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Dead Serious ~ Vawn Cassidy



Dead Serious is the first in a new series by new to me author, Vawn Cassidy. After finishing a somewhat heavier book, I was looking for something light and funny. This one seemed to fit the bill, and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much more than an enjoyable fluffy read. I never suspected this book to be a little hidden gem!


Dead Serious is funny. It is light. It is also low angst, and while it is a slow burn, it is very romantic, and there is plenty of steam once things do heat up! Dead Serious also has at its heart a murder mystery that kept me guessing until the end.


I loved the characters this author created. Without overshadowing his personality, Danny provides stability to the socially awkward and nerdy Tristan. They just fit well together. Dusty, of course, was larger than life, and she added another layer of humour.


Dead Serious was exactly what I needed. It was hilarious, with great characters, no angst, and it was a light and relaxing read. While it was light, it wasn't superficial. It had quite a few serious and emotional moments, especially near the end, where I needed a tissue at one stage! Most importantly, it had a beautiful HFN ending, leaving it open for the second book in the series (but no cliffhangers, the story is complete).


Personally, I think this remarkable book is not getting anywhere near the attention it deserves. It is a breath of fresh air. The romance and the mystery blend together to form an effortlessly delightful and satisfying whole. I'm really, really looking forward to the second book in the series!

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