Review: Dead Sexy by Paige Tyler

Review: Dead Sexy by Paige TylerDead Sexy by Paige Tyler

Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on July 18, 2013
Pages: 288
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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I’m not usually one for zombies, but I’ve made a few exceptions over the years and this was one of them because it sounded like my favorite fairy tale when I read the blurb.  Beauty and the Zombie! Yeah, okay I know that doesn’t have quite the same ring as the original title.  This is modern day and its NYC and he’s a cold-hearted Wall Street financier and the curse comes through a voodoo priestess, but that’s all semantics.  It’s still the very hot and sexy version of a beautiful woman falling in love with a beast and then trying to help him find a way to beat out the curse.

Drake has spent eight long years of solitude living in the shadows because of the curse a voodoo priestess put on him after he did his usual ‘love ’em and leave ’em’ routine with her granddaughter.  Eight years has turned him into a totally different man- literally.  Besides learning to despise the man he once was and change, he now has to hide from the world because he is half-zombie.  That is his body will suddenly change over and he looks like a dead guy walking.  He has quietly remade himself into a reclusive book editor and is content if not happy with this lonesome life and only seeing his one friend who is a private investigator working between cases to track down Drake’s voodoo priestess.

Simone is a successful author who has hit a snag.  She can’t seem to get past chapter two and her deadline is approaching.  She confides in her publishing friend who dishes out a spot of ‘you need to get laid’ advice with the business card for a consulting editor.  Simone has no intentions of taking either the advice or the business card.  She has a terrible track record with men for one and she couldn’t possibly take help writing her steamy romance novel from a man.  But out of desperation, she soon changes her mind and learns that not only was Drake’s suggestions helpful, but they spent hours messaging back and forth enjoying themselves.  She takes the next step and asks him out for coffee only to get turned down.

Beck, Drake’s friend, hounds him about taking the chance that he won’t have a flair-up for a few days and just go out for coffee with the woman.  So he does and its a wonderful experience that leaves them both fantasizing back in their apartments until they meet up for their next date.  Everything is wonderful- the chats, the hot sex- and Drake isn’t able to say no to Simone even though he knows he should.  Eventually the truth will drive her away anyway.  However, it’s not just the truth, but his worst nightmare that puts things in jeopardy with Simone.  The voodoo priestess discovers that he is seeing Simone putting Simone in the evil woman’s crosshairs.

As I said, the plot on this one was the zombie version of the old fairy tale.  Not sure if that was the author’s intention or not.  It was the steamy version for certain.  The basic plot was decent and I enjoyed how it went down and I didn’t mind things getting hot and heavy.  Drake and Simone along with their two close buds were characters I really enjoyed- not really deep, but still fun characters.  The narration is third person and pops back and forth between the two which worked nicely.  I enjoyed that edge of not knowing when Drake’s zombie issues would flair up and I just really wanted him to have a good time with Simone after all he had been through.  He screwed up and he deserved some retribution, but the cost he paid was pretty steep for what he did.  I was totally on his side after seeing him with a change of heart.  Simone wasn’t my kinda gal and I really couldn’t relate to her much, but I still wanted her to have something nice with Drake.

However, for some reason I wasn’t turned on by most of the bed play.  I’m well aware people fantasize- who doesn’t, but I didn’t get off on two really long scenes full of pages of details of these two separately enjoying themselves alone with their fantasies and that was right in the beginning.  And then shortly after date number two, they went at it together for pages.   I figure they have to be the fittest most sexually satisfied-or maybe not satisfied- people on the planet to pull all that off.  I got to the point where I was like ‘get on with the story already’.  I know some of you are ready to kick me about that because we all love our scorching scenes, but for me sexy times need to fit organically into the story and not pull me out and I don’t read straight erotica because I do love a good plot line.

My discontent was not enough to make me put the book down.  I still wanted to see how things were going to work out and that side of the story didn’t disappoint.  It was loaded with zombies and dangerous chase scenes, voodoo magic and deadly danger.  I really liked how things came together in the end.

So all in all, it was a decent read that falls more into paranormal than horror.  Definitely on the steamy side of the spectrum.  And a good choice for those who want to dip their toes into the zombie stories without getting the stuffing scared out of them.

My thanks to Net Galley for providing the book for review purposes.

 

Review by Sophia Rose

About Paige Tyler

Paige Tyler is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic fiction. Paige writes books about hunky alpha males and the kick-butt heroines they fall in love with. She lives with her very own military hero (a.k.a. her husband) and their adorable dog on the beautiful Florida coast. Visit www.paigetylertheauthor.com.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • That sounds pretty interesting Sophia! I haven’t read too many zombie ones. A couple where they were secondary characters but never a main one. I don’t mind a lot of sexy times and can read straight erotica but I do like it to fit and flow with the storyline. I might give this one a try though. Thanks for the heads up on it 🙂

    • Sophia Rose

      If you enjoy straight erotica then this will be tame stuff and it was interesting to have him be zombie-ish. Go for it! It wasn’t a bad story at all and the real zombies in here aren’t described as doing awful things so it doesn’t get into horror stuff.

      • I added it to my wishlist 🙂 One day I’ll get to it I’m sure 🙂

        • Sophia Rose

          I have a ‘One Day I’ll Get to It’ Wishlist too. haha!

  • hmmm…half zombie huh? I love my zombie tv shows, but in books…I’ll admit I haven’t read one as of yet. This does sound interesting though

    • Sophia Rose

      This one is a safe first time zombie story. It was my first and didn’t freak me out.

      • lols…thats good then 🙂 It just so weird to see zombie romances, you know? that cover is hot 🙂

        • Sophia Rose

          Jimmy is one of my favorite cover models and I’ve heard that he’s a really nice guy too. There’s no zombie loving in this one so it doesn’t go too far on the ‘ick’ factor.