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5 Stars for Electric Candle (The Sleepless City #2) by Elizabeth Noble #MM #Paranormal @dreamspinners

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Title: Electric Candle (The Sleepless City #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Elizabeth Noble (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 2014 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

When a vampire finds his soul mate, the bond is forever. It’s love at first sight. Or is it?

Flint, Ohio Homicide Detective Jonas Forge has been a vampire for nearly two hundred years. He’s fought wars, seen life go from the simple but hard colonial days to the modern high tech world. He’s evolved with the times, adapting with each new era, blending into each new life. The one constant is his best friend and lover, Declan.

Until Forge’s soul mate tumbles, literally, into his life.

Even though they’re not fated to be together forever, Forge and Declan are perfectly happy. Despite the pheromone attracting him to his soul mate, Forge isn’t thrilled with the guy, and the feeling seems mutual. While trying to adjust to his clumsy soul mate and equally awkward feelings, Forge is on the hunt for the serial killer who’s leaving a trail of bodies, and who witnesses can’t identify. But Forge better watch out. When his work collides with his love life, things really heat up.

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FiveStars

You have Blair who is lost on what he his and unsure on what he was feeling.  I did feel bad for him because of him having to compete with someone who was not there.  I really loved his character.
Then there was Forge who did not want anything to do with Blair at first because of Declan and not wanting a soul mate.  Honestly he kind of made me mad in some parts of the book with the way he treated Blair.  But once he stops fighting it… It was so sweet the way he treated Blair and how much he cared about him.
There is some mystery in this book while they hunt down the serial killer whatever it may be, which I can’t say without out giving away spoilers.
All together loved this book!  I would definitely recommend this book!
Kara

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4 Stars for Shades of Sepia (The Sleepless City #1) by Anne Barwell #MM #Paranormal @dreamspinners

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Title: Shades of Sepia (The Sleepless City #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Anne Barwell (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 31, 2014 – 210 pgs

Synopsis

A serial killer stalks the streets of Flint, Ohio. The victims are always found in pairs, one human and one vampire.

Simon Hawthorne has been a vampire for nearly a hundred years, and he has never seen anything like it. Neither have the other supernaturals he works with to keep the streets safe for both their kind and the humans.

One meeting with Simon finds Ben Leyton falling for a man he knows is keeping secrets, but he can’t ignore the growing attraction between them. A recent arrival in Flint, Ben finds it very different from his native New Zealand, but something about Simon makes Ben feel as though he’s found a new home.

After a close friend falls victim to the killer, Simon is torn between revealing his true nature to Ben, and walking away to avoid the reaction he fears. But with the body count rising and the murders becoming more frequent, either, or both of them, could be the killer’s next target.

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FourStars

This book reminded me why I love vampire romance books so much!
I think it is the whole I know you are my soul mate but I am going to fight it but by the end you realize you just can’t.
Ben what can I say about him other then he spoke his mind and was strong when he realized the man he loved was a vampire yes he may of been unsure and scared but he knew he loved Simon.
Simon all I can say about him is who does not love a dark handsome Vampire!
All together really liked this book! I would recommend this book!
Kara

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5 Stars for Dragon’s Bounty (Dracula’s Love #1) by S. Joy P. #MM #Historical

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Title: Dragon’s Bounty (Dracula’s Love #1)
Author Name: S. Joy P.
Publication Date & Length: November 24, 2014 – 298 pgs

Synopsis

In the fifteenth century Wallachia, the self-serving boyars will do anything to advance their own positions while the interests of the Hungarian king and the Ottoman sultan tear their country apart. One interest is shared by all. A weak prince on the Wallachian throne. A prince who bends easily.
But a fierce and spirited man rules the land – Vlad Dracula, and he would rather break than bend. Murderers robbed him of his closest family. Pretenders lay claim on his titles. A noose of intrigues reaching beyond the borders of his realm tightens around him. Undaunted, he fights for his ancestral rights and for the defense of the whole Christendom. In all struggles, Love known as The Englishman stands true and faithful by his side.
Only… Love is not an English mercenary as he says he is, but the god of love who accidentally used his magic on himself, and fell for the only one who claims not to have use for love – Vlad Dracula.
Turbulent events drag them both into a brutal clash of honor and duty against treachery and ambitions. Into a sword dance in which a single wrong step can bring death.
And only one of them is… immortal.

