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Bitten by Death (Vegas Immortals: Death and the Last Vampire Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08XWD8Z5H
- Publication date : May 20, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3372 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 299 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #33,100 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Here’s a quote from our “charming” hero.
“You will stay here until I come for you. You are only alive because I allow it. Because you are useful for drawing out the master vampire. But the second you inconvenience, or otherwise vex me, I will not hesitate to dispose of you.”
Yeah. Cute, right? 🙄
I do not understand this trend in literary fiction. Whether it be in sci-fi, paranormal, urban fantasy or billionaire romances, the theme seems to center around a handsome yet pretentious alphahole who at first, treats the heroine like garbage or even like an enemy, then slowly changes his tune and warms up to the charming heroine.
(Yes I understand the enemies to lovers trope, and no I’m not a fan of it because it often glorifies abusive relationships and emotional abusers)
There are so many things wrong with this, from the inequitable power dynamic to the lack of moral character, which we’re supposed to conveniently ignore because “abs” and “good looks” and “chemistry”. Ugh.
I get that some women want the “bad boy”. I do. I am all for character growth and giving your characters flaws. But there are ways to write a layered, dynamic, interesting, masculine hero without just making him a douche bag!
A character that is actually worthy of falling in love with is someone who is:
-Confident without being cocky
-Intelligent without being pretentious
-A person with conviction
-A person with endearing imperfections or quirks
-A person whom you have things in common with (especially weird or unpopular things)
-Someone with shared passions or interests
-Protective (NOT possessive)
-In control of themself
-Is in control in general (but NOT controlling)
-Open minded (all about growth)
Or at least has a few of those characteristics.
Things that biology dictate what you find attractive:
-Physicality and chemistry
Attraction CAN’T BE THE ONLY BASIS OF A RELATIONSHIP.
Lust is not love.
And what a boring take on the Grim Reaper or Death as a character.
He’s basically Lucifer from the show Lucifer on Netflix, but less charming. Except that character is more interesting because he isn’t just an evil, unlikable sociopath.
I’d like to imagine death as someone who values life greatly. Who is patient and maybe even lonely. Someone who would have all the facts before making a decision. Someone who has a great respect for life because he comes from the other side of it.
Maybe he’s sarcastic or jaded or a bit of a dick sometimes, but balance that out with something, I don’t know, worth falling for?
I get why he starts to like her. She’s beautiful, adorable, quirky, funny and fierce. But even when he starts to have attraction to her or some feelings for her he still is set on killing her. That doesn’t seem like the start of a great relationship and this is a romance, mind you.
But what on earth is there for our heroine to fall in love with? What does he bring to the table besides being good looking at Rich?
“It wasn’t only his physical prowess that had turned me on and inside-out. There was something in Grim’s eyes, an almost desperate hunger. It was the look of a prisoner straining for freedom, as something inside him yearned to come out. Everything about Grim was heavy and serious, but there was a light inside him. I wanted to coax it out of him. My gut told me it wanted to come out and play with me.”
…Ah. The ominous, “light inside of him”.
Girl, he has given you exactly 0 indication that there is any kind of light inside of him. You are projecting!
This has, “But daddy, I can fix him!” written all over it.
It would’ve been so much more enjoyable to read Death as a character trying to figure out this mystery while developing a bond with the heroine and working with her to solve it instead of threatening to hack her head of if she “vexes” him for half the book.
Then of course on the other hand things are stirring in peoples loins and they’re obviously attracted to each other and blah blah blah.
Wanting to get down and dirty with someone you are absolutely certain you are going to kill and whose tongue you just fantasized about ripping out is creepy and has psycho vibes.
Wanting to get down and dirty with a guy who has just told you he wants to rip your head off is pathetic and sad and has masochistic vibes.
A few times he likened her personality to that of a child, finding her adorable, while in the same breath fantasizing about ripping her tongue out and violently shagging her in an elevator.
Death doesn’t seem to pause at all when it comes to wanting to hurt or “off” our heroine after offing whatever poor soul was in his opening scene.
I imagine death has been around so long, hardly anything surprises him anymore.
Although I got a little tiny bit of that from this character, it wasn’t enough.
Particularly when he notices that her aura is bright and different and that does make him pause, it doesn’t quite seem to be enough to make him change his mind in terms of sparing her life. He’s still fully set on killing her and he seems to want to do it immediately and the assistant is really the only thing telling him like, “hey man, calm down with the stabby stab for a minute and like, I don’t know, maybe investigate a little more before you start hacking peoples heads off?”
Great idea, Tim. Maybe we should all just talk to each other like freaking adults and try to get to the bottom of this.
Oh wait! Death isn’t supposed to even do that! He he doesn’t kill people, nawww! And I quote from dear Timothy:
“That’s really not how it works. He doesn’t kill people…The master guides souls into the afterlife, preserving the sacred cycle of life.”
But then he literally rips a vamp’s head off 25% of the way into the story. So wtf? Why this inconsistency? He literally threatened to rip her head off as well so...huh? You sure he’s aware of that, Tim?
Apparently humans are not allowed to be immortal because they all inevitably become power-hungry tyrants.
Well if that’s not the pot calling the kettle onyx.
You would think that death would be an incredibly patient person.
Impulsive and murder-hungry just doesn’t seem like a good temperament for someone named death to have, you know?
I definitely don’t find it sexy.
“Death” ruined this book for me.
DNF @25% I just can’t anymore
It’s absolutely one of the best books I’ve read. So hilarious and with so many things going on in the back, but still easy to follow.
I will avoid any spoiler so I’ll just use the tittle for saying that the immortals living in Vegas is just… Gold.