Kenn Baker’s Endless Night is not the average vampire book. This is a darkly intense story of lust, greed, violence, and primal urges that refuse be ignored…..and I loved it! Filled with bloody scenes of sex and death, it is a more realistic look into what a world with vampires would be like. You won’t find any love-sick, angst-filled vampires trying to find a way to love a human in this book. In fact, there are very few humans in this book: except for the ones that end up as lunch.  When reading most vampire stories, I tend to root for the good guy. But in Endless Night, the good guy is a bad guy. Even though there was a ton of violence in the book, there is humor, too. I found myself laughing when humans were being torn apart, sometimes envisioning the characters dancing and laughing while slaughtering them (Think “A Clockwork Orange” but with vampires!).

Baker’s writing was extremely descriptive, which made the book that much more intense to read. Each and every character adds an extra level to the story with their unique personalities. I’m happy to know that the author is going to add to the series.  I’d love to see more from all of the characters and find out where their lives are going to go.

If you’re looking for a sweet romance or a happily-ever-after story with rainbows and flowers, this is not the book for you. While there is humor and a little romance, it’s a dark humor that not everyone will like. If you enjoy a little horror with your vampires, then I say this is a must-read. It really was a fantastic read that fans of gothic vampire romances will like. Endless Night is a delightfully dark walk on the wild side that was impossible to put down.

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James is a vampire who wants to hunt, he relishes the kill. He wants to hunt openly, leaving the dead where they fall, but his pack leader Brad insists upon discretion. James is discontent with this domesticated vampire life, and does everything he can to change his life, fix his relationship, end the tyranny of Brad and avoid that pesky sun.

Endless Night is a fang-filled feeding frenzy of fornication and of course….blood.

I chose Winning the Highlander’s Heart as a prize in a generous give-away Terry Spear offered on VampireRomanceBooks.com, because it was something new to me; I have read a few of Ms. Spears’ Wolf books, and figured she would do just as well with a sexy Highlander.  I was not disappointed!

The heroine of the story, Lady Anice, is a strong-minded woman, and isn’t afraid to go after what she wants, which is quite unusual during the time of King Henry I (1068-1135).  A Scottish lass, determined to find a Scottish Laird for her husband, stumbles upon Malcom, a Scottish Highlander bent on finding an English bride.  Neither one hides their intentions, making for some great banter between them.  I found myself chuckling out loud several times, enjoying their quick-witted insults.

Malcom MacNeill is the quintessential Highlander: brawny, tanned, strong and hard-headed.  He’s quite noble, and Ms. Spear makes us fall in love with him the first time we meet him.  He assists Lady Anice as she dangles from a bed sheet she’s used as a rope to escape her room and unwanted attentions from the King.  While “saving” her, he strokes her naked thigh, stealing a touch as he lowers her on to his horse.  Steam keeps building from there, for both of them, adding anticipation to the excitement of their adventure of returning to the Lady’s castle.

The story has some nice twists, and I was never bored.  Clever actions, a few good fights, and some steamy encounters are Terry’s M.O., and she doesn’t let us down with her Highlanders.  I highly recommend Ms. Spear’s Highlander series—hot men in kilts and swords!

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Determined to avoid King Henry I’s randy advances, Lady Anice of Brecken attempts escape, wishing to find a Highlander to escort her home to her castle in Glen Affric where she will rule until she can find a laird worthy of her hand.  Laird Malcolm MacNeill desires an English bride to improve his standing with those in power. But rescuing the Scottish lass from an escape attempt casts him into deadly political intrigue when the king sends Malcolm and his brothers to escort the lady home and investigate the disappearance of some of her staff. Now he must protect the king’s ward without losing his heart to the willful lass, or he could very well earn His Majesty’s wrath…and lose far more. 

Dark Temptations is the first book of the Eden Trilogy. The story revolves around Eve, a college professor, who is trying to solve her parents’ murder.

I had some difficulty getting into the book in the beginning.  There were quite a few grammatical errors and sentence structure problems that I found distracting.  I didn’t really begin to settle into the book until the third chapter.

Errors aside, there were things about the book that I enjoyed.  The author gives us points of view from all three of the main characters.  I liked having the insight from each one because I felt that it gave them more depth.

After the end of the second chapter, the story started to develop.  I appreciated how the author took the time to go back and fill in the histories of both Dante and Raphael.  There were even a couple of twists in the book that I really wasn’t expecting.

Although the book follows the basic vampire book formula, I liked the premise of the story.  I found the characters likeable as well.  If book two goes in the direction I suspect it is going (I don’t want to give anything away) it should be an interesting follow-up.

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From Amazon.com

Evangeline Cass saw the man who murdered her parents, she knows he is a vampire, and she has spent her life trying to find him. A Professor in Literature she spends her time teaching the subject she is most afraid of, the Gothic, using her job as a cover for her desire to learn about vampires. But Eve’s life is more entwined with the dark and unknown world of the supernatural than she realises. When Eve meets Dante, a beautiful and intelligent young man, who sweeps her off her feet, she finds herself learning all about the real world she lives in. The secret that her neighbour and friend Rafael has kept from her for her whole life, and the reason why he holds such deep fear and hatred for Dante are one in the same.

