DEAD PERFECT
by Amanda Ashley

February 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8217-8061-9
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Shannah Davis is dying. Her doctors don’t know what is wrong with her and do not know how to make her well again. She has come up with a plan. Shannah will become a vampire. She found a man whom she believes is a vampire and has been following him around for months just to be sure. While she hasn‘t seen him sucking any blood his other habits fill the requirements as she knows them. Now all she must do is ask him to make her one of the Undead.


Ronan knows Shannah has been following him. When she shows up at his doorstep one day he immediately recognizes her. She passes out so he must don a thick hooded robe to protect himself from the sun so that he can hurry out to pick her up. He tastes a drop of her blood and learns that she is dying. It saddens him to think someone as young and as beautiful as she is will have such a short life. He has never brought anyone over and is undecided whether he should start now. Ronan gives Shannah a little bit of his blood, enough to make her feel better, but not enough to turn her.


Shannah wakes with the heavy weight of disappointment. He is not a vampire. How could he be when he answered the door during the daytime and apparently went outside after she’d fainted? There is no hope for her now. Oddly though, she does feel stronger for the first time in a long time.


Shannah allows herself to be talked into helping Ronan. He writes romance novels using a pseudonym but he does not promote them. His excuse to Shannah is that women wouldn’t buy the books if they knew a man wrote them. In truth, Ronan cannot go on book tours to promote his books because he cannot be out during the day. Ronan comes up with a plan. If Shannah will stay with him and pose as Eva Black, romance author, then he can always be near her and keep her from dying by giving his blood to her in small doses. Only Shannah is unaware of what Ronan is doing.


The longer they are together the more Ronan feels himself falling in love with Shannah. He has spent centuries avoiding love because he cannot bear to see his loved ones pass away. The situation with Shannah cannot last forever. Her body grows weak and she has started to resist the idea of vampires. What will she do when she finds out the truth? Will either one of them survive their time together?


Amanda Ashley’s newest vampire novel, Dead Perfect is a paranormal romance with a different spin. The vampire hero is not the master of the city, he doesn’t have a conscience, and he is not above deceiving the woman he loves. The heroine, I felt, lacked depth. I liked the twist the author used concerning Shannah dying, but other than that I was never able to get to know the heroine.


Dead Perfect reminds me of the earlier works of Amanda Ashley. She was the first vampire romance author I read and she still remains a favorite of mine.


Reviewed in March 2008 by Rho.

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