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Oct
14

Review: Caressed by Shadows by Amanda J. Greene

Review: Caressed by Shadows by Amanda J. Greene Caressed by Shadows Author: Amanda J. Greene Reviewer: VampBard Rating: B What I’m Talking About: The Rulers of Darkness series is one of my favorites. I stay up late reading them All. The. Time. And I must admit I have eagerly awaited Falcon and Sonya’s story. Theirs is a story of love that cannot be. They’ve longed for one another for centuries. Falcon to Sonya at the beginning, when Sonya says they can have one night – no one will know: “No. I refuse because one night wouldn’t be enough.” The huge problem is that Falcon would be beheaded and Sonya would be cast out. Not cool in the...
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Oct
9

Review: Beauty and the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

Review: Beauty and the Billionaire by Jessica Clare Beauty and the Billionaire Author: Jessica Clare Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: One. Sitting. I read Beauty and the Billionaire in one sitting. You know those memes all over Facebook – ‘I decided staying up all night to finish my book was more important than being mentally present today,’ MmHmm. That’s me. Because the book was THAT good. This is kind-of based on one of my Disney favorites, Beauty and the Beast. Um. WAY better adult version of the tale though. We all know the trope. Physically & emotionally damaged dude falls for the girl. Doesn’t think he worthy (may actually have people taunting that he’s...
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Oct
6

Book Spotlight: Shades of Pink 2014 Anthology

Book Spotlight: Shades of Pink 2014 Anthology Here’s what VampBard’s Talking About: Author Kallysten is repeating her Shades of Pink anthology. As a fundraiser for breast cancer research, the 2013 anthology raised over $10,000. She’s hoping to meet that total again this year, and I’m hoping we beat it! Twenty-two authors have included short stories ranging from sweet to spicy. The anthology is our gift to those that donate towards breast cancer research. You can go HERE to donate. Your confirmation email will contain a link and a code to download your copy of Shades of Pink 2014. Nope. I didn’t shift pronouns up there. I’m one of the authors for this year’s anthology. This is...
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Oct
3

Review: Only by HelenKay Dimon

Review: Only by HelenKay Dimon Only Author: HelenKay Dimon Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: I really was excited about reading Only, the second title in Helenkay Dimon’s Holton Woods series. The first book, Mercy, was fabulous as well. They do need to be read sequentially. If you don’t have the background from the first title, you’re going to miss stuff in this one. I really wish I had more time to just sit down and read. Like, all day. This is one of those titles that I was happy I had digitally. I read for five minutes here or ten minutes there every time I had a moment. If I’d had...
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Sep
24

Review: One Funeral by Kat & Stone Bastion

Review: One Funeral by Kat & Stone Bastion One Funeral Author: Kat & Stone Bastion Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: Devoured. That’s how I read One Funeral, the second title in Kat & Stone Bastion’s No Weddings series. This humorous, yet oh-so-serious series is already on my list of favorites, and I can’t wait for the next title, Two Bar Mitzvahs. I’m eager to see what happens between Hannah and Cade. First, if you haven’t read No Weddings, the first book in the No Weddings series, READ IT FIRST. There’s no option, really. Otherwise, a reader would be hopelessly lost. The backstory is quite important to the plot of book two, and while things...
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Sep
15

Review: Midnight Everlasting by S.M. Stelmack

Review: Midnight Everlasting by S.M. Stelmack Midnight Everlasting Author: S.M. Stelmack Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: This dark urban fantasy, tinged with romance, immediately reminded me why I liked Undertow, the first title in The UnderCity Chronicles by husband-wife team, S.M. Stelmack. I still missed Jack, but was delighted to see Reggie make an appearance. The new main characters are engaging, and battling similar horrors as the first title described. With a LOT more at stake. Yup. Still pre-1992 Stephen King-esque. The creeptastic creatures crafted by the Stemacks are straight out of nightmares. No. Lie. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be giving manholes a wide berth for awhile, once again. And,...
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Sep
5

Review: No Weddings by Kat & Stone Bastion

Review: No Weddings by Kat & Stone Bastion No Weddings Author: Kat & Stone Bastion Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: I’ve known about the No Weddings series for a while. I can’t believe it’s finally here, though! I was excited to read the newest by Kat Bastion, and her co-writer and otherwise duly noted partner in life, crime and fiction, Stone Bastion. And if I fan-girl a little bit during my review, forgive me ☺ This series is about the development of a relationship. A sturdy, solid, for-the-long-haul relationship. We don’t have insta-love here, folks. And we get book 1 of the series completely from Cade’s point-of-view. Male. Point-Of-View. I loved his narrative voice...
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Sep
3

Review: Linger by Lauren Jameson

Review: Linger by Lauren Jameson Linger Author: Lauren Jameson Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: If you’ve not read Lauren Jameson’s In Vino Veritas series, you’re in luck. The third – and final – installment, Linger, has released and you can book-binge on the trilogy! I highly recommend all three books in this series. While you don’t necessarily have to read them in order, it is highly suggested by this reader. Ms. Jameson crafts a wonderful plot revolving around Logan and Scarlett. I was nearly brought to tears several times throughout this novel. I loved Scarlett and Logan – together and separately for a variety of reasons. First, both characters are believable....
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Aug
18

Quickie Review: Tiger Lily by Vivian Winslow

Quickie Review: Tiger Lily by Vivian Winslow Tiger Lily Author: Vivian Winslow Reviewer: VampBard Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: Tiger Lily is the third novella in the Gilded Flower series, and although each is a separate title, this book is not really a stand alone. I sat down and read all three in one evening. I rated each individually, based on where I was in the over-all arc. I’m being generous with the B- rating for this novella. I feel that Lily has her HEA, and her plot arc ends here; however, there are too many loose ends for me. I feel like the string of three novellas I read had a loose plot, stringing...
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Aug
11

Review: His Every Need by Terri L. Austin

Review: His Every Need by Terri L. Austin His Every Need Author: Terri L. Austin Reviewer: VampBard Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Ohhhh. Myyyyy. When reading Terri L. Austin’s novel, His Every Need, I was reminded a LOT about several other novels I’ve read. While it’s reminiscent of the contemporary erotic romance that’s all the rage right now, there’s definitely something unique and fresh in Ms. Austin’s voice and the plot for this title. First, I love Allie, the main character. She’s sassy, impertinent, and responsible. Something not easily written in today’s contemporary romance. With the responsibility for her siblings after her mother’s death from cancer (god, I hate cancer…), and a father that had basically...
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