Embrace the Highland Warrior is the second book in Anita Clenney’s series about a clandestine group of Highland warriors tasked with destroying demons and protecting the humans they are trying to destroy.

This book is pure enjoyment. The kilted Connor clan from Awaken the Highland Warrior is back in this second novel, along with the Demons and Vampires who both want a piece of Shay. The writing in this was great!  The plot twists and turns, along with the romance between Shay and Cody, and the all the hot guys in kilts, make this an incredible read. I seriously hope Anita keeps on writing about the Connor clan. I had to read this all in one sitting; I just could not put it down! The action in this is non-stop, along with the sizzling sex between Shay and Cody. I loved that Anita brought so much life to all of her characters in this book, and I can see many more books to come about all of these warriors. From the first page to the last sentence, Anita kept me hooked on Shay’s story, and it was nice to see the return of some old friends from the first book.

5 stars

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When the powerful demon that left Shay for dead discovers her empty grave, he comes seeking retribution, believing she possesses an ancient book he has sought for centuries. Knowing she can’t fight the demon alone, Shay returns to her clan and the Scottish Warrior who betrayed her…the only man she’s ever loved, where she discovers that betrayal isn’t always what it seems. Sometimes it’s far worse.

Shepherd’s Moon is an urban fantasy/thriller by Stacy Mantle.  This is her first book release and hopefully there will be more to come!

The main character of the book is Alex.  She is the first female shepherd in 2000 years.  She has the ability to communicate with animals and she is a rescuer for preternatural creatures.  She lives and works with her pack of shifters.

I really loved the concept of having a shepherd that looks out for the Weres. It is something that I have never seen in other books.  I also like the variety of different shifters.  There are a couple other creatures thrown into the mix, so how can you go wrong?

I am a big fan of shifters and I really enjoyed the storyline of this book.  Mantle has penned a great book that captures your attention right from the start.  The book was really well written and she has left it open for a series.  I really look forward to learning more about the characters to which I have already begun to get attached.  If you like urban fantasy and thrillers, this is a book that is definitely worth a try!

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Fate hasn’t exactly been kind to twenty-year-old Alexandra. Unless you count the fact that she can communicate with animals, the only piece of luck she’s ever had was being rescued by a werewolf and landing in a forever home with an eccentric couple and their unusual pack of animals. It’s taken twelve years to earn the official title of Shepherd but she’s now mostly trained, fairly effective, and the first female in over two centuries to hold the position as protector of animals. All animals…The Territorial Council isn’t thrilled with her new title of Shepherd, but they don’t have any more control over the appointment than they have over her. All they can really do is wait for her to screw something up – which Alex is determined not to do. Everything changes when a chance encounter with a genetically modified Shifter leaves Alex shaken and initiates a quest to locate its maker. In a desperate bid to save her pack, Alex must infiltrate the Parallax Corporation – an international organization with their hands in everything from biomedical engineering to publishing. They have now expanded their efforts to include terrorism and are attempting to breed the perfect weapon. Despite years of training and enough money from her live-in pack of misfits to finance a small country, Alex finds herself woefully unprepared to tackle the new threat. To make matters worse, Alex must work with a mysterious man who’s been trying to kill her since the day they met. Together with her pack, Alex must learn how to stop the biological cloning and find those responsible for the plan before it really does become a global threat.

James R. Tuck’s Blood and Bullets is the first Deacon Chalk Occult Bounty-Hunter novel. I will start by saying I am a fan of paranormal romance, but now and then I like to change it up some.  If you are looking for sparkly, lovesick vampires, walk away now.  If you are searching for something different, this may very well be your something!

The book’s main character is Deacon Chalk, and he is the quintessential bad ass, and monster hunter.  He is a bit complex; on one hand he is hard and blunt and because of this, sometimes he can come off as a bit of a jerk.  On the other hand, he is loyal and caring, especially when it comes to those in his inner circle.

I really liked the storyline and I was engrossed right away, reading the entire book in one sitting.  This book is action-packed from start to finish.  In my opinion the book is a cross between paranormal and crime novel.  In some ways, it brings to mind the early Anita Blake books, a little sexual tension and a whole lot of killing!

All of the book’s characters are well developed, and I will note that there is a lot more to it than your average vampire and slayer.  Tuck is really descriptive in his writing and you can tell a lot of thought went into this book.  I also enjoyed his writing style.  I am definitely on board for more Deacon Chalk novels!

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Since hunting down the monster who took the lives of his wife and children five years ago, occult bounty-hunter Deacon Chalk has lived by only one rule.He does not work for the monsters. He kills them.So why would a vampire try to hire him as protection against another monster hunter? After enforcing his only rule Deacon goes to meet the target, a vampire slayer named Nyteblade. Professional courtesy demands he tell this Nyteblade the vampires are hiring people to kill him. Deacon finds the vampire slayer waiting in an alley. Waiting to stake him.He discovers that Nyteblade is a bumbling, fumbling, wanna-be instead of a badass vampire hunter. Someone who needs saving from monsters instead of the other way around. This is proven when a horde of vampires descend and he has to escape while trying to keep Nyteblade alive.Someone has set Deacon up. Someone wants him dead. Someone should have sent more vampires.Bound and determined, Deacon will find out who tried to kill him no matter how many bloodsuckers, were-spiders, cursed immortals, undead strippers, or insanely powerful hell-bitches he has to wade through.It’s going to be a long night.

