Friday, July 19, 2013

BBReview: "The Shopgirl and the Vampire" By Ciar Cullen

Genre: Adult - Paranormal Romance
Publishing Date: September 21st, 2012
Page Count: 45 pages
Source: Boroughs Publishing Group - Lunchbox Romances
Format: E-Book

Description from
At the cusp of the 19th century, a penniless lass learns her dashing guardian angel is actually a blood-sucking devil.

My feelings were a little mixed while reading The Shopgirl and the Vampire. I really enjoyed the beginning and middle of the story, but by the end it fell a little short. In the beginning the story had a very nice pace. It didn't lag and it wasn't too fast. It was also very interesting. I liked that it was during the 19th century, because it gave it that extra flare. The story kept me asking questions and wondering what was going to happen next.

The characters, Kitty and Phillip, were very interesting as well. I think they made a really good pair and fit together nicely for the story. I liked Kitty the best, because she felt very real to me. The only thing missing from their characters was more history and back story. I wish I would have been told more about their pasts, especially Phillip.

The ending was what made this story fall apart. The pacing was way too fast and it was easy to tell the pace didn't match the rest of the book. I also felt like the ending was a little too clean. I know that this is supposed to be a short story stand alone, but it couldn't have been ended a little messier. I just felt like things were too tidy, especially with George's character. George had this specific personality and way he held himself through out the entire and story and then in the ending he did something, to me, very out of character. The ending just didn't feel right to me.

I enjoyed most of this story. I think it was a very interesting tale and loved that it was set in the 19th century. The main characters, Kitty and Phillip, were done very well and I think fit great together. The pacing through out the whole story was great until the very end. At the end the pace picked up a great deal and felt too rushed. The ending was also too tidy and clean for me. I wish things would have ended a little messier, especially with George's character. Overall, though, it was a very nice story and I enjoyed reading it.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ 3/5

**The books cover, description, and info was all found on Goodreads. A link back has been provided. All other work and ideas are of my own creation. This book was sent to me by Boroughs Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.**