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Dead Perfect [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Ashley
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR! Only a woman with nothing left to lose knocks on a vampire's door and asks for help. Shannah Davis is convinced that the mysterious dark-haired man she's followed for months can save her life if he doesn't kill her first. But though Ronan insists he can't give her what she needs, his kiss unleashes a primal hunger that makes her feel truly alive for the first time.

After centuries of existence, Ronan has done the unthinkable. He has fallen in love with a mortall and one with only weeks to live. Sensing the fear and reluctance beneath Shannah's request, he offers her a different bargain that will keep her near him during the time she has left. Every hour spent together leaves him craving her touch, her scent, her life's essence. Soon, only Shannah can satisfy his thirst. But if he saves her from death, will she love him for it or spend eternity regretting what she has become?

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From Publishers Weekly

When Shannah, dying of an obscure, incurable disease, passes out on the stoop of Ronan, who is a vampire, two birds are killed with one stone: Ronan moonlights as a romance author and needs a woman to pretend to be him on tours (especially during the daylight hours); Shannah needs Ronan's blood to stay alive. As he coaches her to impersonate him and feeds her, Ronan falls more and more in love. And with each passing day, Shannah's body grows weaker, but she resists being turned into a vampire because she doesn't want to lose her humanity entirely. It's the age-old vampire-human dilemma, given a clever and funny turn by Night's Touch author Ashley. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 353 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0821780611
  • Publisher: Zebra (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0013MTIY8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,984 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story started out well. It was interesting, a little different, and my initial thoughts were of settling in for a nice long good read. The characters intrigued me. However, by the middle of the book, my feelings changed. It felt too long and drawn out. I was tired of waiting for Ronan to tell Shannah he was a vampire. I was also tired of waiting for them to get together. I lost interest and wanted it to be over.

Story brief: Shannah is dying of a blood disease. She is intrigued with Ronan's habits at night and follows him for several months. She believes he might be a vampire. She works up the nerve to go to his home to ask him to change her to a vampire since she is dying. In her heart, she really doesn't want to be changed, which he knows through his mind reading ability. He takes her in and has her drink a little of his blood, which temporarily halts her disease. He has to continue doing this periodically to keep her healthy. After each time, he removes her memory of drinking his blood. Ronan writes romance novels under the name Eva Black. His agent wants him to do book signings and interviews. He hires Shannah to pretend to be Eva Black and do the signings and interviews for him. She agrees. They fall in love with each other, but have no sex because he fears he might accidentally kill her. A subplot involves a vampire hunter and a reporter who believe Ronan is a vampire and follow him. One wants to kill him, the other wants an interview.

Some readers might be attracted to the story because the couple does not have sex until after they marry. They want her white wedding gown to have special meaning. The end-of-the-book sex scenes are tame and vague, possibly appropriate for young adults.

Story length: 340 pages.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amanda Ashley at her worst January 30, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
To start with I love Amanda Ashley her books are usually excellent and entertaining but this one leaves alot to be desired, the story was so minatnous that you would keep thinking you already read the page but when you look it is a different page, it goes on like this for 3/4 of the book then it finally moves foreward to a very boreing ending. I was really disappointed in this and wonder why she even bothered with it. If your looking to continue with this series you can safely pass this one and not waste your money and hopefully the next one will be back to her oldself and give us our moneys worth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No continuity February 17, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book was a below average effort with the same formulaic plot we have become bombarded with in this genre. Hunk vampire meets damsel in distress, realizes his life has become a barren existence, saves girl by turning her, girl eventually forgives and they live happily ever after. Ho hum...been there, read that...again and again and again.

All in all, this needed a better editor and continuity checker. One big problem with this book is that the first few chapters are all about her following him and learning all of his routines...right down to having what amounts to a homeless camp (chair, coolers, blanket) set up in the woods across the street from his house...and yet once they meet the book moves forward completely ignoring that she knows anything about his routine. Additionally, he knows she is following him and never "reads" her...just lets her keep following him night after night. His routine was to go the movies each week...when he takes her it is written like a new thing for him with all the crowds that bother him. There is more that is ignored too. Also, the whole plane crash thing is silly and written with no regard to the lasting effects being the sole survivors would have on a person...and the media attention it would generate.

I don't think Amanda Ashley is going to be on my "Must Read" list anymore.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amanda Ashley At Her Usual.... February 4, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Another reviewer titled her review of "Dead Perfect" as "Amanda Ashley At Her Worst", but I believe this latest tepid offering is "Amanda Ashley At Her Usual". I adore paranormal romances, so much so that my sweetheart has willingly agreed to sprout hair under the full moon or bite my neck if it'd get me to stop adding to my already extensive collection of books. I've read most of AA's work, usually because I've gone through everything else paranormal out there, and it's always the same thing. Moody, brooding male with fangs meets goodie-two-shoes self-righteous female...and for some reason the uber-sexy vamp always falls for the uptight heroine. The one decent twist (and the only reason I went for 2 stars instead of 1) is the lead female (Shannah) dealing with a "mysterious" blood disorder which is terminal. Other than that, this book is very predictable. I believe that if I read another paranormal romance that involves the male character saving the female from death's door by "turning" her, which is promptly followed up by said female "freaking out" afterwards, I'll honestly "freak out" myself. Hell, if I were dying and a dark, brooding, seriously sexy vamp guy saved my life because he loved me and couldn't live without me, I'd say "THANK YOU"! So, if there are any hot furry and/or fanged guys out there who'd risk a visit to suburban Detroit (which is scary in itself)...I may not be dying just yet, but believe me, I'd definitely say "Thanks"! :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Did not disappoint
Published 3 months ago by Shelia
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 7 months ago by Danyelle Rhodes
3.0 out of 5 stars Where is the spice??
This one I was not to impressed with. I think that Ms. Ashley is an amazing writer, but fell short of the mark with this book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Banera
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashley does it again!
Well written you slip into this world very easily, the characters are well written to. It got here fast, more time to enjoy it! Thx for the fun
Published on April 22, 2013 by Lorna J. Dodge
3.0 out of 5 stars good not great
Not her worst but not the best either.  Certainly worth the kindle price, but get it from a library if you want the paperback version.
Published on October 3, 2012 by Mary Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Loved the Emotional Depth
I loved this book, the characters are rich and deep. Some times I wish the girl's in her books aren't so passive but not Shannah She saves Ronan as much as he saves her. Read more
Published on April 1, 2011 by Mcat
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Perfect
I enjoyed this book. It was not my favorite Ashley book but it was an enjoyable read.
Published on March 5, 2010 by M. Dewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet romantic read
This has got to be one of my favorite reads. Quick and easy and you can grow to really relate to the characters. Read more
Published on November 4, 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THIS ONE
Although it was certainly a little predictable I absolutely loved this book and to date it is one of my favorites by this author. Read more
Published on October 19, 2009 by Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Romance
At the end of the summer I was lucky enough to receive an ARC for her soon to be released novel Dead Perfect. I finally got around to reading it and it didn't disappoint. Read more
Published on September 30, 2009 by Anna Lemkau
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More About the Author

I write paranormal romances for Zebra Books, and I love it. Most of my books are about vampires because, I admit, I'm fascinated by them. I also admit I don't like most vampire movies. I'm not really into blood and gore in living color on the screen, although I do love the movie, Dracula, starring Frank Langella. I just close my eyes from time to time.

I also write historical romances as Madeline Baker.

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