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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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Oct
21

Review: Two Bar Mitzvahs by Kat & Stone Bastion

Review: Two Bar Mitzvahs by Kat & Stone Bastion Two Bar Mitzvahs Author: Kat & Stone Bastion Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: I think Mr. VampBard is going to confiscate my Kindle. I inhaled Two Bar Mitzvahs, and may be a smidge guilty of not really watching a show we were eagerly anticipating. Worth. It. The most poignant moments in the third book of the No Weddings series had me in tears. Since we’re back in Cade’s POV for this book, I was really happy to catch up with him again. I liked the conflict between Hannah and Cade in this book: the intensity of their emotions. The way it seemed as though Cade’s voice...
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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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