Covet is the first novella in the Vampire Erotic Theatre Series.  Going by the series name, I am sure you can deduce that this novella is erotica, but that is not all; it is also a great love story. So if you love erotica and vamps you are in luck!

The main characters are Javier, a vampire and Lilah, a human. Together they are absolutely combustible!  Heaton was able to convey all of the attraction and emotion between the two very well.  She really did them justice and gave them a great story. My only disappointment was there was not more of it!

This is the first book by Felicity Heaton I have read, but it won’t be my last.

If you are a fan of erotica and in the mood for a quick read pick this one up.  It is hot, sexy, romantic and with some action to boot! Also be on the lookout for the second in the series, Crave.

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From Amazon.com

They’ve burned for each other for two years, the forbidden attraction between them growing each night. Now resisting the sinful desires of their hearts is becoming impossible. Javier knows better than to succumb to his hunger for Lilah. The mortal female belongs to a powerful aristocrat patron of Vampirerotique, the theatre he runs with three other vampires. A single touch is all it would take to break the sacred law of his kind, sentencing himself to death, but his passion for her has become too fierce to ignore and he will risk everything to make Lilah his. Lilah has fought her desire for Javier since arriving at his theatre as a servant but each glance he has stolen, his eyes promising pleasure that will satisfy her longing for him, has chipped away at her defences and she can no longer deny her need and her forbidden feelings for the powerful vampire male. When they find themselves alone in a private box during one of the erotic performances, will they surrender to their passion and live out their wildest fantasies in a night of wicked pleasure or will the threat of Lilah’s master keep them apart forever? Adults only–highly erotic vampire romance novella, contains light bondage

Darkness Falls: Hunted is the first novel by Trista Jaszczak, and the first in the Darkness Falls series.  This is a book that I believe will really appeal to lovers of the young adult genre.  Although the main characters are now in their twenties, there is still an innocence to their relationship.

I got caught up in the story right away; it was well written and the characters were well developed.  I liked the story between the two main characters, Randi and Xander.  There was a slightly different take on the origins of their relationship that made them more interesting.

The only issue I had with the book was the slower pace about half way through and at times, the story seemed a little repetitive. However, it was well worth sticking with the story.  The last part of the book had all of the twists and turns you could handle!

Although the end wrapped up nicely, there will be more books to follow.  It makes me wonder what is in store for Randi and Xander.

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From Amazon.com

Five years ago, the love of Randi Marshall’s life disappeared without so much as a phone call or even a letter. Ever since, she’s forced herself to forget the past and move on though moving on means suffering with nightmares night after night, dreams with a torturous vampire who hunts her in her thoughts. Things can’t seem to get much worse until Xavier Brighton walks into her life. As Randi falls head over heels for him, she doesn’t realize her world will be turned upside down again. Could a dark family secret rip them apart? Or could Xavier’s own secret be something Randi can’t forgive?

Vampire Vacation by C.J. Ellisson is the first novel in the VV Inn Series and a fabulous first book. I’ve been dying to read this book for ages and I was very pleased that this book was exactly what I thought it would be; great storyline, fabulous characters and some very steamy scenes.

Vivian is an ancient vampire and runs a vampire Inn with her human husband, Rafe. He has been her bonded mate for more than eighty years. Through the blood exchange, Rafe is as strong as any other vampire and the only thing Vivian is prepared to die for.

The Inn is a place where vampires, their mates and servants can come together, relax and enjoy each other’s company. Vivian’s power to manipulate others and their thoughts comes in handy to seduce her guests, but it is also a power to fear. Every other manipulator has been exterminated before her, so she has kept her secret for many centuries.

When a human turns up dead in one of her hotel rooms, she knows they have to find the killer fast, even if that means asking her vampire guests for help.

Miss Ellisson didn’t disappoint me with this book.  She has written a fabulous, steamy, funny and mysterious story. The chemistry between Vivian and Rafe is amazing; those two are so right for each other. Their relationship with their employees is another great thing to see, even though Vivian doesn’t drink from her employees and doesn’t have a bond with them, she will do anything to protect those humans.

I am definitely going to read the next novel soon. This is one of those books that you have to see how it continues.

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From Amazon.com

Meet Vivian. She’s a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot — a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true.
Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body; convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests.
Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn’t easy. Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?

