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I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent. 


Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.


A+  Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A    Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A-   Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+  Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B    Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B-   Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+  Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C    Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C-   Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D    Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E    Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish


updated July 9, 2015

Currently reading

Operation: Endgame (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Book 6) (English Edition)
Philippa Ballantine, Jeanne H. Ballantine, William Morris
Just You and Me (A Contemporary Romance Collection)
Fiona Miers, Caitlyn Lynch, Liz Durano, Deelylah Mullin, Cate Farren, Jacquie Biggar, Vicki Batman, Kate Richards, Brenna Zinn, Dalton Diaz, Tierney O'Malley, Desiree Holt, Nicole Morgan, Ashlyn Chase
Bitter Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 14
Audible Studios, Jennifer Estep, Lauren Fortgang
Progress: 27 %
My Vampire Cover Model - Karyn Gerrard My Rating: 3.5 stars: Liked it - recommend (B+)

Originally posted: http://www.twimom227.com/2012/10/review-my-vampire-cover-model-by-karyn.html

Burn is a vampire who has lived his lonely existence changing is name and locale about every 20-30 years. Currently, he works as a romance book cover model - ironically for a vampire series. But when the author's niece, Deanna (aka Dean), walks into a signing, Burn recognizes immediately that she is his soul mate--the woman he is destined to make is own. However, Burn has spent so many years isolating himself from emotional attachment that he's unsure of how to proceed. 

The characters are fairly straight forward - we get a bit of back story as the pair get to know one another. Both are fairly lonely, but neither has any major past trauma to keep them apart. The biggest issue is that Dean is human, and therefore a mortal. Burn internally agonizes on what must be done IF she wants to claim him as much as he wants and needs her. There were are few spots where I felt Burn was a bit stalkerish and came off somewhat psychotic, but overall, the whirlwind romance was handled just fine. The dialogue between the pair was sweet, but sometimes bordered on simple and cliche. However, honestly, it doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the story. 

Overall My Vampire Cover Model is a sometimes campy, yet enjoyable look at the Paranormal Romance (PNR) genre. The light-hearted, enjoyable novella pokes a little fun at the PNR genre, book signings, and yes, cover models. There were some genre standards such as vampires that are good looking, soul mates, love at first site, and erasing memories, all of which work for this shorter-length tale. The story never tried to stand out as unique or offering something we haven't read before, nor does it make apologies for the genre. Instead, My Vampire Cover Model embraces the clichés and gives the reader an entertaining romp for a quick read.