Palladian Excursions, by V. Hummingbird

Ravenous (Triskaidekaphilia, #2)


“Palladian Excursions” is included in the Ravenous, Triskaidekaphila – Book Two compilation.


My review:

This story appealed to me as a fan of erotica, vampires, and fantasy.  The awareness of blood being a “life force” and that vampires can enhance other’s life experiences by being allowed to drink from a human is not a new concept.  Albeit a common thought, the execution of this idea was nothing less than an erotically charged read that I will revisit.

My rating:  Midleton


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In a Quiet Village, by Violet R. Jones

Ravenous (Triskaidekaphilia, #2)


“In a Quiet Village” is included in the Ravenous, Triskaidekaphila – Book Two compilation.


My review:

This story took the terror of a vampire stalking about the house in the middle of the night and defiling young maidens and made it romantic erotica.  What should be creepy and taboo is oddly romantic.  The realization that no more than a handful of words were exchanged between the vampire and his “victim” make this story even more polarizing. 

My rating:  Bushmills


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Light Play, by Jaap Boekestein

Ravenous (Triskaidekaphilia, #2)


“Light Play” is included in the Ravenous, Triskaidekaphila – Book Two compilation.


My review:

This story epitomizes and defines vampire masochism.  What an eerie and erotically radiant read.  The absolute trust and belief in another being was breathtaking.  Wholly aphrodisiac. 

My rating:  Jameson


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Ravenous, by Ariel Jade

Ravenous (Triskaidekaphilia, #2)


Vampires are a mystery, morphing through history from maligned villains to sparkling saviors and back again. They can be the ultimate bad boys, the supreme seductresses, or the evil monsters. They fascinate and repel us at the same time. What other creature can steal into your bedroom in the depths of the night to stalk or protect? What other ancient being is so accessible yet so powerful? What other enigma is desired as much as feared?

Cross the threshold into a world of insatiable heroes and voracious heroines. RAVENOUS explores saucy, sexy, and sweet tales: of forbidden vampire/vampire hunter love, vampire threesomes in space, kink as only a vampire could enjoy it… and so much more.

Edited by Ariel Jade and with contributions from Wendy Nikel, Jaap Boekestein, Sara Dobie Bauer, Violet R. Jones, V. Hummingbird, Dale Cameron Lowry, R. Michael Burns, and Tiffany Michelle Brown.

Don’t forget to bring your garlic–just in case.


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

A perfect release for “Friday the 13th” and just in time for Halloween is this collection of vampire-themed stories.  Each tale brings a different skew on the varying legends of the vampire.  Romance, revenge, loneliness, and longing are just some of the emotions used to humanize the vampires as the plot unfolds.  In some instances, my wish is to find an entire series dedicated to these characters.  Or at least a follow-up story as these characters are so enticingly brought to “life”.  No matter your personal beliefs on vampires (I am a purist – the more evil and savage the better) this read made me appreciate all the nuances to the vampire lore.  And the imagination of “living as” and/or loving a vampire.

Below is the rating I give to each story and the average makes up the status of “my rating” for the entire compilation.

  • We’ll Always Have Rome ~ Wendy Nikel (4.0)
  • Light Play ~ Jaap Boekestein (3.5)
  • Forever Dead ~ Sara Dobie Bauer (4.5)
  • In a Quiet Village ~ Violet R. Jones (3.0)
  • Palladian Excursions ~ V. Hummingbird (4.5)
  • Sweeter Than Blood ~ Dale Cameron Lowry (4.0)
  • The Eyes of a Stranger ~ R. Michael Burns (3.5)
  • A Taste of Revolution ~ Tiffany Michelle Brown (4.5)

My rating:  Redbreast


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Hot and Filthy: The Honeymoon, by Whitley Cox

Hot and Filthy: The Honeymoon (The Dark and Damaged Hearts Series)


Emma Everly didn’t know true love or happiness until she met enigmatic millionaire James Shaw. He turned her world upside down, all for the better, possessing her heart, body, and soul. He brought her over to the dark and dirty side and opened her eyes to the wild and kinky sex Emma didn’t even know she craved.

Now they’re married and ready to start their life together, and Emma realizes all her dreams are coming true. With a romantic honeymoon planned on a live-aboard boat in French Polynesia with nothing but her handsome husband and the fishes, Emma is positive James will take her body to newer and more extreme heights of pleasure. But James has other ideas, and even in the middle of their sexy sea adventure, their relationship is put to the test. Emma must find a way to come to terms with James’ demands or risk ruining their first holiday as husband and wife.


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

Much like the disclaimer in the beginning of the book, this story is Hot.  And Filthy.  And, oh, so delicious.  It was great fun revisiting this couple.  (Although this can be read as a standalone, it is suggested to read Parts 1 and 2 of “Sex, Heat and Hunger” in The Dark and Damaged Hearts Series for a full understanding of the highlighted coupling.)

The idea of a honeymoon story was sheer brilliance by the author not only to continue their journey but to show how far “James” has come in his progression of being more open with “Emma”.  The sex scenes were blistering and I found myself wishing I could dive into the ocean to cool off.  Instead I drank an entire gallon of iced tea I had made earlier in the day in an effort to keep myself hydrated.  Yes…it is that scorching.  And so completely worth it.

My rating:  Midleton


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