Bad to the Bone by Jeri Smith-Ready
Review by Lauren
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Official Summary: TURN ON. TUNE IN. DROP DEAD. Welcome to WVMP, "The Lifeblood of Rock 'n' Roll," where con artist-turned-station-owner Ciara Griffin manages an on-air staff of off-the-wall DJs--including new boyfriend Shane McAllister--who really sink their teeth into the music of their "Life Time" (the era in which they became vampires). Ciara keeps the undead rocking, the ratings rolling, and the fan base alive--without missing a beat. For Halloween, WVMP is throwing a bash. With cool tunes, hot costumes, killer cocktails--what could go wrong? To start, a religious firebrand ranting against the evils of the occult preempts the station's midnight broadcast. Then, when Ciara tracks down the transmission, the broadcast tower is guarded by what appears to be . . . a canine vampire? Behind it all is a group of self-righteous radicals who think vampires suck (and are willing to stake their lives on it). Ciara must protect the station hile struggling with her own complicated relationship, her best friend's romance with a fledgling vampire, and the nature of her mysterious anti-holy powers. To make it to New Year's in one piece, she'll need to learn a few new tricks. . . .
Review: Bad to the Bone is the second novel in the WVMP series, after Wicked Game. If you enjoyed the first book, you're sure to love this one as well. I love that this book doesn't trying to build things back up again. The action and mystery starts fairly quick, but also making sure to include some refreshers for those that haven't just recently finished Wicked Game.
Ciara is one heroine that does not take things lying down. She's determined to have the relationship she wants, one where she's the girlfriend and not the donor, but she also has to deal with the idea of moving forward with someone stuck in the past. Bad to the Bone shows how domesticity can and cannot work for a former con artist and a vampire. I love that the vampires are so unique in terms of being stuck in the time period they were turned in, which makes them great DJ's, but difficult to teach new things too. Shane is a relatively new vampire, so he has more leeway in learning new things and trying to adjust to the changing world...but can Ciara and him make it work? This is definitely a vampire romance quite unlike most I've seen, and I love it!
There is certainly more danger in this one, which makes the story suspenseful. Not everyone will leave without scars. Shane must deal with the past he left behind when becoming a vampire, Ciara's friend Lori falls for a newly made vampire, and Ciara finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy to exterminate vampires. Ciara might not love all vampires, but she at least sees the humanity in many of the them and that puts herself in danger when there are people out there with strong, opposite beliefs.
By the last half of the novel, Ciara and company are certainly in danger, but you know things will somehow work out...for most of them.
Bad to the Bone was another enjoyable read by Smith-Ready and I'm currently reading and enjoying the third novel, Bring on the Night. There are four books in the series, and all have been released, so no reason not to start this series soon!