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Dead and Dateless

(Dead End Dating #2)

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SHE’D LIKE HER BLOOD BOTTLED, PLEASE!

The sassiest vampire in all of Manhattan, Lil Marchette, is the owner of Dead End Dating–a matchmaking service for hip, intelligent singles like herself. After only three months, business is booming, and she can finally pay her bills (or, more important, feed a hungry cosmetics addiction). But when one of her clients turns up dead (as i
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Paperback, 330 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Ballantine Books
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Ashley FL
Mar 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anna
I only gave this one three stars because it is about vampires and vampires automatically merit three stars.

This is one where I loved the concept but the writer just couldn't pull it off as well as she should have. She creates a great little mythology (and apparently this is a series) but her writing is just too self-absorbed for me to spend more time on it.

I will just say that it is not worthy of being in the same genre as the "Blade" movies.

Anna, don't be fooled by the fact that the Nerd series
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Alesandra
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is ridiculously dated and also utterly ridiculous.
But it reads like butter.
Runningrabbit
I struggle with these books. I love the humour and quips, don't mind the plot, BUT, it drives me insane and I have to SKIP LOADS.

The PAGES of digressing, procrastination, sheer stupidity, and total blathering detracts HUGELY from what's actually happening. Instead of a couple of paragraphs of quips and blundering about, it has pages of blundering about. You've just about lost the plot and what's happening by the time the story is re-approached.

The stupidity is supposed to be ditzy and girlish,
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Sbuchler
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Genre: Vampire Romance/Screwball Comedy

Like the others in this series, it is more of a tongue-in-cheek comedy then a mystery (although it has one) or a romance (though it has that too). Lil, our intrepid matchmaker is being framed for murder. Meanwhile she's got to find 27 hunky alpha-male types for a big werewolf shindig in just 1 week! Guess which she puts the higher priority on? ;-) The perpetrator of the murder blindsides everyone - Lil, Ty (the "megalicious" bounty hunter attempting to clea
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chucklesthescot
Aug 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, abandoned, uf-pnr
Lil Marchette owns Dead End Dating–a matchmaking service which is making good money. But then Lil is accused of a brutal murder and has to go on the run, while trying to find a way to clear her name and find people dates.

I'm not finding these humour books funny at all and this was one of the worst I've read. Lil is a dreadful character-ditzy, irritating, moronic, whiny and I wanted to put a stake in her myself. If you thought Queen Betsy was annoying then you probably don't want to meet Lil any
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Wendy Peoples Moore
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I do love these type of books. Why? They are light reading, they are funny, you can read them fast and not worry about missing a minor detail. Basically a fun summer read.
Annalice
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Lil got accused, I thought that she would end up in jail. Then the book would be boring. Luckily, she was on the run the whole time, so it wasn't boring. And she finally did IT with Ty! Yay!! Her whole I-want-to-have-sex-but-not-meaningless-sex-and-it-would-only-be-meaningless-with-a-made vampire was starting to really get on my nerves. I might not have read the third book if they hadn't finally had sex. Luckily, Kimberly Raye didn't hold back on the details...but the sex scene could have b ...more
Romaine Heart
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A quick read. Funny murder mystery.
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Following up the original Dead End Dating, Dead and Dateless delves much further into Liv's blooming romance with the born vampire Tyler, shows her still struggling to keep her new dating service afoot, and this time around running from the police and trying to clear her name in a messy murder investigation. Plot-wise there's a bunch of happenings stuffed in here, much more than the first, yet it all manages to weave together tirelessly, donating ample time to each plot point but never overcrowd ...more
Renee Rearden
Jan 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Lil Marchette, an immortal born vampire, owner of Dead End Dating, seeker of killer outfits with designer labels...is wanted for murdering a client.

This believer in happily-ever-afters sleeps in Hello Kitty pajamas, drinks her blood from a bottle, and is holding out for her very own soulmate for eternity. How could she possibly kill someone by chopping them into tiny little bits?

