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4 stars for The Orchard of Flesh (Arcadia Trust #2) by Christian Baines #MM #Paranormal @XtianBaines

CoverTitle: The Orchard of Flesh (Arcadia Trust #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Christian Baines (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: August 16, 2016 – 264 pgs

Synopsis

Reylan’s last assignment for The Arcadia Trust brought a rebellious human servant under his roof, and a volatile werewolf lover named Jorgas into his bed, leaving the self-reliant Blood Shade–known to the outside world as vampires–in no hurry to risk his immortality for them again. But when a new terror starts disappearing humans from a bad part of town, Reylan must do everything in his power to keep Sydney’s supernatural factions from the brink of war. Having an ambitious, meddlesome human in the mix is only going to make things worse…especially when that human is Jorgas’s father. Reylan will need all his determination and cunning to keep the peace under his roof, between the night’s power brokers, and in his lover’s troubled heart.

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 FourStars

The Orchard of Flesh is an intriguing story with interesting characters and good suspense. I recommend this to anyone looking for a unique paranormal story.

This book has an interesting take on the vampire mythos. The world development is very good. The pacing is good, and it’s engaging. In general I would prefer a bit more character development to really flesh out the main characters.

There are a few little things that bother me about this book. I find some of the writing a bit awkward. It doesn’t happen often, but it can be confusing.

Also,  sometimes the patterns of speech for certain characters is inconsistent. It can be jarring when reading dialog, and it makes for odd character development.

There is some sexual content, but I wouldn’t recommend this for someone looking for a highly romantic or erotic book.

All in all, I enjoyed this story quite a lot, and I’ll be looking for more books from this author.

Amanda

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4 stars for Landscapes (Brit Boys) by K. D. Grace @KD_Grace #MM #MF #ParanormalRomance #Vampires #ShortStory

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Title: Landscapes (Brit Boys)
Author Name & Publisher: K. D. Grace
Publication Date & Length: May 24, 2016 — 57 Pages

Synopsis

Alonso Darlington has a disturbing method of keeping landscaper, Reese Chambers, both safe from and oblivious to his dangerous lust for the man. But Reese isn’t easy to keep secrets from, and Alonso wants way more than to admire the man from afar. Can he risk a real relationship without risking Reese’s life?

Note: Landscapes has been previously released as part of the Brit Boys: On Boys boxed set.

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FiveStars

This short story packed a wild punch and yet entailed a full story. What happens when you combine a vampire, a succubus and a landscaper? One fantastic and holy hotness story! I was captured from the first paragraph with my heart racing, not knowing what was happening.  This is definitely not a normal romance. You may feel as though the romance is forced through what Alfonso does, but knowing that Reese stands up when he knows he was used, makes it all worth it. Alonso was mysterious who lived in the dark. It did break my heart to know his backstory in which we learn through Talia. It was a good twist with the succubus, Talia. Reese was the gorgeous landscaper that Alonso cannot stop thinking about. Reese had the kindest heart. Being openly honest and nonjudgmental wins out and love can be obtained.

Keri

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3.5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for The Assassin’s Pet by Nana G. #MM #Paranormal @NanaGAmazon

CoverTitle: The Assassin’s Pet
Author Name & Publisher: Nana G.
Publication Date & Length: January 3, 2016 – 189 pgs

Synopsis

Gay erotic fantasy. Camille is a vampire who cannot kill, no matter how desperate his situation becomes. Faced with starvation and shunned by his natural family, he finds a solution to his problems in Damien, a professional assassin who belongs to the legendary Sulis Brotherhood. Camille offers Damien his services, his loyalty and his submission in exchange for regular meals and protection that the assassin will surely have no trouble providing for. Damien accepts the proposal, not realising how the vampire will change his life forever.

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ThreeandHalfStars

Unfortunately, this book just didn’t really do it for me.  It had an intriguing plot and some twists in there that I didn’t expect, but the story as a whole was not my favorite.

Camille was almost too docile throughout the story and despite his family shunning him, etc. he never really learned to live on his own.  He was constantly checking to make sure everyone around him was OK, but never really looking out for himself.  His character was just blah for me.

Then you have Damien.  While I liked his character more, again, he was almost too predictable.

The chemistry between the two was not great for me.  Sure, they had sex, but I never truly felt that they had a great connection.  It was a forced connection that kind of turned in to something more, but not in an organic way for me.

Sadly, I did not really like this one.

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FourStars

Camille started out as a very pathetic vampire. He couldn’t even drink blood from a live person cause it made him queasy to kill anyone. Just as he was about to starve to death, he meets Damien, who is an assassin. I actually liked this story. The romance between Camille and Damien wasn’t shoved at our face, but gradually happened.
Camille made Damien softer, and Damien made Camille stronger. They complimented each other well. The plot was so-so, but I was drawn to the couple enough to ignore that it wasn’t a problem. They were certainly hot together. The ending kinda sucked for me though cause I feel like they didn’t get a HEA. They were together in the end, but it was a “happy for now” feeling.
Cookie

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New Release: 4 stars for Dead Camp (Dead Camp #1) by Sean Kerr (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Horror @SGK69

 deadcamp300Title: Dead Camp (Dead Camp #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Kerr (Extasy Books)
Publication Date & Length: January 1, 2016 – 260 pgs

Synopsis

Eli is an ancient vampire with an ego the size of a planet and a sex drive to match, but his tumultuous past left him broken, so he hides from humanity and cowers from love, left to endure the crushing guilt that haunts his every waking moment. Even his best friend Malachi, a ghost who is hopelessly in love with Eli, remains unaware of all that transpired in London. Malachi can never know the truth.

