About the Book
Author: Megan Bailey
Title: There Are No Vampires In This Book
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing
Date published: June 1, 2015
TARYN HAD NEVER BEEN NORMAL.
She wasn't like other girls- not after that night, that thing, took her parents from her. She made it through hospitals, doctors, and therapy by playing by their rules and saying all the things they wanted to hear. But, inside, she held on to the truth.
She knew what she saw.
SHE SPENT HER TEEN YEARS PREPARING IN SECRET
With her two closest friends at her side, she dedicated herself to a mission. She would train and she would hunt. When the time came, she would be ready. No one she loved would be hurt by one of those monsters ever again
But with high school behind them, new found freedom comes with new responsibilities and new problems. Instead of weapons and self defense classes, she now has jobs and bills. The relation-ship with her best friend was suddenly shifting into new, scary territories. How could she take down bad guys if she couldn’t get her own life in order?
AND THEN THERE WAS HIM.
A mysterious stranger who pops up in suspicious places and throws off all sorts of bad vibes. His face now starred in her regular nightmares and plagued her thoughts in the day. Was she overre-acting? Or, was this finally the monster she had been waiting for? As the scars of Taryn’s past rise up to haunt her, she begins to question herself. With her mission faltering and her friendship off kilter, would life ever be the same again?
Would she ever be the same?
She hit him with a cushion. “Shut up and play the game.”
“Truth or dare?” Aiden asked, his tone resigned.
“Dare. I’m not letting you mock my truths.” She leaned forward and started to mix another drink. One she definitely didn’t need but was having anyway. She wasn’t thinking about this lonely dramatic stuff anymore tonight. Even if she had to drown it.
“I dare you to kiss the first guy you lay eyes on.” Aiden bolted forward with his announcement, but she was faster.
Taryn squeezed her eyes shut instantly. “Nice try, goofball.”
“Oh, that’s not fair,” he grumbled.
“Should have worded it better,” she mocked him in a singsong voice. Eyes still closed, she raised her glass, a little wobblier than before. “Let’s make a toast. To being losers together on a Friday night.”
Instead of a tap of his can to her drink, she felt his fingers slide across the sides of her face and tangle into her hair. Her eyes popped open and locked on his, just inches away.
“Gotcha,” he said in a low voice.
Before Taryn could gasp, his mouth covered hers. It was no gentle, hesitant brush of the lips like she would have expected. No, Aiden met her with a firm, warm pressure that melted her insides like chocolate. His fingers in her hair tightened, sending electricity zinging through her. The drink in her hand was forgotten and slipped to the floor. Neither of them seemed to notice. He ran his tongue across the seam of her lips, asking, and the room tilted. She opened for him. His teeth caught her lower lip and tugged, lightly. She could have sworn she felt the tingle right down to her toes.
He pulled back, dragging his lips against hers in a slow caress. They sat there in the silence, eyes wide. Her head swam and her heart raced. Her scalp tingled where his fingers still pressed into her hair. Those eyes of his had turned to that shade of rich, dark blue. They trailed back down to her lips, which felt a little swollen.
From kissing him. Aiden. Heat blossomed through her belly. That just happened. But, for once, she wasn’t running a million thoughts through her head, worrying each one to death. She wasn’t thinking at all. Her panicky, loud brain was turned off, leaving something dark and hungry at the reins. Taryn wasn’t going to question it. Not tonight. She grabbed Aiden’s shirt and pulled him back down to return the kiss.
Somewhere in her head, it registered.
She was kissing her best friend.
And it was amazing.
Character Interview: AIDEN
Hard questions right out the gate? School would have been a million times more
bearable at Hogwarts, so I'll choose that. Gryffindor 4 lyfe
Would you rather be bitten by a radioactive spider or a vampire?
I'll pass on the sparkly skin and blood stuff. I've had enough vampires to last me a lifetime. Bring on the super powers and costumes.
What are three words that describe the most perfect kiss you have had?
Spontaneous, intense, and not-quite-sober (That counts as one word. Fight me.)
Would you rather become a popular celebrity whom everyone hates or be a normal person whom everyone loves?
Not big on the whole fame and popularity thing... or being hated. I'd choose to be a likable nobody any day.
