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4 Star and 3.5 Star Reviews for Have a Bite (The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles #1) by R.G. Emanuelle #FF #Paranormal

CoverTitle: Have a Bite (The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles #1)
Author Name & Publisher: R. G. Emanuelle (Yiva Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 19, 2016 – 244 pgs

Synopsis

The world of vampires is, by nature, one of darkness, secrecy, and covertness. Vampires are invincible. No one can hurt them. Except vampire hunters.

Delphine Bouchard is a celebrity chef and owner of a world-renowned restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, where the chic and elite crowd mingle with neighborhood denizens. She enjoys fame, money, and women, and lives life by her own rules. She also happens to be a vampire.

Del’s life and the local vampire community are rocked when a vampire hunter begins picking them off, and Del has reason to believe that she might be next. Del is also being watched and criticized by the vampire hive council and persecuted by a coven of witches, who are the enforcers of behavior for the supernatural set. In the midst of all this turmoil, Del meets and unexpectedly falls hard for Jocelyn, who she soon discovers is holding back a disturbing secret. Del must decide whether or not to put aside her feelings of betrayal and pursue the relationship.

Meanwhile, when a food critic with a grudge sets out to ruin her business and reputation, Del has to protect her staff and restaurant. But the situation spirals out of control when a human shows up dead, her restaurant is sabotaged, and Jocelyn is threatened. Del must save her business, protect her loved ones, and find out who the vampire killer is before she is the next victim.

Set against a backdrop of elaborate meals and passionate cooking, Have a Bite is book one in the novella series The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles. The world of vampires and hunters meets the world of restaurants, foodies, and celebrity chefs—a recipe for paranormal mystery seasoned with suspense, peppered with romance, and flavored with a dash of humor.

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FourStars

Technically this is a perfectly written book, Ms Emanuelle is obviously a gifted writer. I also admire the obvious research that has gone into this novel, the culinary terms and food terminology gives real authenticity to this book.
The opening chapter was really inventive and had me wanting to discover more, I was mesmerized wondering where all the excitement and organised chaos was leading.
However I personally found the love affair between Delphine and Jocelyn lacked passion and I found their romance difficult to relate too. The romantic side of this novel was, for me, a little clinical.
As a vampire novel, a good read.
Chris

ThreeandHalfStars

Delphine is a vampire who runs is very popular French fusion restaurant that only opens after dark. Other vampires and various supernatural groupings are not happy that she is getting so much attention as there is always a threat from the hunters, as Delphine finds out.  Spies are watching her to make sure things don’t get out of hand but her main worry seems to be from a really annoying restaurant critic who just won’t give her a break.  I enjoyed how this part of the story developed and it certainly kept me interested.  Her vampire life seemed to consist of various hot young women offering themselves to her, until she meets Jocelyn, who seems to stir something more in her.  She became quite enamoured by her but it was very drawn out and a stronger attraction was implied than I felt was evident from the story.
I enjoyed the kitchen stuff though and liked the camaraderie of those working for Delphine.  They were like a family and would do anything for Delphine – of course most of them were unaware of her secret life as a vampire. The descriptions of the dishes she made were mouth watering!
There was a definite underlying threat in the story from someone who was killing people close to Delphine and i thought this was well teased out.  I would give this book a 3.5 as it was an interesting read but didn’t grip me.
Kitty Kat

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5 Star and 3 Star Review for Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine #MM #Paranormal @NathanBurgoine

CoverTitle: Triad Blood
Author Name & Publisher: Nathan Burgoine (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: May 1, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

The law of three is unbroken: three vampires form a coterie, three demons make a pack, and three wizards are a coven. That is how it has always been, and how it was always to be.

But Luc, Anders, and Curtis—vampire, demon, and wizard—have cheated tradition. Their bond is not coterie, pack, or coven, but something else. Thrust into the supernatural politics ruling Ottawa from behind the shadows, they face Renard, a powerful vampire who harbors deadly secrets of his own and wishes to end their threat. The enemy they know conjures fire and death at every turn. The enemies they don’t know are worse.

