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This Time Tomorrow (Phenomenal Fate #2) by Tessa Bailey

Blurb: Roksana, heiress to the vampire slayer throne, has performance anxiety.

She’s supposed to kill Elias, but so far she’s only succeeded in maxing out his credit card. Now her failure to stake the brooding vampire has sent her back to Moscow in disgrace to face her mother’s wrath. Expecting punishment by death, she’s given a rare reprieve. She now has three tasks to complete, the last of which is to finally kill Elias. She will not fail this time.

If only the memories of one magical evening—back when Elias was human—would stop holding her back. He claims to have forgotten that night. Why can’t she?

Three years ago, Elias was a SWAT team member on a guys' weekend in Vegas. Playing poker and minding his own business, his life changed forever when a captivating blonde strolled past his table in a light-up bra. He followed Roksana as if compelled, his very bones demanding he do so, his soul resonating with the belief she would be important to him. Always. That turned out to be a vast understatement—and nothing has changed.

Roksana embarks on her mission, determined to win back her mother’s approval, but when an astonishing truth emerges in the eleventh hour, will her stake pierce the very heart that beats in her honor? Or will love triumph over duty?

Review: First off, oh my god, this cover. So gorgeous. Second off, please check out my review of the first book in this series, Reborn Yesterday, to get an idea of my thoughts on paranormal romantic comedies. Spoiler: they're good--very good--thoughts.

Roksana, our heroine, is the baddest bitch of a vampire hunter there ever was. In Reborn Yesterday I loved her quips and sarcastic comments and her chemistry with the stoic Elias, whom she'd been sent to kill, was chill-worthy. I had thought that Roksana was born a vindictive, revenge-seeking slayer, but the truth was that she was made. Her backstory had me tumbling through all sorts of emotions--from weeping uncontrollably on my couch to glaring down at the pages to admiration for getting from who she was to who she is today without falling apart. Roksana is no simpering heroine waiting to be rescued by the hero... in fact, she's going to kill him.

Elias' story wasn't a fairy tale either--unless we're talking about one of those original fairy tales where everyone dies and nothing good happens, unlike those Disney versions we've been force fed into believing are the true stories. The best part about Elias is that he doesn't care that Roksana is out to kill him. In fact, he'd probably let her stab him right in the heart with a dull stake if it was what she truly wanted. And damn, if that isn't sexy. In Reborn Yesterday, Elias was a big old question mark. I loved getting to delve deep into such a quiet, sullen man--my ideal hero, and I know I'm not alone--and I was not disappointed.

This Time Tomorrow was cheesy at times, but it's first and foremost a fun romantic comedy that's paranormal in nature (as opposed to a deep, dark, complex world-building novel like something J.R. Ward or Sherrilyn Kenyon might write), so I don't hold the cheesiness against it. I was still plenty entertained and thoroughly enjoyed the adorable banter, laugh out loud moments, and sexual tension as much as any Bailey novel I've read. If emotional roller coasters and hot sex are your thing you'll dig This Time Tomorrow.

Out now.


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