." The touch of awe in his voice earned him a scowl. As one of very few who knew of her antipathy for vampires, he should've had the courtesy to put a leash on his excitement. Instead, he acted like an eager groupie.
"You've talked to them before." Val tried to keep the irritation from her voice. "Besides, royalty and politicians mean the same to me. Overindulged, overpaid, overglorified, and any other over-word you want to add."
With a sharp tug on his sleeve, she steered him along the cobbled, oval drive toward the dramatic steps leading to the entry.
"How many times have you seen them in person?" He only half listened for her answer as his gaze roamed the estate, his interest caught by the topiaries lining the driveway. She snorted indelicately.
"Too many to count. They're creepy. Just be prepared and show no fear or they'll take it as weakness. They'll tread all over you." She took a deep breath and let it out slowly. Coming to the mansion in person was akin to walking a minefield. She always expected a blast if she made the wrong move. "All right. Let's go in."
Val schooled her expression into a professional mask as they ascended steps wide enough to park a car on and reached the titanic double doors. Graham ducked in front of her and tapped the wrought iron knocker against the slab of blackened timber. He was enjoying this entirely too much. She pinched him in the side. His startled grunt told her she might have pinched a little too hard.
Without a hint of squeak, the door swung wide to reveal a slender pole of a man with slightly sunken cheeks, wispy white hair, and a gray undertone to his skin. A walking corpse. The upper-caste vampires, Immortalis Dominorum, and their vampire followers, the Immortalis Legio, were always well fed, giving them an unnaturally healthy glow. This man had to be a human subjugate not yet worthy of transformation.
Some subjugates were never found worthy and were left to waste away, waiting for an everlasting reward that would never transpire. Hardly fair, considering these desperate humans were approved for transformation by the Dominorum only to discover their probationary period often ended in death — which is exactly why she and Graham had come to the mansion.
She'd fought for more than two years to restrict or eradicate transformation altogether, and Congress had appointed her vice director of a small team of Vampire Liaisons. That simple title came with a whopping perk of legislative influence she had every intention of using, hopefully without anyone at the VLO figuring out her intentions.
Wordlessly, the man led them through a narrow entry into a grand foyer. A high dome rose a dizzying thirty feet above their heads. Dual stairways curved along the walls on each side, climbing to a lofty, second-level landing. Most of the guest rooms were on that floor. They were opulent. She'd taken the full tour upon her first arrival over a year before, but Graham gawked openly at the luxurious black marble floors, glossy mahogany railing, Tiffany crystal chandeliers, and all the other glaring displays of decadence along the way. Personally, she found it frigid. The textures and colors exuded sterility and the chill in the air gave her goose bumps. It even smelled cold.
"Psst," she whispered. "At least close your mouth and quit drooling."
He flashed a smile. "It's gorgeous."
"A monstrosity, you said."
"Changed my mind."
They passed through the arched entry under the landing and stopped in a sitting room decorated in gaudy black and deep crimson. Gold accents around the room reminded her how grossly rich, and therefore powerful, the oldest Immortalis were. Massive portraits lined the walls, each highlighted by a lit sconce beneath its heavy frame. The miniscule lights casting shadows around the portrait edges and the stark darkness of the walls didn't give her impression of menace any relief.
The gaunt man gestured toward one of the long settees and left the room. His behavior didn't seem strange considering what he was. In fact, he fit right in. With each encounter of a subjugate, she wondered why they'd chosen to become a vampire. It wasn't like vampires were automatically rich and powerful and sexy. Humans came out of the transformation, if they survived, much the same as they went in. What could make anyone wish for that excruciating, morbid transformation?
Especially her ex-husband, Will.
"What's wrong?" Graham stroked a stray lock of hair away from her cheek, his touch tender. "You seem far away."
"Sorry." She perched at the edge of the couch, her fingers smoothing over the velvety crimson upholstery.
Graham's lips thinned into a disapproving line. "Don't think about him."
"I can't help it. He's partly why we're here."
"He's not the man you married and not the man I befriended. That man no longer exists. May as well think of him as someone else."
"You're right." She took his hand and pulled him to the seat next to her. "I'm glad you're here."
She evaded his attempt at eye contact. He'd developed feelings beyond friendship for her, but it was a one-way street. She could never look at him without seeing her ex-husband's best friend. And the man who'd revealed Will's betrayals. All of them.
When Graham opened his mouth to speak, she silenced him with a swift jerk of her head. They weren't alone. Two figures moved toward them, their motion liquid. Both vampires appeared to be in their late twenties or early thirties, but Val knew the couple to be much older.
