Review: Dating the Undead by Juliet Lyons

4 “Ulterior Motives or True Love?” Stars for the story and 4.5 Stars for the narration.

Lovers of humorous vampire romances (for example, Molly Harper fans) will be the most intrigued by Dating the Undead. I must admit that in my case it was the cover art that drew me in and the blurb further convinced me to give this story a listen. In the end, I’m glad I did as it was a fun romance that fit in perfectly as a breath of fresh air in between my more typical serious romantic listens (as I’m a big fan of romantic suspense and UF romances). Additionally, the adept narration by dual narrators Justine Eyre and Alan Smyth makes this a great title to experience in audiobook format.

Dating the Undead is set in London in a present day alternate world were vampires are real and out of the closet. Logan Byrne, the hero, is an Irish vampire that was turned two hundred years ago when he contracted Colera. Silver Harris, the heroine, meets Logan at a New Year’s party and they feel an instant attraction which is further energized by a memorable bite. Silver, however, being the ultra careful modern woman, has Logan drop her off at a random address, so he is unable to find her, even though they both come to regret that decision.

Fortunately they are both tasked on opposite missions related to a brand new online dating site that connects vampires and humans as potential love matches, called V-Date. Silver’s mission is to spy on the vampires and learn as much intel as possible on their habits and traits. Logan, on the other hand, is asked to glamor the human dates so that they think they had a great time and have nothing but great things to say about V-Date even if they will no longer feel the need to date vampires. But when Logan spots that his first glamor prospect is Silver, his heart is conflicted. He knows if he doesn’t obey the powerful vampire that gave him this mission that it could prove disastrous for him. On the other hand, he already knows that his heart couldn’t bear it if he turned Silver away from a possible future with him.

The dual narration by Justine Eyre and Alan Smyth works well to highlight the point of view being shared in the particular chapter. Ms. Eyre narrates the chapters from Silver’s perspective and Mr. Smyth the ones from Logan’s POV.

I have previously listened to Ms. Eyre so I knew she would do great with the comical lines. As expected, she exceled on this front. Ms. Eyre also did a good job of varying her pitch to produce believable gender appropriate characters and even managed to create good accents for the characters, including Logan who is Irish.

This was my first experience with Mr. Smyth and I really enjoyed it. Mr. Smyth has a pleasing voice and he also did well with delivering the tongue-in-cheek humor. Mr. Smyth also had a great Irish accent which made his performance of Logan’s parts sound very natural.

All in all, I enjoyed Dating the Undead though I must admit that there was a lot going on in the story plotwise, some of which didn’t neatly tie together in my head. For example, in today’s modern age of technology with cell phones why would dropping off someone at the wrong address alone lead you to not being able to find them? And then there’s the fact that a vampire like Logan who can tell if you’re lying should have known of this deception and sought an alternate means to contact Silver in the future. These types of things notwithstanding, I did enjoy the fun, passionate and humorous interactions between Silver and Logan. So in the end if you’re just looking for a light, fun listen, and you enjoy vampire, humorous PNR titles, then Dating the Undead may just be the book you’re looking for.

Source: Review copy provided for review purposes.

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