Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sunshine is Overrated by Bailey Bradford

Life with vamps is never easy.

Abernathy Meyers is already mated to a vamp, Zebulon. It’s just too bad that Zebulon doesn’t give a darn about him. Abbie’s stuck with the man for eternity—or until they die. Some days, Abbie thinks that can’t happen soon enough. He’s tired of being treated badly, yet he doesn’t really want to make his earthly exit yet.

Because he’s longed for another man—another vampire—for years. Forbidden love—is anything more compelling, or more heart-breaking?

There’s a twisted past, a hidden story linking Abbie, Zebulon and the coven leader, Claude.

Claude lives with a fear of turning to dust at any moment. It isn’t reasonable, but he can’t shake it. He’s let his own fears impede his potential happiness, and instead he puts the needs of his coven first, ignoring his own. But if he’s deliberately blind to one particular human’s needs because that human is a mate to another vampire, then is Claude truly leading to the best of his ability?

It’s a tough question for him to answer and soon, he’ll have to make a choice that will affect him and Abbie, forever.

Publisher's Note: This book was previously available on the author’s blog.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Zombies! Freaking heck, there’s zombies in the desert!!! Granted the zombies play a teeny tiny part in Sunshine is Overrated, but they were unexpected – completely, totally, and wholly unexpected. And that was par for the course with this installment in The Vamp for Me series. This time around Bradford gives readers the opportunity to get to know Abernathy and Claude on a more intimate level. Yes, you know we get there eventually and it’s undoubtedly hot, but I’m actually referring to getting to know the coven’s leader and its caretaker better as men and how their history entwined despite them not being mates.

If you have read the previous installments in the series – and while it’s not necessary to do so, I do recommend it – then you’ve already met Abernathy. He’s seen by the other human mates as the coven’s caretaker as he does most of the cooking and helps take care of things around the home. And just like all the other humans living in the coven, he’s mated to a vampire. Unlike the other humans in the coven, he and his mate have no feelings of affection for one another as Abernathy’s mate, Zebulon, took advantage of a situation and manipulated Abernathy into becoming his mate. Why would Zebulon do this? So Claude couldn’t have Abernathy. Oh yeah, Zeb’s a real prince, isn’t he? But you ain’t seen nothing yet because Zeb has decided that he’s tired of being saddled with a mate he doesn’t want and he’s found out how to break the mating bond – and if Abernathy happens to die in the process, well that’s not Zeb’s problem as far as he’s concerned. When Zeb’s intentions are discovered … well hell hath no fury like a vampire scorned and scorn is a mild term for what Claude is feeling towards Zeb. Claude is his coven’s leader because he’s the oldest and most powerful vampire among them and we find out just how powerful he is when he sets out to save Abernathy and end Zeb once and for all. And it makes for a killer showdown with twists and turns I didn’t see coming.

I really, really liked this installment in The Vamp for Me series (although I’ve said that about each of them). Unlike the previous two books which had the mates pairing up rather quickly, Claude and Abernathy have years and years of history between them, even if they weren’t together as mates. Claude has done so well at hiding his feelings for Abernathy that Abbie has finally given up any hopes of the men being together and had begun to long for his own demise so that he would no longer have to live as Zeb’s mate. Abernathy’s despair was quite heartbreaking and we learn that it is his friendships with the other human mates that has stayed his hand when it came to ending it all. I was surprised by the level of violence in this installment, even if we didn’t witness all of it directly. Yes, this is a vampire series and a certain level of violence goes hand-in-hand with vampires, but this series has been more humorous in nature and not nearly as aggressive. But that’s not actually a complaint as it set the stage for us to learn just how strong of a vampire Claude was, as well as giving Claude the opportunity to show Abernathy how far he was willing to go for the man. While I may have revealed a minor spoiler or two, they don’t even scratch the surface when it comes to the big reveals that Bradford gave fans in this installment. Yes there was plenty of excitement to go around and it certainly kept me flipping pages until I finished the book in one sitting. Sunshine is Overrated is another great addition to The Vamp for Me series and I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for Claude’s coven next.

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For reviews & more info, check out our Don’t Stake My Life on It post.

A native Texan, Bailey spends her days spinning stories around in her head, which has contributed to more than one incident of tripping over her own feet. Evenings are reserved for pounding away at the keyboard, as are early morning hours. Sleep? Doesn't happen much. Writing is too much fun, and there are too many characters bouncing about, tapping on Bailey's brain demanding to be let out.

Caffeine and chocolate are permanent fixtures in Bailey's office and are never far from hand at any given time. Removing either of those necessities from Bailey's presence can result in what is known as A Very, Very Scary Bailey and is not advised under any circumstances.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Sunshine is Overrated (The Vamp for Me #3) by Bailey Bradford to read and review.

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