Saturday, November 10, 2012

Review: Dark Ride

Author: Laura Bradley Rede
Format: eBook
Print Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Self-published
Published: December 20, 2011

Ander McNair used to be the favorite son of a great monster-hunting family – until he was bitten by a werewolf and the hunter became the hunted. Now anything that makes his pulse race, even a kiss from his girlfriend Cicely, is enough to turn him into a monster. When he finally gets a chance to earn his cure by killing a vampire prince, he finds he has to choose between his own past and the future of the girl he loves. Can a guy who’s not even human learn what it means to be a man?

Luke Marianez used to be an immortal vampire prince – until the witch he loved betrayed him and cursed him with the ability to die. Now he lives in the world of vampire blood bars, where the waitresses are the drinks, and dreams about killing the last of the witch’s line so he can live forever. But revenge doesn’t just mean breaking the curse. He wants to break the girl’s heart, too. Can Luke seduce Cicely without falling in love himself?

Cicely Watson doesn’t believe in werewolves or vampires. She’s not even sure she believes in true love. But she’s about to discover what every werewolf knows:

People change.

My Thoughts

When I bought Dark Ride, I thought great another werewolves/gal/vamp story.  Maybe the vamp will lose this time.  Why does the werewolf never win?
Cicely (Cissa) is in trouble, she is in love with her best friend, Ander.  The trouble part comes with the knowledge that he does not feel the same way.
Ander is in trouble, he is in love with Cissa.  (OMG!  Could the werewolf actually get the gal this time?) The trouble part comes in that he knows that they can never be together.  He is too dangerous for her, too dangerous for anyone.
Cissa is in more trouble.  She has a homicidal vampire family trying to kill her.  The Queen having sent her cousin, Luke after her.
Luke's in trouble- Cissa is a dead ringer for his well dead love (who happens to be related to her).  This women betrayed him and he wants revenge even though he is still in love with her.  So he decides to take his revenge out on Cissa.  Only once meeting her, he realizes how sweet and tenderhearted she is.
I liked this book.  It was the perfect escape to a busy and harsh kinda week.  There were times when I felt like there were too many subplots going on.  Hopefully some of them will be resolved in the next book.  But t is a great start to new series.

My Rating 3 out of 5

Other Characters

Marcus- Lukes manservant- yeah Luke is from a different time period alright.
Emma- one of the in-crowds gal at school.  But she knows more than she is letting on.
Zoe- Cissa’s other best friend, at least she’s human.
Michael- the vampire that took Ander in and raised him.
Danny- Michael’s thrall (you will understand more about that later).


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  2. Sounds like a quick, fun read. Nice review.

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    Alise @ Readers In Wonderland