Friday, July 18, 2008

“Accidentally Dead” by Dakota Cassidy

Nina always loved the nightlife.
It’s a lousy first day on the job for dental assistant Nina Blackman when a patient, loopy from the anesthesia, bites her. At least he was cute. But for real drama she can’t beat the next morning. Nina wakes up with a set of razor sharp fangs, bionic vision, super sonic hearing, and a taste for blood. There must be a good explanation. There is. It’s her patient, Greg Statleon.

She just never expected to be the nightlife.
A visit to his Long Island castle hardly results in a cure. Greg claims there isn’t one. Unfortunately, Nina isn’t wild about her lifestyle change¬or the danger that goes along with it. She’s determined to prove this infuriating vampire wrong. It’s a shame he’s so irresistible. It’s a bigger shame that he’s dead. On the other hand, they’re perfect for each other ¬if Nina’s willing to commit to one man for eternity.
In The Accidental Werewolf we were introduced to Marty, Nina and Wanda. Marty was accidentally infected and became a werewolf. Hijinks ensued and it was a mildly entertaining pararomcom (paranormal romantic comedy). In this follow up novel, Dakota Cassidy sustains the theme. Now it’s Nina’s turn, to be turned that is. She is accidentally made vampire. Unfortunately Nina’s character is over-the-top abrasive, irritating and whining by degree. The reasons for these personality quirks are eventually explained, but not before traumatizing the reader. Additionally not much really happens other then Nina trying to cope with her new circumstances, and a minor subplot with Greg’s neighbour and his vampire sire which are brief and too quickly resolved. While the concept is clever, the execution is weak in this particular outing. I expect Wanda is in for some difficulty in the next installment.

Read the first chapter on Dakota Cassidy’s website and decide for yourself if this is your cup of tea.

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