Recommended Reads
Now Reading
Review: Dead Girls Are Easy (Nicki Styx Book 1) by Terri Garey

Review: Dead Girls Are Easy (Nicki Styx Book 1) by Terri Garey

by The CaptainDecember 8, 2011


TLDR recap:

When Nicki Styx wakes up in the hospital, the last thing she’s expecting is a super hottie of a doctor and a new ability to go along with her near death experience.  She just wants to get home and back to work in her vintage clothing store with her best friend Evan, maybe get a date with Dr. Joe, and move on with her life.  But when a friend who was dabbling in voodoo dies and asks her for help, her world gets turned upside down and shaken, not stirred.  Dead Girls Are Easy is a GraveTells Recommended Read!

  • Title: Dead Girls Are Easy
  • Series: Nicki Styx Book 1
  • Author: Terri Garey
  • Prominent Characters: Nicki Styx, Dr. Joe Bascombe, Evan
  • Recommended reader age: 16+
  • Sexual content level: moderate


*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***


Dead Girls Are Easy starts off with a bang and doesn’t let up until the final pages.  It is sharp, witty, scary, sweet, and runs along a roller coaster ride of a plot.  Nicki finds herself with the ability to see and hear the dead after waking up in the hospital and does what any red blooded woman would do — tries to ignore it.  It’s scary, tough, and forces her to go beyond her personal boundaries.  People are generally resistant to change, we like to stay in our comfort zones. Having major life events that force us to adapt to new rules are neither fun nor easy.

When Joe asks Nicki for a date, she really can’t believe it.  He seems so different than she is with his fancy car and very important job.  Nicki is a bit of a wild child- into goth chic, all things awesomely vintage, and unapologetically going after what she wants sexually – and while drawn to Joe, isn’t sure he’s the right man for her.  Add in the complications from her new ability, and Nicki is walking a tight rope trying to figure out just how her life is going to work with her new love interest (who thinks she’s sexy as hell, but maybe a little nuts) and the people who keep popping up asking for help.

Throw together some big (and I do mean BIG) secrets from Nicki’s past with her adorable gay best friend Evan, very hip fashion sense, a steamy hero with a heart of gold, and some very real danger.  This book is a fun, enjoyable read that is a great series starter.  I’m looking forward to the next book, and you will too!  With Ms. Garey’s fresh, witty voice, delightful hero and heroine, and the balance of scary moments with sexy you’ve got a really delightful little book.


Memorable quotes:

Nicki’s guide on how to flirt with a sexy, undercover wild man of a doctor:

“Too bad.  I’ve got a nurse’s outfit I wore to a Halloween party once, and I was thinking we could play Hide the Stethoscope.”

He laughed, eyeing me appreciatively.  “You like to shock people, don’t you?”

I shrugged, grinning.  “Is it that obvious?”

“Oh, it’s obvious.  But it’s kinda cute.”


I concur wholeheartedly!

If I were going to dance with the Devil, I’d prefer the romantic, slightly edgy version presented by Anne Rice in her novels.  A grinning skeleton with delusions of royalty just wasn’t my thing.


I want to go to this gym!

“Oooh.”  I gave a mock shudder.  “Two handsome, sweaty men giving their muscles a workout.  Sounds like heaven to me.”

“You know it.”  Evan winked at me as he swallowed a sip of coffee.  “And the showers are to die for.”


Let’s keep our priorities straight, people!

Joe lowered his arm, wincing at the glare.  He lifted his head with an effort and looked around the room, taking in the ring of lamps surrounding the bed.  There were ten of them…I know, I’d counted them often enough during the night.

“Wow.”  He eased his head back to the pillow.  “Did we make a porno movie?”

I giggled tiredly, realizing how it must look to wake up in a sea of red sheets, bright lights all around.

“More importantly,”  Joe licked dry lips, eyes already closing, “was I any good?”


If you liked Dead Girls Are Easy of the Nicki Styx series…

If you liked Dead Girls Are Easy, you might also enjoy the Pepper Martin series by Casey Daniels (starting with Don of the Dead). Casey Daniels is a Cleveland native (like yours truly) and I’ve read every Pepper Martin book and enjoyed them immensely.  They’re a funny blend of chick lit, urban fantasy, and romance.  Pepper’s got spunk and way more fashion sense than I do.

You might also like Devil Without a Cause (which I reviewed last month and gushed over shamelessly).  It’s the first book in a new series by Ms. Garey called the Devil’s Bargain.  Sure to be yummy, steamy, and full of naughty antics by my favorite fallen angel.