Blood, soul, and magic gave them freedom. Now they need to survive it.

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FiveStars

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book. I was expecting it to be one thing and it turned out to be another. But regardless of what I thought it would be about, the book itself turned out to be so much better.

Curtis in my opinion is the one that holds the triad together. He is the one that caused their bond and I think it is him that keeps them all together. He is the glue to their triad and I believe that he is in love with both Ander’s and Luc. Even though he has not and will most likely never tell them. I also believe that Curtis is so strong. I believe that most others would have given in under the pressure of rules, but not Curtis. He takes being able to do magic in stride and takes every opportunity he can to learn as much as he possibly can but at the same time he believes that magic should be used only for good.

Luc is the level headed one of the bunch in my opinion. He is the one that talks since into the othe two in the triad and keeps them out of trouble. Luc acts as though he is completely unaffected by the other two but again I believe he is in love with both men but will never admit or tell them. Luc is the vampire in their group but he respects Curtis and Curtis’s want to only do good so Luc does not do any unnecessary killing.

Ander’s is the Demon in their group but I think that Ander is more about having a good time then using his powers for evil. He too is in love with both the men in his group but he would definitely never admit it because he lives sex to much with whoever he can get it from to risk losing that. But Ander would do whatever it took to keep these two men safe and protected.

The three of these men have unusual relationship but it works for them.

This was an extremely great read and I truly enjoyed it. I hope others do too.

Tosha

ThreeStar

It was tricky rating this so I stuck with 3 stars cause while I liked the characters, I wish there was…more.
We have a great trio. Vampire Luc, Lust Demon Anders and Curtis, the witch. Luc was cool and a bit reserved, but hanging out with the other two is certainly making him be more open. Anders is that sarcastic guy that you end up adoring. Curtis was cute and literally the glue that held all three of them together.
When I started reading, I was a bit thrown off cause they were already a Triad. So I browsed and found out there’s a short story with them called Three. I read it then came to this one. I really liked the trio. Sadly, they weren’t really a threesome. Yeah, they formed a Triad so they’d have a coven for protection, but it wasn’t a true menage. I was so looking forward to that and was bummed when I didn’t get it. If there’s another book coming, I really want these three to be involved romantically and not just “friends with benefits”. I felt sort of detached to the story because of that.
Cookie

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PRERELEASE REVIEW: 5 stars for The Trouble with Mirrors (The Vamp for Me #5) by Bailey Bradford #MM #Vampires @BaileyBFun4Me @PridePublishing

CoverTitle: The Trouble with Mirrors (The Vamp for Me #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Bailey Bradford (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date: May 24, 2016

Synopsis

A little sass and a perfect ass can land a vamp in a sticky situation.

Paolo has watched his friends and coven leader find mates, their other halves. He’s ready to find someone just for him, though that means getting out and actually going somewhere.

When his coven leader, Claude, asks him to help out with a bit of a spy mission, Paolo agrees. He puts on his sexiest—and skimpiest—club outfit and dives right in.

But the mission brings him head to head with his coven’s worst enemies, the Dark Slayers and when he finds himself attracted to one who’s about to be initiated against his will, Paolo can’t resist helping the man out…and having some really hot sex while he’s at it.

Then the Dark Slayers find them…

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 FiveStars

This is actually the first book that I have read by Bailey Bradford and even though it is book 5 in the series I decided to read it because it it does not have to be read with the others in the series to understand what is going on. In other words it can be read as a stand alone and you will still know and understand what is going on.

I was kind of ifish on reading this book because I recently got into reading paranormal books but I am so glad that I did read it because it was a very interesting read. The two main characters in this book are Paolo and Dakota. Paolo is the vamp and Dakota is supposed to be joining the Dark Slayers whether he does it willing or not.

When these two men met it was like time stood still and it was like the other was finally fining the other half of their sole. They both have obstacles that can stand in their way of being together and both know that they are taking the chance of being killed by being together but it seems that once you find your mate, nothing else matters.

