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The Life and Death of Lily Drake (Lily Drake #1)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  142 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
For Lily Drake, slaying vampires is easy...Dating them is the hard part.

Lily Drake is your everyday hard-working single mom…until a gorgeous vampire shows up on her front door who she mistakenly assumes is her blind date for the evening. As one crazy scenario after another unfolds, Lily finds herself falling in love with two vampires, slaying the evil ones, and being proph
Paperback, First Edition, 322 pages
Published October 2012 by InkSpell Publishing
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May 10, 2012 Vanessa rated it it was amazing
I thought I gave up on the subject of vampires thanks to the Twilight series. But I received my copy of the this book and gave it a try. Holy crap, it's amazing. This is something different for adult paranormal fiction if the person likes to read about vampires. I liked that it wasn't a YA vampire book. You have no idea how tired I was of reading about the ditsy blond walking into a forest and falling in love with the vampire; too over done.

This was such a refreshing new take on vampire books,
Sep 21, 2012 Corina rated it really liked it
The Life and Death of Lily Drake

The Life and Death of Lily Drake by T. Michelle Nelson was awesome in a completely unexpected way. I’m a fan of vampire book in general so when I first picked up this book I was super excited. It turns out that this wasn’t anything like what I thought it would be like and yet it was still really awesome!

The Life and Death of Lily Drake is about a single Mom named Lily who goes about her days working and taking care of her 12-year-old son, Keaton. Her best and only
Jamie Manning
Sep 11, 2012 Jamie Manning rated it it was amazing
LIFE & DEATH OF LILY DRAKE was such a fun, entertaining read that held up to its promise of a vampire tale unlike any other. It starts off with a typical, everyday mom, Lily Drake, who's agreed to a blind date. A late suitor and unexpected visitor leads to Lily going out on said date with super-hot vampire Mathias, who ultimately leads her into a world filled with vampires and royal (or cursed, depending on your thoughts, lol) bloodlines.

Lily is such a great character, strong and independent
Nov 05, 2012 Ellen rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, arc
Lily Drake is a 35-year-old, divorced mom. She has a son, 12-year-old Keaton, who is her world. She divorced her husband of 15 years after she found out he was cheating on her. Since then, her best friend Angie has constantly been playing matchmaker and setting her up on blind dates, which Lily has absolutely no interest in. After finally agreeing to one of these dates, Lily is perturbed when he arrives 20 minutes early. When she opens the door, the man standing there could hold his own with an ...more
Sep 14, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-ebook
Great great book! Review to come for blog tour!

Review originally posted on my blog .

I know most of you remember the time when vampire books were the "thing". Everyone was writing them after Meyer’s Twilight which was obviously a big hit. Now days dystopian has taken over and I do love those. And some people are still writing books with vampires. I have stayed away from vampire books until just recently and I have read three that I have really liked but they ha
Jeannie Walker
Jan 11, 2013 Jeannie Walker rated it it was amazing
The doorbell rang and standing at the door was Lily Drake's blind date. He arrived twenty minutes early. He was very handsome and dressed like a successful business man. The suit looked like it cost thousands and he filled it out like a gladiator. His voice sounded like velvet. Was this a perfect match for Lily?
Somehow, after two glasses of wine Lily winds up in a mansion and a strange bed. Was there something in the wine? This guy was so suave and good-looking, he didn't have to drug her, if th
Mar 08, 2013 Ann rated it it was amazing
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Aug 02, 2012 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Lily Drake mistakes a vampire for her blind date her whole word is turned upside down. She wakes up in a strange bed inside of an even stranger mansion, unsure of how she got there and afraid of why she's there. When it is explained to her that she is descended from two powerful vampire bloodlines and that she's needed in order to protect not only human life but vampires as well, she naturally thinks everyone is out of their mind. Vampires don't exist, right? Lily soon learns just how wrong ...more
Marie DeLaRosa
Nov 12, 2012 Marie DeLaRosa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
First I would like to Thank Author T. Michelle Nelson and Inkspell Publishing for allowing me to review the Life & Death of Lily Drake and be apart of this amazing book tour!