April is Indie Author Month

VampireRomanceBooks.com has dedicated the month of April to the Indie Author. After reading so many wonderful books last year by Indie Authors, we wanted to do something to spotlight their talented work. So, for each day in April, we will feature a different Indie Author and their work.

If you are an Indie Author in the paranormal romance, erotic, urban fantasy, or romantic suspense genre, we would love to feature you for a review, interview, guest blog, giveaway, or just have your work exhibited for a day.

Please email us at vampireromancebooks@gmail.com if you’d like to be a part of Indie Author Month at VampireRomanceBooks.com. Please include your name, series or book title, genre, and website (if you have one) along with how you’d like to be featured.

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Tracy Cooper-Posey has cemented her spot on my “auto buy” list with her latest release, Bannockburn Binding.  The first in Beloved Bloody Time series, Bannockburn Binding takes the vampire, time travel, futuristic, and M/M/F genres and meshes them in such a way that only Tracy Cooper-Posey can do. I’ve never been a fan of futuristic, sci-fi or time-travel books, but the characters and worlds that Tracy builds for her readers is impossible not to love. In Bannockburn Binding, vampires have learned how to travel through time. In the 23rd century, the Chronometric Conservation Agency was formed to help keep history from being changed and causing damage to the future. Vampires work for the agency as time travelers and take clients on trips back to the past.

Natalia (Tally) Marta is a vampire traveler who has taken a client back to Scotland in the 1300’s. There, she’s captured (being mistaken as an English lady) and becomes involved in a smoking hot sexual relationship with Robert MacKenzie, a Scottish clansman. When circumstances keep Tally from returning to the agency, her ex-lover and fellow vampire traveler, Christian Lee Hamilton, jumps back in time to help bring her home. Plans quickly change and we soon get the pleasure of enjoying Tally, Rob, and Christian’s sizzling relationship taking place in the past.

Intertwined in the Tally, Rob, Christian story line is a cast of supporting characters that are just as intriguing. While our threesome is back in Scotland, there is a lot going on back in the future at the Agency. While reading the book you wonder if you are simply being set up for future books in the series or if there is more going on. Twists and turns throughout the book keep you guessing until the very end when everything gets wrapped up neatly. Even without a cliffhanger, I can’t wait for this series to continue. There are so many different ways that Tracy Cooper-Posey could take this storyline and if history truly does repeat itself, I’m positive she won’t disappoint.

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In the early 23rd Century, vampires learned how to travel back in time, and created a time-tsunami that threatened life as we know it, until they corrected their mistake. They created the Chronometric Conservation Agency, which is tasked with preserving history and therefore protecting humanity’s future. The Touring arm of the Agency offers trips back into the real past, with vampire guides, called travelers.

When Natalia (Tally) Marta, vampire and traveler, takes her client to visit the siege of Stirling Castle in 1314, she is caught and held hostage for ransom by Robert MacKenzie, a Bruce clansman. Rob finds himself drawn to the willful, stubborn and very different English lady he has captured and the relationship becomes an intimate, highly-charged sexual pairing. Swiftly, Tally and Rob realize their bond is more than sexual, that the emotions stirring their hearts are true.

Christian Lee Hamilton, vampire, one of the last true southern gentlemen, and Tally’s ex-lover, knows the 1314 time marker enough to jump back and help Tally return home. His arrival at Bannockburn adds complications, for Christian finds himself drawn to Rob MacKenzie as much as Tally is. But neither of them can stay in the past forever. To do so means certain death.

Our wonderful featured author and guest blogger Tracy Cooper-Posey

is offering one lucky reader a copy of her fantastic book Blood Knot.

Winter, a professional thief who can manipulate others’ biologies by touch, accidentally “healed” her former partner—and former vampire—Sebastian, whom she secretly loves. Her healing created a symbiot pairing between them that neither of them wants. Nathanial, a sexy thousand-year-old vampire and Sebastian’s ex-lover, talks Sebastian and Winter into stealing evidence that will expose all vampires to the world. But Nathanial is a puppet-master who doesn’t believe in falling in love with humans, leaving Winter unsure of his real feelings for her once he seduces her, or how he feels about Sebastian, the former vampire-now-human whose life he has turned upside down once more. But the evidence they steal is hot property. The future of all vampires is on the line and others will stop at nothing to get it, leaving Sebastian, Winter and Nathanial with no allies but each other. They must trust each other to survive. Only…can they?

 

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Please welcome our special guest Tracy Cooper-Posey!

Tracy has made a stop at VRB and is blogging about “Vampires in the Future – Natural Space Travelers?”.

Stop over  and read her great blog about the future of vampires and space travel. She will be stopping by throughout the day to answer and questions you may have for her. She is also giving away a copy of her last published book Blood Knot. Leave a question or comment on the blog to for your chance to win!

 

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