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Bad to the Bone

(WVMP Radio #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,527 ratings  ·  149 reviews

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 jo
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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DarkHeart "Vehngeance"
Oct 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love the world Smith-Ready has created with her vampires, each stuck in their own personal time warp. They are at times hilarious and endearing, some times frightening and disturbing, but always entertaining.

This installment sees Ciara and Shane learning how to make their relationship work - and I must say it had me both laughing and crying. I love that neither of them are simple characters - the each have layers of complexity that come together to form the flawed, but lovable characters that
Apr 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Reading Wicked Game was definitely a highlight of my summer reading last year. It easily made my Best of 2008 list and I've been looking forward to the sequel ever since. Ciara's life has changed just a little bit since she first came to WVMP as a part-time marketing intern. She is now, for all intents and purposes, the station owner. What that means is she is on the clock 24/7 taking care of her little flock of vampire DJs, spinning PR as the vamps spin the tunes that are their lifeblood. She's ...more
Another terrific book by Jeri Smith-Ready. I love the vamps of WVMP. The author walks an interesting line with these guys. They are not the heroes of romance novels and they're not the killers in horror tales. Or maybe they're both. Just like Ciara isn't the normal heroine, she's full of flaws and often as confused by her life as a real person would be. But she's still brave and tough. And Shane (her vamp) is still romantic and sweet, despite the inherent violence of his condition and his often ...more
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Synopsis: If you’re just joining us, welcome to radio station WVMP, “The Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll.” Con artist turned Marketing Manager/Promotions Manager and part time student 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.

I like this series, and I really like Ciara. One of my favourite paranormal series.

I like almost everything about this series, in particular the characters, and the world-building.

The plot in this book gets a lot darker, and there were a few moments that had me wincing and being disturbed. But given the world we're in, you can't be too surprised that really bad things happen.

The writing is really good, the pacing is perfect, and there is a ton of action. But there's also some excellent characte
Amethyst Shadow
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires
WVMP radio... all vampires, all the time. Even if during the daytime it's prerecorded. WVMP radio... where the hits just keep on coming.

I wonder who is going to hit them next? I think I'll find out.
All Things Urban Fantasy
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Jeri Smith-Ready's greatest strength in her WVMP series is the often ugly truth she brings to her writing and characters. Jeri's vampires are just as damaged and screwed-up as the humans. But that strength is also her greatest weakness.

I think I've figured out what it is about this series that keeps it firmly in the good-but-not-great camp: It's kind of depressing. Urban fantasy in rarely full of happy skippy sunshine, but there is usually som
May 06, 2009 rated it really liked it

Wicked Game, the first book in the WVMP Vampires series, was one of my absolute favorite Urban Fantasy books of 2008. Waiting for Bad to the Bone to come out was torture! I needed more of these vampires (especially Shane) ASAP! The best part is that I didn't end up disappointed after all the waiting and hype I had built up for it. Each character, that Smith-Ready has created, has their own distinct personality with quirks, issues, and history. Making her vamps a taste of fresh blood in this genr
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am so loving this series I new twist and something new and fresh. The author draws you in and you can't help but, fall in love with all her dysfunctional characters.The main characters Ciara and Shane create such a spark together and they both are learning to live as one for the first time together is so cute and endearing as she has been learning patience as Shane is someone with OCD and it is a funny new twist. Ciara is different and we are not sure How her special talent came about being ab ...more
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book starts up right were Wicked Game left off-Shane and Ciara are dating and there is some serous doubt added to their relationship. Can a vampire and a human be in a long term relationship ? Ciara finds her feeling confused a bit when she dreams of a human man. Meanwhile the radio station Dj's are under attack from a religious anti-vampire group, one that seems to hate women. The local pub is fire bombed after a vamp party and it's just beginning to get "hot" for the vamps. Threats and da ...more
Bea  Charmed
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Lots and LOTS of surprises and also lots going on - Ciara and Shane, Ciara and her father, Ciara and her mother, Lori and Travis, religious fanatics attacking the station, vampire hunters, and more. It was a bit much at times, and some of it maybe could have been extended into another book. That said, I do like that Smith-Ready has a blend of long-term plot lines and short-term ones. She doesn't drag everything out endlessly.