The woman's hair tumbled in lustrous auburn waves past her waist, her delicate face like beauty incarnate, with creamy smooth skin and pouty lips. Her body, elegantly displayed in a clingy, floor-length gown of soft teal, was lean and sleek with generous, perky breasts. It was false advertising. Vampirism didn't get her those looks. Evangeline had been born physically perfect — and human. Just as the male, Olen, had been.
Olen, his spine straight and his shoulders back, wore an autocratic air with apparent ease. Though barely half a foot taller than Val's five-foot- seven inches, he seemed to peer several feet down his straight nose at her. Fine lines graced the corners of his eyes, although she'd never seen the vampire smile. His black hair had grayed prematurely at his temples before he'd turned.
Olen's impact came from his eyes. Their dark red coloring didn't impede the keen edge of intelligence that hit like armor-piercing bullets. She felt as if he could see into her soul. He tipped his head slightly toward her, sending a stab of ice down her spine.
Graham, the sociable one, normally would have been the first to extend a greeting, but he appeared struck dumb. She stood to address their hosts.
"Olen Rex, Domina Evangeline," she said. "Thank you for seeing us. This is my associate, Graham Fischer. Graham joined the Vampire Liaison Office two months ago. He has prior experience working with the governor as an attorney and private consultant."
"I recall we've spoken several times. Lovely to meet you in person, Mr. Fischer." Evangeline's voice swathed his name in a sexy rasp. "Welcome."
The vamp's ruby-eyed gaze fixed on Graham with too much interest for Val's comfort. Evangeline's sensuality cranked to high volume reduced her friend to a giant walking gland that would end up being useless to their cause. Perhaps that was the vampire's intent. If he kept this up, she'd have to neuter him before he could come back again.
Evangeline's red lips curved into a knowing smirk. The vampire most likely smelled Graham's physical arousal, and Val wanted to jettison his traitorous body back to Seattle at Mach ten speed.
"What brings you to us in such dreadful weather?" Olen asked.
Of course he knew what brought her, but he liked to play games. After nearly two years, the game had become tiresome.
Val cut straight to the point. "There's been a rash of bloodings."
If the thought of depraved vampires rampantly sucking humans dry caused the vampires alarm, they hid it well.
Heartless. She caught her tongue between her teeth, fighting the bitter words aching to get loose. When they didn't respond, she added, "And a sharp increase in derangements over the last two months."
Deranged transformations were illegal, even among the Immortalis Legio, commonly known as the Legion. No self-respecting vampire would lower themselves to transform a human not approved by the Dominorum. A sudden increase could only mean the Dominorum hadn't been enforcing the law and capturing the greedy vampires as they were supposed to.
"Unfortunate," Olen replied. For all the concern he showed, he could have been talking about the Seahawks game last weekend. "We make every effort to curb unruly Legion citizens and prevent harm to humans. Are you certain the bloodings are authentic?"
Val's eyes widened, shock and fury vying for domination. "Are you implying the VLO can't tell the difference between a blooding and a copycat?"
"Certainly not," Evangeline cut in, still smiling. Val hated that smile. Only a sociopath could sport that cat-with-warm-milk smile when they were talking about murder. "We only want to avoid pointing fingers at innocent citizens."
There was nothing innocent about vampires. They shouldn't even exist, although Val could never utter those words publicly and expect to keep her liaison position.
"No one wants to make false accusations," Graham said, "but only a vampire could have caused these deaths."
Ah, he speaks.
"So you come to us expecting the Dominorum to solve your homicide cases for you?" Olen arched a haughty brow.
"This problem isn't ours to solve alone, Olen." Val concentrated on smoothing the emotion from her face. There was no way in hell she'd let him know he was getting to her. "They were perpetrated by some of yours."
"Or by a rogue. The Legion follows the dictates of the Dominorum." Olen's lips settled into a contemptuous smirk. If he were to acknowledge one of the Legion vampires as suspect, it would be a step closer to admitting transformation was a problem. If all transformations became illegal, the Immortalis would lose considerable power over human society. Transformations were their biggest commodity.
"Perhaps the Dominorum is losing control over the Legion." Val kept her voice low and steady and her expression placid as she dug into his sense of pride. Her knees went weak at the risk of pushing him too far, but she'd be damned if she'd return to her seat while the vampires stood over her.
Olen's eyes flared with inner light before he composed himself. She was glad she'd brought Graham, despite his earlier lapse in good taste. It wouldn't be a stretch for her to disappear, the victim of a mysterious accident on the way back to Seattle.
Evangeline turned to Olen, her head tilted to the side. When Olen met his mate's gaze, Val's fine hairs stood on end. The air charged with restrained energy as the two vampires spoke telepathically. After a few silent, tense minutes, Olen's attention settled on Val.
