Review: A Little Death by Scarlett Parrish

May 22, 2014 Review 0

Review: A Little Death by Scarlett Parrish

Mallory’s liaison with the seductive vampire Jonathan was only supposed to last for one night, but fate—in the form of his slightly-more-sinister contemporary, Cian Ambrose—has other plans.

Seeing dead people is all very well…unless one of them wants to kill you.

To Mallory Sharpe, vampires are a fact of life. They exist, walk the streets and for the most part mind their own business. As a second-year university student, she doesn’t pay the undead much attention until she meets Jonathan Cutler. He has needs, and blood is only one. The other, Mallory is more than willing to help him with. After all, he has but one rule, to never spend more than one night with a woman. He won’t get attached, or consciously put anyone’s life in danger.

Another vampire, Cian Ambrose, isn’t so troubled by conscience. Mallory’s fair game, a weapon to taunt Jonathan with. In fact, it might be fun to make her his grail, or living blood donor, and Cian Ambrose doesn’t take kindly to the word no. He hasn’t heard it often in his one hundred and fifty years and it usually results in the other person ending up dead.

So with Mallory’s tolerance for undead guys running very low, Jonathan has to re-gain her trust, stop Cian killing her, oh…and for God’s sake, not fall in love.

Reader Advisory: This book contains some scenes of violence. 

Publisher's Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing

Title: A Little Death
Author: Scarlett Parrish
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Author
Published: May 2nd 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 231
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: two-half-flames

The plot – Mallory has a one-night stand with vampire Jonathan. He has only one rule, to never spend more than one night with a woman. Unfortunately, Cian has a tendency of tracking down Jonathon’s conquests and Mallory is the next one on the list. He stalks her, he wants her to be his grail. However, that’s not something she wants to be. Mallory is a scared but does a fairly good job holding her own against Cian – with Jonathan’s help. Because of course, he can’t stay away and that’s what attracts Cian to her. Now if only Jonathon can save Mallory from Cian – without falling in love.

Is it wrong that my favorite character was Cian? Nothing against Mallory or Jonathon, I like Cian as the antagonist. He has the smarmy conscienceless attitude that makes him creepy yet interesting. The interactions between all three that eventually lead to the ending really kept me hooked. However, I have mixed emotions regarding this book. I loved the story line. What I found irritating was the dialog. Not what they said because frankly whether it was sexual or in the vampire gonna-scare-you style, it was fitting in the story. What annoyed me were the constant…      broken…      unfinished…     sentences of dialog that were wearing me down. The story is told in first person by Mallory and her internal monologues didn’t seem to have this issue. Only the external…     conversations…     did. Really, I get that there is a time and place for unfinished sentences. However, I felt that there was an excessive amount of them and after a fashion, they began to distract me from what was really a good story. But then again – it could be just me…

Stilted conversation aside, this was a good story. The characters were well fleshed out enough to make you either like or hate them. The plot was fascinating with its quick twist. This is my first book by author Scarlett Parrish and would not hesitate to read any more of her writings. Anyone who like vampires story will enjoy this book.

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