While the book is about vampires, there's more to the stori
Dec 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, kindle
What I loved about the first book was how steeped in music it was. There was so much about the culture of radio and music and the role that it plays in both culture and life. This book didn't have as much of that and that's why I didn't like it as much. I still love the main characters and watching them develop their relationship. But it looks like the series is turning more away from the DJs and the radio station more toward The Control and vampire police type stuff. I hope I'm wrong and the DJ ...more
Apr 04, 2009 rated it really liked it

This is the second book in the WVMP series by Jeri Smith-Ready. The main character is college student and reformed con-artist, Ciara Griffen, who finds out that the DJs at the radio station she's doing PR for are all real vampires. Ciara, being the enterprising marketing student that she is, uses the truth to sell the station - no one believes it anyway and think its a great gimmick - all the DJs are vampires, trapped in the time period they died so that's
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, romance
Fast, blood, and a whole lot of crazy. Ciara should be used to this since she works at a radio station with vampire DJs. Sure, it sounds corny, but it's actually a lot of fun. This is the kind of book you need every once in a while. The kind of book that takes you by the hand and whips you into something wild. Ciara really steps into it this time, but hey, she got a new friend out of it: Dexter, her new pupper. Well, he's a vampire pupper, but lazy and love-able.
Looking for a good break? Read t
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
same category as Carrie Vaughn's Kitty books.
Jessica Johnson
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Bad to the Bone by Jeri Smith-Ready

Goodreads Description:

elcome to WVMP, “The Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll,” where conartist-turned-station-owner Ciara Griffin manages an on-air staffof off-the-wall DJs—including new boyfriend Shane McAllister—who really sink their teeth into the music of their “Life Time” (theera in which they became vampires). Ciara keeps the undeadrocking, the ratings rolling, and the fan base alive—withoutmissing a beat.

For Halloween, WVMP is throwing a bash. With cool tunes,
Teresa Mary Rose
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Addictive…. that is the best word to describe this series. You could also use words like hysterical, fast-paced, steamy, and sweet. Bad to the Bone was a great follow up to Wicked Game. The characters continue to be great and the plot was once again captivating. I was on the edge of my seat for the majority of this book and I had a very hard time putting it down, so I didn’t.

Ciara (keer-ah) is a kickass heroine. She is the kind of character that is
Three Crow Press
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review by OCD Reader

So I was recently wandering around our local Borders, everything is pretty picked over by now, but I found this little beauty. It looked interesting, so I picked it up. I needed a book because I didn’t have one with me at the time, plenty at home, but none with me. Anyway, what a satisfying novel! I just finished it and had a really good time reading this book. I didn’t read the first one, and while I do want to know the backstory to how the characters got to where they are i
Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Rated 3.5 really.

Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Original take on the overused vampire theme. Interesting, mostly tridimensional characters. Radio station and music play a big role (if you love them passionately, that's a real bonus). Plenty of action in this one.
Cons: Can get a bit confusing at times, with all the twists and turns. A couple of graphic sex scenes (if you aren't into the stuff). Gorier than the first.
Will appeal to: Those who liked Wicked Game bu
May 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Bad to the Bone by Jeri Smith-Ready
Urban Fantasy- May 16th, 2009
4 stars

Bad to the Bone will delight vampire readers as well as dark fantasy lovers. While many romance books glamorize the vampire, Jeri Smith-Ready characterizations are realistic and edgy. She explores the scarier and more serious aspects of being a vampire. In her world there is no black or white.. As a result her series makes for exciting and fascinating reading that is unexpected as well as chilling.

Ciara works at a radio stati
After finishing 'Wicked Game' I was desperate to get my hands on the sequel. I wanted to know exactly what happened to Ciara and the vampire gang next. 'Bad to the Bone' was equally as exciting and packed full of adventure. I loved it!

It’s hard enough trying to live a normal life in the company of 6 vampire DJs, but Ciara Griffin’s life could not be more complicated. Caught up in the vampire world, Ciara has a pretty neat existence: A marketing job that seems to be an extension of herself, fabul
Steph Su
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-10, own
Author extraordinaire Jeri Smith-Ready set the urban fantasy bar high with the first book in her WVMP Radio series, Wicked Game. BAD TO THE BONE, however, continues right where Wicked Game’s excellence left off, propelling me once more into a engrossing world of vampires, mystery, memorable characters and relationship troubles.

