Review: Dark Dates (Cassandra Bick Chronicles #1) by Tracey Sinclair

February 25, 2016 Review 1

Review: Dark Dates (Cassandra Bick Chronicles #1) by Tracey Sinclair

All Cassandra Bick wants is to be left to get on with doing her job. But when you’re a Sensitive whose business is running a dating agency for vampires, life is never going to be straightforward – especially when there’s a supernatural war brewing in London, a sexy new bloodsucker in town and your mysterious, homicidal and vampire hating ex-lover chooses this moment to reappear in your life…

Witty, sharp and entertaining, Dark Dates is a heady mix of vampires, witches and werewolves – with the occasional angel thrown in – and introduces Cassandra Bick, a likeable heroine destined to join the ranks of fantasy’s feistiest females.

Title: Dark Dates
Author: Tracey Sinclair
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: A Vampire In Edinburgh, Wolf Night, Angel Falls, A Vampire Walks Into a Bar
Series: Cassandra Bick Chronicles #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: A Vampire In Edinburgh, Wolf Night, Angel Falls, A Vampire Walks Into a Bar
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: April 3, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 282
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: two-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Vampire dating agency? I’d like to say that is a new one on me but it’s not. I’m following another series that has a paranormal dating service (the title will remain anonymous) which is why I wanted to read Dark Dates. I really am enjoying the other series and I wanted to see how they compare to each other. Would there be similarities? Would it be cheesy? And my conclusion is…

I love Cassandra Bick! Oh my gosh, what a flipping riot. I laughed or snickered my whole way through. . Here’s a breakdown of Dark Dates. Cassandra runs a dating agency for vampires. Her assistance, Medea, is a Wiccan and is very hot! Cass herself is a Sensitive: meaning she can sense Others (not human). Business for her is doing well until she gets a visit. The PTB in town have taken notice of her services and they want her to stop…or else. There’s a supernatural war that’s coming to town and just when Cassandra thinks it can’t get any worse, her homicidal and vampire hating ex-lover shows up. Could things get any worse?

I knew from the very beginning, from the first words of the first chapter, I was going to love Dark Dates. Anytime Buffy is referenced, you know the author has a sense of humor. By the end of that first chapter, I knew I was going to want the rest of the series. The characters are engaging, flawed and yet completely lovable. The story line is fast paced and engaging. The humor is tongue in cheek and peppered with pop culture references, which makes it twice as funny when you realize not everybody was quite up-to-date. That will make more sense after reading the book. There’s action, intrigue, and lots of biscuits to devour all wrapped up it this wonderful Brit humor.

What really makes this story shine is its characters. Cassandra is witty,sarcastic and doesn’t hold back. Of course, since the story is told in her first person POV it’s easily to assume she is the star player. Now while she probably was, the others certainly were nothing to sneeze at. Medea is (annoyingly) unflappable and very much just not a random sidekick. Laclos (Vampire) is charming, witty, oh who am I kidding. He’s a flirt and so full of himself, but he can’t help but fall in love with him and his ego. Cain is her ex (sort of) one again/off again boyfriend? Not exactly sure at the beginning, but they do bump uglies, and he is easily my favorite character. Cass is not quite sure what he is, but that is a Otherness puzzle for her to figure out. I have got to give props to the author when it comes to the sex scenes. She kept them sexy without going into details, which made them all the more hot while my mind was allowed to fill in the blanks. . There’s a lot of banter going on between all these characters, that is when you could get Cain to talk and you can get a word in around Laclos’ naked ego. And what would a story be without bad guys. Yes, there are a few and it wasn’t until they were exposed did I figure it out.

Having never read Tracey Sinclair before, I had mixed feelings when I read the blurb but that changed immediately after reading the first sentence in Chapter 1. I have found a new addiction in Cassandra Bick Chronicles! No sooner did I finish reading Dark Dates, I immediately jumped into the next book. I anticipate having a fairly hefty book hanger once I finish the whole series. I am screaming from the rooftops this is a series that must be read. Read. Dark Dates. Now.

 

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