Title: Sucks To Be Me
Author: Kristen Painter
Series: First Fangs Club #1
When Belladonna Barrone’s husband finally does her a favor by dying in a car accident, she thinks she is finally free from the mob family she unwittingly married into. Unfortunately, when doing one last job for the boss she finds herself attacked and turned into a vampire.
So this book didn’t really work for me, which is very sad because I have loved every book from Painter I have read. I didn’t really like Donna. From the very first chapter she is constantly obsessing over her body and other women’s bodies. Yes, I get she is a 50 year old woman and isn’t happy about aging but when she started shaming the other mob women’s bodies for having crows feet or wrinkles, I quickly disliked her. And her obsession with her body’s image is a constant throughout this book.
For the overall story, I think the vampire council and community was interesting. I liked the First Fangs Club and how friendly and helpful everyone was. The whole giving up info on the mob angle felt like it was important at first but quickly got pushed aside for all the vampire stuff. It doesn’t get resolved in this book though. Also, I feel like this book hints at a possible love triangle in the future between Donna, Pierce, and Rico, which I am not a fan of.
Overall, this was ok. I don’t think I will read any more of the series.
Content warnings: Discussions of dieting, food intake, Botox, and body modification for beauty. Body shaming other women for their aging.