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How to Vex a Vampire

(VRC: Vampire Related Crimes #1)

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Finn
Getting into the vampire-only detective unit was the easy part; what’s 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 Marcus—or as I like to call him, Fangy McFangface—would really prefer to keep it that way. He’s grumpy, short-tempered, and broody, but I have a w
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Kindle Edition, 358 pages
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 t
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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’ I’m 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 I’m not talking Vampire thrall here, it’s the real thing). We got suspense coupled with drama, angst, flirting, dirty-talk (well, hilarious attempts at it anyway), whi
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Bhavya Marya
It’s funny how this little human has so many high-level vampires ready to tear the world apart for him. And there I am, right at the front of his mini army.

The begining of this book was amazing. There was sarcasm, great banter and I was finding it hilarious tbh. But it got a little repetitive by the end. I found myself skimming paragraphs of dialogue when they would start snarking at each other. After some time I think the writing felt like it was trying too hard.

But there were also some goo
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Eugenia
Mar 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
This should have been titled: HOW TO VEX A READER.
DNF @17%. Non-stop snark. It’s just too much.
And it’s official: this author is not for me. This was my third go with her and they were all DNFs.

Different people different tastes...
* A Reader Obsessed *
4 Silly Stars

This is no Shakespeare, but what a romcom it is!

Zinger after zinger, Winter delivers. Ranging from sassy to cheeky, this often made me smile, snort, and laugh out loud. Innuendo, puns, snark, banter, pure ridiculousness abound!

Admittedly, I wasn’t sure how I would take this. The reviews are truly mixed and run the full spectrum from love to hate. It is a lot to take, but this kept up the humor consistently throughout which was impressive, while it also delivered on a classic murder
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Jilly
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I reread this so I can remember for book 3.
Yes, I loved it, but it's not for everyone. Is it possible for there to be too much snark in a book? This book might make you answer "yes. Yes it is." It even pushed my limits a few times. But, then again, I have a high tolerance for ridiculousness and sassiness. I cracked up while reading, but you might just get a migraine if you have a higher level of maturity than I do (hint: you do).

So, we have Finn, a human police detective, who has a prosthetic ar
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Meags
4 Stars

How to Vex a Vampire is a high-energy, snark-fest, which readers are probably either going to love or absolutely hate.

Admittedly, the banter and witticisms were a mile-a-fricken-minute here, which understandably could become quite exhausting if this brand humour isn’t your thing. Thankfully, this book opened in my lap at exactly the right time and during the right mood, so I’m one of the lucky ones that had an absolute ball devouring this amusing paranormal themed M/M romance.

Set in an A
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Deborah
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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

It features Finn, a human. He’s a lot like Felix from Darkness. He’s a brilliant detective and doesn’t let his disability slow him down in any way. He’s witty and never at a loss for words.

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

Marcus has a huge Irish wolf hound
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Ariana
*4,25 stars*

It seems I tend to have a love/hate relationship with Alice Winters’s characters.

While I had severe trouble coping with Leland (‘The Hitman’s 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 Leland’s ankles?

Tbh. I’m not sure if I have a clear answer.
Maybe it’s because this is set in an alternativ
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Dia
4,5 STARS!!

I absolutely loved this one!! The characters are hilarious!!! Looking forward to the next book!!!
Kathleen
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.
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Al *the semi serial series skipper*
Dnf@32%

Who do I meet in order to reclaim the time I lost reading this drivel. I absolutely hated Finn, he was a meal that looked incredibly mouthwatering but after trying it, you find out it taste like dirt. That was Finn. I am even 'weirded' out by that analogy I just used.

I was expecting to read a good mystery with some smut because...vampires. Instead I got a guy who just would not take anything serious, everything had a punchline with him, there was always a joke to be said, some flirtatiou
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True Loveislovereview
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, lgbtq, 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!
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Finnigan Hayes is a homicide detective and Marcus Church is part of the VRC—Vampire Rela
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Sabrina
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 he’s so funny omg (not me).