Now onto the review, Lily Drake is just trying to live her life with her son, she is divorced, working as a graphic designer and has a annoying yet amazing friend that pushes her to go out on blind dates as she thinks it time that Lily goes out and starts dating again. However, one night Lily’s “date” ends up being someo
Josette Reuel
Aug 29, 2012 Josette Reuel rated it it was amazing
Well, I'm Facebook friends with T Michelle Nelson, she's been publicizing this book for awhile ;) and when she posted that she would be in Delaware, OH for a book signing, I couldn't pass up getting a signed copy of her first book! BTW, she is an awesome, friendly person!

So, I took my new book home, excited to get started reading.

The beginning was a bit... different. Wasn't sure if it was the writing style or what... maybe I was just tired. So, after getting home on Monday evening, I decided to
Andrea Heltsley
WOW, just WOW! This book blew me away. I loved it. This author has just moved up my list of favorites.

The book started out with a punch and then lulled a little through the second third of the book, but quickly got back on track. The writing was flawless.

This series reminds me very much of popular urban fantasy series like Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill, Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong and even The Hollows by Kim Harrison.

Nelson is really onto something with this book. It has a
Oct 11, 2012 Priscilla rated it it was amazing
I came across this book in a blog I was reading that recommends good romances. I'm a sucker for a good vampire book, and I wasn't sure about this one until I started reading it.

This author made me experience everything the character, Lily, did. It broke my heart and made me laugh out loud at times. This was the best vampire book I have read all year, and definitely in the top 5 ever. I won't say the absolute best only because I remember loving the first Anita Blake and Sookie Stackhouse books wh
May 03, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
I am not a reviewer so when I attempt to write about a book it must have knocked my socks off! I came across this book by accident and I was so glad to finally read a book about an over 30 year old heroine. Not only was she over 30 but she has a son. Lily is one kick ass hard headed female and I fell madly in love with her and Rose and Val and Mathais. This book was everything I have ever wanted in a book! I went and purchased book two right away! Don't miss out!!!! It rocked my world!!!
Jul 06, 2012 Sherry rated it it was amazing
Not your typical vampire story. This book has a fresh story line for sure with interesting twists, strong female character, fierce, protective single mother with a great sense of humor, I can see this becoming a movie. A very good read, I enjoyed it very much and definitely recommend it. I hope there will be a series of books with this character……..
Oct 11, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
I loved the book! It is humorous, exciting and has several unexpected twists. Lily is a normal mom of a 12 year old boy and her world abruptly changes with one blind date. Highly vampire book all year. I hope T. Michelle Nelson continues writing about Lily Drake!
Pat Rockhold
Oct 26, 2012 Pat Rockhold rated it it was amazing
Not my usual kind of read. But I really enjoyed the wit and story of a mom fighting for her family. This book kept me interested and I really enjoyed the time I spent reading this book. Thanks for a fun experience.
Aug 12, 2012 Farrah rated it it was amazing
Action-packed and hilarious. This book has a great love story and will keep you up into the wee hours of the night reading.

Lily Drake is funny, tough and kicks butt. Best character I've read in a long time.
Oct 11, 2012 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Awesome book!
May 21, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Great book. Funny and sweet.

I was so happy at the end. This book was like a roller coaster. I wanted Lily to make the right choice so bad and I was on the edge of my seat.

Apr 24, 2013 Dani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I absolutely adored this book. Great, in depth characters and an awesome story line! Highly recommend to others!
Patricia Yost
Oct 04, 2012 Patricia Yost marked it as to-read
looks and sounds awesome cant wait to read it...
Oct 04, 2012 Patty rated it it was amazing
looks and sounds awesome cant wait to read it...
Aug 27, 2012 Rachael rated it really liked it
This review appeared first on Moosubi Reviews!

In my mind, there are mainly two kinds of vampires. The beautiful, broody, sparkly ones:

Quite shiny, huh?

