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Jan
8

Review: Ahead in the Heat by Lorelie Brown

Review: Ahead in the Heat by Lorelie Brown Ahead in the Heat Author: Lorelie Brown Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Quickie Review. Warm weather. Rippling ocean water. A man out of his element, and a woman longing to return to hers…even though she didn’t know it. Sean and Annie’s story is one of the sweetest I’ve read in a while. Athletes have always intrigued me. From the time I entered high school, I have always appreciated a fit male form as a work of art. Athletes are artists. They sculpt their bodies to perfection. When they fail, or are injured, there’s all sorts of emotions. Reasoning, begging, and rehab. Lots and lots of rehab....
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Jan
2

Review: For Valentine’s by Kat & Stone Bastion

Review: For Valentine’s by Kat & Stone Bastion For Valentine’s Author: Kat & Stone Bastion Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: Really, this is going to be a wrap-up of the No Weddings series, which needs to be read in order. For Valentine’s is the final title, a novella, in the series. I’ve had the privilege of watching the relationship of Hannah and Cade develop over the past year. They’re real. They’re believable, and most of all, they’re honest. If you haven’t picked up the No Weddings series by Kat & Stone Bastion, you’re truly missing out on a well-crafted, humor-infused, voyeuristic look at the way an honest-to-goodness relationship evolves. I finished For Valentine’s and...
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Dec
22

Review: Schooled by Lorelei James

Review: Schooled by Lorelei James Schooled Author: Lorelei James Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Lorelei James is THAT author. She takes a married couple, puts them in a ‘real-world’ situation, and shows how said pair evolves as a couple. Schooled, a novella in the Mastered series, gives us one more glimpse at Amery and Ronin—one of my favorite couples of 2014. Amery and Ronin went through their issues in Bound and Unwound. They got their happily ever after, and this novella is a glimpse into how a real couple deals with things that come up, things that challenge their relationship. They communicate. They try to figure things out. Most of all,...
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Dec
15

Early Review: A Veil of Secrets by Hailey Edwards

Early Review: A Veil of Secrets by Hailey Edwards A Veil of Secrets Author: Hailey Edwards Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Hailey Edwards? Araneae Nation book? Yes, please! I have been WAITING for this book. And I’m so entirely glad with the results! Ms. Edwards has done a fabulous job! Okay. Harbingers. If you’ve been reading this series, you know you love to hate most of them, right? Well, I have been WAITING for this story. Knew it had to be told. Knew I had to read it. Here’s the thing about A Veil of Secrets. Besides learning about the Saltisideae clan, there’s a lot of stuff going on here. The veil, all the stuff...
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Dec
8

Review + Giveaway: Owning Violet by Monica Murphy

Review + Giveaway: Owning Violet by Monica Murphy Owning Violet Author: Monica Murphy Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary romance lately. It’s interesting that the subgenre still holds interest for me, as I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every trope out there. I had to fight for moments to read the first title in Monica Murphy’s new Fowler Sisters series, Owning Violet. Stolen moments on my lunch break, at the grocery store while waiting in line, and while waiting for Youngest to be released from wrestling practice. And then, I binged. I gorged myself on Violet and Ryder’s story for an afternoon. And I don’t regret a single minute....
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Dec
2

Review: Razed by Shiloh Walker

Review: Razed by Shiloh Walker Razed Author: Shiloh Walker Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Ms. Walker has certainly brought intense sexual tension to fruition with an explosive release in Razed. This second title of her Barnes Brothers series was most eagerly anticipated… Because I completely fell in love with Zane the moment I saw him in Wrecked. Razed has the super-secret-ninja-identity trope, which is one of my favorites. I’ll just leave this here to drive you crazy. Because I can’t say more, or it’d be spoilery. So, if you’re a fan of this trope like me, pick up this book. STAT. If you read the first book, Wrecked, in this series...
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Nov
26

Review: Captivated by You by Sylvia Day

Review: Captivated by You by Sylvia Day Captivated by You Author: Sylvia Day Reviewer: VampBard Rating: D What I’m Talking About: I knew what I was getting into when I chose to read Captivated by You by Sylvia Day. To be honest, I’m not a quitter. Once I start a series, I read it through until the end. Unless something happens that really irritates me. With that said, I’m breaking up with the Crossfire series, which kills my slightly obsessive-compulsive need to finish something I’ve started. I wanted to really like this book, and that especially holds true for Captivated by You. However, the only reason I finished this title was in the hope that there’d...
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Nov
17

Review: Three Christmases by Kat & Stone Bastion

Review: Three Christmases by Kat & Stone Bastion Three Christmases Author: Kat & Stone Bastion Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: Three Christmases is the final full novel in Kat & Stone Bastion’s wonderful serial series No Weddings. To say I adored this book is an understatement. Sexy and sultry, with an undercurrent of conflict, the story kept me engaged and turning page after page, looking for the emotional release Kat & Stone have built into the series. I found it. And damn, was I happy with the outcome. I knew this dynamic writing duo wouldn’t leave me hanging with this title. In following the slow-burn relationship of Cade and Hannah through these well-crafted novels,...
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Nov
12

Review: Romancing the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

Review: Romancing the Billionaire by Jessica Clare Romancing the Billionaire Author: Jessica Clare Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Romancing the Billionaire, the fifth title in Jessica Clare’s Billionaire Boys Club series was my vacation read. I couldn’t put it down, folks. I started reading and made it through half the book before I succumbed to sleep. I actually told Mr. VampBard that I needed to finish before we could continue on with vacation activities. For real. I was super excited to finally get Johnathan’s story. I came into this series a little late (and I fully intend to pick up the books I’ve missed), but have an affinity for these guys. A soft-spot...
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Nov
4

Review: Dog with a Bone by Hailey Edwards

Review: Dog with a Bone by Hailey Edwards Dog with a Bone Author: Hailey Edwards Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Hi. My name is VampBard, and I’m a Hailey Edwards addict. I think she has a way of writing fantasy sub-genres that just clicks with me. I was really excited to get the first title in her Black Dog series, Dog with a Bone. I knew it would be different from her Araneae Nation series (which I love), but I trusted my reader-author-crazy-psycho-bond to know that Ms. Edwards would bring it. And she did. Alright. I love Thierry. I almost see this series as a step beyond what was done in the Harry Potter...
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