Marie Bellavance has known for years that she’s going to die of the same incurable disease her mother did. That’s why she never dated and doesn’t allow anyone to get close to her. But now, as an employee of the paranormal dating agency Midnight Liaisons, she has a chance: if she can find someone to turn her into a supernatural creature, she’ll be cured!
Flirty were-cougar Joshua Russell has wanted standoffish Marie for his own, but she’s been off limits as a human. When he catches her sneaking away from a vampire date gone wrong, he steps in and offers his own services. As a vampire bodyguard, he’s able to tell her which men will be the perfect ones to date. But he’s secretly got a better plan in mind: if she wants to date the supernatural, a handsome were-cougar would be the best choice of all.
*Blurb from Goodreads*
I adore Sims humor in this paranormal dating agency series, and the third installment in the series had me cracking up!
Marie has a fatal illness that is slowly eating away at her life. Working at Midnight Liaisons has given her the perfect opportunity to find a potential supernatural match to turn her so that she can cheat death. Her first choice is a shifter, but with the recent uproar in the Alliance, she realizes she will have to turn to a vampire for help.
Josh has been crushing on Marie for a long time now, but watching her date vampire after vampire is starting to wear on him. Instead of letting her get hurt, Joshua steps in to help her vet her dates. The only problem is that Josh wants Marie for himself, and unless he is willing to turn his back on his family, turning Marie himself isn’t an option.
I have to start with how hilarious the blind dating situations are that Sims comes up with for this book. Between being stood up once, and then being told she doesn’t have enough “junk in her trunk,” poor Marie went through some pretty disastrous blind date scenarios before Josh stepped in to help her out.
One of the things I adored about this book was the very different fatal disease that Marie had. I’ve read books before where people have cancer, or liver failure, or something of the sort, but never before had I ever heard of fatal insomnia. Who would have ever thought such a thing existed? It was so unique and different, and affected Marie in ways I never even imagined. I thought it was an incredible twist on a standard trope that I thought Sims knocked out of the park!
The romance between Josh and Marie was, in my opinion, fun but nothing too special. Josh was constantly flirting with Marie, day in and day out, in obvious hopes that she would take him up on his offer. But poor Marie couldn’t see past the playboy and continued to put Josh in the “friend” zone. The obvious attraction between them wasn’t especially sizzling, like I expect from Sims, but it was almost a constant simmer. Both were aware of it, and even occasionally acknowledged it, but it never was a key factor.
Once they both finally gave into the attraction, I was a little bummed that Marie treated Josh more like a fling than anything else. At that point, I felt like Josh had deserved Marie’s trust and honesty. Instead she kinda treated him like a stud horse and used him for a good time. I was glad to see that Josh tried hard to push past her barriers time and time again, although it wasn’t until Josh had a life-threatening moment that Marie caved and really admitted her true feelings.
The relationship between Marie and the fellow ladies at the Midnight Liasions was wonderful. I’m so excited to see what Sims has in store for this series next, and can only hope that we get to see more of both Ryder (and her mysterious shifting ability) and newcomer Lily, who Marie met in the most unlikely situations. Both these ladies were so fun, and I hope we get to see more and more of them.
All in all I continue to fall in love with the Midnight Liasions books with each new installment. Sims has the perfect blend of humor and romance, both sexy and sweet. The cast of characters are always a hoot and the situations they find themselves in never disappoint.
I give Must Love Fangs a B