Bad to the Bone-Jeri Smith-Ready
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: May, 2009
If you're just joining us, welcome to radio station WVMP, "The Lifeblood of Rock'n'Roll." Con-artist-turned-station-owner Ciara Griffin manages an on-air staff of off-the-wall DJs — including her new boyfriend Shane McAllister — who really sink their teeth into the music of their "Life Time" (the era in which they became vampires). It's Ciara's job to keep the undead rocking, the ratings rolling, and the fan base alive — without missing a beat.
For Halloween, WVMP is throwing a bash sure to raise the dead. They've got cool tunes, hot costumes, killer cocktails — what could go wrong? Well, for starters, a religious firebrand ranting against the evils of the occult preempts the station's midnight broadcast. Then, when Ciara tracks down the illegal transmission, the broadcast tower is guarded by what appears to be...a canine vampire? And behind it all is a group of self-righteous radicals who think vampires suck (and are willing to stake their lives on it).
Now Ciara must protect the station while struggling with her own murky relationship issues, her best friend's unlikely romance with a fledgling vampire, and the nature of her mysterious anti-holy powers. To make it to New Year's in one piece, she'll need to learn a few new tricks....
Ever since I read Jeri Smith-Ready's Shade I've become a huge fan of her work. She's one of the few authors I'll whose books I'll purchase in hardback, and that's not just because she sets most of her books in Maryland, where I'm from. But I digress. I read the first book in the WVMP series, Wicked Game last year, and I have to say that Bad to the Bone is even better! I enjoyed the changes in Ciara's world, especially the changes in Ciara's and Shane's relationship. They're experiencing some growing pains, which is realistic in any relationship as the initial honeymoon stage wears off.
The badies in this book are religious zealots who take their hatred of vampires to an extreme. They pre-empt the station's broadcast, and if that wasn't bad enough, they do some terribly evil things as well. The story wasn't predictable and there were even a few surprises I didn't see coming! I adore Ciara and the WVMP crew and I can't wait to read more about their further adventures in the next book in the series, Bring On the Night (WVMP, Book 3).