PJV Quickie: Smoking hot, foul-mouthed, bad boy vampire? Oh yeah! I’m a sucker for a delicious bad boy and the author certainly created a drool-worthy one in this novel. Bad Mouth delivered exactly what I like in a paranormal romance, from exciting action and suspense, to tender, sexy moments.
Title:Bad Mouth Author: Angela McCallister Type: Paranormal Romance Published: May 20, 2013 by Entangled: Covet Source: Publisher GoodreadsPurchaseAuthor
After her ex-husband’s obsession with vampires, Valerie Craig is on a mission to stop transformations. Of all vampires, Kade Rollins is the worst of the worst, but when multiple murders plague Seattle, Val is forced to enlist his aid. Kade’s crude wit and seductive nature attract her like no other, but she can’t ignore his violence toward his human servants, no matter her yearning to forget.
She’s torn when she learns Kade may be behind the murders. Val’s worked hard to protect humans from vampires, but the truth surrounding the murders could ignite a bloody battle between their races, one humans are sure to lose. Someone is pulling strings to build a vampire army and spark the war—setting Kade up to kick it off. But if she trusts the vampire prince, she risks her job, her integrity, and her heart if he betrays her as all the men in her life have. (synopsis courtesy of GoodReads)
Hello, my name is Jamie, and I think I may be addicted to bad boys. Kade was amazing in Bad Mouth; he was angry, tortured, crude, but also sexy with a hidden sweet side. That bit of sweetness seemed to completely shroud his non-desirable characteristics and I felt drawn to him right away. Plus, I liked how dangerous he seemed. Our heroine, Valerie, obviously did too; she found it nearly impossible to resist his charms, even as he pushed her buttons and infuriated her. I enjoyed both Kade and Val immensely. They were like polar opposites, but they sort of balanced each other out. It was plain to see that they both changed over the course of the novel, for the better. I feel like that’s extremely important for any book, to see the main characters become more than they were. Otherwise, they just remain static and that’s just not true to real life.
I enjoyed reading about the growing relationship between Kade and Val. It starts out as complete animosity on both parts, but quickly evolves into something else. Things do move pretty fast between them, especially at the end; at least their journey had some bumps along the way to make it more realistic. There’s nothing worse in a romance than an author having to convince readers that the main characters are in love, instead of showing why and how they got to that point. Author Angela McCallister did a great job of developing all of the characters, especially Kade and Val.
I don’t know if I would say this is a new take on vampires, but honestly, it seems like it has all been done before. There were some aspects that were a bit different. In this book there are two groups of vampires: Immortalis Dominorum, which is essentially like royalty, and their followers, Immortalis Legio. This means that the vampires have rules and, for the most part, peacefully coexist with the humans. I did find it interesting that people had to submit forms and be approved to be turned, although it makes sense. You would definitely want to be able to regulate who was and was not able to become immortal and inhumanly strong. There were also subjugates, who were the people waiting to be turned into vampires. Even after they were approved, they were exposed to the lifestyle to see if they were well suited to it, because obviously there’s no do-overs when it comes to immortality.
Overall, this was another great addition to the paranormal romance genre. To me, pairing a hot, wicked hero with a feisty, outspoken heroine is a recipe for success. I enjoyed the chemistry between Kade and Val, vampire politics, and learning how Kade’s upbringing affected his outlook and personality. From what I’ve seen, I believe this is a stand-alone novel. I’m shocked to think about how long it’s been since I read a book that wasn’t part of a series, but Bad Mouth was done right and I was satisfied with both character development and how it ended.
Recommendations: If you’re in the mood to read about a gorgeous, tortured hero with a fondness for curse words, then this book is definitely for you!
I'm just a girl who adores books! Reading has been my passion for as long as I can remember and I'm hoping I can pass that on to my son. When I'm not buried in a book I enjoy spending time with family, kicking my husband's butt in video games, and watching my favorite TV shows (I sort of have an unhealthy obsession with reality TV). Random fun facts: I used to be a Registered Nurse until I realized I just wasn't happy, and my husband is 20 years older than me! Feel free to connect with me on Twitter: @jamesterck
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