The Man of My Dreams had a slightly different take on the normal vampire romance novel. My first thought after reading it was that it was like a dark fairy tale or “The Beauty and The Beast”, except a little more sinister.

The storyline and the characters were both interesting; Quintal had my attention from beginning to end. I liked the main character, Cassie.  She is a survivor and strong, but vulnerable at the same time.  The man of her dreams is also an enjoyable character. The only problem I had was the ending not being what I expected and wanted.  Then I realized the story would continue, so that made me feel a little better!

This is the first book of the Dream series. It is relatively short, but if you are looking for a book that is an entertaining read I recommend giving this one a try! I look forward to seeing where this story goes next.

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From Amazon.com

Ever since the death of her parents at the age of 17, Cassie has been dreaming about a dark haired man. He always comes to her in times of trouble to comfort her and help her through the toughest of days. But now after the devastating break up with her boyfriend, Cassie struggles with separating reality from her dreams. During a trip to her family beach house, her dream man becomes her lover and Cassie finds herself longing for this man to be in her life. But trying to find out the truth about him leaves her questioning her very existence and sanity. She is convinced her dream man is real and connected to a string of macabre murders over the last 20 years. Fearing for her life, Cassie prays she is right about him and that he can save her before it is too late. NOTE FROM AUTHOR: This book contains mention of sexual abuse, attempted rapes and horrific murders.

*This is a contemporary romance, but it does have angels and a slight bit of time travel. *

What do you get when you cross “A Christmas Carol” with “Heaven Can Wait”?  Answer:  Angel Be Good by Kathy Carmichael.  Daphne is a war correspondent that dies before her time.  She is asked to help reform a modern-day, Scrooge-type character while a search is made for a suitable new body for her to inhabit.   She spends the evening visiting Nathaniel with visions of Christmas past, present, and future.  In between, the two fall in love.

The characters interact well together.  Leonard, the angel assigned to assist Daphne, reminded me of the kindly angel, Clarence, in “It’s a Wonderful Life”.    Readers will recognize other characters from “A Christmas Carol” also, but reimagined in fresh and updated roles.

 

This is a charming story.   It could have been super sappy, but the author strikes the right balance between heartwarming and romantic.  She even works in the famous closing line from “A Christmas Carol” at just the right spot.

There is an explicit sex scene in the book that had me rolling my eyes with its over-the-top prose, but the second such scene was done extremely well.  It was breath taking with its über romantic quality.

“Angel Be Good” was my favorite of the Christmas romance books I read this year.  I will be recommending this one in the future when people ask me to suggest a good holiday romance.

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From Amazon.com
Miracles still happen in modern day New York when “Scrooge” (Nathaniel Danvers) meets Heaven Can Wait (Daphne), who has been sent to give him one last chance at redemption. Angel Be Good captures the essence of the classic Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and offers a touch of humor and romance. This sexy romantic comedy is the perfect holiday feel-good read.

Her Dark Knight is the story of an immortal and his reincarnated love and their story that took place centuries before.

I have got to say, I have mixed feelings about this book.  The story flashes back and forth between the 1300′s and modern day.

The book was well written and I enjoyed the flashbacks.  The author made it easy to envision the medieval time period.  The story between the two main characters was emotional and romantic.

For me personally, the story was a little dark.  This made it hard for me to completely enjoy.  However, I kept going because I felt emotionally invested and I had to see it through.  This is one of those books that kind of tears at you.  It was good in the way that the author grabbed my attention and made me feel that way.  On the other hand, it almost seemed like too much because of all the conflict. The story seemed to lag at times.  I just wanted to get to the next part to see what happened next.  The ending disappointed me because I didn’t get the closure I wanted and I felt like I was left hanging.

Although not 100% sold on this particular book, I would read this author again.  Especially if the book had a lighter overtone.

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Madelaine Alexander is on a mission. When her boss sends her to the hottest nightclub in town to meet with the owner, she won’t be deterred, even if that means standing in line for fifty-eight minutes in torturous heels while she’d rather be home in her pj’s with a bowl of popcorn.

A Knight of the Templar, Christien Chevalier was given immortality along with the responsibility of protecting the treasure of the Templars. He’s been unwavering in his task for centuries until his one true love—who died seven hundred years ago—shows up in his club, demanding his attention.

