Newly Undead In Dark River by Grace McGinty – A Book Review

Posted January 3, 2021 by Booksandblurbs in PNR, Reverse Harem, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Newly Undead in Dark River

(Dark River Days – Book 1)

by Grace McGinty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fast Burn, PNR RH
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down & Dirty

Vampires, Shifter and Magic come together yet again for a Paranormal Adventure – but this one has a different tone and feel than most. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is Newly Undead In Dark River about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

Welcome to Dark River. Population 0.

When Mika McKellen woke up in a stormwater drain while backpacking around Canada, she knew that her mother was right. If you made bad choices, you would end up dead in a ditch. But when she stumbled into Dark River, even her mother could never have dreamed up the residents of this small town in the middle of nowhere, Alberta.

Oh, it had all the usual suspects. Quirky diner owners, untrustworthy outcasts and a Sheriff so hot he’d make any red-blooded woman with a heartbeat beg to be in cuffs in the back of his patrol vehicle. No, the really unusual thing about Dark River was that it was entirely populated by the Undead. Vampires to be specific. And so was Mika.

As Mika adjusts to the life of a Vampire, a dark presence stalks her from the shadows. One of the residents of Dark River was her maker and her murderer.

And they were determined to ensure that Mika never rested in peace.


This is a FAST BURN Reverse Harem Novel – this means there is strong sexual content and the Heroine has more than one love interest, and she will not have choose for her HEA. #WhyChoose

My Thoughts on Newly Undead In Dark River


This was a fun ride – a vampire tale of a different sort. With a high degree of heat, the narrative twists and turns around a young woman finding her new undead feet in a world she never expected. It’s hot, oddly Stratford and rather unique amongst a sea of Vampire Paranormal novels.

I really enjoyed the ‘accepting’ aspect of this story. She’s a new vamp, a baby vamp, but there is little “oh you’re so young and we are so wise” – a trope used in many other vampire tales. While there is a touch of that, it is not portrayed the way you may see elsewhere.

There are a few editing errors that caught me, but nothing too major, and nothing that affects plot or flow.


  • Unique characters, including shifters that are not limited to JUST one animal.
  • I like Raine… a lot.
  • Actually, I like all the main characters, even the Boy Scout’esque Sheriff, Walker.
  • I generally like slower burn novels, but the sexual content here seemed to work with the plot.


  • Minor Editing Issues.
  • Some of the explanations were too vague.
  • This could have served well with Multiple POV.


First Person, Single POV


Very Adult (XXX)

Ending Type:

Cliffhanger – though the major crux of this story line is resolved.

Romantic Dynamic:

MMFMM with potential for more (M/M present)

Character Age Range:


My Final Verdict on Newly Undead In The River:

There is something about Vampire Reverse Harems that just get to me. I love them – and this one is one of the better offerings, featuring a subtle build up in plot, high heat and a unique approach to an oversaturated genre. Enjoyable and Free on Kindle Unlimited.

Newly Undead In Dark River

Published September 13th, 2019
256 Pages

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