Date with a Vampire (Tempted #1) by Raine English

The premise of this book held promise: the ridiculous nature of the reality television game, the vampire who hated his nature, a power play and a lottery winner.  But the book started quietly with a retiring heroine without real reason for her rather flat personality, and never quite picked up speed.

As a heroine, Melody needed some conflict, some reason for her quietness: it wasn’t really put down to shy, no real envious moments of more outgoing people, and even her reactions to shocking news are flat.  Her character as developed just didn’t grab me as I had hoped.

Then we have Gustav or Gus for short.  In line for the throne, only if he marries and turns his bride: he doesn’t like his vampire self, yet his self-described conflict with his nature also never reached out and grabbed me.

Moments that could have been exploited for the good: the reality show, the reveal of Gus to Melody and their pairing to fight evil were just quiet and not as tension or laughter filled as I would have wanted.  This carried the feel of a sweet historical romance, even with the paranormal and modern day elements added in.  While not a bad read and Raine English has a smooth writing style with few distractions, the characters just didn’t breathe for me as I had expected or hoped.

Date with a Vampire (Tempted #1) by Raine English

Title: Date with a Vampire
Author: Raine English
Published by: Aspendawn Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 222
Rated: three-stars
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She gave him her heart, but he wanted her soul…

Melody Johnson dreams of meeting a man as dashing and wonderful as the heroes in the books she reads. Being a realist, she knows that’s highly unlikely. Besides, men always leave her for someone more exciting—until she wins the lottery, that is. Pursued by scores of men happy to help spend her fortune, Melody longs to have her quiet life back. When a network executive offers a reality show, she seizes the opportunity to show the world she’s off the single’s market. Melody leaves her quaint hometown in New York for a sunny island in the Pacific where twenty gorgeous bachelors will vie for her heart and where she can stage a phony engagement. What she never expects, though, is to fall in love with a vampire.

Guystof LeBreque is a four-hundred-year-old Romanian vampire who hates the taste of blood. He’s roamed the earth for centuries, loathing the monster trapped inside him. After his mother’s death at the hands of vampire-hunting assassins, Guystof vows never to turn a woman into a vampire. But when his father gives him an ultimatum to marry a rich woman in sixty days or lose his legacy to his bloodthirsty brother, Guystof battles his conscience. Does he keep the promise he made to himself, or does he keep his brother from power? Guystof resorts to drastic measures. He becomes a bachelor on a hit reality show. What he doesn’t anticipate is losing his heart to the woman whose mortal life he must end.

This book can be read as a stand-alone book.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Raine English

Raine English is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romances infused with magic and the paranormal. She lives in New England with her family, two dogs, and a mischievous cat.

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