When the Angel Daniyyel pays an unwelcome visit, Eli must face his secrets, secrets that he has tried so long to hide. To make matters worse, a chance encounter with the most beautiful man he has ever seen shatters his beloved isolation, pushing him into the world of the living once more. Something about this strange man seems so familiar, but Eli can’t even remember who he was before he became a vampire, never mind explain the unwanted emotions the enigmatic stranger ignites in his dead heart. So Eli has a choice—return to the world that ruined him, or continue his self-imposed exile with no hope of salvation.

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FourStars

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. The title is the worst thing about this book. I mean, I get it, it’s about an effeminate gay ghost who’s “campy.” And Dead. But the book is so much more.
Brooding, broken Eli is a sarcastic but lovable homosexual vampire obsessed with sex and afraid of his own capacity for violence. His best friend is Malachi the ghost. They are both hiding from their past, quite literally in a castle in the middle of the woods.
Surrounded by Nazis.
Seriously, this book is the best. It’s a great pleasure to read. There’s a lot of sex, obviously. And a lot of gore. Eli is not a sparkly vampire, he is an ancient evil. And I’m obsessed with him.
~C. E. Case

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Three prisoners had died in my block that night, two elderly and one young man not old enough to grow pubes. It sickened me. Never, in all my years, had I witnessed such a callous waste of human life. And then to see my fellow prisoners undressing the dead, striping their cold stiff bodies before my unbelieving eyes horrified me even more, and I clung onto Jakob’s broken body for dear life. All around me the clunk of bodies against wood and concrete. My eyes tried not to see and my ears tried not to hear.

A cold clammy hand gently caressed my arm and I nearly shot off my shelf in shock. I didn’t scream. I refused to scream.

“My friend, I’m sorry, my friend, but you must undress him. The rubbish men will be here soon and you must strip him of all clothing before they take him. Please, you must do this for him—they will be less kind than you. Do you understand?”

“Why? Why must we do this?”

“His clothes are of value, my friend. They will be re-used for the next intake.”

“And what of his body, what will become of Jakob?”

“You don’t want to know, my friend.” His whispered words made every hair on my body stand on end. A sound outside caused him to return to his unsavoury task with renewed urgency. “Quickly, they are here.”

What followed felt like a dream. I had undressed many a man under many circumstances, but that was a first. Already poor Jakob stiffened, and it pained me to hear and feel his bones crack as I gently prised his pale thin body from the clothes. I whispered my apologies into his unhearing ears and I hated my eyes for glancing across his pale dead flesh.

I had to free them, all of them. That place, that death camp, it had to end.

I lifted his dead naked body into my arms. Emotion, so alien to me, invaded the shrivelled blackness that was my soul, and I knew my eyes betrayed my grief.

Emotions made you weak. Emotions made you vulnerable, emotions hurt. And I was hurting. The passing of that human, that mortal man I had known for less than a day, had brought back that affliction from which I had been running from for so very long.

I had only opened my heart to the world again but for the briefest of moments.

And already I felt pain.

Gideon hurt me. He made me feel unloved, unwanted, he made me feel ugly.

How I would crave for his touch, how desperate I was for his love, to feel the thrill of his fingers upon my bare flesh, to feel his attraction to me, to feel wanted. But all he ever did was refuse me. Every time I tried to touch him, he turned me away. He was not in the mood, he told me to come back later.

Come back later.

But later never came.

I carried that pale body into the grey wet misery of morning. The sun was trying desperately to penetrate the thick layers of brooding clouds that clung stubbornly over the camp, but the sun was losing. Rain dripped incessantly from the skies, melting the remaining snow into a muddy slush. Grey skies, grey ground, grey people. The camp drained the colour out of everything. Welwelsburg was like me, a vampire, sucking the life out of everything it encountered, sucking away hope and dignity, leaving nothing but pale grey husks clinging to the brink of existence.

Two men stood next to a large flatbed trolley. Dead, naked bodies lay crumpled in a pile on top of the trolley, legs and arms sticking out at all angles like some grotesque starfish. I saw children amongst the corpses.

Pale white flickering figures surrounded the trolley. Insubstantial wisps of lives spent before their time. The rubbish men looked at me expectantly but I could not move for the sight of those spectral beings and I clutched Jakob’s dead body tightly to my chest, unwilling to relinquish my charge. If I put him on that trolley then he would be dead, another lump of cold meat on the pile. He deserved more than that.

The ghostly figures turned to look at me, each one knowing me, seeing me, seeing me see them. And they smiled at me. Cold shivering prickles erupted across my skin as their eyes took me in and they were such kind eyes, such trusting eyes. A figure pushed its way between them, its shadowy form brushing gently against the others as it came to stand before me.

