Spoiler-Free Review: The Vampire, The Handler and Me by Eileen Sheehan
*I was sent an ebook copy of this book by the author in trade for an honest review. *
In a romantic triangle of good and bad, it's hard to tell who is good and who is bad. Lizzy Ewing is caught in a romantic triangle between a two enemies; the handsome vampire, Nevi, and the hunky handler, Geoffrey. A handler herself, Lizzy must choose between Nevi and Geoffrey. One wants her for all the right reasons and one doesn't. Will she discover who is who before the bad destroys the good?
As a lot of you probably know from previous books I've reviewed, this is definitely out of my comfort zone. I've NEVER reviewed a book like this, but in 2016 I really want to try and read more books and genres out of my comfort zone. Therefore, when I received an email asking me to review this book, I automatically agreed.
Also, if you don't know I've previously done a Q&A with Eileen, which I'll link at the end.
Anyway, let's get into the review!
Introduction - Background Info
As this book isn't what I would normally read, I didn't go into this with ridiculously high expectations, but I'm glad to say this book definitely surprised me!
The book starts off with Lizzy, the main character, hoping for a new start to the New Year. She's at a New Year's Eve party and isn't exactly having the best of times. That night, she's been pushed and shoved, ignored and she's already thrown up due to the cheap, nasty wine. As you can see she doesn't exactly get the best start to the New Year.
After a terrible night/morning, she decides she better get home. She gets in her old car and goes to drive off, however she notices her car is basically out of petrol. She doesn't really know the part of town where she is, but she manages to make her way to a petrol station.
When she's there she meets Nevi. Nevi is your typical "A" list guy, someone who Lizzy thought she'd never even talk to. From then onwards her life is filled with craziness, especially when she meets Geoffrey. She must decide which guy she wants, but also decide which is one is bad. Things aren't what they seem and Lizzy soon realises that.
To start off with, I want to say that I really enjoyed all of the characters (apart from one, but I will mention that in a minute) and I was surprised by the detail and depth of some of them, especially Geoffrey and Nevi. I felt that all the characters played a part and they were all interesting in their own ways.
However, there was one character I just didn't like. That was Lizzy, despite the fact that she's the main character, I just really hated her for some reason. I felt no connection to her and began to dislike her the further into the story I went, apart from the end when she stood up for herself and actually ended up transforming into this strong, female character.
When planning this review, I tried to come up with a list of some of the reasons to why I disliked Lizzy.
Here's what I came up with:
- She made the most stupid decisions at times and it made it so frustrating.
- I also found her at times to be quite selfish and just annoying.
- That's about all really, I just found her to be so frustrating.
However, she did have her good moments like at the end, when she completely transformed into this strong, brave character when she had to save the person she truly loved.
Moving on, my favourite character had to be Geoffrey, despite all of the stuff that happens. Part of the reason why I like his character so much was to do with the depth and detail Eileen created with him. I found it so interesting and also his job, a "handler", was such a unique idea and one which I really liked.
I really enjoyed Eileen's writing style, despite that it was quite different to the normal styles I read. Overall, I found the writing style most of the time to be both easy to read and understand.
I was over the moon to find the plot to be unique and interesting at the same time. Along the way there was also a few surprises, especially at the end and I loved each one. I didn't find there to be a dull moment apart from the start and a teeny bit in the middle.
I think there's even more potential for this storyline if it was to be matched with a better pace.
The pace of the story was my main problem and basically the reason to why my rating is lower than normal.
At the start of the story I felt as if the pace was too slow, parts were dragging out longer than necessary. These parts were so long for me that I was actually struggling through this and debated whether to stop reading, but I'm glad I didn't.
Different to this I felt as if the events at the end: pregnancy, marriage, attacks etc, went too fast and it would have been better if it was longer. It felt as if Eileen was rushing to get to the end. Despite this, the ending still went out with a bang and it was a satisfying ending.
Due to my struggle with the pace, it took me a lot longer than usual to finish the book and not because of the length. However, in the end I did end up enjoying the story.
Due to my issues with the pace I had to lower my rate to a 3.25-3.5/5. I did enjoy this book and I would recommend it to someone looking for a vampire/paranormal romance with a good love triangle.
Author Q&A with Eileen Sheehan - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/author-qa-with-eileen-sheehan
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27272383-the-vampire-the-handler-and-me?ac=1&from_search=1
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Vampire-the-Handler-and-Me-Dawne-Dominique-Kier-Smith-Eileen-Sheehan/9781629293110
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