In my review of Wicked Game I talked about the appreciatively multidimensional protagonist and vampires. Now, I wish to talk about other characters and the plot. BAD TO TH
Mar 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
The only radio station with real vampires pretending to be real vampires returns for a second adventure in Jeri Smith-Ready's Bad to the Bone.

When misogynists hijack WVMP Radio's broadcasts, the station staff investigates, and finds a vampire dog tied to a cross and due to die when the sun rises. So who's behind the Family Action Network, the Fortress, the Citadel, and who really is or isn't part of the Control? And what does any of this have to do with she of the human anti-holy blood, Ciara Gr
Sep 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Now that Ciara is for all intents and purposes the station owner, its up to her and her innate abilities to keep the station going. Since she has gone straight, she is working practically around the clock to support her vampires by spinning PR left and right. Just when things are looking up, an anti-vampire religious group starts wreaking havoc. Their attacks start out small at first, but quickly turns into a tailspin of danger. With everything on the line, its up to Ciara and the gang to put a ...more
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-challenge2011
Bad to the Bone is the second WVMP book from Jeri Smith-Ready. I'm reading these as part of the Read Along that is being hosted all month long by those super hip chicks over at Fictitious Delicious. The whole premise of the series is genius- but honestly, I expect nothing less than genius from Jeri. Basically, in her world vampires don't really live forever. They just can't handle what they feel is the fast forward motion of time. They do the best when they are allowed to live as if they are sti ...more
Vi (like the letter)
Bad to the Bone pretty much picks up right where Wicked Game leaves off. I like how it starts off with a pretty eventful party and although it cools off for awhile, the ending was intense and entertaining. So far, I’d say I’m content with this series. There’s enough to keep me reading, but it’s not over-the-top fantastic where I can’t stop reading it. Music is still a big theme in this book, but I felt like everything was played down and there was more descriptions and less action. There wasn’t ...more
Apr 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Please note: I received an ARC of this book, which comes out on May 14.
Ciara Griffin, who grew up in a family of con artists,works for the radio station WVMP, where all of the DJs are vampires. Each vampire is mentally "stuck" in the era they were turned, but this has been turned to their advantage, as their shows revolve around the music of that time. However, their broadcasts, particularly those hosted by the sole female DJ or any songs by female artists, have begun to be preempted in favor of
May 13, 2009 rated it liked it
I was so excited to finally get this book, the 2nd in the WVMP Radio series, and eagerly got started. The book was a continuation of the trials and tribulations of con-woman marketing whiz Ciara Griffen as she continues to try and save independant radio station WVMP ("The Lifeblood of Rock 'N Roll")- a cause near and dear to my own heart. Her lover, Shane, the vamp DJ and Kurt Cobain look-alike, adores her and wants to live together. Of course, things don't stay coasting smoothly very long.

In th
Kimberly Callegan
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Partnered review by myself and Britney Wyatt

Well we be a son of a banshee… she’s done it again! We’re telling ya’ll, Jeri is a master-mind! I mean really, we can’t help but go all fan girlies on her and those mad writing skills she possesses. We love, love, love being sucked in Jeri’s fictional world. We absolutely adore it!

Bad to The Bone (book 2 of the WVMP Radio Series) by Jeri Smith-Ready is filled with pure epicness and passion. It’s totally a sexy, thrilling, suspenseful read. The WVMP DJ
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
This was a nice follow-up to the first book. Ciara's back in all of her former con artist glory along with her crew of vampire DJs and a few humans that are also in the know. Things seem to be tapering off for the the WVMP radio station and Ciara's wondering how to keep ratings up. A reporter for the Rolling Stone comes around wanting the know more about the vampires, so Ciara decides to use this to the station's advantage. Throw in some guys spewing religious rhetoric about vampires and hell, a ...more
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Jeri Smith-Ready has been writing fiction since the night she had her first double espresso. A steady stream of caffeine has produced twelve published novels for teens and adults since 2001.

Jeri lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats, who often play tag-team "sit in the author's lap and keep her from writing." (The cats, that is, not the husband. Though, actually...)

Other books in the series

WVMP Radio (4 books)
  • Wicked Game (WVMP Radio, #1)
  • Bring on the Night (WVMP Radio, #3)
  • Lust for Life (WVMP Radio, #4)