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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Vampire Kisses by Michele Bardsley

Vampire Kisses by Michele Bardsley
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday (Christmas, Valentine's Day, Halloween), Paranormal
Length: Short Story (90 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Spanking
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Cholla

A Vampire for Every Season!

Christmas for Eve: Much to the envy of her friends, Eve Moore is dating erotica author Adora LaFortune, bestselling author of Swelter, AKA Steven Jones, horror novelist. This holiday season, she's ready to give Steven her heart along with her presents. Then she finds out that Swelter isn't exactly fiction, and her true love isn't exactly mortal.

Candy for Valentine: When Valentine Carter attends her first romance conference, she soon learns that "The Blog Bitch" reaps what she sows. Renowned book publicist Michael Sanderson is a vampire. He mistakenly believes that the lovely morsel trussed up in his hotel room is a gift from his friends. After an evening with the delicious Valentine, he decides he wants to keep her. Forever.

Treats for Trixie: At Steven Jones's annual Halloween party, wanna-be romance writer Trixie Lulabelle Jameson is excited to be among the elite of the publishing industry. Literary agent Marcus Moravius is one of the oldest vampires in existence, and very used to getting what he wants. And the only treat he wants to nibble on tonight is Trixie.

This collection contains the three previously released novellas Christmas for Eve, Candy for Valentine, and Treats for Trixie.

What could possibly be better than a humorous and erotic vampire story? How about three? And that’s exactly what you get when you open the pages of Vampire Kisses by Michele Bardsley. Ms. Bardley has a way of weaving humor throughout all of her stories, no matter how steamy, and that’s something that keeps me going back every time.

Christmas for Eve is set around Christmas with Eve Moore and her new boyfriend, author Steven Jones. Despite the crazy accusation Steven is asking her to accept, Eve’s trust in him wins out, for better or for worse. Bound together by destiny, Eve and Steven are one hot couple, setting everything they touch on fire. Laced with laughter, some of the most erotic sex I’ve read in a long time, Christmas for Eve is hot enough to melt the snow on your doorstep.

Candy for Valentine is set just two months after Christmas for Eve and picks up with Valentine, Eve’s close friend, at a romance reader’s convention. When a mistake lands Michael Sanderson in her hotel room, Val’s not quite sure what to do. I guess it’s a good thing Michael has absolutely no doubts at all. Another perfectly matched couple, Valentine and Michael support each other and raise them above their pasts and past mistakes. Full of suspense, mystery and many a laugh, Candy for Valentine is a smokin’ hot read that you won’t soon forget.

Rounding out this collection is probably my favorite story of the three, Treats for Trixie. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s set around my favorite holiday – Halloween – or the fact that it centers on a single mother trying to work, write novels and raise her daughter as best she can. Either way, it’s a great combination of time and theme for me. Trixie Jameson, aka Lanie Haart, was introduced to Valentine Carter in Candy for Valentine, and picks up several months after the reader’s convention. Lost and alone, she suffers through a Halloween party thrown by Eve and her fiancé, Stephen. Just when she thinks Halloween is going to be a bust, Marcus Moravius appears. She’s a broken and defeated woman while he’s a man out of time and place. Together, they begin to mend their emotional wounds while sparking more than a few fireworks of their own. They’re my favorite couple because they’re probably the closest to what I can relate to. His family was destroyed by a madman; hers by her ex. They are proof that time and love can heal all wounds.

Vampire Kisses is an outrageously steamy and fun collection of short vampire stories. Probably the best part of these holiday-themed stories is that they are all interconnected with one another and follow a timeline that parallels the holidays being celebrated. It makes for a cohesive and enjoyable read. An added benefit is that it seems more like you’re reading three chapters of one story instead of three separate pieces. So, if you’re in the mood for a sexy and fun vampire short, this collection of shorts will certainly satisfy your cravings.

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