Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Dead Sexy

Title: Dead Sexy
Author: Paige Tyler
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
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ISBN: 9781419929823
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Drake Parrish thought he had it all – a high powered job on Wall Street, countless beautiful women falling at his feet and enough money to buy himself out of any situation – or so he thought. When Drake’s carelessness goes too far, there isn’t enough money in the world to fix a broken heart or dissuade an evil voodoo priestess from cursing his very existence.

Since the day he was doomed to become a part time zombie eight years ago, Drake has become a recluse. It’s a little difficult to hold down a job or be a hit with the ladies when your flesh could start to rot at any moment. The one thing he has left is time; to think about the pain he has caused and the people he’s stepped on in his life. He never thought he would get a second chance at life but when he meets romance author Simone Kent, he starts to feel something that the priestess cannot overlook…hope. As he gets to know Simone online, Drake soon starts to realize there could be something amazing between him and the beautiful writer. His skin may return to normal after an attack of the zombie curse, but can Drake risk his heart, or the priestess’ wrath, for the sake of feeling human again?

I must admit to feeling more than a little trepidation before starting Dead Sexy. I was morbidly intrigued by the unusual mixture of erotic romance and the undead and wondered where it could possibly lead. First, we have Drake, who is not particularly likable to begin with but who redeems himself through a forced journey of discovery, thanks to turning into the walking dead when he least expects it. Then there is the very affable Simone, who won me over with her down-to-earth attitude, despite being a little too pre-occupied with appearances for my liking. I greatly enjoyed the story within a story idea; Simone’s trouble with writer’s block and the pressures of publishers brought out my more compassionate side.

The way the couple’s relationship develops struck a chord with me as sometimes you don’t need long to realize you want a person in your life for good. The alienation Drake feels and the compassion Simone has for him is very realistic, despite the paranormal reasons and the passion between them is amazing. Reading this book definitely required letting go of conventional thought at times and after finishing it, I’m still not sure how the author did it, but the contradicting genres ended up working very well indeed and I just could not put Dead Sexy down.


Paige Tyler said...

Thanks so much for the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed it!


Rose said...

Thank YOU for such an enjoyable read! :)