He wants eternity?
Dakota Shelton is a vampire cowboy with a penchant for cinnamon lollipops and Johnny Cash. Though highly skilled and deadly dangerous to his enemies, he’s still a Texas good ol’ boy at heart. And he has that heart set on wooing Trixie LaRoux-the most badass punk rock chick in town-the old-fashioned way.
Over her undead body…
Trixie is tough as nails and sharp as a silver stake-the last thing she wants is a man to sit on a porch and not grow old with. So it’ll take going to hell and back fighting a new threat to vampires before she admits Dakota’s courtship makes her blood hum. Turns out chivalry’s not dead after all.
Worldbuilding: The world of the Dead in the City series is full of awesome paranormal elements – werewolves, vampires, witches, gargoyles – and it gets all the richer with each new novel.
Characters: Trixie was intriguing and fun. I thought so when she made her appearance in previous novels, and I liked her now too. I loved the whole family tangent, and how loyal she was to them.
Dakota was…well, interesting. A cowboy vampire. I’m not sure I really like cowboys, I just don’t feel their appeal at all. But he fit the image I have of cowboys by large, all that “yes, ma’sm” vibe, a hat now and then too, the particular endin’ of some verbs. I can’t say I really liked or disliked him, he was okay, but the man didn’t say much to me personally.
That being said, they made for a surprisingly sweet couple, that sort of romance vibe too, with the wounded, reluctant “bride”, and the true-mates theme. I don’t much like sweet, so I can’t say I was head over heels or anything, but they were fun to read about.
Plot: Outside of the romance arc, which was fun but not overly exciting for me, there was some chasing and a bit of mystery solving there, with the whole gold and gargoyles thing. I liked that part, probably more than the romance tangent in fact.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his and her POV.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb, and a very enjoyable and pretty diverse series. Impulsive buy material.
All in all, I enjoyed The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire though it wasn’t my favorite of the series from what I’ve read so far. But I love the world of the Dead in the City series and I like how diverse the novels are, how they portray different kinds of romances and character types, plus they come with a good side of action.
I recommend The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire to lovers of vampires romance and cowboys, and I’m gonna keep reading the series for sure.