But... 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 can’t say one line without cracking a “joke”. By 20% I was already done with it and him. I can’t imagine 80% more of
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Lisazj1
This was a lot of fun, and I ended up loving it. Banter and humor was what I was looking for and I definitely got it. Though I have to confess there were a few times I thought it might go just a little bit past the point of too much and make me tired of it, Marcus and Finn together managed to stay charming enough to entertain me and make me laugh out loud.

A few great secondaries that I hope to get more from and a scary, sinister bad guy hiding in the shadows coming for Finn *not that Marcus is
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Theresa
Mar 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 56%. Dog was the best character.

Tiresome banter. No sexual chemistry. Poor world building. Lame crime procedures. Jumpy time skips.
Vanna
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Vanna by: Dia
3.5 Liked it but did not love it Stars!!💕👍. So let me begin by saying that I'm not a fan of the paranormal genre, especially vampires. I have read only 1 other vampire MM story which came highly recommended by a friend. This too was highly recommended so I took a chance on it. Honestly speaking, it started out very well with 2 completely opposite MCs and plenty of sass and humor. As the story acquired more depth and gathered some dark undertones, the MCs too gained more perspective and insight i ...more
Susan
I wasn’t sure if I would like this since I hated The Hitman's Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love, but this was a nice surprise.

At first I wanted to give this 4.5 stars, but I’m settling for 4, because the silly banter got a little old in the second half.

I’m glad this book wasn’t just banter, but we also had an exciting case to solve. And of course we had a super interesting main character in Finn, who only had one arm and one leg.

I loved how everyone thought he was just this happy carefre
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Chris
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. I’m so glad there’s a second book as I was hoping the “menacing vamp” wasn’t going to be resolved in the last 5% !!! Perfect ❤️ can’t wait for further adventures ... loved this way more than I expected
tappkalina
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, lgbt-read
Every book I've recently read has a #relationshipgoals. Don't torture me. ...more
Sunny
Feb 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
This is probably one of those it’s not the book it’s me situations because the reviews so far seem to be quite good and I don’t 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. It’s like the author is speeding past everything. One second we’re in
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Daphne
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%.
HanakaLu
DNF 34%

I tried. Really. (Maybe another time ? 🤷🏻‍♀️)
 Riley
4 Stars!

It seems that Ms. Winters specializes in polarizing readers. The reviews are yes or no. Not much in between. I for one ...



This book was hilarious, in a rather OTT way, but I don't even care. So much banter and snark! Ms. Winters definitely has a gift for both. It's literally non-stop, and I thought that might've bothered me, but it didn't. I actually found it endearing. I loved both of our MCs, but Marcus was my favorite. He wanted to be such a badass vampire, and he was...mostly, but ar
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Athira
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 that’s just your tr
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fleurette
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
This book reminded me why I don't like funny books. More often than not I find them annoying, and so unfortunately was the case with this book.

But most of all, this book is wordy. From beginning to end, it is filled with a whole lot of unnecessary dialogues that try very hard to be funny. To such an extent that they become unbearable. I was by a whisker away from not finishing this book because I was fed up with those silly jokes and endless conversations.

It's been a long time since I met such a
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Qin
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
Sanaa
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars.

“You’re like one of those people that are so smart they’re dumb. I could give you a problem and you’d solve it in minutes, but I could put you in front of a tiger and you’d 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
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Rachel Emily
4.5 stars for me. This was something that was perfect for me to read right now - snarky, sassy, and just LOL funny - perfect to distract my brain from what's going on in the world right now.

Alice Winters is known for her sassy, snarky characters, and I love that this is true with a series involving vampires - since they are usually so serious. Both Finn, the human detective, and Marcus, the vampire, can definitely go head to head in a snark competition. :D

Can't wait for the next book in the se
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Bookreader87(Amanda)
McFangy and his human

3.25 stars

Finn is a detective who works in human homicides but wants to make his way into the VRC (vampire related crimes). Problem is he is human and no human has ever worked in that department. However, he schemes his way in not without heavy resistance from Marcus.

Marcus is a true vampire who finds happiness with his dog and no one or nothing else. He finds Finn to be annoying and wants nothing more than to prove all his human weaknesses. Problem is Finn is not easily det
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