She turns to Ty Bonner, a gorgeous bounty hunter (and made vampire) to help her clear her name. He smells wonderful, l
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Robin Reynolds / October Woman
After reading the first book in this series, I was a little on the fence about it. Lil, the heroine, was a little too fashion obsessed and self-obsessed, constantly reminding us that born vamps, herself included, are all ultra sexy and desirable...and there was a plot line in the middle of the book that just did not sit well with me and made no sense to me. But I was very enamored of Ty the bounty hunter.

In this second book, Lil is happily working away at her dating service when the cops suddenl
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Quinn
May 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-booklist
I love love LOVED the first book. Let me start by saying that. Now, let me say I was somewhat disappointed by this installment in the DED series. There was WAY too much I'm-so-horny-I-could-die-if-I-wasn't-already-dead-but-let-me-restate-that-fact-repeatedly-throughout-the-next-two-hundred-pages from the main character, Lil. And the fact that the whole book centered on her not "getting any" and her refusing to "get some" from her love interest "the megalicious bounty hunter" Ty, even though thro ...more
Elizabeth
Nov 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
SHE’D LIKE HER BLOOD BOTTLED, PLEASE!

The sassiest vampire in all of Manhattan, Lil Marchette, is the owner of Dead End Dating–a matchmaking service for hip, intelligent singles like herself. After only three months, business is booming, and she can finally pay her bills (or, more important, feed a hungry cosmetics addiction). But when one of her clients turns up dead (as in never coming back), Lil is named as the prime suspect.
Murder?

Sure, she’s a vampire, but she can’t even work up her nerve wh
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★¸. • * ° * ༺*Blanka*༺*°°*•.¸. ♥★

SHE’D LIKE HER BLOOD BOTTLED, PLEASE!

The sassiest vampire in all of Manhattan, Lil Marchette, is the owner of Dead End Dating–a matchmaking service for hip, intelligent singles like herself. After only three months, business is booming, and she can finally pay her bills (or, more important, feed a hungry cosmetics addiction). But when one of her clients turns up dead (as in never coming back), Lil is named as the prime suspect.
Murder?

Sure, she’s a vampire, but she can’t even work up her nerve wh
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Jini
May 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Okay, so Lil is growing on me. I'm still not crazy about the vampire rules of these books, but it's still a pretty decent read. My quibbles with this one were minor:

1. The story is about Lil being framed for murder. Hardly any part of the book is her actually looking for the murderer. And it's wrapped up a little too quickly. But the first book did that, too.

2. This is a bigger quibble. When Lil heads to a New York Knicks game to pass out business cards, she says they're playing the Orlando Heat
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Kim
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
SHE 19D LIKE HER BLOOD BOTTLED, PLEASE!

The sassiest vampire in all of Manhattan, Lil Marchette, is the owner of Dead End Dating -- a matchmaking service for hip, intelligent singles like herself. After only three months, business is booming, and she can finally pay her bills (or, more important, feed a hungry cosmetics addiction). But when one of her clients turns up dead (as in never coming back), Lil is named as the prime suspect. Murder?

Sure, she 19s a vampire, but she can 19t even work up
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Brandy
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Such a cute, quick read. I liked this one better than the first.
 ☔️ Stormy Day Reader
This review is for books 1-5 of the DED series. I am just reviewing them now because I litterally could not stop reading. These books were hilarious! I read a lot at night and I had to get up several times and go into another room because I was laughing so hard I thought that I might wake up my husband. If you like Katie MacAlister and Molly Harperyou will love this series. I really don't have any complaints other than I'm not into name brand clothes and stuff so I either skipped over the parts ...more
Lady Ozma
Dec 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women
Dead and Dateless is the second installment of the story of 500 year old vampire, Lil Marchatte.

Unlike most vampires, she gets squeemish at the site of blood. "I prefer bottle men," is her mantra. She also suffers from the disease of incurable romantic, a plague to your stereotypical vampire.

As you can imagine, it surprised her as much as the reader when the authorities come to her with accusations of brutally murdering a client of her matchmaking business.

The wild ride of her flight into hiding
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Jess
Feb 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
A great follow up to her first book.

