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#BookReview – “Go Scorch Yourself” by Marilyn Barr

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Bad Girl Betty is ready to start her new nursing career after her boyfriend overdoses at her feet. Moving in with her sister was supposed to be safe, but now Sluagh and vampires are chasing her instead of unpaid drug dealers and detectives. Sluagh are monsters but the Vampire King is just a bully, and Betty plans to take him down. If only her scheme didn’t involve getting close to his prince…

Lucien Von Popescu, mild-mannered microbiologist and Vampire Prince wants to rock and roll all night and sleep all day. Too bad he is being blackmailed. When Lucien is ordered to secure an alliance by seducing Betty, he can’t decide if it’s a dream come true or his worst nightmare.


In book 3 of the Strawberry Shifters series, nurse Betty moves to the supernatural town of Strawberry to be closer to her shifter queen sister and start her life over after the death of her boyfriend. Even though her sister was born a witch, that witchy gene bypassed Betty, so she grew up tough and strong in other ways.

Lucien is no ordinary vampire prince. He’s a socially-awkward microbiologist and would rather spend time alone in his lab than deal with vampires and shifters. His uncle Ryan, the king, is training him to take his place, but Luc only goes through the motions to make his uncle happy. Then Ryan orders Luc to get close Betty and learn what the shifters are up to. Little does Luc know that the shifters have asked the same task of Betty—they want her to get close to Luc and find out more about the vampires.

It’s been a while since I read the previous book, Round of Applause, and I haven’t read the first book, so I was a little lost when I started this one. As I kept reading, my memory of book 2 came back, which filled in some gaps.

I love stories with role-reversals—Betty is the badass, and Lucien the geek. They had amazing chemistry and connected over their pain and baggage. The secondary characters, especially Luc’s mom as well as Ally and Grant (Betty’s sister and brother-in-law) were great. Keep a look out for some interesting twists near the end.

Vampire romances are some of my favorite to read, so I enjoyed Ms. Barr’s spin on a classic theme.

5 Stars

— If you’ve read this book, I’d love to know what you think of it. Please comment below.