Even though they both have their own reasons as to why they should not work out, it seems they cannot stay away from one another. The question they both have to ask themselves is,,,, can they except the other for what they truly are and are their feelings for each other the real deal or is it only lust??? Only time can answer that question for them and that is something that they do not have so they have to make the decision they think is the right one. It is it really the wrong one???

Cannot wait to read more books in the series and cannot wait to find out what happens with Kellan and Jude.

Tosha

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4 Star and 3.5 Star Reviews for Soul to Keep (Vampire Sorority Sisters #3) by Rebekah Weatherspoon #FF #Paranormal

CoverTitle: Soul to Keep (Vampire Sorority Sisters #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Rebekah Weatherspoon (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: March 15, 2016 – 264 pgs

Synopsis

With every commitment comes sacrifice …

College junior Jill Babineux knows where her priorities lie. Between a full course load, her blood pledge to feed a certain vampire, and all the community service hours she’s got to log with her sisters in Alpha Beta Omega Sorority, the last thing on her mind is finding love, especially with an immortal.

Which works out just fine for Miyoko “Tokyo” Hayashi who’s been so busy enjoying her wild days and even kinkier nights, she’s never had a reason to speak to the tiny know-it-all. But after a random run-in and a few carefully plotted encounters, Miyoko learns that there’s more to the sorority’s least favorite member.

Miyoko never thought she’d actually start to like the girl, let alone love her, but when true evil comes for Jill, Miyoko finds herself willing to do anything to protect her. Anything.

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FourStars

hadn’t read any previous books in this series but I don’t think it detracted from my enjoyment of this one. I really enjoyed the whole premise of vampires running a sorority in a University, enjoying a symbiotic relationship with the girls who choose topledge. The vampires get the blood they need and it keeps them from having to take it by force. The girls get serious sexual satisfaction whenever they give blood and enjoy the protection of the vampires.
Jill lives in the house and Ginger is her vampire. They get on OK but Ginger’s attention is almost always elsewhere. Jill feels like an outsider and considers herself a technical virgin as she hasn’t had a relationship – plenty sex but not an emotional relationship. She decides to carry out a sex survey as part of her coursework and with the help of Tokyo, one of the vampires begins to feel she has a purpose. She persuades Tokyo tobecome her pretend girlfriend so that she can experience a relationship. This causes some problems with Ginger though, as Jill is bound to her. The relationship doesn’t stay pretend for long though. As well as some absolutely filthy sexual encounters they become close and begin to fall in love. The growing love story is very sweet and I was impressed at the writing and level of storytelling in the novel. Both characters changed for the better when they were with each other. Finding out about their back-stories was really interesting too. Tokyo’s story was especially poignant.
There was also another story woven through, about the girls being in serious danger from a demon who was out to possess those who were bound to the vampires. Tokyo was heavily involved in this and the culmination of this story was really great.
A really good read .

Kitty Kat

FourStars

I was disappointed with the opening chapters of this novel. Tomuch unnecessary and out of context use of bad language and sexual scenes giving the appearance of trying to shock the reader while not yet having formed any intricate part of the novel. I was also disappointed that the higher being was once again male, even though he played a small part, I hoped that by now even vampires could be led by a female.
 However as the tale proceeded and became focused on the relationship between Jill and Tokyo so did my interest.
The affair between the vampire and the feeder was very entertaining. The growing love between the two was intriguingto watch. It became a fascinating and compelling liaison made all the more riveting as it involved demons and the supernatural.
Once in context the sexual scenes were as interesting as they were relevant and the language used was young and inkeeping with the whole context of the book.
I really enjoyed the bulk of this tale and the ending was as beautiful as it was magical. Ultimately this was a really good and impressive read and I look forward to reading further works by this talented author.
Chris

