Alice Shepard needs one thing: a date for her sister’s wedding. And not just any date. A hunk who will make her fiancé rue the day he left her for her best friend. Her drop-dead gorgeous neighbor fits the bill—even if he is a bit quirky and never comes out during the day—and Alice has downed just enough appletinis to ask him. But she makes it quite clear that there will be no funny business.
Spending a week on a cruise ship full of humans while sleeping close to his sexy next-door neighbor sounds like a helluva bad idea to vampire Noah Thorpe. But his friends need time to get him out of a shotgun wedding—a vampire bonding that will tie his fate to a female vampire he’s never met. And Alice’s offer comes at just the right time.
What could possibly go wrong?
Are you in the mood for something fun and sexy? I’ve been waiting for a nice little paranormal romance, something that doesn’t make me have to write down the genealogy, power structure, all about the world and how it got there, who’s going to kill them – you get the picture. I just wanted something uncomplicated, like a nice frisky werewolf story or a nibbly vampire tale. I was so happy to get my hands on Don’t Bite the Bridesmaid. It was fun, so, so smexy and a tiny bit angsty to round out the experience.
Alice Shepard is desperate for a hunky man to help her prove to her ex-fiancé that she’s moved on and she needs him really soon. Her sister’s getting married and she’ll be stuck with the cheating dirtbag on a cruise ship for a week – hence the need to find someone to prove she’s not a total loser at love. She’s noticed – okay, ogled – her yummy neighbor more than a few times and she screws up her courage and pops the question. He says no until he has a little problem of his own and has to skip town for a week and a cruise with Alice becomes a very good idea.
It’s not that Noah doesn’t like Alice or want to spend time with her, he just afraid it’s not a good idea. Vampires aren’t great with sun and the fun he wants to get up to with Alice is horizontal and includes his teeth in her neck at some point. He’s hoping he can stave off his cravings long enough to get back home, but when her ex starts bothering Alice again, he’s not about to let her get hurt. Noah decides it’s time he and Alice play girlfriend and boyfriend, which leads to a lot of steamy glances and smexy alpha behavior.
I loved both Alice and Noah, but the best part of the book for me was the romance of it. Alice had a lot of trust issues left over from her relationship with her smarmy ex but it was fun to see her brain go all foggy whenever Noah was around. She was so smitten with him, it was kind of funny how much she wanted to jump his bones and because of his own issues with the pointy-teeth thingie, he had to run away. Noah was ridiculously hot, protective of Alice and even a sweetie all in touch with his feelings – say it with me – awwwww. They were so good and smoking together that I loved the dance between them and since it felt like they had gotten to know each other as neighbors, it wasn’t rushed at all.
There are some terrific side characters, especially Alice’s vivacious sister Cindy and her outrageous mom Edna. Edna is a widow and now she likes younger men – she really really likes younger men and she’s hilarious about it. I hope if there are more books in the series that we see more of her. She and Cindy were a riot.
I had so much fun reading this that I’m going to go back and check out Allee’s backlist. This was just the right combination of paranormal and fun, sexy romance to make me happy and gave me a new author to check out. I didn’t see that there were any sequels already listed but by the cover and some hints in the book, I’m hoping that there’ll be more. I’ll definitely be there to read it.
My Rating: A