Bridget Jones for the vampire obsessed: fans of Olivia Dade, Tessa Bailey, and Julie Murphy will love to sink their teeth into this charming romantic comedy.
Single (plus size) vampire, desperately in search of a life.
Twenty-five year old Lily Baines is used to waking up hungover, overweight, and underemployed. Waking up with fangs? Not so much. But when a little light necking has more serious consequences than she ever imagined, Lily's determined to get to the bottom of it, or die (again) trying.
Tristan hadn't meant to turn Lily—it's against vampire law—but now that she's here, they need to team up to save both their hides. They strike an uneasy truce, fending off other vampires, Lily's work-rival-turned-slayer, and her mother's tone-deaf romance and fitness advice…all while Lily faces down her insecurities about the fact that she lives in a diet-obsessed world with a body that will never age, never die, and never change.
Falling for her maddeningly gorgeous sire? Easy. Surviving an ancient vampire Master determined to see her twice-dead? Piece of cake. But can Lily ever truly learn to love the woman she'll be forever more?
Perfect for fans looking for:
•a little Halloween spirit
•body positive representation
•enemies to lovers vibes
Duke's lackluster debut uses modern vampire tropes to overlay a bland contemporary romance with unsubtle and poorly executed messaging about body positivity. Plus-size Lily Baines's flirty encounter with gorgeous, romance-writing vampire Tristan Newberry ends with him unintentionally turning her into a vampire, an unsanctioned action that puts them both in hot water with the Vampire Council. Lily leans on her "vampire geek" best friend, Cat—who's obsessed with Twilight and who hooks Lily up with blood bank leftovers—while resenting Tristan's tight-lipped, old-fashioned overprotectiveness and despairing over the fact that, now that she's undead, losing weight is no longer an option, all while hiding her vampire status from her diet-obsessed mother. As the Council's threats increase, Lily falls for Tristan even while pushing him to let her be more in charge of her own destiny. Despite being centuries old, Duke's vampires behave like immature, overdramatic 20-somethings, and Tristan's behavior comes across more 1950s misogynist than 1800s gentleman. Meanwhile, Lily's revelation that being fat forever is okay feels disappointingly grounded in Tristan's attraction to her, leaving the body positive message a little anemic. This is one to skip.