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Monday, December 27, 2010

Review: I'll Be Slaying You

I'll Be Slaying YouTitle: I'll Be Slaying You
Author: Cynthia Eden
Page Count: 320 pages
Publisher: Brava
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was purchased by me

50 words or less: Sandra "Dee" Daniels is a human bounty hunter with a serious chip on her shoulder when it comes to vampires. When she runs into Simon Chase, a mysterious stranger who connects with her on every level, we all have to hope that Simon's secrets- and Dee's destiny- aren't enough to topple their blossoming romance.

The Night Watch books are good for an engaging read with adventure and spicy romance and for the most part I'll Be Slaying You was no exception.  Dee was a memorable character in the first book in this series and I was excited to hear that this book was going to be all about her and her sashay towards happily ever after.  While her ride wasn't as smooth as the one the happy couple had in Eternal Hunter, I can recommend this book to fans of the first book in the series or to fans of the genre in general.

 I'll Be Slaying You is the kind of book that takes some common tropes in paranormal romance and runs them through the plot blender to end up with something that feels unique.  Dee is a tough cookie overcoming a traumatic past, Simon is the supernatural good guy who's going to help her overcome her prejudices, and together they're going to face off against a super bad guy who's got it in for everything and everyone.

As complicated as Dee is, with being a human working for a supernatural bounty hunting agency and dealing with her traumatic past and the deaths of her family and all that, Simon is a remarkably straight shooter.  He's got his issues but his primary objective is keeping Dee safe.  He completely understands that she might not be able to get over her hangups when it comes to vampires but hopes for the best in terms of having a relationship.  He's not willing to walk away and he'll be dipped if he lets Dee take the easy way out.

Dee definitely earns her wings in this book.  I agree with other reviewers who've said that Dee kind of came off as someone with something to prove in the first book and that that seemed like a liability, but here we see that Dee is a lone operator who talks a good line because she knows how to deliver.  Her words are backed up by actions so the characterization feels a lot more legitimate.  I was also glad to see that she dealt with issues and conflicts that came up by looking at facts, and didn't blow away a chance for a good thing with Simon because of misplaced ideas or other stupidity.

While no new ground was technically blazed with this story, it was enjoyable and fun and made for a pleasant way to pass the time.  I enjoyed the cameos from previous characters and my interest was definitely piqued for the next book in the series, and for other future installments as well.

Overall Grade: A-
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