Blood of the Maple (Maggie's Grove #1)
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I had many, many problems with it but I’ll be kind enough not to list all of them.
First of all, I didn’t believe it's possible for a book to have too much paranormal, but apparently it is. I don’t think there’s anything that hasn’t been thrown into the mix. Dryads, vampires, were-this and were-that, witches, Renfields, ghosts, human sensitives and god only knows wh...more
Vampire lives with a witch for a roommate.
Vampire has a booty call with another witch (not the roommate).
Witch is obsessed with being more than just a booty call.
Witch curses Vampire. Vampire must now drink from the blood of plants instead of humans.
Roommate dies (no this really isn’t a spoiler, it happens early and is necessary for the rest of the book).
Vampire still can talk to roommate who is now a ghost.
Ghost aka former roommate tells vampire he must move to Maggi...more
In Blood of the Maple, she is starting another serie...more
The witch who cursed him wants him to drink only from her (she botched the original spell), and he spends the majority of his time running the hell away. When he meets his new girlfriend, a dryad who is part of a maple tree, he finds her too sweet to resist.
Sometimes the humor didn’t balance so well with the serious bits. It started out very lighthear...more
The thing is, after finishing Feed, I needed a dose of what Vinaya calls fluff-fluffy-fluffest, something where you don't have to worry about what could happen to the characters because you already know everyone will get their HEA.
Luckily, Alisha's review of this book popped in my feed and I thought "why not?" So, a couple of hours later, here we are, almost ready to read tougher books again.
I have to admit, tho...more
The title of this book was a puzzle to me, at least until I met the main characters in the book. Then Blood of the Maple made perfect sense.
The Sixties: a time for peace, laughter and freedom. A wide-open feast for vampire Parker Hollis, until he runs afoul of Terri, a powerful and possessive witch who wants Parker all to herself. When she catches him with another woman, she curses him to a life of drinking only plant blood, making him the only known vegetarian vampi...more
Expected Release Date: Available Now!
Imprint: Carina Press
Author’s Website: http://www.danamariebell.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: No
Steam Level: Scorching
This is my first experience with Dana Marie Bell, but I have to say that I’m in love with her quirky characters and loose writing style.
Parker is not your average vampire. He made the mistake of shagging the wrong witch d...more
Ok, the prologue almost made me regret my decision to read Blood of the Maple. While it was needed for the reader to completely understand the both the hero and heroine’s problems, it made me think the book was going to silly fluff. I’m pleased to say by the end of chapter one, I had discarded that thought and c...more
Could have used a little less exposition.
It's unfortunate that this book suffers from the syndrome that Twilight and many other books do: meeting someone, falling in love with them within days, and eternally mating/marrying them within a few more days. Pretty ridiculous. I'd love to read some stories that allowed time to pass for relationships to realistically occur.
The bravado and chi...more
Vampire Parker Hollis took full advantage of the free love and hippie lifestyle of the sixties...right up until he ignored a friend's warning and dallied with someone he would long regret ever meeting. Sure, he learned a valuable life lesson: hell hath no fury like a witch scorned, but he paid dearly for that lesson. Determined to be Parker's blood wife, the batshit crazy witch captures the vampire, then casts a dark spell that will change Parker...and his existence...forev...more
It has been a few yea...more
A seduction-gone-wrong leaves vampire Parker Hollis with a new vegetarian lifestyle and on the run from a vengeful witch. Moving to small-town Maggie's Grove, Parker meets a redheaded dryad with green, leafy blood that draws him in a way he hasn't experienced in decades. His new neighbor smells divine, and it isn't long before craving gives in to need.
In a u...more
Parker is an weirdo amongst the weird and Amara is an outcast in a city full of supernaturals. A vegetarian vampire, Parker moves to Maggie's Grove after his best friend dies of cancer. Greg is still with him as a ghost but Parker wants a fresh start, what he finds is a town full of supernaturals and a the only woman who's blood was made for his unique diet. Amara has been the outcast in Maggie's Grove for her whole lif...more
I had really been looking forward to this book, I thought it was going to be A LOT better than it ended up being. The story was extremely fast paced, set in this ‘Steford’ type society, just with sup...more
This is romance with a dark twist. The characters were well drawn out. They really popped off the page. It was interesting to see a vegetarian vampire.
The author did spend quite a bit of time on developing the world. However, she did it so well that you can envision everything about it.
I really enjoyed this b...more
I did like the characters, but I started getting the extended cast confused with each other, especially...more
Blood of the Maple is a contemporary romantic fantasy by Dana Marie Bell. Though it works perfectly well as a standalone, it marks the beginning of a new series called Maggie’s Grove. After sexy vamp Parker Hollis unintentionally attracts a psychotic witch admirer, he’s cursed to drink only “green, leafy blood” for the rest of his unnatural life – but unfortunately he just can’t bring himself to kill the witch in order to break the curse. When Parker’s bes...more
Easily 3.5 stars. Love the premise, and the execution of their relationship was believable enough. I also thought Patrick was such a sweetheart, not neanderthal or uncommunicative as so many of these vampire heroes can be. And Amara was quite a surprise, in terms of her personality and her strength. I also liked the supporting characters and would love to re...more
I think a lot of the problem was that Parker was an, essentially, emasculated vampire. His backstory comprised entirely of him being held captive and then depending on a witch and studying plants. He has all the time in the world, there's no reason he shouldn't study plants - it's cha...more
I thought this book sounded hilarious which is why I requested it - a vegetarian vampire. And I have to say Parker, the vampire in question was hilarious. He can only drink herby, green blood so dines on a smoothie blended from maple syrup, various plants and a little bit of blood. He was cursed by his crazy ex-girlfriend, who was only a short fling back in the days of hippie love.
He moves to a town, completely made up of supe...more
I'm a huge fan of Ms. Bell's Halle Pumas series so I was really looking forward to this book. The idea of a vegetarian vampire finding true love with a dryad was clever.
I know that this was the first in a new series, but I thought the introduction to other characters and their relationships was a bit heavy-handed at times. It drew attention away from Parker and Amara and the threat of Terri, diluting some of the suspense and tension.
I did enjoy the book and read it in one si...more
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