MMORPG moderator and lifestyle geek Deanna has a good life--an apartment in Vancouver, a loving and loyal golden retriever, a best friend with an exciting dating history and all the bad sci-fi she can watch while working in her pajamas. Her low-key life is interrupting when she bumps into the sexy neighbor upstairs, Jamie--a shy but sultry newcomer who Deanna's dog Arthur falls head over heels in love with. After trading flowers and pizza, they fall deep in crush with plenty of steamy nights--but Jamie is disturbed by crywolf, Deanna's stalker who's convinced he's a real wolf, and wants vengeance on not only her, but the entire gaming community. By the time Deanna learns that Jamie is closer to the threat than she'd imagined, she won't leave behind the community that she protects--even for the one she loves.
The Better to Kiss You With is a heady paranormal romance with a Canadian Gothic atmosphere. Cherry blossoms bloom in a moody, misty spring while terrible notes turn up and computers can haunt more than any presence. Deanna and Jamie have incredible chemistry, despite the insta-lust, and neither gives up their personality (or love of bad scifi/cheese romantic comedies, respectively) for the other. Best friend Nathan keeps up an exciting pansexual dating life while keeping his best friend safe, and going anywhere--even into battle with evil vampires--with her. The Better to Kiss You With is a fast-paced, nerdy, sexy romance, and I'm so glad I read it with only a month to go to the sequel!