Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Drawing Dead by S.M. Reine [Review]

 Drawing Dead by S.M. Reine
Drawing Dead (Dana McIntyre Must Die #1) by S.M. Reine
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for review
Date read: June 19, 2017

Dana McIntyre Must Die
1. Drawing Dead - Paperback | Kindle
2. Kill Game
3. Cashing Out
4. Suicide Queen

S.M. Reine
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
The vampire slayer is turning into a vampire? Over her dead body.

Dana McIntyre has been bitten by a master vampire. She's infected with the venom. And after killing hundreds of vampires to keep Las Vegas safe, she'd rather die than turn.

There might be a cure. But the only way to get it is through Nissa Royal, a vampire with close ties to the masters of Las Vegas. Nissa is dangerous -- too dangerous to be allowed to live, much less work alongside.

But if Dana dies, vampires win Vegas. If she doesn't die, she becomes one of the bloodless. The cure's her only chance. In this deadly game of hold 'em, Dana's drawing dead, and whatever happens next, there's no changing her losing hand. Dana only knows one thing: If she's going down, she's taking as many vampires as possible on her way out…
Thoughts on Drawing Dead: Dana's no holds barred approach to, uhh, everything, is sort of like a train wreck you can't look away from. She's the textbook definition of a hot mess and I don't know whether to cheer her on or cringe as she throws herself headfirst into danger again and again.

And again.

And again.

The woman is described as a tank and she's doing her level best to make people see her that way. She's a force of nature. An undead force of nature, now, but still.

So. Dana has a few issues. She's a little bloodthirsty, a lot reckless, and she's not good talking out her feelings. Which puts a bit of a strain on her relationship with her wife. Frankly, Penny's been a champ for putting up with Dana's obsessions as long as she has. Which isn't to say I don't get where Dana's coming from. She's the type of person who blames herself when she can't protect those she loves and a few issues in her past have her beating herself up something fierce.

BUT...her friends and colleagues and Penny have been patient. And Dana has a hard time seeing her own worth. This lends itself to a blow-up or two because those around her DO think she's worth keeping around.

Anyway. Vampires. Vegas. Not so nice things happening to not so nice people. And one vamp who looks at Dana with something like hero worship. Which is either funny or scary depending on how you look at it.

Vegas, kiddos. Dana's there and she's not going to let things fall apart. Maybe. You know, if she can get through the purging and bodily fluids part.

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