Living Dead in Dallas
Book #2 of the Sookie Stackhouse Series
by Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Orbit (April 2004)
Format: eBook (288 pages)
Source: Books 4 Reviews
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Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)
Sookie Stackhouse likes living in Bon Temps, Louisiana, and she likes working as a cocktail waitress at Merlotte’s. But she is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no one seems to care. Then she comes face-to-face with a beastly creature which gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn’t enjoy it).
The point is: the vampires saved her life. So when one of her bloodsuckers asks for a favour, she obliges-and soon Sookie’s in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She’s supposed to interview certain humans involved, but she makes one condition: the vampires must promise to behave, and let the humans go unharmed. But that’s easier than done, and all it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly…Add on Goodreads
At a Glance
There are so many things I can complain about in this book, but OMG, Eric made it all worth it. Yummmm!
I really, really enjoyed Living Dead in Dallas. It has great action, suspense, mystery, and sexual tension. And Sookie gets beat up so many times I lost count, lol. Seriously though, I loved the adventures Sookie went on with Bill and Eric. First, the mythical creature that attacks Sookie scared the crap out of me. And it only got worse when vampires had to suck out the poison the creature has injected Sookie with. It was freakin’ hilarious but I could totally feel Sookie’s pain.
The the Dallas part just takes this book from good to great. Doing a favor for Eric was probably not a good idea. Sookie gets into some frightening situations…and some erotic ones too…but it’s all worth it because she gets closer to Eric. Oh Eric, my sociopathic hero. It’s so wrong to love his violent ways and trickery, but I simply can’t help it. I LOVE Eric’s emergence as a stronger, more out-there character. He had me laughing the whole time and even Sookie wasn’t completely immune to his “charms.” I can’t wait to see where this all goes.
Though some may not agree, I liked the less romance and more funny moments in Living Dead in Dallas. I don’t really like Harris’s romantic writing style, but she is good at humor. The world building was also done well. The more I learn about this world full of vampires, the more I can’t wait to read the next book.
This may be wrong but I like that Sookie and Bill’s relationship gets strained in this book. He isn’t my fav character so it makes me happy to see her kind of warm up to Eric and back off from Bill. But Bill’s jerkiness added spice as well. I didn’t expect to see a rift in their relationship so early, and I wasn’t expecting to see Bill’s ruthless and violent side either. He is one scary vamp.
*Sigh* I can’t help but let the bad writing get to me sometimes. I just don’t like Harris’s writing style. The lengthy descriptions of clothes makes me want to pull my hair out.
This book has two main plots which was odd to me. One doesn’t really fit with the other and it completely bisects the story.
I loved Sookie’s light-heartedness and perky demeanor in the first book, but in this book she just seems self-absorbed, stubborn, and shallow.
This isn’t really bad but I just wanted to mention that if you watch the TV series, don’t expect it to follow the books.
This book has less sex than the first book but the sexual tension was awesome. We still get sexy scenes though. But really I didn’t even care about them, all that mattered was I LOVE ERIC and I want more of him.
Warning: Expect Orgy scenes and almost rape.
I can go on all day about the things that bother me about Living Dead in Dallas but really, in the end, the story drew me in and Eric kept me reading. I loved it. I had fun, which is really all that matters. Recommended for sure.
“Sookie, my little bullet-sucker”
“Eric, my big bullshitter”
Glass shattered, vampires roared, humans screamed. The noise battered at me, just as the tidal wave of scores of brains at high gear washed over me. When it began to taper off, I looked up into Eric’s eyes. Incredibly, he was excited. He smiled at me. “I knew I’d get on top of you somehow,” he said.
“Are you trying to make me mad so I’ll forget how scared I am?”
“No, I’m just opportunistic.”
I wiggled, trying to get out from under him, and he said, “Oh, do that again. It felt great.”
“Hey, our hair’s the same color,” I said, eyeing us side by side in the mirror.
“Sure is, Girlfriend.” Eric grinned at me. “But are you blond all the way down?”
“Don’t you wish you knew?”
“Yes,” he said simply
Sookie Stackhouse Series:
Book #1: Dead Until Dark (Click for Review)
Book #2: Living Dead in Dallas
Book #3: Club Dead
Book #4: Dead to the World
Book #5: Dead as a Doornail
Book #6: Definitely Dead
Book #7: All Together Dead
Book #8: From Dead to Worse
Book #9: Dead and Gone
Book #10: Dead in the Family
Book #11: Dead Reckoning
Book #12: Deadlocked
Book #13: Dead Ever After