Series: Dragon’s Bounty is the first volume in the gay historical fantasy saga Dracula’s Love. Those who seek only blood and stakes and fangs in a tale about Vlad Dracula will not like it. Those who are willing to see him as a man with all human feelings, to consider his deeds through the lens of his time, to admire his greatness and to forgive his flaws… those might have just found their dream series.

Genre: gay historical fantasy, gay epic fantasy
Themes: love and loyalty, love and sacrifice

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Dragon’s Bounty is the first volume in the gay historical fantasy saga Dracula’s Love. Those who seek only blood and stakes and fangs in a tale about Vlad Dracula will not like it. Those who are willing to see him as a man with all human feelings, to consider his deeds through the lens of his time, to admire his greatness and to forgive his flaws… those might have just found their dream series….. When I read the synopsis, I don’t recall seeing that part!! lol And let me tell you, it is a perfect description and yet, I found that parts of it were sooooo gut-wrenchingly detailed during the brutal battles that it felt like that was all it was. But, after I finished it, I pondered the story I just read, and its not. It really is so much more than battles.
This incredible author, S. Joy P., with her descriptions, and details, and information is absolutely MIND BLOWING! This is not my typical read. I decided to read “out of the box”.
I was captivated and caught up in the story and couldn’t put it down. There are some heart-felt moments and you feel the Hero’s anguish at parts, that tore.my.heart. GAH!!!! What a JOURNEY!!!! I am entranced by the author’s words. I am invested in this story and will definitely read the next!!!!!
Unforgettable Fire by U2 came on while I was reading and it clicked for me.
Thanks to the author for such an engaging, interesting and sometimes brutal and honest story.
Reviewer: Kimberley

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4 Stars for My Life Without Garlic (The Vamp for Me #1) by Bailey Bradford #MM #Paranormal @Totally_Bound

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Title: My Life Without Garlic (The Vamp for Me #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Bailey Bradford (Totally Bound Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 16, 2015 – 105 pgs

Synopsis

Some things in life just might be worth giving up garlic for.

It was simple curiosity that led Augustin to the vampire dating site—he thought it must be a joke started up by a bunch of weirdos. Man, was he right—but it just so happens that those weirdos really are vampires, and when one shows up at his place, Augustin’s world is turned upside down.

First he’s got a psychotic vampire to deal with. Then he’s got one who is much more fun hanging around.

Except now that Augustin knows that vampires exist, he can’t be left alive. Or can he? When an alternative is offered up, Augustin doesn’t care for it, either. After all, he doesn’t want to be whisked off to some disgusting vampire den.

Tony’s the vampire next in line to lead the coven. He wants to be a fair man, and that means arguing against killing Augustin. If he’s also attracted to the sarcastic, adorable man, where’s the harm in that?

The attraction between Augustin and Tony is undeniable, but deny it is what they both try to do. Someone is going to have to bend or break.

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously available on the author’s blog.

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FourStars

Normally I absolutely love Bailey’s work, but this one was a bit different for me. I loved the banter between Tony and Augustin, but the ending was so abrupt it sort of ruined it for me and left the love story hanging there.
While I understand Augustin was snarky, he was a bit too much for me sometimes.
As usual though, the sex was super hot and great.
I’m hoping the next book is about the same characters and we get more closure (and that cementing bite)
Renee

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3 Stars for When Will I Be Loved by Julie Lynn Hayes (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Paranormal @ShelleyRunyon

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Title: When Will I Be Loved
Author Name: Julie Lynn Hayes
Publication Date: June 7, 2015

Synopsis

Miller Fenwick wants the kind of happy ending his best friend got, with the hunky werewolf of his dreams. Trouble is, there doesn’t seem to be a Prince Charming on the horizon, and casual encounters don’t cut it anymore. Now that Alexx and Raoul are engaged, Miller is becoming resigned to being the bridesmaid, never the bride. But a chance encounter with a sexy stranger at Charisma has his hopes soaring, and his heart is wide open to possibilities.