Lil is a 500 year old vampire who owns a dating service. The police walk in and try to arrest her for murder. Of course she will not allow that to happen so she runs. They follow her back to her apartment, and later try to find her at her parents house in CT. So what does she do, she goes to Ty (the ultra hot vamp bounty hunter). As he tries to protect her from herself, and she tries to run her business while on the run from the cops the two discover that bes
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Amelia-Irene
May 05, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the second book in a series. It can be frustrating how a 500 year old vampire can be so unfocused on the problem at hand, namely how she's wanted in the murder of a human, and can't seem to stay focused long enough to try to figure out who's framing her. You can feel the bounty hunter/friend/made vampire's frustration in trying to figure it out in how she can't understand who would hate her that much. Add that to parents who are almost as bad in that they are all fairly self centered and ...more
Julie
Oct 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, vampires
I picked this up at the grocery store last week because it looked kind of funny. I didn't realize it was part of a series of books. Apparently this one is the 2nd book, but stands alone well enough to have read by itself. The 1st book is Dead End Dating.

Lil Marchette is the owner of a matchmaking service, Dead End Dating. She's also a shopping addict behind on her credit card bills. Oh, and did I mention, she's also a 500-year old born vampire, meaning she's the offspring of two vampires. Who kn
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Dexter
I was not overly impressed with the first Dead End Dating book, and this one didn't bring much more to the table. Lil is, nicely put, not really my kind of person. Often times I get along great with people who are not my kind of people, but Lil...just isn't my type.

She's not so smart. Like, at all.

The plot was very poorly executed. In the beginning, Lil is declared wanted for murder, so she goes into "hiding." At the end, they catch the real murderer in about one page, with very little lead up,
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CupcakeBlonde
I am glad I listened to my friend and kept with this series because this second installment was so much better than the first. I really enjoyed the character of Lil so much more and enjoyed the storyline. Having her on the run from the law was an interesting arc and made me like the fact she is not like other vampires even more. Plus, added bonus, she finally hooks up with hottie bounty hunter vamp Ty. And it looks like the series will get even better with the next book. Still having a hard time ...more
Mem
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lil Marchette, owns a match making business called Dead End Dating. Lil is arrested for the murder of one of her clients. She escapes and runs to Ty Bonner, a made vampire and bounty hunter. She is not good at taking orders about staying hidden and out of trouble. Her business needs clients, exactly 28 for werewolf dates, and she needs the fees to keep Dead End Dating open.
Lil has family conflicts, her mother is after her to find "a nice born vampire so she'll have vampire grandchildren". Her br
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Lori Whitwam
Maybe 3.5. I keep thinking I will like Raye's "Dead End Dating" books more than I ultimately do. They're bright and fast-moving and quirky and funny, and I'm having a hard time pinpointing what about them doesn't "work" compared to other paranormal romances. Maybe I'd like Lil to have a more compelling romantic interest. Maybe it's that I'm never sure if the mystery/suspense element is supposed to be the main focus or in support of her efforts in her dating service. I like them... in fact, I dow ...more
Cmkage
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Vampire Love series was just as entertaining as the first one. Lil is still trying to set up every person she meets via her dating service Dead End Dating. She is still obsessed with clothes and make-up and when turning into a bat, she makes sure it is a stylish pink one. The fact that she is wanted by the police for murder doesn't even slow her down, much.

The style of this series is similar to the Queen Betsy books, though I enjoy the Dead End Dating series even more. Eve
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Natalie
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Book 2 in the aeries and I gotta say that I'm so glad that I came back to this series after finishing my previous TBR mountain. Fun, light-hearted paranormal romance with the perfect amount of alluded-to sex; no porn here. Lil continues to amuse us with her antics and we still want to shake some sense into her sometimes. Ty continues to be an interest although it's still not clear why mades and borns are not supposed to mix other than because of the fertility issue. I'm skipping book 3 this time ...more
Jennifer
Jul 03, 2009 rated it liked it
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Stacey
Aug 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: completed-series
Ok, I liked this book quite a bit. Lil is a trip, and Raye has come along way since the first book in fleshing out Lil's character. She isn't quite so much a MJD Betsy clone in this one. I laughed out loud in several parts, and the pace definitely remained a page turner. Once again, nothing too deep here, some pretty good chuckles, and an entertaining heroine. I'm planning on purchasing "Your Coffin or Mine" if that says anything.
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