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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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Oct
31

Review: Midnight Action by Elle Kennedy

Review: Midnight Action by Elle Kennedy Midnight Action Author: Elle Kennedy Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: This is one of those books that you wonder whether there’s going to be a happily-ever-after. And whether all the characters you’ve come to love will survive. Until. The. End. Midnight Action, the fifth title in Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instincts series, is the book that had me running the gambit of emotions. And I wished I didn’t have a thing to do so I could devour it in one setting. I have been WAITING for this book! I love the sexual tension between Jim and Noelle. The first time these two characters appeared together in a...
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Oct
28

Review + Giveaway: Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks

Review + Giveaway: Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks Keep Me Safe Author: Maya Banks Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Once again, Maya Banks brings it! The Slow Burn series is off to a fabulous start with Keep Me Safe. This page-turner is full of everything I love in romantic suspense. A fabulous alpha male, a secretly super strong female lead, and a bunch of creepy stuff going on to keep me on the edge of my seat. Here’s the thing, it’s really hard for me to review romantic suspense in general. I’m always worried about being spoiler-ish. Especially something that’s such a magnetic read. But, I’m going to give it a shot…. I’ve read...
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