Title: Rednecks ‘n’ Roses
Author: Judy Mays
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Romantica/Erotica/ - sub genre
Publication date: 2004
Length: 99 pages, novella
Reviewer: Clayton Bye
When Amber moves out of the city and into the house she has inherited from her late aunt Ernestine, all she wants to do is write a sexy, hit vampire novel. But her life isn’t going to be anywhere as simple as this. You see, her house comes with its own vampire, one who doesn’t have a clue how the undead are supposed to behave.
Rusty Nipple is a good old boy, and he has the wild, red beard, the requisite pair of overalls and a penchant for poaching deer out of season to prove it. The last thing he’s going to do is move out of his comfortable home (he likes the bathtub he sleeps in) for some high and mighty city girl, especially when she’s as hot as this one.
Who will win the ensuing battle? Will it be the girl who knows exactly how to turn Rusty into a respectable vampire (and a top-of-the-list novel), or will Rusty seduce her with his wicked and unorthodox ways?
I enjoyed Rednecks ‘n’ Roses. It was unpretentious, never trying to be anything it wasn’t. Judy Mays writes tongue in cheek, calls an ass an ass, doesn’t back away from her choice of erotic presentation and entertains all the way. This was a fun little read I zipped through in one sitting. Mays also left me feeling satisfied with the story, something a lot of authors don’t manage when dealing with the restrictive nature of a novella.
The only point of improvement that comes to mind is since the story came very close to being too lighthearted for a vampire novel, the writer could have included a few more glimpses of the underbelly of Rusty’s world. However, as Mays brought things around at the end, one could also argue she nailed it, that her novella is perfect just the way it is.
Read Rednecks ‘n’ Roses and decide for yourself.
Copyright © Clayton Clifford Bye
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Rednecks ‘n’ Roses by Judy Mays Reviewed by Clayton Bye on 8:00 am Rating: