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How to Vex a Vampire

(VRC: Vampire Related Crimes #1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,350 ratings  ·  258 reviews
Getting into the vampire-only detective unit was the easy part; whats going to be more difficult is dealing with my new partner, an ancient vampire who keeps threatening to eat me. The unit has never had a human in it, and Marcusor as I like to call him, Fangy McFangfacewould really prefer to keep it that way. Hes grumpy, short-tempered, and broody, but I have a way
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Published February 18th 2020
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☆ Todd
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-the-author

This story was tons of fun, so if you were a fan of the snark and banter in Alice's "The Hitman's Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love", I strongly suspect that this story would be a hit for you, too, as the feel of the two were fairly similar.

What was different, however, was that this new series introduces a paranormal element into the Good Guys Chasing Bad Guys scenario. Specifically, vampires, which coexist "mostly" peacefully alongside humans in this universe.

Another theme used in
Lorraine Lesar
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
How to Vex a Vampire. OR, we could change that title to How to Vex a Reader.
Cos Im vexed. Seriously vexedoff.
It started so well. We got snark, snark, snark from a disabled human Detective trying to join a Vampire only, Vampire Related Crime Unit.
Our jovial crime-fighting Finn, becomes enthralled with grumpy Vampire, Marius (and Im not talking Vampire thrall here, its the real thing). We got suspense coupled with drama, angst, flirting, dirty-talk (well, hilarious attempts at it anyway), which
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This book is an absolute delight. Its funny and entertaining. I loved it from the first page to the last.

It features Finn, a human. Hes a lot like Felix from Darkness. Hes a brilliant detective and doesnt let his disability slow him down in any way. Hes witty and never at a loss for words.

And Marcus aka Bitey McBiterson, McBitey, Bitey McFangface, Fangy McFangface etc is an ancient vampire. Hes considered serious and a bit aloof. Well he was before Finn.

Marcus has a huge Irish wolf hound called
4,5 STARS!!

I absolutely loved this one!! The characters are hilarious!!! Looking forward to the next book!!!
Truuss / Loveislovereview
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, 2020, fantasy
5 BIG stars Fabulously written story with a great mix of humor, tension, and suspense, with a big strong vampire who struggles hiding his feelings and falling hard for this very small annoying hilarious, but very lovable human. One who has a lot of secrets, one very threatening enemy and a bunch of vampires who want to protect him. Emphasis on humor, feelings and suspense goshhhh it was the best of the best!
Finnigan Hayes is a homicide detective and Marcus Church is part of the VRCVampire
*4,25 stars*

It seems I tend to have a love/hate relationship with Alice Winterss characters.

While I had severe trouble coping with Leland (The Hitmans Guide to Making Friend and Finding Love), Finn really cracked me up in a good way. They are cut very much from the same cloth, constantly bantering, joking, often with sexual innuendo, so why did I find Finn funny when I wanted to kick Lelands ankles?

Tbh. Im not sure if I have a clear answer.
Maybe its because this is set in an alternative
3 stars, two for the story, one for the incredible Irish Wolfhound

I don't think this author's writing style and I are going to get along. The middle-school-boys humor, the juvenile banter, the overuse of exclamation points, the sophomoric writing, poor world building, poor police procedure, failure to research firearms... Nope, not my cuppa.
Mar 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, nope
DNF @17%. Non-stop snark. Its just too much.
And its official: this author is not for me. This was my third go with her and they were all DNFs.

Different people different tastes...
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious start to an absolutely fun new series! Totally adored the banter between Marcus and Finn! Marcus is such a grumpy bear.

There is suspense, drama, action, bad attempts at flirting and even worse attempts at dirty talk. This was such a fun book. Sarcastic, funny and sexy, I cannot wait to read the next book. And vampires!!!

Why is it that everything I say backfires and makes me either into a horrible person or a pervert? he asks as he begins to drive. I grin. Maybe thats just your true
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this ... I know it was silly at times and a little OTT but I connected with the characters... their wit, loyalty and vulnerability. Im so glad theres a second book as I was hoping the menacing vamp wasnt going to be resolved in the last 5% !!! Perfect ❤ cant wait for further adventures ... loved this way more than I expected ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars.

Youre like one of those people that are so smart theyre dumb. I could give you a problem and youd solve it in minutes, but I could put you in front of a tiger and youd try to tame it.

It's not a secret I love a good Alice Winters book. And this one definitely delivered. There was humor, action, some serious chemistry and amazing characters. I loved a lot of the aspects of the book. But maybe it's just me but I thought some of the stuff felt forced and it took me a while to
DNF 34%

I tried. Really. (Maybe another time ? 🤷♀)
Feb 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @20%

Listen, I am sure that some people (not me) find Finn funny and quirky and lol hes so funny omg (not me). No. He is trying way too hard to be funny and his humor just...falls flat. The author is trying way too hard to make the character oh so funny and quirky and so different from serious Marcus that the stream of jokes is constant. Like, seriously, the character cant say one line without cracking a joke. By 20% I was already done with it and him. I cant imagine 80% more of
Kathryn Manzella
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How to Vex a Vampire by Alice Winters is the first book in the VRC: Vampire Related Crimes series. This story is filled with humor, suspense, action, and Vampires! I love the sexy, flirty and fun banter between Finn and Marcus... I absolutely adore those two together and was smiling throughout the book from their interactions. I am stoked to read the books that follow.
Joyfully Jay
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

How to Vex a Vampire is the first book in Alice Winters new Vampire Related Crimes series and I just adored it. This book has everything I love about a good Alice Winters book, including lots of laughs, fun banter, thrilling suspense, and great characters. This book is totally the grumpy one has a soft spot for the sunshiney one trope, something Winters does so well. Marcus is gruff and growly and determined to resist Finns charms, yet he finds himself unable to
Another fantastic read from Alice Winters! How to Vex a Vampire is a funny, fun, and suspenseful start to a new series and I already cannot wait for more. Finn and Marcus are the epitome of what I've come to expect from Ms. Winters's characters and I couldn't be happier she's created another duo to keep us entertained.

No matter how fun her books are, Ms. Winters knows how to hit me in the feels, too. She has a way of bringing out all the emotions in me- from happy to sad, and everything in
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not a bad book in itself, thanks to the reasonably fresh take on paranormal romance, but the very breezy, almost desultory stamp of the narrative as mediated by the alternate POV of the grouchy elder vampire and the hyper, youngish human, none of whom is given a strong personality, detracts a great deal from the story. Sketched as everything is in as few as possible dessicated words - for, written in present tense, first person singular, the entire book combines a restricted lexical range with a ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I was nervous about this book but I actually enjoyed it. This author is known for her snarky endless comedic banter between characters and she definitely incorporates that in this book. Ive often found the endless snarky banter overbearing & just incredibly irritating (ie Hitmans guide series) but I think she found a good balance in this book. Just on the edge of too much but still a bit funny.

My only real complaint about this book is that the characters are given little or absolutely no
Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-read, 2020-books
I like the banter this author is known for but this book was exhausting with it - too much, way too much. I hope the next book dials it down by about 75%.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Jessica Kayuha
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
An extra star for the dog

But honestly, I hated the book. And the story sounds amazing! But the characters... Ugh. I love quirky and irreverent. But there is definitely too much of a good thing here. Every word out of Finn's mouth sounds like a bit written for a comedian. He is nothing but his schtick. The rest of the other characters all sounded exactly the same. Seriously, one of the reasons I love reading is my ability to make my own movie in my head with the characters. This is one of those
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is probably one of those its not the book its me situations because the reviews so far seem to be quite good and I dont get why.

The biggest issue I had with this book was the writing. It felt like I was reading fan fiction. All descriptions (at the rare times they are provided) are written in a very simple and dull way. Character interactions are simply silly. There are no details, and everything happens so suddenly. Its like the author is speeding past everything. One second were in bed,
Jennifer Reilley
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alice has done it again. I loved, loved, loved this book

I loved old and grumpy Marcus and I loved perky, funny, and human Finn

I laughed so hard through the banter of this book. With laughter cane suspense, actions, mystery, and a whole lot of fun.

Alice created a story with not only awesome main characters, but with an awesome family for Finn, and great coworkers. This book is so much fun and flirty.

I can not wait for the next book
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome!

Finn had an agenda, so he'd planned and schemed in order to have a spot in VRC, alongside the vampires. He's pushy, outrageously invasive and irreverent, not at all concerned with the obvious opposition and cold welcome.

I've had the best fun watching Finn force a space for himself on the team and get the others to like him. And, of course, the best thing was the way he got under Marcus's skin. Grumpy Fangypants never stood a chance, not against the relentless attack of
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The best part about this book is the banter between Marcus and Finn - it was adorably endearing to see Finn gradually wear down Marcus into going from hating his annoying human partner to falling hopelessly in love. Theres a lot of sweet silliness to their relationship, but you also feel their chemistry and desperation to be together despite them both having their own hangups that keep them apart. Theres also a darker theme that comes into the foreground with a mysterious powerful vampire whos ...more
After having a bit of a book break since christmas, it was so so nice to jump into this one! I honestly really really enjoyed it. I felt at times Marcus and Finn's voices seemed the same, almost a bit confusing at times. Where as marcus is a bit more badass and Finn cute and crazy, the thing's they'd say or the way they acted kind of blended, sometimes making it seem like the same person. More of a little nit pick. But I really really did enjoy this though, and honestly can't wait for the next ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely did not like the Hitmans' Guide because the humour was just too immature and vulgar for me but I LOVED How to Vex a Vampire.
It had me in stitches. I rarely give 5 star reviews but because it had me laughing nonstop it deserves 5 stars. The humour in this one very much reminds me of the Thirds series by Charlie Cochet. So if you loved that one, you will love this one as well. I also liked the mix of humourous and serious parts. Finn and Marcus were a hilarious combo. Also vampires,
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can't get enough of Alice Winter's wonderful brand of MM romance with the abundance of snark, salt and perfectly fun banter. I do enjoy paranormal stories (it used to be all I would read) but lately haven't really delved into much of it but this one makes me want to read MORE vampires. Finn is a super charming human and all he wants is to get into the Vampire Only vampire Related Crime Unit. He has his reasons. Marcus, the hot and steamy vampire detective wants nothing to do with "That" human ...more
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