Biting the Bride
I thought I would like this one. The blurb on the back sounded fun, featuring a heroine who’s always been a bit different and seems to have super strength. I like funny paranormals. Well this one wasn’t funny. It wasn’t even terrifying. Mostly, it was just boring, with too much sex from the villain’s point of view.
Sunni has felt that she was different since she was a young girl. She had a troubled childhood, raised by a distant, single mother. Sometime after her mother died, Sunni was hospitalized for depression and it’s in the psychiatric institution that Sunni’s life took a turn for the better. Her roommate Isabel, also suffering from depression, quickly became Sunni’s best friend. Isabel’s wealthy parents took Sunni home with them, and raised her as if she was their own daughter. Thanks to support from Isabel’s parents, Sunni is now the owner of a successful antique gallery in San Francisco.
But Sunni’s life isn’t completely normal. She seems to have a guardian angel looking out for her; a guardian angel who’s incredibly attractive. Sunni is so attracted to this mystery man, that when she has a one-night stand early on with a man she’s just met, she fantasizes that she’s with her guardian angel. After another man tries to attack Sunni, she manages to speak with her mystery man, and learns that his name is Jacob.
Jacob quickly disappears, but soon, there’s another attractive man – Richard – on the scene. Sunni’s initially attracted to Richard, but she quickly discovers that he’s a vampire, with a penchant for marrying wealthy women and then killing them. If Richard can’t get Sunni, he’s going to go for her best friend Isabel and Sunni is determined to stop him. Jacob gets involved in Sunni’s efforts, but withholds a lot of critical information.
There were potentially interesting aspects to the book. I found the world the author created, with the secretive, rule-abiding vampire society, to be intriguing. I also enjoyed the use of various locations in San Francisco.
Ultimately, I just didn’t care about any of the main characters. I could understand that Sunni had a difficult childhood, but she’s lived a very privileged life since then. At times she came across as indecisive, and at others irrational. I didn’t understand Sunni’s initial rejection of Jacob when she found out his secrets, nor did her sudden forgiveness of him make any sense either.
I get that Sunni and Jacob were strongly physically attracted to each other. What was less apparent was if they really liked each other.
The character with the strongest personality is Richard, but there’s nothing appealing about him. He’s definitely a villain, who does horrible things. In fact, there’s a fair amount of sex in the book, but a great deal of it is from Richard’s point of view, as he first seduces, and then kills his victims. And honestly, I just don’t read romances, paranormal or other, for villain sex.