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Nov
9

Review: Rule Breaker by Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion

Review: Rule Breaker by Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion Rule Breaker Author: Kat & Stone Bastion Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: Touted as a modern day Romeo and Juliet story, I was intrigued. I’ve always been a huge sucker for Shakespearean redux. An earlier story, modeled on the Bard’s R&J was West Side Story.  Here endeth your literature lesson. I promise. I did see a few parallels to these other stories, but what I never expected was two stories of personal growth and personal acceptance. What a message to convey to readers. While Mase and Leilani both come from vastly different worlds, the racial bias, and familial expectations are something we all struggle to overcome....
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Nov
4

Review + Excerpt: Ruled by Elle Kennedy

Review + Excerpt: Ruled by Elle Kennedy Ruled Author: Elle Kennedy Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: The Outlaws series by Elle Kennedy is my go-to dystopian read. I’m not even sure why. Oh, wait. I know. Ms. Kennedy has crafted a world in which I get lost. Each of the three titles has focused on people struggling with their every day conflicts—what it’s like to live in that kind of society. Ruled isn’t any different. And I adored this book. Here’s your warning, folks: if you’re not a fan of boy bits touching boy bits, this isn’t a read for you. And if ménage isn’t your thing? Consider giving this one a try—it’s…...
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Oct
26

Review: Once a Gypsy by Danica Winters

Review: Once a Gypsy by Danica Winters Once a Gypsy Author: Danica Winters Reviewer: VampBard Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Once a Gypsy is the first title I’ve read by Danica Winters. Overall, I really enjoyed the first book of the Irish Traveller series. Because I am really interested in all things supernatural and having to do with the Celts, Druids, and the like, I’m likely to read subsequent titles in the series. I liked the world building and the depth of the characters a lot. The author’s use of description was beautiful in many places: drew me right into the plot and kept me moving forward. The supernatural/paranormal element isn’t over-the-top, either. I read...
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Oct
17

Review: Fish out of Water by Hailey Edwards

Review: Fish out of Water by Hailey Edwards Fish Out of Water Author: Hailey Edwards Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: If you haven’t been following my reviews of Hailey Edwards’ Black Dog books, GO! GET ON THAT! Fish Out of Water is a plot resolution from the spinoff Gemini series, featuring Cam. It DEFINITELY needs to be read after Hell or High Water—seriously, don’t mess with the series order, folks. I had a lot of questions about Harlow at the conclusion of the third title in the Gemini series, and Fish Out of Water clears them all up for me. It was super nice to see Harlow again. I must admit, I really adore...
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Oct
11

Review: Dangerously Charming by Deborah Blake

Review: Dangerously Charming by Deborah Blake Dangerously Charming Author: Deborah Blake Reviewer: VampBard Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: I must admit, I was pretty excited when I learned Deborah Blake had a new series starting. Fans of her Baba Yaga series will see familiar characters in the Broken Riders novels. However, if you’re new to this world, like me, Ms. Blake does a fabulous job of bringing her new readers up-to-speed. I really like the world-building. As I was reading, I didn’t find anything left out—everything was explained well, and wasn’t overdone. Sometimes, when I read a paranormal story, the author explains and re-explains. Um. I got it the first time; thanks for the...
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Oct
4

Review: The Exposure by Tara Sue Me

Review: The Exposure by Tara Sue Me The Exposure Author: Tara Sue Me Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Seriously. Pulling up a book file for Tara Sue Me’s Submissive series is always a lot of joy for me. Sometimes, I get all rant-y about how people don’t do BDSM correctly, and the Dom is all risky and the sub is like a puddle of goo. Not so with Ms. Sue Me’s titles in this series. I was super excited to read The Exposure because Meagan is a switch—she will either Top or bottom depending. And, because I wanted to read Meagan’s story. Pairing her with Luke was inspired. The glimpses we’ve had of...
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Sep
28

Review: School Ties by Tamsen Parker

Review: School Ties by Tamsen Parker School Ties Author: Tamsen Parker Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: When I started reading School Ties by Tamsen Parker, I thought I was going to have to tap out about halfway through. Erin is a math teacher at a private boys’ school. She has the hots for one of her students, but does nothing about it (good girl, Erin). Since it’s a dual POV story, we find out Shep (nickname) is seriously crushing on her, too. And **something** happens almost immediately after Shep graduates. But I didn’t tap out. I did have the heebies (um, hello?!? Teacher), but got over them pretty quickly once I hit...
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Sep
20

Review: Too Wild to Tame by Tessa Bailey

Review: Too Wild to Tame by Tessa Bailey Too Wild to Tame Author: Tessa Bailey Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: Please don’t tell Mr. VampBard. Seriously. My one-click finger is getting a serious workout as I find more and more authors with an awesome backlist to meander my way through. Tessa Bailey is on the short list. Not kidding here, folks. I really wish I could provide you with some wonderful excerpts from Too Wild to Tame, but all the poignant ones are revelations during sexytime. They’re laced with innuendo and dirty-talking. Definitely my cuppa. I’m pretty sure some of the text in this title were flame-thrower status. Even if you haven’t read Too...
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Sep
14

Review: The Claiming by Tara Sue Me

Review: The Claiming by Tara Sue Me The Claiming Author: Tara Sue Me Reviewer: VampBard Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Before I even start, readers need to be warned that the last thirty-ish minutes of reading on this story is a preview of The Exposure, releasing October 4, 2016. I did NOT read the preview, folks. I resist the urge to do that—especially since you can come back on release day to read my thoughts on Meagan and Luke’s story. I was really geeked to get back to Cole and Sasha. I mean, Sasha has had such a difficult row to hoe after all that stuff… Anyway, it seems we finally get to see her...
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Sep
6

Review: Silk Scarves and Seduction by Shiloh Walker

Review: Silk Scarves and Seduction by Shiloh Walker Silk Scarves and Seduction + One Night with You Author: Shiloh Walker Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Silk Scarves and Seduction: I don’t even know where to start. I guess I’ll lead with: I wanna be Blush. If you’ve ever had a crush on someone but not known how to tell them, this title is definitely for you! Shiloh Walker packs a lot into this novella—it’s around fifty pages. We get to really delve into Blush’s character and find out what makes her tick—about what makes her uniquely her. We also learn a lot about Marc—because he’s no innocent babe-in-the-woods, either. Neither are without their secrets, and...
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