The Deadly Stripper

Diane Thorne
The Deadly Stripper
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Diane Thorne
Release Date
August 2012
Book 1 of Sexy & Damned
Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal with Romantic Elements, Urban Fantasy, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Celee Spence is a stripper trying to survive in a world full of supernatural creatures. She also works for a demon whom she sold her soul to and got a raw deal. Her life is full of sex and violence with no end in sight. Then, a hot vampire finds her and presents a deal. In exchange for help in locating a young woman mingling in Celee's industry, he offers the powerful elixir she needs to stay alive. Although Celee lacks understanding the vampire's motivation for wanting to save the girl, she accepts his proposal.

Sexy, armed, and dangerous, Celee places her life in jeopardy to save the human. What she discovers in the end not only shocks her, it gives her a new job to add to her resume.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Oct 09, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
142 people found the following review helpful
THE DEADLY STRIPPER is a unique take on the world of urban fantasy and is the beginning of what I think will be a great new series.

Celee is a stripper who ended up selling her soul to a demon in order to gain supernatural powers that would make her safer. In essence, she has all the powers of a vampire without any of the drawbacks. She struggles to keep herself alive however she can because the alternative is losing her soul and going to Hell.

One night a mysterious vampire named Greger shows up at her door with a proposition: help him find a young girl in trouble and he can help Celee get her soul back.

With nothing to lose, she sets on the quest to search for the human--finding obstacles and dangers along the way. But Celee is strong, smart, and determined to keep her end of the bargain. What she doesn't know, however, is that true quest is just beginning.

Ok, so let me say right off the bat that THE DEADLY STRIPPER wasn't at all what I was expecting. I read Diane Thorne's other book, Demon in Disguise, and it was campy and fun. This book is much darker, so while that's not a bad thing, I just didn't expect it.

Celee is an interesting character because she seems a bit self-centered and uncaring in the beginning, but we begin to get glimpses of a more compassionate person as the story goes along.

The book takes you into the seedier side of nightlife, which also happens to be full of vampires, demons, and witches who are interacting alongside unsuspecting humans. In my mind, the world that Ms Thorne created was dark and dirty but very intriguing.

I loved the fact that THE DEADLY STRIPPER has more of an urban fantasy feel to it as opposed to a straight romance. I think Celee's character would have been ruined for me if she was wrapped up in a tidy HEA.

My biggest complaint with the book was that although I am an erotica lover--I don't think anyone could possibly argue that point--I felt like the erotic component of the book was disjointed. It didn't flow for me, and it actually detracted me from the story at times.

Aside from that, I loved the way this book ended. It totally threw me for a loop and I'm thrilled when a book surprises me. THE DEADLY STRIPPER is the first book in the Sexy & Damned series and that ending guaranteed that I will be looking for book two!
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