Title: Bad Mouth
Author: Angela McCallister
Publisher: Entangled: Covet
Pages: Ebook; 247
Release Date: May 20, 2013
Genre: Romance / Paranormal Romance
HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Readers who love paranormal romance and sexy, bad-mouthed male leads!
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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.
To say that I enjoyed following Valerie and Kade through this story doesn't even begin to cover it. I believe it's more accurate to say that I utterly devoured every single page of this book. What really impressed me was the solid plot that Angela McCallister builds in Bad Mouth. We are introduced to a world where vampires and humans live in close quarters. Rules and consequences on each side are all that keep war from breaking out. The hierarchy and background of this vampire race was very well done, and I ate it up.
Enter Valerie Craig, a human who believes in justice and truth. She is firm in her belief that all vampires are loathsome. That is, until she meets Kade Rollins and things change. As they should, because Kade is the perfect mix of sex appeal and male dominance. Looking for a male lead who makes you want to smack him and kiss him breathless in equal measures? Welcome to your story.
Which is why the chemistry between Val and Kade is so electric. The moment these two are in the same room, sparks fly. Watching them try to figure out how to get around their deep seeded misconceptions was sweet without being campy. It's not surprise that they don't hit it off right away, but when they do watch out! The sex scenes in this book are delicious and, in my opinion, perfectly written for these characters. Caution: the pages may sizzle a bit.
The one thing that was a miss for me was Val's character. Despite McCallister trying to give her a tough girl persona, she really comes across as a wilting flower. I don't hate her for it, especially because Kade is such an alpha male. I just wished I was able to learn more about her. That being said, I'd absolutely follow these characters into another book. Yup, I'm that hooked!
So if you're a fan of romance, especially the paranormal sort, with swoon-worthy (and slightly bad-mouthed) male leads, this is a book for you. Pick up a copy of Bad Mouth and prepare to do some blushing.
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.