"Ms. Raye is adept at mixing humor with sizzling love scenes. The snappy dialog and quirky characters make for an entertaining reading experience!"—A Romance Review on Dead and Dateless
"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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Not quite 4 stars. I will start by saying that I really liked the premise of this book. 9 vampires and their sire were notorious wild west outlaws, but they have eventually settled down (sans sire) in Tombstone to run, what else? An authentic wild west vacation experience! This book introduces Boone, the local sheriff and vampire, and Riley Davenport, a vacation blogger. The book overall was a little bit short and could have used a little more character development. This is a series and I am assuming that future books will feature the other vampires in their posse. I think it would have been nice to give the reader a little more insight into their characters and their backgrounds. The author gave us the biggest glimpse into Belle and Tag, who I am assuming will be featured in the next book. It wasn't enough, however, to make me feel like I really am dying to read more about them or any of the other characters. All Belle and Tag really did was fight and annoy each other - nothing I want to read more about. Usually the first book provides an intro into the new world the author created. The author did a nice job with Riley and Boone but missed an opportunity to really develop the series as a whole. All in all, however, I enjoyed the book and the plot was interesting. I would definitely continue to read this series to see if we learn more about the rest of the characters. Hopefully the future books will start to portray the vampires as a family and a community and not so focus solely on the featured couple.
The Quick and the Undead, Kimberly Raye Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance This sounded a fun read, a paranormal with some humour – Vampire Cowboys! It was fun, made me smile, but it was a kind of gentle, subtle humour most of the while mixed in with a bit of vampire trickery, and set in a Western old time world. I wasn’t wholly won over by the characters, Riley had some history but though it had affected her adversely for the last three years, I just didn’t really get that sense from her that it was affecting her life and emotions as much as I’d have expected. Similarly the vampires, they each had a slightly different angle, but somehow they seemed a little flat. Though this book concentrated on Boone we met the others, and I’d have liked to see a bit more interaction with them. It kind of feels superficial at the moment, as if we’re just glossing over their surface and underneath they’ve real depth – and I want that depth now... Still, its early days and first novels in a series are notoriously difficult, when the author has the difficulty of introducing a new group of characters, setting the place and stories for future episodes and keeping the reader interested. Its a fine balance. I found it slow to start but once it picked up it held my interest, had a couple of sensual, sexy interludes, and a plotline that’s going to develop later through the series. Its got enough content to hook me into future reads, and maybe on a re reading I’d rate it higher but for now its an OK read, a good one with potential. Stars: Three and a half – its a decent read and I think shows potential for a series with something a bit different to it. As ever though I’m just one reader and everyone will have a different view. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
If you are looking for light and fluffy vampires like Kimberly Raye‘s Dead End Dating series The Quick and the Undead is not for you.. There are strong alpha cowboy vampires and feisty modern day women but definitely no pink bats and fabulous wardrobe. The Quick and the Undead appears to be the first in a new series. It has possibilities but honestly this first book left me wanting and I’m not sure exactly why. I will pick up the next installment in the hopes that my dissatisfaction had to do with world building rather than the story itself. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Bell Bridge Books via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. 1.5 Stars I was not impressed by this book at all. When I requested a book about vampire cowboys from Net Galley, I wanted a fun but quirky read. I like things that are a bit different and since I like cowboys and I like vampires, I thought this would be a blast. Boy was I ever wrong. The idea had potential but the execution was lacking. This book seemed confused about what kind of book it wanted to be. After the main character's vibrator is mentioned several times early in the story, I actually stopped reading to check and whether or not this was actually classified as erotica. It never really went there but at times the story almost seemed like it wanted to cross the line into erotica. Don't get me wrong - I am not a prude. Not at all. I don't read erotica because I have found that books that fall into that category are often lacking a decent plot. Sex seemed to be the major focus of the book and it did nothing to strengthen the plot. To make matters worse, I thought the sex scenes in this book were actually quite boring. The plot had some potential. A group of vampires that were all turned in the Old West return as a group to reclaim the town of Tombstone. In order to make that possible, they operate a vacation destination that will bring back the Old West for travelers. This group of vampires were all sired by the same vampire and once were part of an outlaw vampire gang. The whole group is in the town of Tombstone with the exception of their maker. This was interesting....but the story spent more time focused on Riley's sexual longing than this group of vampires. I didn't care about the characters at all. I thought much of the story was ridiculous. For example, when Boone thinks Riley might be in trouble does he keep her next to him to protect her at all times - no....he puts her in a cave by herself while he searches for the villian. She literally spends a large part of the story in a cave by herself. I really cannot recommend this story to anyone. There are too many well done vampire stories out there to waste your time with this one. I was able to finish the story but I didn't enjoy any of it. I actually read the whole book because I kept think that it had to get better soon but it didn't.