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Jan
27

Review: Dead in the Water by Hailey Edwards

Review: Dead in the Water by Hailey Edwards Dead in the Water Author: Hailey Edwards Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: You. Guys. I’m not kidding here. I actually growled when one of the kidlets interrupted me while I was reading Dead in the Water. This is Ms. Edwards’ Gemini series, a spin-off of the Black Dog series. Yes. You should probably read the Black Dog series before you read this one. Otherwise, if you go back, you’ll have read spoilers. Dead in the Water takes place after Old Dog, New Tricks, the fourth title in the Black Dog series. Not gonna lie. I adore Cam and the way she handles everything. Ev.Er.Y.Thing. I am...
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Jan
19

Reviews: The Prince + The Raven (two books) by Sylvain Reynard

Reviews: The Prince + The Raven (two books) by Sylvain Reynard The Prince & The Raven Author: Sylvain Reynard Reviewer: VampBard Rating: B What I’m Talking About: I’ve had a bajillion people tell me to read the work of Sylvain Reynard. Today’s review covers The Prince and The Raven—to get me caught up before my upcoming review of The Shadow. I’m intrigued by the premise of this series because, duh, I love vampire stories. It’s always been a thing with me. The Prince is a crossover novella between the Gabriel’s Inferno (GI) universe and the universe of The Florentine. This novella is a quick little read, and I think it sets up the premise of The Raven rather well. There’s...
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Jan
5

Review + Excerpt: Headed for Trouble by Shiloh Walker

Review + Excerpt: Headed for Trouble by Shiloh Walker Headed for Trouble Author: Shiloh Walker Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: Shiloh Walker. I should know better than to read one of her books and expect a casual read. Call me Holiday Impaired, or whatever, but I picked up Headed for Trouble expecting to sit down and read for a while, you know, before I started doing what I needed to accomplish for the day. Nope. DEVOURED IT. Good thing I didn’t have anything super important on the schedule, because I’m pretty sure I would’ve been that girl who canceled plans because she needed to sit on her couch, wrapped in a blanket, finishing a phenomenal...
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Dec
30

Vampbard’s Best of 2015

Vampbard’s Best of 2015 VampBard’s Best Of 2015 I’ve been blogging about books with That’s What I’m Talking About for six or seven years. I think I’ve had a fabulous reading year, even though I’ve read fewer books than in years past. I thought about why the books seem better, and I think it’s because I read primarily ‘known’ authors. I guess that means I didn’t take too many risks this year in my reading. I continued series and authors that I knew held my interest. Here’s the good stuff (in no particular order): The Compass Series by Tamsen Parker I am a big BDSM reader, in case you haven’t noticed. What I...
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Dec
29

Review: Mastered by Maya Banks

Review: Mastered by Maya Banks Mastered Author: Maya Banks Reviewer: VampBard Rating: DNF What I’m Talking About: It’s always interesting to pick up a new book, new series by an author I’ve read and love. Much like my #dayjob, it’s a new adventure every day. I never know what I’m going to get, and while I’ve adored stuff I’ve read in the past, sometimes I just can’t get out of there fast enough. Sometimes I think, “Oh, maybe things will turn around.” Sometimes that doesn’t happen, and that was the case for me, reading Mastered by Maya Banks. What I liked was the world-building. The Enforcers is a new series by Ms. Banks, and...
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Nov
30

Review: Stone Cold Fox by Hailey Edwards

Review: Stone Cold Fox by Hailey Edwards Stone Cold Fox Author: Hailey Edwards Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: Shut. The. Front. Door. I didn’t think it was possible to love one of Hailey Edwards’ characters more than I did Thierry. First, I’m totally going to gush about the whole Black Dog world. While Mai’s book, Stone Cold Fox, isn’t *technically* part of the Black Dog series, anyone who’s read about Thierry’s adventures already knows and loves Mai. Readers new to the series? Okay. This’ll whet your appetite, but be warned—it’s spoilery to the series featuring Thierry! If you haven’t partaken of the Black Dog books, I do highly recommend them. I adored this...
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Nov
25

Review: Heart Legacy by Robin D. Owens

Review: Heart Legacy by Robin D. Owens Heart Legacy Author: Robin D. Owens Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Robin D. Owens continues to keep the world of Celta alive and—hotly—kicking with her newest Celta’s Heartmates release, Heart Legacy. As the fourteenth book in the series, I always wonder how an author can breathe new life into the same world. Ms. Owens managed to keep me hooked from first word to last. I was happy to revisit the world of Celta, as it’s one of my favorite magical places to go. One of the great things about this series is getting to see the progeny of main characters from other books. I appreciate the...
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Nov
6

Review: Ex-Con: Bad Boy Romance by M.S. Parker & Shiloh Walker

Review: Ex-Con: Bad Boy Romance by M.S. Parker & Shiloh Walker Ex-Con: Bad Boy Romance Author: M.S. Parker & Shiloh Walker Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Warning: Potential Spoilers. I absolutely love a good suspense wrapped around a fabulous romance. M.S. Parker and Shiloh Walker have created an intriguing story with a well-crafted plot that kept me riveted to the page. Ex-Con: Bad Boy Romance leads the reader down a trail, splits the path, and hops on a highway. The best kind of suspense. Carly grew up the daughter of a famous musician. I connected with her in a lot of ways—not that I have money or anything—but because she lived in a shadow, and had to...
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Nov
3

Review: The Exhibitionist by Tara Sue Me

Review: The Exhibitionist by Tara Sue Me The Exhibitionist Author: Tara Sue Me Reviewer: VampBard Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: I’ve been reading Tara Sue Me’s Submissive series for a while now. I’ve loved it because it shows how a real couple, albeit a *rich* couple, navigate a relationship. That’s why I fell in love with it. Today, after reading The Exhibitionist and sleeping on it, I’m still pretty much stuck as to why I’m not feelin’ this title. I think it’s the conflict. Like in some romance titles, there’s internal conflict. Nothing that’s *really* external for both Nathaniel and Abby. I’m pretty sure that was it, because the issues didn’t *seem* that big. Maybe...
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Oct
24

Review: Heart Fire by Robin D. Owens

Review: Heart Fire by Robin D. Owens Heart Fire Author: Robin D. Owens Reviewer: VampBard Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Psst. I missed a Celta’s Heartmates book last year because my reading schedule was full. Well, before the next title releases, Heart Legacy, on November 3, 2015, I HAD to read Heart Fire. Because, one does not simply skip a book in a series. One of the things I love most about the Celta’s Heartmates series is that the main couple spend the bulk of the book kinda-sorta knowing they should be together, but battling their inner demons and working through stuff so they’re actually ABLE to be together in a stable, healthy, relationship. I also...
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