Series: , #7
Published by Metal Blonde Books
Published on June 23rd, 2013
Genres: Ghosts, Paranormal, Suspense
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It’s one thing to bring the woman you love back into your life. It’s another to try and keep her there. For Dex Foray, convincing Perry Palomino to open herself to their burgeoning relationship has been more challenging than hunting ghosts, battling demons and stalking Sasquatch combined. Add in the fact that the only way they can keep their Experiment in Terror show running is to take on a third partner in the form of the mysterious Maximus Jacobs — all while investigating a sinister voodoo sect in New Orleans — and you’ve got the perfect Southern storm and a recipe for disaster. Luckily, Dex has never been one to back down, even when his life –and heart — are on the line.
[Mambo Number]FIVE (+++++) STARS!! Absolutely Stupen-DEX!
Before we begin the EIT gush fest, I’d like to have a moment of silence for our fallen brethren from book 6…
Thank you. Now, back to business.
These books just keep getting better and better. Which is saying something, considering each book is absolutely fabulous in their own right. But this book had me shouting from the rooftops and dancing in the streets after what was one AMAZING bookgasm. Let’s talk about my top 5 things that made this book fantastic, shall we?
1.)The mutha effin’ POV.
Hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wives, change yo’ panties.
3 words: Declan. Pierre (aka “The Fuckmaster”). Foray.
From page one, we are already completely thrown into the mind of sex…I mean, Dex.
Ladies and Gentleman, I’ll take you to the first line, of the first page, of the first chapter:
“So fucking horny.”
I mean, honestly, did we expect any less?
I don’t know about you, but after getting a glimpse of the “mind of Dex” in books 5.7 and 6.5, I found that I wanted more. I knew going into this book, we would be getting a full dose of unapologetic vulgar hilarity. Let me just tell you, he did not disappoint. You can’t help but love the shit out of him. Here are some of the few “Moments of Dex” that had me clutching my pearls whilst reading early on:
“I just thought I should warn you that the second we walk into the apartment, I am going to maul the fuck out of you. I don’t care if you’re tired or bruised or scratched. You’ll just be more so when I’m finished.”
“I don’t want you in the den. I want you in this bed, forever. I want to be with you. Not just as a partner, not just as a friend. I want us to be together, to be one, to be… I don’t know, a fucking couple.”
Be still my effin’ heart.
I loved getting to see the many different sides of Dex throughout this book. Granted, more often than not, the more “sexy Dexy” side was around. I loved being in his head during some of the more emotional moments too. I found that to some degree, it even magnified the “feels”, as it came from his perspective. I loved getting to see the more vulnerable, “wear-your-heart (or penis)-on-your-sleeve” Dex. Declan 2.0 definitely made this book very enjoyable to read and experience.
2.) NOLA, Mambos, Voodoo, & JooJoo.
When I heard that book 7 would be taking place in NOLA, I was really excited. When I think of New Orleans, I think swamps, the French Quarter, and shrunken heads–a perfect setting for an EIT book. Endless “SMP” (Shit my pants) possibilities! View Spoiler »From zombies, dead mother cameos, and “slice-and-dice” voodoo rituals, I found I came very close to crapping my pants with fright. « Hide Spoiler Karina packed the creepy into Come Alive. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, as the nonstop action gave me heart palpitations. She left no stone unturned, and was very thorough with the plot and descriptions. I felt like I was RIGHT THERE in each scene, scared out of my mind along with Dex and crew. However, at times I found that getting the “creepy” from Dex, (who by the way, still delivered plenty of hilarious moments even in the face of danger–Appropriately Inappropriate) left my emotions a little conflicted…
3.) Maximus “Ginger Balls” Jacobs.
Phew, that was hard to get out…but it’s true.
But seriously, though. This girl started leaning towards Team “Maybe-he’s-not-so-bad”.
I know. I KNOW. I have had a love/hate relationship (well, mostly HATE) relationship with good ol’ Maximus for the last few books. Let me plead my case as to why I am feeling warm & fuzzies for our favorite “ginger-naped crusader”. I don’t know about you, but I was most excited to get to the first post-On Demon Wings Max/Dex reunion.
Well, as I expected, the claws came out! Every interaction between Dex and Max held all sorts of tension and hostility–a perfect combo for hilarious mental and verbal attacks from Dex. Basically, I just packed the snacks and enjoyed the show.
View Spoiler »But of course, it wasn’t only the early hostile encounters that had me excited about the “Auburn Snatchslinger”. It was the Jacobolicious revelations that had me eager to know more about him. Learning about his romantic roots with Rose, his Rogue-ness, and his investments in Dex, I was beyond intrigued! Yes, call me a hypocrite, but dayum, he’s shown me that gingers do have souls…
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4.) The Mutha Effin’ Feels.
As with always, I’ll let the gifs speak for themselves, but I’ll hide the spoilers that are affiliated with each. Enjoy:
Quite often, this would happen:
Which led to this:
But then, cue “SMP” (Sh*t My Pants) moments…
5.) The Originality
I could talk about this until I’m blue in the face, and the cows come home. This series is so different from everything else that is out there right now. This book had me hooked not just because of the emotional investment that I have in the characters, but also because reading it was like a breath of fresh air. It’s hard to find books that don’t follow the same cookie-cutter plot lines as every other book within the genre. I didn’t know what to expect (aside from AWESOMENESS), which made me want to keep my kindle in hand 24/7 until I was finished reading this book.
There you have it, my top 5 reasons I loved me some Come Alive. This book blew me away. This book was amazing. This book was so well-written, that I found myself rereading it only a day after finishing it. Yes, it’s THAT GOOD. Bravo, Karina Halle! I can’t wait to see what else you have in store as this series continues!!
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