"It is in our interest to punish any Legion who may be violating Dominorum rule. In light of the possibility the murderer may not be a rogue but one of the Legion, we offer you a liaison to smooth over any ... bumps you encounter with the Legion when questioning them."
"A liaison? As in only one? You want to give us a desk jockey and no enforcement officers?"
This time Evangeline's smile exuded wicked delight and grew broad enough to expose her fangs. Even Olen, the one who never smiled, had a look of smug amusement.
"You need someone with Immortalis jurisdiction to find the killer you're looking for, even to eventually discover that the killer is simply a rogue," he said.
There were too many derangements in such a short period of time to be caused by one rogue.
"Yes, Ms. Craig, we'll give you one vampire. Once you meet him, you'll see one could never speak his name and the word only in the same sentence."
Something in his tone put those icy fingers back into her spine. "Do I know this vampire?"
"No. He's not particularly inclined toward politics." Olen's strange inflection gave her the impression he'd made an inflated understatement.
"Who is he?"
"A last name," Val noted. "He's young then. Will the Legion obey him?"
Evangeline laughed. "Oh, they'll obey. He's an adjuvant."
Val's face tightened. Adjuvants were the ultimate bane of her existence, the only vampires capable of turning humans and supercharged with extraordinary strength, speed, and abilities. No good could come of working with a creature like Kade Rollins.
"Find someone else." Amazed she'd kept her voice steady, she willed Olen to rescind his choice.
He didn't even blink. "Your liaison is Kade. By the time you reach Seattle, his contact information will be at your disposal. Keep in mind that he's one of ours. He is not your minion." He cocked his head in thought. "Although I doubt you'll have any trouble remembering that."
The pair turned in unison, walked out through the archway, and disappeared down the hall. Val and Graham had been dismissed.
As they started for the foyer, the walking corpse appeared on cue to lead the way. Val sensed the tension humming in Graham. At least he waited until the massive door boomed shut behind them before he spoke.
She sighed, wishing she wasn't about to hear the veneration in his voice but knowing she would nonetheless. "Let's go. I can't get away from here soon enough."
"Wow. They were something amazing. Did you feel that — their presence?"
"Graham." She peered at him like a bug under glass. "Stop. What you're doing, what you're thinking. Just stop. They're the bad guys you know."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was my perfect book! Bad words, paranormal mystery, suspense, hot love scenes, a bad-ass hero and an intelligent heroine. The spin put on "traditional" vampire society/folklore was unique as well. I CANNOT wait for Angela to write more books!!! I am a HUGE fan!!!
The title Bad Mouth evokes the impression of profanity and this book does have some. But, I really liked the profanity because it was not overdone and it made it feel like real conversations between adults instead of adults who talk like junior high students while attending school. I give this book a solid 3.5 to 3.75 star rating. The only thing holding me back from giving this book is that I would have liked more description and explanation of the Dominium vs. Legion vs. Immortalis caste of the vampires. I did not personally feel this part was fleshed out enough for the reader. I have some idea of the workings of the castes, but didn't gain much of that knowledge until the last 20% of the book. I think the issue was more the author hitting a page/word limit and not due to a fully envisioned vampire world in which this story take place. That being said, I really enjoyed the characters: Kade, Val, Ezra, Ptolomy, Alice, Gun, Luc, Killian, and more (so many great characters). Angela McCallisterdid a fabulous job with the characters. The overall story is of killings going on that Kade is sure humans are perpetrating and Val is equally sure vampires are at fault. Where it leads the characters to is engaging. Kade and Val's budding relationship adds the element of romance to the mystery. This book is well worth a read for those who enjoy paranormal romance.
What an excellent vampire/romance novel. I love a good vampire story, but this one was brilliant, it has great one liners, great characters and story line. Apart from Kade, the sexy vampire, you also had Ezra and his constant smile. Kade and Val made a great couple, which added to the steamy sex scenes. An excellent and highly recommended read for all fans of vampire/romance.
Kade Rollins is a dark, sexy, tortured vampire who is assigned to help the vampire/human liaison officer, Valerie Craig, investigate a series of brutal murders. Did humans commit them, or vampires? Trouble is, Kade hates humans and Valerie hates vampires, both have their reasons. This story puts a bit of a twist and some "bad" language into what could be your run of the mill "vampire" tale. Kade and Valerie overcome their preconceived prejudices against the other's respective races and manage to find love. A book with some "bite" to it.