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TWO 5 Stars for Base Instincts by Larissa Ione #MM #Paranormal @RiptideBooks @larissaione

1.5

Title: Base Instincts (Demonica #11.7)
Author Name & Publisher: Larissa Ione (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: September 12, 2015 – 150 pgs

Synopsis

As a Seminus demon, Raze’s life literally depends on having sex with females. The problem is that he doesn’t desire females, and it’s physically impossible for him to be with males. Thankfully, he and his best friend, Fayle, have an arrangement that keeps him alive . . . if lonely. He finds some solace in his work as a medic at Thirst, a vampire club known for its rough clientele. But his carefully structured world turns upside down when he meets a mysterious male who makes him want what he can never have.

Slake is an assassin used to getting what he wants, and what he wants is Raze. But he also wants to earn back the soul he sold when he was a much different demon. All he has to do is capture a runaway succubus named Fayle and hand her over to her family. What he doesn’t count on is being caught himself by a web of lies—and his attraction to Raze.

Raze and Slake must navigate a dangerous world to be together. But as Fayle’s jealousy of their relationship turns deadly, they find themselves embroiled in a battle not only for their love, but their lives and souls.

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FiveStars

Oh wow!! This book was so good.
Raze who is a Seminus demon who feeds off sex can not feed of a male, but he is gay so he is very lonely and not able to be with who he wants. He is also a medic for underworld general.
Then you get Slake who just wow when you find out his secret I just was stunned.. I would never had thought of it. What a twist I mean I am still sitting her stunned and I already finished the book lol.
Originally Slake is only at thirst to do a job but once he lays eyes on Raze everything changes and the sparks fly between these two.
There is a lot of action and a whole lot of steamy scenes..
These two together were just awesome!

I loved this book!

I would definitely recommend this book!

Kara

 FiveStars
Ooooh.. I really enjoyed this story. It was such a great read!!!
I loved the author was able to world build without making it heavy and distracting, but just part of a well written story.
I haven’t read any story like this one before, but I really loved the chemistry of the men and the story. The whole succubus/need for sex part was great along with the other twists that are thrown in along the way.
It’s hard to write a review for this book without giving away much of what goes on so I just have to say what a great book it was with a very good plot.
Renee

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3 Stars for Fate’s Bridge by Carol Lynne #MM #Paranormal

1.5

Title: Fate’s Bridge
Author Name & Publisher: Carol Lynne (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: December 22, 2015 – 35 pgs

Synopsis

Is it possible for a soul to be reborn inside another?

What would you do if you discovered someone harboring a soul you recognized as one from a deceased loved one? For vampire Roman Gschwind, the scenario becomes a reality when he meets Bodi Rain.

Unfortunately, it soon becomes clear that Roman must share Bodi with another vampire if he has any chance of rekindling the love that he’d lost so long ago.

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously published as part of the Unconventional in San Diego anthology by Pride Publishing.

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ThreeStar

I was a little disappointed in this book. The book description sounded great, but not too far into the story it turned into a sex story. I was expecting more plot, more character dialogue, more story instead of the sex.

It’s really too bad. The character development was great, but I wish the story would have been more developed and the sex would have been a lot less. Then it would have been a great book and I wouldn’t of been struggling to read the last 50%.

If you like m/m vampire stories with a lot of sex and little dialogue in the story then you will like this book.

Ariel

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4 Stars for Stripped with the Vampire (Austin Immortals #1) by Jax Garren #MM #Paranormal @JCGarren

1.5

Title: Stripped with the Vampire (Austin Immortals #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Jax Garren (Valkyrie Books)
Publication Date & Length: March 11, 2015 – 353 pgs

Synopsis

In a world of dark spells and blood ties where no one is safe, love is the most powerful magic of all.

Shy vampire Charlie never intended to see Vince again after the bad boy human broke his heart. But when Vince turns up beaten and marked for sacrifice to an Aztec God, Charlie will do anything keep him safe.

Vince has never forgiven himself for the lie that ended things with Charlie. The spark between them is as hot as ever, and Vince would risk body and soul to make it a fire again. But as they hide deeper in Austin’s supernatural society—a world of lies, dark magic, and warring immortals—he finds the path to reconciliation more twisted than he’s ever imagined.

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FourStars

This is old-fashioned, violent vampire lore, where fangs are sexiest when they’re part of sex, where an Underworld-esque world exists in artsy paradise Austin (Sunnydale, anyone?). This book is action-packed. Its plot and ferocity never stop. It’s a breathless, dangerous journey. I was riveted. The mythology of Old and New World clash together nicely.
Mortal stripper Vince and vampire Charlie are decent heroes. They deal with romance and loyalty with maturity, but they don’t delve deep into the existential. The world is as it is, which is vibrant and alive.
My one complaint is that the story revolves around a seedy goth club and a stripper. It’s fine for characterization, of course, but for plot, it seems like just torching the place would be satisfactory. But the from Dusk Till Dawn/Anne Rice vibe is persistent, and vampire fans will be pleased.
C.E. Case

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