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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Forbidden Temptation of A Vampire by Jodie B. Cooper

Forbidden Temptation of A Vampire by Jodie B. Cooper
Version: ebook from Smashwords

Summary from Goodreads: Dragon Council Proclamation:

In order to remain undetected by mundane humans on Earth, The Dragon High Council has decided peace between the Sídhí races is critical. Therefore, all Sídhí Valleys will participate in a summer camp hosted by Dragon Valley. It is believed the unique blending of races within the summer camp will achieve the first step toward peace.

Participants shall include the eldest two teenage children (or direct descendants) of each council member.

Participation in the Peace Camp is not optional. If any Sídhí Valley refuses to participate, all known gateways within that valley will be shut down immediately.

A copy of this proclamation has been dispatched to the governmental bodies of all known valleys.

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Is Jared an answer to prayer or her worst nightmare?

Seventeen-year-old, Katie McQuillen is a halfling (vampire/elf mix) in a world where halflings are not acceptable members of polite society. Unfortunately, her grandpa is chairman of the Vampire High Council and she is forced into attending a summer camp meant to create peace between the Sídhí races.
She is in the middle of Sídhí puberty going from scrawny to beach bunny in less than three weeks when she and her twin brother arrive at camp.
Camp starts off with a bang when vampire hottie, Jared Andrews, becomes one of her new seven cabinmates, especially when he can't keep his eyes off her. But is he interested in her, her family's money, or her blood?
She might actually enjoy summer camp, if she can stop finding dead bodies and if people stop trying to kill her.

Alright, I'll start by saying I was completely surprised by this story. When I read the summary, I thought, okay, another vampire story. Well, I never get tired of those. But this was a completely different world than the vampire stories that I've read before. Okay, so some of the language takes a minute to get used to, and it may have started a little slow, but I got really caught up in the story and enjoyed myself a lot!

What I liked: 1) Sarah - she's kind of a badass. I liked her from the very first time she came into the story. She was very well-developed, as were most of the characters in the book. 2) The setting - I want to go to a summer camp with these amenities. The last camp I went to had lukewarm water for showers - sometimes. And a barely functioning air conditioner. I'd be there in a heartbeat...if I could be there and not be eaten by the campers! 3) The soulmates concept is really well done in this story. I don't want to say anything about it, because I don't want to give anything away, but it's a really cool take on a well-known idea. 4) The suspense - I wasn't expecting a story that kept me on edge as much as this one did. It seemed like every *theoretical, as this was an ebook* page turn, I was thinking, wait, no! What's gonna happen!? Is Jared good or bad??!! 5) The epilogue *smiles*

What I didn't like: 1) As I mentioned before, it did start a little slow. But it didn't take long for me to sink into the story, and not emerge again until I was finished. 2) The ending hit me as a little...shallow. Maybe that's the wrong word. I felt like there was a lot of really good depth to most of the story, but the ending left me wanting something more.

Overall thoughts: This was a good read. It's unlike any other paranormal stories I've read. Forbidden Temptation of a Vampire has fun characters, an imaginative plot, and a setting that comes alive. The love story is sweet, sentimental, and even a little chaste at times, which I thought made it even better. The suspense in the book is well written, and kept me on my toes. Every time I thought I'd figured something out, a twist came in and changed the game. I definitely hope to read a sequel!

My rating: 3.5 shots

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  1. Hi Courtney,

    Thanks so much for the review! I really appreciate the time you took in making some very valid points.

    Sarah is my all-time favorite character to write. :)

    The ending was the hardest part of the story for me to write. I wanted to end it in a cliffhanger, but my beta reader insisted I needed closure. I tried to reach a balance without giving too much away.

    Sídhí Summer Camp #2 picks up between the last chapter and before the epilogue. #2 has romance in it, but it will be more of an adventure for the entire cabin.

    I really appreciate all feedback. Specific feedback is how I learn and hopefully improve. Please, keep it coming. :)

    Jodie B. Cooper

  2. Sounds really interesting, this is going straight to my TBR :)

  3. Thanks for letting me review it Jodie, I really did enjoy the book, and can't wait to read the sequel.

    @A. Santiago - check it out, it does not disappoint!

  4. I love your reviews! This one sounds really good! Thanks for folowing my blog. I'm learning and will hopefully get better over time!


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