Monday, April 16, 2012

Come Hell or High Water (Broken Heart #6) by Michele Bardsley

Everybody makes mistakes-and my first one was named Connor, a heart- stealing Scottish hottie. I thought our night together was the beautiful beginning to a love story, which turned out to be my second mistake. I, Phoebe Allen, lifelong Broken Heart resident and vampire, am now mated to a half-demon. 

Thankfully Phoebe's four-year-old son Danny is safely away at Disneyworld with his human father. Because Phoebe's right in the middle of major paranormal drama, helping Connor and his rag-tag group of friends retrieve part of an ancient talisman in order to ward off Connor's vicious stepmother, an uber-demon named Lilith. Phoebe swears she isn't falling for any of Connor's demon charm. But still, he's willing to do anything to protect her and prevent demons from storming into Broken Heart. And her undead heart can't resist a bad boy with identity issues...

Type: Paranormal Romance, Vampires, Demons, Shifters
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 2 out of 5

Bardsley's Broken Heart Vampires series is one of my oh so delicious guilty pleasures. It's a bit ridiculous, the characters aren't too refined or classy but they're endearing. It's a fun, light campy series to get lost in for a few hours. Come Hell or High Water, though, didn't feel at all like it was part of the series and left a lot to be desired and had me wondering what the hell had just happened. From a lackluster relationship between the hero and heroine to choppy writing that felt more like reading an instruction manual. It was a far cry from the fun, light, humorous read I expect when I pick up the series. 

The storyline was decent, with Phoebe and Connor working together to keep his evil demon step-mother from breaking out of hell and destroying the town. It took place mainly outside of Broken Heart and a ton of new characters were introduced which was a little overwhelming and had me backtracking more than once to figure out who they were. Was kind of frustrating. While the overall book wasn't too humorous there were a couple funny moments that came up because of Connor's demon side. 
"You have to punch me in the face," I said. "C'mon goat fucker! Hit me!" 
Rusty chuckles escaped. 
"What?" I asked, trying to pitch my voice into the meanest tone ever. "You like fucking goats?" 
His laughter spilled out, sounding like the unoiled hinges of an old gate. He pressed a palm against his stomach. "Stop, lass. It hurts." 
"I'm not trying to be funny, stupidhead!" 
He laughed harder. 
"You suck." - Phoebe trying to provoke Connor's demon side so he could heal quicker
 I didn't find Phoebe all that captivating but I did find myself liking Connor even though he was a little bit deceitful in hiding both his motives for being interested in Phoebe and his demon side. There was just something a little sadly sweet about him and how he really wanted someone to care about him even though he was half demon. Demons aren't thought of all that fondly in the world Bardsley created.  Even though he was willing to use Phoebe to protect everyone he made up for it by really caring about her. He had some very sweet moments that had me going aw and falling for him just a little.  
Connor came out of a door down the long hallway, a conference room, if I remembered correctly. He hugged me.  
"I'm not even late!" 
"I know," he said into my hair. "But it still feels like years."
Even though it was a fairly disappointing read it did have some okay moments and I'm holding out hope the next book will get back to the feel of the rest of the series. 

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