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Dead End Dating: A Novel of Vampire Love    by Kimberly Raye order for
Dead End Dating
by Kimberly Raye
Order:  USA  Can
Ivy, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Marie Hashima Lofton

Dead End Dating begins a new trilogy by Kimberly Raye, author of Sometimes Naughty, Sometimes Nice. Five-hundred-year-old Lil Marchette, who is not a typical vampire, is somewhat of an embarrassment to the family. She has yet to find a mate for life, she loves pink, and now she's trying to run a dating service, which is totally unheard of in the world of vamps.

Her first client is Francis, a geeky vamp who is over one-thousand-years old. Unfortunately, he's not much of a catch, at least not at first sight, but the more she gets to know him, the better he looks. However, he desperately needs a makeover if he wants to find a mate!

While Lil is busy trying to get her dating service started, bounty hunter Ty Bonner asks her to help him find a serial killer hitting dating services around the country. Since he's currently in Manhattan, Lil's dating service might be next on his list. Lil is on the lookout now for a man who fits the description, keeping an eye on the women using her dating service as well, to prevent another murder.

While the dating service is the focus of the book, a subplot involves Lil's mother's search for the perfect mate for her. Every Sunday at the family gathering, another very eligible vampire is introduced to Lil, but she refuses to cater to her mother's whim. However, Lil DOES think bounty hunter Ty is one good catch, despite the fact that he's not a born - but a made - vampire. Because of this, they have no business getting together, but she's not really looking for a mate for life; Lil just wants to have fun.

Best friends Nina (one) and Nina (two) hang out with Lil, one being an obsessive shopper and the other a very conservative accountant. The two Ninas get involved with Lil's dating service, with interesting results. There's a lot going on in the story, which is written with humor and raunchiness. While I am not a big fan of paranormal romances, I did enjoy the goings on of the vampires, werewolves (next door neighbor Viola) and Others.

For someone who doesn't read this genre often, it took a while for me to get into the lingo. Once I got past that, I was able to enjoy the story line, following Lil's adventures as she gets tangled up with sexy Ty, as well as the hunt for the serial killer who is taking the lives of women around the country.

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