Holt Wynne is the head of Helios, the largest vampire organization in the country. He’s a very influential and wealthy man, with a deep-seated hatred of werewolves. His running into Miller at Charisma isn’t entirely accidental. He’d meant to wait, but his emotions got the better of him, and he couldn’t stay away. And now see what he’s done…

Wait until Miller finds out he’s sortof just gotten married to the sexy vampire who hates the people who are Miller’s best friends. Sparks are gonna fly—and not just in the bedroom. One thing for sure—life in Crescent Bay is never dull!

Review

ThreeStar

By the second chapter, readers are plunged into a graphic, overly emotional sex scene between two characters who haven’t even been introduced to each other. I cringed and giggled through the classic Harlequin-style night of passion (Hayes goes heavy on the euphemisms and fully utilizes a rather saucy thesaurus).

The book did improve, but the writing remained a good example of bad Gothic melodrama. Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey or Twilight will probably enjoy the exaggerated, emotive prose more than I did.

The plot is pretty familiar: a beautiful rich vampire is inexplicably attracted to a distinctly average human. Add in conflict between werewolf and vampire groups, complicate things with a human hate group and we have all the components of an unremarkable paranormal romance.

I really didn’t warm to this story, but I know other readers will. If you love perfect romances, demonstrative wealthy lovers and emotion-soaked dialogue, you’ll probably love this. For me, this was way too sweet and full of far too many cliches.

Sarah

Excerpt

Miller forced himself to take a breath, unaware until he did that he’d stopped breathing.

Quit being ridiculous. Wine going to your head already?

But he’d only had the one glass. And he hadn’t even finished that. He wasn’t such a lightweight, when it came to

holding his alcohol, and he knew it.

He told himself it was just his imagination. But just to be safe, he began a slow cautious turn, looking around him, without appearing to be searching for anything—or anyone.

And there he was.

Standing a heartbeat away from Miller was one of the sexiest men he’d ever seen in his life. A man every bit as sexy as Raoul Marchand, although not in the same feral way as the werewolf.

This man was light where Raoul was dark. His hair was a honey blonde which stood out by virtue of being obviously natural, in a place where most blondes were either created by the sun or came from a bottle. He stood a little taller than Miller, exuding a presence that went beyond the merely physical, possessed of the bearing and mien of a veritable god.

But it was his eyes that drew Miller in and held him spellbound. Blue and green, like staring into tropical waves, flecked with bits of pure molten gold. And the way he was staring at Miller was sending the most delicious shivers traveling up and down his spine.

The man took a step toward Miller, his hand outstretched. Before Miller quite realized what had happened, he’d placed his own hand inside of the other man’s, and he found himself being drawn onto the dance floor.

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5 Stars for Canine (Channeling Morpheus/ Sweet Oblivion #10.2) by Jordan Castillo Price #MM #Vampires

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Title: Canine (Channeling Morpheus/ Sweet Oblivion #10.2)
Author Name: Jordan Castillo Price
Publication Date & Length: April 21, 2015 – 98 pgs

Synopsis

What’s the difference between a faithful companion and a feral animal? Wild Bill suspects the line separating the two is shaky at best. Supposedly, Michael has been tamed, and he swears he gave up hunting. But when he comes home covered in blood and reeking of adrenaline, Bill fears Michael has crossed paths with another bloodsucker, and the urge to exterminate the vamp was too powerful to resist.

Michael doesn’t need to hunt vampires to stir up trouble. His run-in with threatening neighbors has left him baffled, demoralized, and teetering on the brink of yet another episode of depression. It tears Bill up inside to see Michael suffer—unfortunately, the sorrow also trips his most primal vamp triggers. Before he knows it, his own inner beast rears up, ravenous, insatiable, and ready to tear into the next thing that crosses his path…making him wonder if it was wishful thinking to hope that either of them had been successfully domesticated.