Christien couldn’t protect Madelaine when they first fell in love. She was married to a lord and he was simply a knight. Now, through some unknown miracle, she stands before him again and they have a second chance. But Christien fears that Madelaine is being used as a pawn in a dangerous game, a game of good versus evil that could affect all of mankind…

Depraved Blood is the first book of the Young Bloodsuckers Series.  There are so many out there trying to write the next Twilight, and this is a welcome departure from that.

This book is heavy, everything from the story setting, the character storyline, to the subject matter. The story takes you on somewhat of an emotional roller coaster. There was one scene in particular that was hard to read.  One of the main characters of the book is Constantinos, and he was my favorite.  He is by no means the good guy, but he was my favorite because his character was so multidimensional.  He is dark, but at times you could see a hint of vulnerability.

The author is imaginative, and that’s good at a time when books can be carbon copies of each other.  I love the fact that this story deviates from the norm.  There were a few editing errors but not enough to be distracting.  The biggest problem I had with the book was the number of character stories.  There is so much going on in the span of a fairly short novel; I really wish the book had been laid out a little differently.

My decision is still out on this one.  Whether you love it or hate it though, it is a book that will spark emotion and opinion!

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From Amazon.com

This first entry in “The Young Bloodsuckers Series” is the story of three desperate, lost souls—a teenage brother and sister and a man on the verge of a breakdown—whose lives are forever changed by two ancient yet boyish vampires, one good and the other evil. Raw and moody, told with an unabashed, mature voice that breaks through the insipid twilight with taboo depravity.

Here are the known upcoming releases by your favorite author’s for March 2012.
If we have missed a title, please leave comment with the title, release date, and author name.
Click on each book for more information and to purchase.
ANT: ANTHOLOGY/COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES
A: ANGELS/GUARDIANS/GODS
AGT: AGENTS/SPY/SPECIAL OPS/FEDS
D: DRAGONS
DE: DEMONS
E: EROTICA
FE: FAE/FAERIES/ELVES
FY: FANTASY
GH: GHOSTS/SPIRITS
H: HISTORICAL
HL: HIGHLANDERS
HMR: HUMOR
MG: MAGIC
MY: MYSTERY
OMN: OMNIBUS
OP: OTHER PARANORMAL
PSY: PSYCHIC/ESP
RR: RE-RELEASE
RS: ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
SCI: SCI-FI
SH: SHIFTERS/WERE
 
UF: URBAN FANTASY
V: VAMPIRES
VK: VIKINGS
WH: WITCH/WARLOCK
WR: WARRIORS/BROTHERHOODS
YA: YOUNG ADULT
Z: ZOMBIES
MARCH 1st
MARCH 6th
March 10th
  • Crave by: Felicity Heaton (E, V, BK2)
MARCH 13th
MARCH 20th
MARCH 27th
MARCH 29th
MARCH 30th
  • Dark Secrets by: Marie Kenward (V, BK3)

Our featured author Amanda J Greene is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of her latest release Caressed by Night! Amanda is at VRB today talking about this very book. Hop on over to her guest blog and ask a question or leave a comment for your chance to win.

CLICK HERE TO ASK A QUESTION OR LEAVE A COMMENT FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!

Please help me welcome the wonderful Amanda J. Greene to VRB. I had the pleasure of reviewing Amanda’s first book Caressed by Moonlight last year and have just recently read he second book in the Rulers of Darkness series, Caressed by Night. If you haven’t read the Rulers of Darkness series, you don’t know what you’re missing! Amanda has stopped by and shared a steamy excerpt from Caressed by Night between the intoxicating Dimitri and his mate Kerstyn.

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Thank you to Vampire Romance Books for hosting me today.

I was so happy to see that this site my first stops on my Caressed by Night (Rulers of Darkness #2) release blog tour. Vampire Romance Books was the first site to ever give me a review. Around the beginning of the year, last year, I was looking to promote my first release, Caressed by Moonlight (Rulers of Darkness #1). I had no idea what I was doing or even how I would get my name out into the large world of romance. I was nervous when Vampire Romance Books agreed to review my work and was ecstatic when I received a wonderful review. Thank you!