ThreeandHalfStars

It kills me to rate this book this low. I don’t particularly like vampires, and tend to stay away from them in my fiction. This book, however, totally drew me in, engaging me in the story and making me care about the characters. I love Jill. I love Tokyo. They’re awesome. The vampire aspect of the book was done in a way that, while it was a focus of the story, didn’t overwhelm me with how wonderful and sexy a group of beings are that ultimately see humans as cattle (i.e. a food source). This book totally had me within its grasp, like a potential groupie listening to the first set of their new favorite band. Jill is the type of character I like, because yes, people don’t like her. She’s brusque, she isn’t social, she doesn’t tend to like the superficial type of things that a group of girls in a sorority bond over. She’s serious, especially about her schoolwork. She doesn’t trust easily, doesn’t forgive or forget easily, and won’t play the game just to get people tolike her. But if you can get beyond those shields, if you can see her passion and intelligence and caring, then she’s a wonderful person.

Tokyo is much the same. The other vampires in the house don’t like her. She tends to not take things seriously, tends to dismiss Ginger’s concerns. And that’s understandable to me. Here you have someone who has been alive for a bit more than 150 years, and more than half of that was as a human. And then she’s put under the authority of someone less than 1/5th as old as she is, who has only been a vampire for three years. That’s like letting the boy king rule. Yes, Ginger has the power, but she’s so very young and everything matters to her. So I understand Tokyo blowing her off at times. That makes Tokyo an outsider of sorts. Add in Moreland and her tastes, and the fact that it seems like every other vampire there is paired off, and Tokyo becomes more and more of a misfit. I love stories where two misfits seem to fit together. And the story of these two falling for each other was sweet and romantic.

I will say that I’m of two minds about the first two books in this series. I really, really want to read them, but at the same time, Ginger was kind of a dick in this book so now I’m not sure if I do want to read them. I totally agreed with Jill about how Ginger treated her, and I understood all her reasons not to switch her blood bond to Tokyo. I cheered for Jill at the end, when she refused to rebond to Ginger. But this brings me to the reason I rated the book so low. I hated the ending. It’s hard to discuss the things that happened at the end without giving a big spoiler, so this will necessarily be vague and kind of unfocused. The ending feels like a cheat. There isn’t any real explanation for why things happened the way they happened. But it breaks the rules. And if you break the rules, you should have a really good explanation for how and why those rules were broken. Instead we’re left with a lame explanation of “I got another chance (but we don’t know why) and I can’t actually say what happened (because we really aren’t supposed to know what happened so it’s physically impossible for the words to come out of her mouth).” It seemed to me that this was really the only way for the story to end, because Weatherspoon kind of wrote herself into a trap with no way out. And maybe that ending was her intention all along. But it feels too pat and convenient for me. I still have really mixed feelings about it.

Amy P.

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5 Star Review for Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary by Jordan Castillo Price (AUDIOBOOK) MM #Vampires

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Title: Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary (Channeling Morpheus/Sweet Oblivion 1-5)
Author Name: Jordan Castillo Price
Publication Date & Length: June 17, 2009 – 216 pgs

Synopsis

Michael is a waif in eyeliner who’s determined to wipe vampires off the face of the earth. Wild Bill’s got the hots for Michael, and will stop at nothing to go home with him. Forget about moonlit castles and windswept moors. These bad boys haunt all-night diners and cheap motels, cut-rate department stores and long, lonely stretches of the Interstate. Ride along with Wild Bill and Michael as the twists and turns of Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary unfold in America’s Heartland.

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**Audiobook**
Another EXCELLENT book by Jordan Castillo Price. While I have loved her Psycop series I was curious to pick up a book of hers that wasn’t from that series…. and I wasn’t surprised to find that her excellent writing skills flowed into this story as well.
This is sort of a dark and twisted story, but at the same time there is some love and other things going on. If you like dark and dirty vamp stories, you will love this story!!
Ah… and then there was Gomez Pugh. He did an excellent job.. as usual. I actually didn’t even realize it was him until near the end and was thinking that I needed to look up the narrator! So I have to say well done on not sounding exactly the same as the Psycop stories or the other stories I have heard from you.
All in all, I can’t wait to see where the second part of this series goes.
Renee

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5 and 4 Star Reviews for Recoil: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story #1 by R. Phoenix #MM #Vampire @RaissaPhoenix

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Title: Recoil: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story #1
Author Name & Publisher: R. Phoenix (Excessica Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: December 2, 2015 – 62 pgs

Synopsis

In a world flipped upside down where the supernatural now rule over humans, a financially struggling vampire must face the ultimate attack on his humanity: breaking a mortal to slavery. Groomed to fight, the human is no easy picking, but Khaz has an ace in the hand in the form of an alluring magic many find impossible to resist.