Final thoughts:

Go out and get yourself a Terri Garey book already!  You won’t be disappointed!  I really like the heroine and hero: their relationship is believable, intense, and full of moments of tenderness and frustration (for everyone, characters and reader).  I loved seeing what Nicki would do next to shock Joe, and Joe himself has some sexy surprises in the closet.  This couple is hot for each other and make a real connection.  I can’t wait to see how things develop for them in future books as Nicki learns to deal with her ability and their relationship matures.  I am happy to give Dead Girls Are Easy a GraveTells Recommended Read!

Rating: Dead Girls Are Easy



Related links:

Buy Dead Girls Are EasyAmazon

Buy Devil Without a Cause: Amazon (Devil was a November Reviewer’s Choice book! Read GT’s review here.)

Buy Don of the Dead: Amazon

Here are a few places you can find Dead Girls Are Easy author Terri Garey:



What's your reaction?
Love it, have it!
Sounds fun
Thinkin' 'bout it
Bleh, no.
About The Author
The Captain
When not in pursuit of two small children, a sausage shaped black lab, workaholic husband, crazed hermit crab, bachelor's degree, Jensen Ackles, or editors, I spend time writing and reading PNR/UF as fast as my overtaxed eyes and fingers can read and type. I'm busily writing a series with plenty of Smex Beam deployment and the occasional short story. I am susceptible to bribes involving chocolate, peanut butter, and interesting combinations of the two.
  • December 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Saw a tweet about this review and was curious. I read this book about a month ago and really liked it. I plan on getting book two over the holidays to read.

    I have also read all of the Pepper Martin books and like them too. ( :

    Have you tried Annette Blair’s Vintage Magic series? You might like that as well. The first title is A Veiled Deception.

    • The Captain
      December 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      Hi Gabriella! Welcome to GraveTells!

      Thanks for the feedback and the recommendation. I’m always looking for new authors and books to add to the pile.

      Thankfully I go on break from college soon and maybe I can get caught up. I did find a new author today: Cat Adams. The book is called Blood Song. The first in a trilogy and all three books are already out. I’m going to do a review (perhaps) in a month or so of it.

      And I’m definitely going to read book 2 of Nicki Styx! Too much fun to put down!

      And I also picked up book 1 of Kate Daniels series: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. Her blog is one of the funniest things on the web. Check it out!
      I hope you decide to stick around the site!

  • Sophia Rose
    December 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    This book sounds fun though I notice you mentioned scary in your list of descriptive words so there must be some other stuff going on. I love the opposites attract stories.

    Thanks for the review.

    • The Captain
      December 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      Ooohhh Sophia, I just look forward to getting your comments! You’re becoming a regular. I may have to find a prize or something special for you. 🙂

      Scary, yes, but not sooo scary that you’re going to be kept awake at night or anything.

      See, the thing is that I grew up in a haunted house. No, I’m not a nut. Even though I am silly and kind of goofy.

      Someday I may have to write a narrative all about it. But because of that experience, ghost stories really wig me out. Even a fun, lighthearted (mostly) story like Dead Girls Are Easy.

      I think you’d really enjoy the relationship between Joe and Nicki. And there are some crazy bombs that get dropped about Nicki’s past that surprised even me. (and I read a lot and think that I always know what’s

      Get this book from the library if you don’t want to buy but are curious. Loads of fun to be had! (And the author’s website is a hoot too!)

  • December 8, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    I read this book a while back and just loved it! I immediately bought the entire series and read them all. I haven’t had the chance to read her new Devil series yet, but I hope she continues writing about Nikki, too. They are really fun books to read! And thanks for suggesting Pepper Martin. I’m always on the look-out for another good book. Going to check these out, as well!

  • The Captain
    December 9, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Hey Tricia-

    The Devil book I just reviewed knocked my socks off. Yummy, yummy, yummy.

    I am lucky enough to be in possession of the ARC of the next book that is going to drop in the series, A Devil Named Desire.

    The review will be up in January. I haven’t gotten into it all that far yet, but things are looking quite promising. *grin

    Stick around and you can see what I thought next month.

    Thanks for commenting! I hope you like Pepper Martin. Really fun stuff. If I ever get time, I may review a few of them to give Ms. Daniels some book pimpage. I like to make noise about books I dig.

  • December 9, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I’m also looking forward to reading this one! Too many awesome books to check out, so very little extra time!

    Thanks for all the great comments, guys! Love it!!

Leave a Response