Well, here I am again, with my second release, Caressed by Night. Like before, vampires are my supernatural creature of choice, hence my appearance here on this blog. Who doesn’t find the idea of a drop dead gorgeous, alpha male with fangs and an insatiable appetite (wink wink) appealing? I sure do! Dimitri Arsov is tall, blond, with diamond eyes – the image of the Norse god of thunder, Thor. He is smart, sexy, and a vampire. His need for his mate, Kerstyn, and his drive for revenge fuel this paranormal romance. Want a little peek? (Warning! Excerpt is a bit steamy)

Excerpt:

Kerstyn was lost within her sea of pleasure. Her body burned for him, for release. Her breath came hard as her heart thundered. She wanted him to take her here, to claim her, to mark her.

Dimitri’s lust consumed him and threatened to carry him over the edge. The beast wanted her, needed her, in every way. The combination of her racing pulse and pleasurable sighs was the sweetest sound he had ever heard. He could almost taste her blood, her very life. God, how he wanted it, just one tiny droplet. All he had to do was sink his fangs into the tender column of her throat.

Remember, the beast whispered. Hunger. Remember. Blood, so rich, so sweet, so satisfying. One taste, it urged.

His hunger raging, his body burning with need, Dimitri grazed her skin. An unearthly growl filled the room and rumbled the walls.

“Yes,” Kerstyn whispered.

He lowered his head and stepped forward. He captured her hands and flattened her palms against the wall.

“Keep them there,” he ordered, his voice sensuous and menacing.

His fingers smoothly ran up her arms. One hand tunneled through her hair, the other slid down her torso to fill the space between her hips. He tugged on her hair, tilting her head to the side and exposing her pulse where it danced teasingly just below her flesh.

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Thank you for visiting with us today Amanda. Here’s to many more successful book releases. Cheers!

 

Here is my review of Caressed by Night and also the review for the first book in the Rulers of Darkness series, Caressed by Moonlight.

 

Caressed by Night is the second book in Amanda J. Greene’s Rulers of Darkness series. Like the first book in the series, Caressed by Moonlight, Caressed by Night is filled with unforgettable characters that jump off the page and grab hold of your heart. When I first started reading Caressed by Night, I was surprised to see that it took place in present day since the first book in the series was set in the 1800’s. Amanda Greene has really shown her fantastic writing skills by taking a series that started as a “historical” vampire romance and flawlessly continued the series with a second book that takes place 200 years later.   I was pleased to see that Dorian and Victoria from the first book make an appearance and other characters from their book play a part in this story as well.

Dimitri Arsov, King of the Arsov Clan, is an intoxicatingly powerful and sexy vampire. As the last remaining pure-blood, his powers are beyond anyone’s imagination, yet his heart is so fragile and without his mate, Kerstyn, he would be lost. Ms. Greene has a way of writing her vampires that while they are powerful, they have many qualities that make them vulnerable emotionally.  Each and every character has their own story to tell, and while the book focuses on Dimitri and Kerstyn, we learn many things about the other characters, vampire history, and get a clear picture of how all these Rulers of Darkness have been linked together in the past and will work together in the future to continue to build this wonderful world that Ms. Greene has created.

Caressed by Night is full of sizzling passion, deeply addictive characters, and a storyline that refuses to leave you long after the story ends. There is so much left to tell in this series I simply can’t wait to see what Amanda Greene has next in store for all these sexy Rulers of Darkness.

 

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Here is our review of Caressed by Midnight, the first book in the Rulers of Darkness series that we happily featured last year.

A wonderful debut novel in the Rulers of Darkness series, Amanda J Greene’s Caressed by Moonlight takes us back in time when rumors and opinions from high society were enough to ruin a “lady”. I loved Victoria’s character because of her strength and wit. I found myself laughing at the way she continually put Dorian in his place even though he is such a powerful vampire used to being respected and feared. The relationship that starts as a matter of necessity and lust turns in to a love that can stand against any adversity. The secondary characters are all fascinating and worthy of their own books. I would love to read more about Falcon, Raphael, Jacques, and Sonya. Caressed by Moonlight is a story that any lover of romance literature will enjoy, whether you’re a vampire fan or not. The vampire part just makes it all the more enjoyable!

 

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