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Feb
26

Review: Stealing Rose by Monica Murphy

Review: Stealing Rose by Monica Murphy Stealing Rose Author: Monica Murphy Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: These Fowler Sisters books are like chocolate—always got room for more. Stealing Rose, the second title in the trilogy, is about the baby sister, Rose, and the thief that stole her heart, Caden. We also get to see more of Violet and Ryder, as well as Lily. For the record, I’m quickly approaching fifty. But reading Stealing Rose really took me back to my college days, a couple decades ago. Okay. Maybe I wasn’t quite as gregarious as Rose (Stop laughing. Really.). But there are a bazillion ways I did connect with her in this story....
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Feb
16

Review: Personal Geography + Intimate Geography by Tamsen Parker

Review: Personal Geography + Intimate Geography by Tamsen Parker Personal Geography Intimate Geography Author: Tamsen Parker Reviewer: VampBard Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Okay, ladies & gentlemen. These are some seriously smokin’ hot books. However, if you *just* pick up book 1, you’re going to kick yourself, or need to one-click as soon as you finish the first title. I read ‘em back-to-back, and I’m not ashamed to say I devoured them. The Compass series, of which Personal Geography & Intimate Geography are the first two titles, is purported to tell all of Cris & India’s story. This is super important to me, because as I reached the end, it *felt* like the end of their story....
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Feb
9

Review: Heir of the Dog by Hailey Edwards

Review: Heir of the Dog by Hailey Edwards Heir of the Dog Author: Hailey Edwards Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: I don’t know what it is about these Black Dog books. I Eat. Them. Up. With engaging writing, an awesome heroine, and a hint of love story, I’m enthralled each time I open up one of them. I never know which way the story will turn out until the end. Mmmhm. A smidge of suspense and unpredictable story telling. Gotta love it. When I started reading, I thought things were kicking up a notch with Shaw. Um. Not. Thierry finds herself tangled in the politics of Faerie. There’s a new guy on the scene,...
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Jan
26

Review + Giveaway: In His Keeping by Maya Banks

Review + Giveaway: In His Keeping by Maya Banks In His Keeping Author: Maya Banks Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: I ate up this book. Literally. I would have read it in one sitting, if I’d had the time. That’s usually the case with Maya Banks’s titles, though. Especially the Slow Burn series. In His Keeping was no exception. Take a little Alpha male, a damsel-in-distress, some paranormal abilities, a dash of kidnapping and you’ve got the wild roller coaster that was In His Keeping. The action kept me riveted to this title, and looking forward to the next title in the series. What drew me into the story was the love that Ginger and...
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Jan
20

Review: Soul Enslaved by Keri Lake

Review: Soul Enslaved by Keri Lake Soul Enslaved Author: Keri Lake Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: I like to come up with hashtags for Keri Lake’s books. This was #GlommingGavin. I fell in love with this Son of Wrath in the first book of this series. His measured control. His compassion. All the little things that make me, as a reader, compelled to finish a book. At the loss of sleep. In lieu of meals. Hoping for a few minutes of ‘wait time’ so I could open up the Kindle app and read even a few more lines. First things first. This is a supremely dark paranormal urban fantasy erotic romance. Ms....
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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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