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5

Review + Giveaway: Uncharted Territory by Tamsen Parker

Review + Giveaway: Uncharted Territory by Tamsen Parker Uncharted Territory Author: Tamsen Parker Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: If I had to sum up Uncharted Territory in one word, it would be: supersmokinhot. I’m going to admit I was initially irritated by this prequel to the Compass series, and it’s the only reason I’m not giving this title an A+. I’m a *very* chronological reader, and my preference would have been to get India’s backstory prior to Personal Geography. (I get the whole reason behind writing (when the muse strikes, and this is a totally ME thing.) However, my irritation quickly eroded into intrigue. I’m not going to sugar-coat anything with regard to this...
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May
20

Review: Lie Down with Dogs by Hailey Edwards

Review: Lie Down with Dogs by Hailey Edwards Lie Down with Dogs Author: Hailey Edwards Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Wait. What just happened here?!? If you’ve been reading the Black Dog series by Hailey Edwards, you pretty much need to pick up this book now and binge-read it. Not kidding here, folks. If you’re a fan of fantasy (fae, incubi, and all sorts of other interesting critters roaming ‘round) and magic, this series should be on your TBR. I really want to write up all the things I loved so hard about Lie Down with Dogs, but that’d be super spoilerific, and that’s not how I roll. I’ll get to some of that,...
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May
11

Review: Kiss Across Deserts by Tracy Cooper-Posey

Review: Kiss Across Deserts by Tracy Cooper-Posey Kiss Across Deserts Author: Tracy Cooper-Posey Reviewer: VampBard Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: I have been eagerly awaiting more about Veris, Brody, and Taylor. While Kiss Across Deserts isn’t about them, per se, they do appear in a pretty significant way. What’s great about this book, however, is the way relationships build and characters are revealed. I fell instantly in love with Sydney—she’s a strong, kick-ass woman working in a man’s world—as well as Alex and Rafe. I mean, who WOULDN’T fall for all their alpha male vampireness?!?! I haven’t been reading a lot of paranormal romance lately. I love the genre, but I just…haven’t. I suppose we...
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May
4

Review + Snippet + Giveaway: Busted by Shiloh Walker

Review + Snippet + Giveaway: Busted by Shiloh Walker Busted Author: Shiloh Walker Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: It’s no secret I love Shiloh Walker’s books. I have this ongoing ‘thing’ with her writing. I have to be ready, prepared to read about the situations her characters survive. But it’s not just about the tortured alpha males, nor the strong and tenacious women that turn them into puddles of quivering man-candy. It’s about the interaction between characters. I’m totally invested in the Barnes Brothers series, but I’m pretty sure I’ve found my new book boyfriend. I may be ruined for other hot and angsty dudes because of Trey Barnes. I think I was drawn in...
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Apr
27

Review: Taken by HelenKay Dimon

Review: Taken by HelenKay Dimon Taken Author: HelenKay Dimon Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Not gonna lie. When I read HelenKay Dimon’s first Holton Woods book, I was clamoring for more of Eli and Wade’s story. Fortunately, Ms. Dimon was given the go-ahead and got this hot little M/M story in our hands. Never read a M/M romance? This *might* be a good gateway story for you! My only complaint about Taken was that it wasn’t long enough. At an estimated 119 pages (only available in e-book, as far as I could tell…), I devoured this title in an evening while I was resetting from an unbearable day at my #dayjob....
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Apr
21

Review: The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed by Jessica Clare

Review: The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed by Jessica Clare The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed Author: Jessica Clare Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Shhh. The Billionaire Boys Club books are my secret crack. Once I get my hands on one, I can’t put it down! Jessica Clare has created a wonderful secret society of powerful men that have one element missing in their lives: a woman they feel completes them. We’ve met both Audrey and Reese in previous titles of this series, and I’m going to be totally honest. I thought Audrey would end up with Cade. Yup. Didn’t happen. Thus, the apt title The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed. Readers of the series will remember Audrey’s twin, Daphne—the...
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Apr
14

Review: The Virgin’s Night Out by Shiloh Walker

Review: The Virgin’s Night Out by Shiloh Walker The Virgin’s Night Out Author: Shiloh Walker Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Gotta be honest. No one. NO ONE. writes tortured heroes like Shiloh Walker. The Virgin’s Night Out is novella-length (another short, Tempt Me, is offered with the e-book purchase, but not reviewed here); when I reached the 60% mark of the file and the story ended, I was bereft. Even during the few pages I had to spend with them, Sloane and Boone crept into my heart and I didn’t want to leave them. I mathed for y’all. The Virgin’s Night Out is around 158 pages—plan to read it one sitting, because there’s no...
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Apr
8

Review: The Enticement by Tara Sue Me

Review: The Enticement by Tara Sue Me The Enticement Author: Tara Sue Me Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: So, I did a little backlist binge reading awhile ago. I picked up the first three titles in Tara Sue Me’s Submissive series after reading the first book in her Partners in Play series last year. The Enticement is giving me all the feels, folks. All. The. Feels. First, I want to note I feel strongly that this book can be read as a standalone. Read: even if you haven’t read the other titles in the series, you won’t be banging your head against the wall wondering what’s going on. Ms. Me does a great...
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Mar
2

Review: Unraveled by Lorelei James

Review: Unraveled by Lorelei James Unraveled Author: Lorelei James Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Shiori and Knox. *fans self* Perfectly balanced story. Humor, D/s, and watching a relationship have *normal* (sort-of) problems and fabulous resolutions…with super hot sexy times. It felt as though I was a voyeur watching all the things going on with Shiori & Knox. The intimacy of their relationship was intense, and beautiful. One of the things that struck me about Shiori and Knox was the need that drove them both into their relationship. It was never casual for either of them from the beginning. It was planned and purposeful. Borne of Shiori’s desire for affection, and Knox’s...
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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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