Canine takes place after Elixir and contains series spoilers

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Wild Bill and Michael are back for a moment. The van has been replaced by a 1980s abandoned split level. Domestic bliss? Maybe. Rescuing injured suburban dogs is certainly more civilized than staking vampires.

While Bill still views humanity with disdain, he loves Michael and it is wonderful to see them vaguely settled. Maybe next time we see our pretty boys, they’ll even have electricity and hot water.

This series is amazing and Price hasn’t put a foot wrong. This is a great short story. I prefer the novel length omnibus collections, but I’ll take Wild Bill and Michael any way I can have them.

Sarah

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5 Stars for A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion Box Set by Jordan Castillo Price #MM #Vampires

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Title: A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion Box Set
Author Name: Jordan Castillo Price
Publication Date & Length: April 21, 2015 – 272 pgs

Synopsis

Staking a vampire isn’t so easy now that Michael’s got a vampire of his very own. Although killing them is no longer an option, he’s as determined as ever to stop the spread of vampirism.

Wild Bill is a lover, not a fighter–so he’s tickled when Michael’s new agenda, to dispense condoms and sterile phlebotomy gear among vampires, replaces the old “heads will roll” approach.

It takes courage to track down vamps in their own territory and deliver a lecture on safe sex, and more importantly, safe bloodletting. Michael’s never been short on audacity…but he’s finding that he and Wild Bill aren’t the only ones with agendas.

Ebook box set contains the following novelettes: Brazen, Snare, Fluid, Swarm, Elixir

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Review FiveStarsWild Bill and Michael are back in a second omnibus. Miserable, sarcastic and tender, it is wonderful to hear their voices again.
The boys still have their van, they still kick ass when they need to, but they’ve grown up a bit, even if their bodies aren’t growing older.

Emotionally, these stories are darker than the first. Both partners are finding Michael’s fading humanity difficult to deal with and new acquaintences only serve to heighten their isolation. I found the later stories much more frightening than those in the first omnibus.

Price’s caustic wit elevates this series above others in the genre. Once again her observations are perfect, her language is elegant, her men are beautiful and the suspense is terrifying.

Sarah

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4 Stars for Bring Me to Life by Scarlett Parrish #MM #Historical @Totally_Bound

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Title: Bring Me to Life
Author Name: Scarlett Parrish
Publication Date & Length: October 12, 2012

Synopsis

Nathan Stephenson died seventy years ago and he’d like the world – or at least one person – to think he stayed that way.

In 1940s London, Sergeant Nathan Stephenson ignored his rank and the expectation that he’d wait for the war to be over and find a nice girl to settle down with, and took a lover. Not only was Adam Locke unashamed of his homosexuality, he was also proud to be a vampire. Back then, he was certain that his and Nathan’s relationship would last forever, refusing to take no for an answer.

One evening, Adam went too far in his attempts to persuade Nathan to become a vampire and left a mutual acquaintance, Will Bosworth, to deal with the aftermath. What Adam doesn’t know is that Nathan didn’t die – Will brought him back to life, agreeing to keep Nathan’s continued existence a secret.

It’s now the twenty-first century and Will’s back to call in the favour. Nathan’s an honourable man and can’t say no, but the trouble is, wherever Will goes, Adam Locke can’t be far behind…

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Nathan Stephenson died 70 years ago, and he would like the world to think so, or at least one person… Cian Ambrose.

Cian Ambrose is unashamed about his bisexuality, and also proud that he is a Vampire. When Cian’s attempts to persuade Nathan to become a vampire go too far, Jonathan Cutler steps in to deal with the aftermath. He turned Nathan but agrees to keep that fact a secret.

It’s now the 21st Century and Jonathan is back to call in a favour from Nathan.

The writing was brilliant. The inner dilogue is comical, found myself laughing out loud many times. The sexual tension between Nathan and Cian is palpable through the pages. The author pulls you in to the story and you find yourself holding your breath often, wondering what will happen next. When you get two intense vampires in the same room, there is going to be sparks!! A very enjoyable read.

Reviewer: Kimberley

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