Erin McCarthy, Bled Dry

Posted October 21, 2011 by Kathy Davie in

Bled Dry (Vegas Vampires, #3)Bled Dry by Erin McCarthy
Series: Vegas Vampires, 3
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Third in the Vegas Vampires funny paranormal-romance series based in Las Vegas.

The Story
Alex’s baby sister, Brittany Baldizzi, discovers she’s pregnant after a one-night stand with Corbin. Hey, you wouldn’t think that would be such a big deal except. Brittany is an Impure, a half-vampire and half-human. Corbin is all vampire. A three-quarter vampire baby…well, that has all sorts of possibilities. Immortal. Without a need for blood. Able to walk in sunlight. An evolved vampire. A stronger vampire. What self-respecting, bad-guy vampire wouldn’t like to get his hands on the DNA from this little superrace baby…

The Characters
Alexis and Ethan Carrick play a supporting role in this run-up to the Vampire Nation elections. Gwenna, the ex- Mrs. Donatelli, reads her way into protecting Brittany while Seamus and Cara receive a brief mention.

Brittany Baldizzi, a suburban dentist, wants the family, the white picket fence, and just pants to be a soccer mom so discovering that she’s pregnant by a vampire, Corbin Jean Michel Atelie, is just so not what she had planned.

Roberto Donatelli reveals some interesting softness while Ringo Columbia and Kelsey run off to get married primarily so Ringo can escape and betray. Gregor Chechikov thinks he’s gonna put the hurt on and instead the tables get turned…couldn’t happen to a nicer guy! And a lovely reason to dive into Sucker Bet next!

My Take
An enjoyable beach read although the inconsistency in Corbin’s French accent was irritating. If he can’t say his “th”s without them being “z”s, at least do ’em all! The best part was when Corbin, an early 19th century vampire, took part in baby classes! Between having to learn about burping and diapering, Corbin discovers just how much he is not a 21st century, emancipated guy. Then there’s registering for the baby gifts as Corbin goes crazy with a new weapon…the bar code scanner.

The Cover
The cover is cartoonish which is fits in with the tone of the book. A sexily-clad lady in white is perched on the edge of a roulette table tossing a pair of dice with a few piles of chips on the table next to her as tiny bats fly up from the wheel.

The title doesn’t make sense. Oh, yeah, it’s vampires and they could indeed bleed you dry, but no one gets bled out in this story…not even at the gaming tables. Unless you want to include trying to get Ringo through detox…

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