Every sorority has its secrets...
And college freshman Ginger Carmichael couldn't care less. She has more important things on her mind, like maintaining her perfect GPA. No matter how much she can't stand the idea of the cliques and the matching colors, there's something about the girls of Alpha Beta Omega—their beauty, confidence, and unapologetic sexuality—that draws Ginger in. But once initiation begins, Ginger finds that her pledge is more than a bond of sisterhood, it’s a lifelong pact to serve six bloodthirsty demons with a lot more than nutritional needs.
Despite her fears, Ginger falls hard for the immortal queen of this nest, and as the semester draws to a close, she sees that protecting her family from the secret of her forbidden love is much harder than studying for finals.
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Highly Recommended! A+++
This is a story of discovering love and yet, with each one of Weatherspoon's rich characters, love is a given from the very start. Ginger is a smart, witty, self-aware young woman on an exquisite journey, and Camila a wise soul whose been around long enough to know just how precious her new girlfriend really is. Ginger grapples with insecurities and her attachment to her demon-angel love, while remaining true to herself. For that reason alone I found her to be a rare and powerful kind of heroine.
This was my first lesbian vampire sorority story (a niche Weatherspoon might own all by herself) and I was really impressed with how well-crafted the settings were. I don't want to spoil anything by naming locations, but each is richly drawn and completely engaging. Put simply, I was 'in it', with the characters, the whole way.
For me the mark of a great story is not one that keeps me up all night (I like those too, but they don't tend to stay with me) but one that is so vividly imagined, it lingers when I'm away from it and makes me wonder where the characters are and how they're doing. Luckily book #2 is waiting for me already!
Better Off Red is a sensual tale that draws you deep within it's house of lust, blood, reverence and most of all love.