Get you some Kade! This a the 1st book in what I hope will be a series. The world building of a two caste vampire society is promising in this enjoyable enemies to lovers romance. The Great: Kade. He is simply a wonderful hero. Blunt, grumpy, foul mouthed and willing to grow as a person and accept startling new truths. One of Kade's defining traits is that he is very blunt and crude. I love it. He is funny. The writer could have/should have gone even further with this quirk. It would have upped both the humour and sexy factor in this book. The Okay: The heroine is fine. I like that she is tough and brave and does things even though she is afraid. I like that she accepts new truths as well. She is a little slow on this. I would have liked the couple to have more interactions than they did. I know this is an action adventure book but more couple time is always good. I loved their banter. The writing is this book is compelling and engaging. What keeps this book from being rated higher is a feeling of compression. There were aspects of the book that needed more time and did not get them. The sex (which is hot). We have hot scenes but they never make it to a bed in my recollection. The world building. I am fairly quick on the uptake but I don't follow the rules of this world as of yet. I have general idea but while she avoids info dumps, certain ideas are not fully explained or reasoned out. I like this writer a lot. I started following her on Goodreads. I can't wait for more of the the special that is Kade to come out in her books. I received this book for my honest review.
I truly enjoyed this new twist on a vampire story. Kade is a damaged, sexy alpha male who hates humans, and Valerie is a tough as nails human who hates vampires. True opposites attrracts to give us a hot, mysterious read. The author does a wonderful job with world building, witty dialogue and steamy love scenes that any and all lovers of vampire stories will want to read again and again.
My thoughts: Wonderfully written. A new idea in a vampire romance is hard to come by these days, but this book is both original and creative. I fell in love with the characters. I was hooked in the first few pages and couldn't put the book down. It is fantastic to see Kade and Valerie struggle with their beliefs, prejudices and desires. Betrayal and trust are forefront for them both as they come to trust and care about each other. The storyline is twisty and clever. The characters come to life and grab you. I truly enjoyed the book and hope there is more to come!
I give Angela McCallister’s Bad Mouth a well-deserved 5 stars!! Mouth-watering, drop-dead sexy, bad-boy vampire Prince paired with tough as nails, tenacious, gets what she wants, human liaison to the vampires, and you know the covers of this book will be getting steamed up and quick! It has been a while since the sexual tension and mounting emotions between characters has put me on edge, but Kade and Valerie sure got my heart racing and my blood pumping. Not only are these two on opposites sides of the playing field, one hating humans and one hating vampires, they have to work together to bring down someone or something bringing down both of their worlds. If that wasn’t complicated enough, the more time they spend together, the more they learn about each other, the more their knowledge of the other’s species eludes them. Kade’s personality is top notch, not being able to control the things that come out of his mouth and Val refuses to let anything scare her. Angela’s writing is fantastic!! With well written characters and wonderful flow of the story, I found myself lost in the world of Bad Mouth. Thank you, Angela, for this wonderful novel! (I received an ARC for my honest review and this is my honest to goodness, straight from the heart review!)
I loved this book for many reasons, but the primary one was the main hero, Kade. I absolutely enjoyed his irreverent bad mouth (this book is *perfectly* titled! LOL). His yummy factor was also highly appreciated. I've read quite a bit of vampire romance, and this one had some of my favorite features of the race, (sleep in daylight), but it was also quite original in many ways so it didn't feel like that same old same old. **I'm not going to give spoilers, you'll just have to read it! :) Other things I loved about Bad Mouth included realistic dialogue, compelling and original turns of phrase, stakes (pun intended!), as well as great secondary characters whom I'm really looking forward to reading. McCallister's world building is fantastic and just right - not too much where I was lost and not too little that I couldn't follow what was happening. She resisted the urge to over-explain, which I always hate, and the ending is so damn satisfying. She thought of everything. Two thumbs up!