What three things do you love about your friends? And three you could do without?
- Taryn and Kenz both enjoy the fine art of making a joke out of everything.
- When trouble comes, they have my back.
- You could never be bored around these weirdos.
- They tend to cause the trouble.
- Did I mention stubborn? Because... seriously.
Would you rather caught dancing naked in front of the mirror or sticking your booger under the table?
These are disturbing options. I'll go with dancing. If you got it, flaunt it.
Would you rather save the world from an alien invasion or a meteor?
Meteor, but only if Aerosmith plays a sweet ballad while I do it.
Marry someone who your mom chooses for you or spend the rest of your life single?
I think my mom has me pretty figured out. I'd be okay with her choice.
Never have sex or never find true love?
Oh man, this is going to get my guy card revoked but give me the L word.
The way I see it, there are people who catch your eye and are fun, but, there's that person who just knocks your socks off. They make life more vivid. Everything is just more.
They laugh at your stupid jokes. You make stupid jokes to make them laugh. Everything, good and bad, you want to tell them and you want to hear all the crazy ass things they have to say. You just fit. You're a matched set. Being with that person is like finding that lost sock in the dryer, waking up on the first day of summer, coming home after a long day. It's a cold beer and your favorite movie- the one that always makes you laugh.
What fun is the sex stuff if you never get to find all that?
I mean, don't get me wrong. It's still fun...
You know what? Let's just move on.
Would you rather be able to fly whenever you want or be invisible?
Invisible, but only if it could come and go at will. Think of all the pranks you could pull? Halloween would be epic!
Would you rather have many acquaintances and no friends, or have only one or two close friends?
I'll stick with the two close weirdos I already have. They're pretty great.
Would you rather see the future or change the past?
I've seen Back to the Future enough times to know the past is tricky. I'd love to take a look into the future and see how certain things turn out, you know?
Would you rather wrestle a lion or fight a shark?
Lions have all these teeth and claws to avoid. Sharks just have one mouth and maybe that whole drowning thing. I feel like I have a chance with the shark. Maybe If I got it by the tail?
Would you rather get locked inside an amusement park with a celebrity or Taryn?
I can't think of any one who'd make that more fun than Taryn. We'd probably get arrested by the end of it, but it'd be a good time.
What was the most fun thing you did your senior year of school?
Sometime in the middle of senior year, we went on one of Taryn's "vampire patrols". So, being the good friend I am, I wear my superhero cape. Kenzie even wore the mask I brought her for a little bit. Taryn was pissed. Somehow the whole thing devolved into pranking the people at fast food drive-thrus. We'd roll up to the speaker, I'd hang out of the back window and say the stupidest jokes we could come up with, then speed past the window. There were only a couple of fast food joints in town, so we just kept going around and around. Taryn drove through Wendy's line in reverse once and made Kenz get her shake from the passenger seat. I asked for the price of damn near everything at Mcdonald's before asking for a Whopper. We'd pull up to Taco Bell and tell them we were just window shopping. Stupid stuff. Over and over and over, until these people were sick of us. It was lame, but god, we couldn't stop laughing.
It took a TON of begging, but, eventually, I talked Taryn into delivering a lame pick up line. We pull up to Taco Bell and this guy says hello over speaker. Taryn's all nervous and laughing, but she finally says, "Are you wearing astronaut pants?"
I could hear the kid sigh. Then Taryn freaking shouts at the top of her lungs. "Because your ass is out of this world!"
We are absolutely dying. She tries to speed off, but her Volvo just starts sputtering and shaking. It dies, right there in the drive-thru line. Taryn and Kenzie panic and start squealing. She tries to restart the car, but it's just choking. I can't stop laughing, which just makes T more frustrated. Up in the window, I can see the drive-thru kid on the phone and a car starts honking behind us. So the three of us get out to push this car through. Taryn's face is so red, she's glowing. My super-hero cape is flapping in the breeze, and Kenzie is wearing her Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles mask like it's going to hide her face. The Taco Bell staff stares us down as we pass. They are mad as hell, but we make it through. Before we can high five each other, a cop pulls up, lights and everything. One field sobriety test and a lecture later, we were free to go. It was so dumb, but I don't think I've ever laughed so hard in my life.
10/10 Would do again.