And the utterly terrifying:

(There was actually an even scarier one that I thought kind of looked like Voldemort, but I'll save that for one's imagination)

Anyways, I'm not quite sure what kind of vampire Rose, Mathias, and Val would fit into. On one hand, they seem like ordinary people, other than the fact that they're utterly beautiful. On the oth
May 18, 2013 Abbey rated it it was amazing
Title: Life & Death of Lily Drake
Author: T.Michelle Nelson
Publication Date: October 2012
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing

For Lily Drake, slaying vampires is easy. . .Dating them is the hard part.

Lily Drake is your everyday hard-working single mom. . .until a gorgeous vampire shows up on her front door who she mistakenly assumes is her blind date for the evening. As one crazy scenario after another unfolds, Lily finds herself falling in love with two vampires, slaying the evil ones, and being pr
Oct 14, 2012 Marsha rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Adults
When I read the book summary for "The Life and Death of Lily Drake" I was so excited. Too few authors write about mothers as heriones in books. So, imagine my surprise when very little of this book showcased the mother and son relationship between Lily and Keaton.

Our story begins with Lily Drake being set up on a blind date by her best friend, Angie. Her date arrives early and soon she discovers that the man she has gone out with is not the one she was suppose to meet. In fact, the man she is o
Angela ReadingCave
Nov 10, 2012 Angela ReadingCave rated it really liked it
Lily is a normal everyday soccer mom, who’s best friend sets her up on a date. The date shows up hot as hades and apparently rich too. She gets date-napped and taken the guy’s house. It is here that she discovers that vampires are real and is offered immortality. The Vamps believing that she is in danger. She turns down the offer and they supposedly wipe her memory of them (but not too good as it comes back).

This is where she meets Mathias and his cousin Val. Mathias is the uppity, Lord of the M
Nov 29, 2012 Megs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who reads a lot of young adult, The Life and Death of Lily Drake was a bit of a departure for me as a reviewer. There's a big difference between a angst teenager and a 30-something single mom. That said, I did enjoy the change, there was a lot less beating around the bush than we find in most YA novels.

Let's start with Lily. My favourite things about Lily were how much she cares for her son and how kick-ass she ends up being. While I don't have any children yet, I am a major family p
Jun 20, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
The Characters: This book is full of what can only be described as a seriously bad-ass cast of characters. Each of the key characters (Lily, Matthias, Val, Rose, and more) continued to develop and surprise me throughout the book. They are a wonderful mix of serious, sass, mischief, and mystery. T. Michelle did a great job of building on the characters, and keeping me guessing about their reactions and motives to each new situation.

The Relationships: The relationships in this book are as unique a
Jul 17, 2014 Suzy rated it really liked it
The Life and Death of Lily Drake— Four Stars

I just finished The Life and Death of Lily Drake by T. Michelle Nelson and was definitely impressed! The story revolves around Lily Drake, a mid thirties single mother and several vampires, most notably cousins Mathias and Valentine. The story progressed very well and there was a fabulous mix of romance, action, and a few unexpected revelations as well.

Lily is a solid character, her main drive behind each action is in concern of her son, Keaton. I love
Chrystal Snowdrop Dreams
Sep 01, 2012 Chrystal Snowdrop Dreams rated it really liked it
The Life & Death of Lily Drake is a vampire story unlike any other - take a single mom, a blind date mix up, some smexy vampires and a will to survive. This is such a great vampire read -no tradionaly vampire stuff like you see in the movies, no sparkles, no preying on humans for the sake of drinking blood - just kick ass action, a love triangle, and a secret vamp society you wouldn't even know existed.

Lily is a very independent woman and knows what she wants and it is not becoming a vampir
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T. Michelle Nelson is an American author of paranormal romance. She writes the Lily Drake series which nowincludes three novels and two short stories. She was born in Benton, Kentucky. There she graduated from Marshall County High School and went on to attend Murray State University in neighboring Murray, Kentucky. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in the late nineties. She, howe ...more
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