An Amazon purchase, The Good, The Bad And The Undead is the 39th in the 100+ Reading Challenge.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UNDEAD by KIM HARRISON.
During the last few months, former bounty-hunter Rachel Morgan has been rather busy. Having escaped relatively unscathed from her corrupt former employers, she's not only acquired a vampiric room-mate called Ivy, faced werewolf assassins and battled shape-shifting demons, but has also found the time to pick up a boyfriend (even if he is only human) and open her very own runner agency. But cohabiting with a vampire, however reformed, has its dangers. Ivy's evil vampire ex-boyfriend has decided that he wants her back, and views Rachel as a tasty side-dish. To make matters worse, Rachel's demon mark is the ultimate vamp-aphrodisiac; one that works both ways.
The stakes are high, and if Rachel is to save herself and her roommate she must challenge the master vampire and confront the dark secrets she's kept hidden even from herself.
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FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): I hitched the canvas strap holding the watering canister higher up on my shoulder and stretched to get the nozzle into the hanging plant.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 339): "Heyde-hey," I said, stopping just shy of the bridge's apex. Yeah, it was kind of stupid, but it was the traditional greeting between trolls.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: Without a doubt this will be kept.
The second book in the Rachel Morgan series and every bit as good, if not better, than the first, Dead Witch Walking (click HERE to see my review).
Someone is killing ley line witches and its up to Rachel to find out who before she is next.
Another great outing for 'runner' Rachel Morgan, her vampire room-mate, Ivy, her human boyfriend, Nick, and, my favourite, pixy, Jenks.
Along with some of the 'old' characters, we were also introduced to several new - my favourite being a troll by the name of Sharps. The Good, The Bad And The Undead is an exciting read with, after a bit of a slow start, plenty of action though it has to be said it is the growing relationship between Rachel and 'living vampire' Ivy that I find most fascinating. A shame then that Ivy did not appear as much as in the first book. That said, when she did it was action-packed and harrowing by turn - these truly are characters you come to care for.
The only slightly disappointing thing to me being the love scene between Rachel and Nick. Not overly explicit or anything like that I just do not see the need for it and as there was one such scene in Dead Witch Walking its already beginning to feel as if these scenes, along with the appearance of Demon, Big Al, must be added to the 'recipe' of what makes the series - all very well at this stage but I think it runs the risk of becoming boring and to be expected. Much better is the understated, simmering 'love' between Rachel and Ivy.