top of page
  • N. N. Light

5++ stars for Revamped: A Vampire Comedy by Shirley Goldberg #paranormalromcom #romcom #99cents #99c

Title: Revamped: A Vampire Comedy

Author: Shirley Goldberg

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Comedy

Book Blurb:

Vampire Dante Allegretti hates his sucky life. Born into a family of energy siphoners, he’s desperate to reinvent himself as a fun-loving normal guy rather than a crowdsourcing parasite. To stop the draining urges, Dante resorts to grinding alternative meds in an ancient Mortar & Pestle, not knowing it contains magical properties.

Enter wisecracking thirty-year-old Sophie Arley, who lives with her clingy parents. Working three jobs and craving independence, she’s come back strong after a breakdown crashed her cozy world. So when the weird, hot guy she just met-cute asks Sophie to the movies, she agrees.

Sophie won’t spoil their magical connection by mentioning her heartbreak. And Dante dreads telling Sophie about his dark side. Will the power from the Mortar & Pestle guide them to their happily ever after despite the secrets and lies?

My Review:

Looking for a complete original vampire rom com? Revamped is one of the most unique romantic comedies dealing with vampires I’ve ever read. Yes, it has a socially awkward vampire and a sassy heroine but trust me, you’ve never read anything like Dante and Sophie. Their attraction is immediate, but both are unsure of the other. Between the world-building, character growth, humorous dialogue, family drama, and the awkwardness of dating, Revamped is a breath of fresh air.

Like I always say, it all starts with the world-building. Shirley Goldberg has created a world that is both similar and different. The vampires are energy vampires, that suck energy instead of blood. Lifeforce is lifeforce and makes complete sense. Humans are foodies (love this). So much of Dante’s vampire ways are classic but have a fun twist. The world-building is sublime, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself while reading.

The characters, especially Dane and Sophie, are relatable, fun, and full of emotion. I truly appreciated seeing life through the eyes of Dante as he transitions from energy vampire to foodie. The discomfort these two share is comical yet authentic. Dating can be hard, especially after loss, but also rewarding when you find a connection.

I’ve read all of Shirley Goldberg’s women’s fiction books so this is a new genre for her. Her writing makes everything come alive. Her comedic timing is flawless as is her world-building. I want more paranormal rom coms from this author.

Revamped is one of my favorite books this year. Go on and grab your copy. You’ll become a Revamped groupie!

My Rating: 5++ stars

Buy it Now:

Grab your e-copy on sale for 99 cents or free to read on Kindle Unlimited!

Author Biography:

I write romantic women’s fiction, stories about men and women of a certain age starting over.

Middle Ageish, Eat Your Heart Out, and A Little Bit of Lust are the three books in the Starting Over series. The third, A Little Bit of Lust, released on December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day.

And, if you think it's easy to begin again, ask Dante, the hero of my first paranormal romance, coming in 2023. He's an energy vampire who hates being an EV. Revamped is part of the Mortar & Pestle romance series with six other authors.

By the way, my friends nag me to spill my secrets. Which dating stories are true and which are fiction? Did I date twenty-five guys like my character, Sunny? Read more on my website, link below.

That so many folks these days go on to new and different jobs and a new love is a tribute to our strength and resilience. Human beings are amazeballs, as those younger than I might say. (There. I said it too.)

I’m a former ESL and French teacher who’s lived in Paris, France; Crete, the largest island in Greece, and Casablanca, Morocco, where I served in the Peace Corps.

If I had a favorite saying it would be: Never leave home without your sense of humor. My website offers a humorous look at living single and dating in midlife.

Social Media Links:

Reviewed by: Nancy


bottom of page