Slow stat but good finish
Sighs then looks at you "bye see you when you get back" forces a smile
Many authors have been gracious enough to give away their books. I've been fortunate enough to win several of these. For this I am eternally grateful because I wouldn't have been to read many with out it. So far, I have not been disappointed with any of them. This was no exception. This was a great book. I will forever grateful to authors who love their fans to this extent. I loved this book and while reading it, I had to laugh at the title. :)
I first saw this book being offered on Netgalley, and had requested it, then got the offer from one of the lovely ladies at Entangled Publishing to be a part of the blog tour. Well of course I wanted to, plus it just sounded so interesting. And yes I know I have an aversion to the vampers, but I actually liked these. :) It’s not what I expected, which is what made this part of a great ride, and it’s fresh and different from most others. Plus, to my romance readers, you’ll be finding a cold shower in need when you read this one, and my vamper lovers will become big fans! I myself love the Big Bad Wolf if you know what I mean :) Valerie is a great character, however, I think I like that she’s judgemental-as most of us humans are. We get caught up in some things that shouldn’t matter. But, with her past situations, I think I would be a vamp hater too. And then she meets Mr Vamp who rocks her world :) HEHE I love when that happens. She’s determined, she’s almost a bully, but in a nice way-if that’s possible- and she’s really seriously dead set on getting rid of the vampires. I felt bad for her in this aspect because of her husband, but I’m glad things are working out :) Hmmm, sometimes men have a way of being the worst and the best things in the world! Kade is HAWT! Even I can say, as a vamper, he’s hot! BUT, boy does he need a good spanking, and not the dirty kind. You know, he’s royal, and spoiled, boy if I thought I had a potty mouth, he’s definitely got me beat! I have to giggle when I think about him, because I’d like to think that I’d probably give him a complex. Not only can I cuss more than him-sometimes- but I could probably knock his peg down a few notches. Which is why I loved him for Valerie. She’s a little uptight, and he’s so… not. And he hates humans as much as she hates vampires. I kinda giggle a good bit because of this. But Kade’s got some complex to his that’ll have your head spinning a little. I think that part is what made me like him so much. You know I am always a big fan of the side kicks- as secondary characters almost always make the story for me. There’s several here that will play a part, but Ezra is my favorite… I almost wanna put him on my book boyfriend list…. I need to know a little more *to the author- hint hint* and maybe we can work around that :) I also kept thinking of Julius Ceasar and Brutus, and their type of world, when I read this. The way royalty is reminded me of that type of thing, not the queen of England type of Royalty. It definitely made for an interesting take on the vampers. :) I am really interested to see if there will be more, at least set in this world, from this author. I really liked this one. It’s got action, seriously crazy creepiness, and some crazy romance that’ll leave everybody breathless and ready for more. I am really glad that I requested this one on Netgalley, otherwise I would have missed out! So, everyone go get theirs! 4.5 ACTION PACKED BREATHLESS PAWS!
Can I just say I really didn’t put title and book together until the very end. You would think I would have figured it out earlier but really, I was enjoying myself too much to put two and two together. Bad Mouth was a great paranormal romance with an added mystery and action elements. I like when a story has some added unexpected twist…especially if I don’t see them coming. The plot manages to contain a few new items that I have not encountered before in a vamp story which considering how much PNs I read, says a lot. The star of this book is very much Kade. His ‘bad mouth’ and cocky attitude really made this a entertaining story. Yes, he is full of profanities but really, it is not too over-the-top extreme. With all the creative situations author Angela McCallister put the characters through, sometimes the word ‘f**k’ is called for! I found Valerie to a tough strong woman. When you put the two of them together, sparks fly in more ways than one. Actually all the characters were great. There are a few secondary characters (hint-hint Ms McCallister - Ptolomy and Ezra!) I would love to see get their own stories. If Bad Mouth is any indication of what we can expect in the future from Ms McCallister, then consider me a new fan. Most definitely a great story to spend the afternoon reading. An excellent piece of work that I will be recommending! I received this book from JeepDiva for the express purposes of an honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated. Stars – 4 Flames - 3
Bad Mouth is an unexpected story about vampires. It is an well-developed alternate world where vampires & humans coexist, but w/ lots of animosity & mistrust between them. The heroine, Valerie, works for the government agency that has jurisdiction over the vampires but she is not the usual detective. She is usually just a paper pusher & does not go out into the field. Kade is an important vampire in their caste system of Immortalis, Legion or Dominium & is called upon to work with her to solve a crime where there are gruesome murders. The conversation among the characters seems real & highly believable. I enjoyed seeing the male friends interact with each other. The sex scenes are hot & leaving you wishing there were more! Sometimes I got confused in how exactly all the characters interact w/ each other but I'm sure more will be explained in future books. I look forward to reading more about these characters as the series continues. I believe another successful vampire world has been created. I met Angela at an author event & wanted to read her book after meeting her & hearing about it. I bought it w/ my own funds & gave an honest review.
Val works for the VLO and has it in for all vamps since her x hubby was turned into one. Then there was a 'blooding' case that she had to solve and asked for help from the Rex and he set her up with a vamp partner named Kade. Kade doesnt like humans...Val doesnt like Vamps. Watching them fight their feelings for each other was funny. I loved that Val had her wise cracking come backs to Kade. Just when you THINK you know whats going to happen....you dont. This is my first book from Angela McCallister and I have to say that I love the characters and want to see more.
I haven't fully finished this book. I wanted to leave a review because I promised I would. Excellent!! I would recommend!! -Rachael Willing