Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Book Review: 'My Life Without Garlic' by Bailey Bradford


All Augustin wanted was a date. Oh, and to lose a little weight without giving up his favorite food ever – garlic. When he stumbles across a vampire dating site, he thinks it’s a joke and signs up just for fun. That is, until a group of angry vampires show up on his doorstep. Now, kidnapped and surrounded by creatures of the night, he does the only thing he can think of to save his hide: snark his way out of it.
Augustin is a lonely guy and tries to cover it up with an endless stream of snarky comebacks. Once he accepts his situation and starts looking at it from a more practical point of view, this lessens and you get to know the real Augustin. Oddly enough, underneath all that abrasiveness, there’s a really sweet guy just wanting to be part of something.
Tony is probably the sweetest vampire I’ve ever met. He risks his own eternal life at one point to save Augustin from himself. He also has determination like no other. Despite Augustin’s absolute resistance, Tony knows that he’s the one for him and won’t stop until he’s won Augustin over. They are a well-matched pair because Augustin needs someone to hold him to the present while Tony needs a little lightheartedness in his life.
My Life Without Garlic is a funny, quirky, and exceptionally steamy introduction to Bailey Bradford’s new The Vamp for Me series. Loaded with a cast of cranky, crazy, and interesting characters, I cannot wait to see where this series takes us next. The author has a real knack for combining snark and humor to create laugh out loud scenes that you remember long after the book’s done. Although at times, I think Augustin would have been better off shutting his mouth, he always managed to pull through and make it funny in the end. A highly entertaining novel stuffed to the brim with laughs and sighs of passion.

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