Noah has spent the past ten years since the Takeover on the run. His entire life has been one of hardship and hatred, and he’s only survived by losing himself to both. When he meets the vampire, he’s sure he’ll hate him every bit as much as he hates supernatural creatures. The problem is… Khaz isn’t like anyone he’s ever met before.

Book One of Khaz and Noah’s story…

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FiveStars

This world the author created in this book was amazing!

The whole different take on vampires, I thought it was really awesome! This was a very short story so I do not want to go to much into it and accidently spoil anything.

I loved the characters in this book and the way this author wrote this story. You just start getting to know Khaz and Noah which was awesome but at the same time sad because you can not help wanting to know more about them. There was a steam in this book and what the vampires are like in this world. After reading this I can not wait to read the next book in this series!

So I will leave this review with… I loved this Novella and would definitely recommend it!

Kara

FourStars

This was an interesting story that plays off what would happen if humans weren’t in control anymore.
Although I connected to both characters and really enjoyed watching their relationship develop and evolve as the story progressed, I felt like at times I just didn’t understand what was going on. Not to mention the ending. I felt like we were sort of left hanging on this ledge and wouldn’t be getting any answers or solution to the situation, which kind of sucked.
All in all though, it was a good story that I would recommend.
Renee

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5 Stars for Bound, Vol. 1 (Little Goddess #3 Vol. 1) by Amy Lane #M/M/F #Paranormal @amylane

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Title: Bound, Vol.1 (Little Goddess #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (DSP Publications)
Publication Date & Length: November 10th 2015- 300 pages

Synopsis

Humans have the option of separation, divorce, and heartbreak. For Corinne Carol-Anne Kirkpatrick, sorceress and queen of the vampires, the choices are limited to love or death. Now that she is back at Green’s Hill and assuming her duties as leader, her life is, at best, complicated. Bracken and Nicky are competing for her affections, Green is away taking care of his people, and a new supernatural enemy is threatening the sanctity of all she has come to love. Throw in a family reunion gone bad, a supernatural psychiatrist, and a killer physics class, and Cory’s life isn’t just complex, it’s psychotic.

Cory needs to get her act and her identity together, and soon, because the enemy she and her lovers are facing is a nightmare that doesn’t just kill people, it unmakes them. If she doesn’t figure out who she is and what her place is on Green’s Hill, it’s not just her life on the line. She knows from hard experience that the only thing worse than facing death is facing the death of someone she loves.

Loving people is easy-living with them is what takes the real work, and it’s even harder if you’re bound.

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Oooh.. the Hollow Man.. We really get to see in this story that Cory
is learning her place in Green’s world and learning how to use her
powers to protect her people and herself.

There is many things that go on in this story, just like the other
volumes, but this one is aimed mostly about the presence of the hollow
man who is causing issues and appears to be sucking the life out of
the fey.

Green is away so Cory get’s to know Bracken and Nicky a little better
and once Nicky leaves she gets to have some private time truly alone
with Bracken (and the others in the hill) but without any other of her
lovers around.  Then we get the sweet and wonderful reunion when Green
finally gets home and has his love in his arms.

I can’t wait to find out where Nicky is going to end up really fitting
in since he seems to sort of float lost between everyone else so far.

While the last two books brought Bracken into the mix, I really loved
him in this book and can’t wait to find out how he helps defeat the
new enemy…. and how Grace handles the surprise in her life… as
well as what is going on with Renny and her beau.. So much I need to
know!!!

Renee

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