Posted by: Jennifer | January 26, 2008

Dead Perfect – Amanda Ashley

Ashley, Amanda. Dead Perfect.(New York: Kensington, 2008). ISBN – 9780821780619.

Main Characters: Luard Ronan Moss and Shannah Davis

Description from book:

Be careful what you wish for . . .

Only a woman with nothing left to lose knocks on a vampire’s door and asks for help. Shannah Davis is convinced that the mysterious dark-haired man she’s followed for months can save her life – if he doesn’t kill her first. But though Ronan insists he can’t give her what she needs, his kiss unleashes a primal hunger that makes her feel truly alive for the first time.

After centuries of existence, Ronan has done the unthinkable. He has fallen in love with a mortal – and one with only weeks to live. Sensing the fear and reluctance beneath Shannah’s request, he offers her a different bargain that will keep her near him during the time she has left. Every hour spent together leaves him craving her tough, her scent, her life’s essence. Soon, only Shannah can satisfy his thirst. But if he saves her from death, will she love him for it – or spend eternity regretting what she has become?

My Thoughts:

This book was very different to me than many of the paranormal romances that I have been reading of late. Shannah is dying. While she is out wandering at night, she spots Ronan and is intrigued by him. She spends five months following him around. She convinces herself that he is a vampire – and finally decides to approach him. After all, a vampire should be able to help let her live, right? Ronan senses Shannah’s illness right away. She collapses in his house, and Ronan feeds her some of his blood to make her feel better.

Ronan makes light of Shannah’s belief that he might be a vampire. When she is feeling better, she realizes that vampires do not exist. Meanwhile, Ronan realizes that Shannah might be able to help him out with a tricky work problem. He is a romance novelist. One who writes under a female pen name. His publisher is pushing for him to do book signings and interviews. Ronan decides that Shannah should play the part of Eva Black, the writer. After all, he can continue to keep her alive for a time by feeding her his blood.

Shannah agrees to the deal and travels around the country with Ronan. Their trip becomes a bit more complicated by a vampire hunter named Jim and a report named Carl. Ronan struggles to keep the truth of his vampire nature from Shannah. He contemplates turning her into a vampire, but understands that this isn’t something she might want. Eventually, his blood can no longer keep Shannah’s illness at bay, and Ronan must make a choice. He loves Shannah and can’t bear the thought of losing her.

I enjoyed the story – although overall, I found it a a bit strange. The vampire hunter and reporter don’t make for much of an evil force. They are a bit more of a bumbling duo. I did love the way that Ronan finally stopped the vampire hunter. However, I found Ronan’s inner debates about turning Shannah into a vampire to be quite repetitious. Several times, he reminds us that he has never taken anyone through the Dark Turn – in almost the same language. It seemed as if the author had forgotten that she had already told us this fact. While this didn’t destroy the book in any sense, it did seem to take away from the story a bit for me.

Read first on January 25, 2008



  1. I did love this book. i literaly could not put it down once i started to read it. Though yes a little repetitive it drew me in no matter the fact. And I think in a way this book could inspire any one, let it be trying to find a lasting love, or not taking a simple joy like taking one last breath for granted.

  2. Hi vicky, this book was different because of Shannah’s illnes – and I did like the fact that it was different. I do think that to get a true appreciation, I probably need to read some additional Amanda Ashley books!

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