Forever Dead, by Sara Dobie Bauer

Ravenous (Triskaidekaphilia, #2)


“Forever Dead” is included in the Ravenous, Triskaidekaphila – Book Two compilation.


My review:

Vampire falls for vampire hunter is not a groundbreaking idea but this story certainly had me entertained from the opening line to the finish.  I enjoyed the suspense, the romance, the longing, and the depth of characters to give this a polished finish worthy of standing the test of time.

My rating:  Midleton


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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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We’ll Always Have Rome, by Wendy Nikel

Ravenous (Triskaidekaphilia, #2)


“We’ll Always Have Rome” is included in the Ravenous, Triskaidekaphila – Book Two compilation.


My review:

Ponder the idea about the “love of one’s life” when it comes to vampires.  That is one ache that will never go away.  And when that love is believed to be gone and then appears in front of you again…sigh…it’s hope inspiring.  In a bittersweet way, naturally.

My rating:  Redbreast


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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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Someone Like You, by Brittney Sahin

Someone Like You


He was a nameless guy in a bar—a man Grace couldn’t get out of her head…

A week later, she came home to find him sweaty and shirtless with a tape measure in hand, remodeling her loft. As a Parker-King, she’s not allowed to want someone like Noah Dalton. She’s sick of her life, though. Sick of the rules of being a Parker-King. She wants something more, even if it isn’t forever. Somewhere in history there was that one time where hot, no-strings-attached sex didn’t end badly, right? Finding comfort in the arms of a former SEAL is easy, not falling for one . . . not so much.

Noah left the military and moved to New York for one reason: his daughter. Not for some uptight businesswoman—a Manhattan elitist. So when Grace offers him the kind of relationship that no hot-blooded man can turn down, he should say no. And when her seemingly put-together life spins out of control, and his instincts to protect and save kick in, he should turn away. But he doesn’t.

Can two people from different worlds really live in the moment, knowing they’re on borrowed time, or is someone bound to get hurt?


My review:

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

First off, not just a military man, but a SEAL??  He had my heart before I opened the book.  And I fell harder for him with each turn of a page.  Honest, loyal, and dedicated only begin to scratch the surface of the character Noah.  Secondly, as a fan of secondary characters, this story has a slew to select from if the author is going to expand within this universe.  And they fully enhance the primary couple and give them such depth, it’s hard to remember that this is fiction.  Relatable and plausible, this was absolute pleasure to experience.

My rating:  Midleton


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