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Sophie Galen is an advice columnist who is saving the world - one damned person at a time. Shy and sensitive Sophie has all but given up on love until she meets Marek, a mysterious stranger who seduces her with his striking good looks and his take-charge attitude. Yet the darkness she senses within him may be more than she is prepared to handle when Marek draws her into a...more
Paperback, 370 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by Pink Narcissus Press (first published March 12th 2012)
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Samantha (Book Lover's Cozy Cafe)
this book was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!!

The moment I picked up this book and read a few pages I was hooked, I had stayed up all night reading this and had spent a part of today finishing it up. It was totally a boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, girl falls for boy, girl finds power, boy goes fights enemy, and girl loses boy story. Mareck, was interested in Sophie the moment he met her, Sophie became interested in the first moment she had thought she met him. They dated for a but, then one night they w...more
★Moonrise
When Sophie Galen meets Merek Thurzo at the museum she is immediately drawn to this handsome man with eyes like gemstones and long, dark hair, carrying a notepad and a fountain pen. Sophie is curious about Merek, pondering what he is researching, and wondering what he does for a living. But she doesn't ask a lot of questions, sensing Merek's apprehension. But their chemistry is evident. And soon, this chance meeting with a man who shares her love of ancient cultures and antiquities will evolve i...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Ash Krafton starts this story off with the classic boy meets girl plot line. Then, as usual, the vampires show up and the shit hits the proverbial fan. And then finally, throw in a few unique vamp variations and Bleeding Hearts morphs into a riveting read. I particularly enjoyed the links to Egyptian mythology and the way that Sophie's hidden purpose is gradually unveiled. Unfortunately, Krafton also worked in one of my biggest fiction pet peeves: insta-love. It wasn't ov...more
Melinda Le Baron
Most paranormal romances are hot and steamy as well as X-rated. In my opinion there's absolutely everything right with that. If you want to try something different from walking on the wild side, why not not try something sensual and alluring where your mind happily fills in the details that are on the page in the other type of books. While this is quite a change, it allows more emphasis on feelings plus the paranormal. This really gives you a different type of read. Not so much much panting and...more
Rachel at theJeepDiva
I chose to review this book on my birthday because I love vampires. However, I got more than I thought I was because this story combines two of my favorite topics vampires and Egyptian mythology. I absolutely loved the story and can’t wait to read the next book in the series to find out what happens next. I give the book 5 stars.

Sophie is capable of doing something I am not good at. She gives good advice and she tries to save everyone. She also has had a few people in her life that no matter wha...more
Alessandra
WoW-just wow-

first and foremost this vampire book this something special, none of the likes of which that has ever been done before. Everyone who reads books knows that ever since Twilight came out there was a big explosion of vampire books. Eventually, my friends and I became sick of them. Bleeding Hearts was, literally, a splash of cold water in the face. It was refreshing. This is why I read books, to enjoy and cherish them as long as I can remember them.

When I signed up for the giveaway fo

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Sarah
Sophie is an advice columnist for a city paper, and she lives a life behind the scenes, both figuratively and literally, existing in a habitual haze of solitude, visiting museums and spending her evenings in her apartment with her cat. A former nurse, she has switched careers after her nursing job became focused on profit rather than care. She is also extremely intuitive, and this has aided her in making her life choices and enabled her to avoid almost all emotional risks.

One of the things I lov...more
Tricia
I’ve been looking forward to reading this story since I first heard about it. The waiting was well worth it! BLEEDING HEARTS hooked me from the very first page. I loved Sophie’s wit, sarcasm and bravery. She handled things a bit better than I would have in the same situation! Marek’s overwhelming darkness drew me to him. He was sexy, dark and oh, so dangerous! The mythology behind the vampires in this urban fantasy was something I haven’t read before and I loved the Egyptian angle. Sophie pulled...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Book exchanged for a review~Per Goodreads rules~

Sophie Galen is an advice columnist for The Mag. She personally believes that there is good in everyone and tries to help her fellow man whenever she can. She cares for everyone she meets except for Donna The Stapler Nazi. Sophie's editor Barbara knows that she can count on Sophie to go the extra mile when is comes to work. Sophie is best friends with a priest named Jared who shares a past history with her. She loves to browse around the local muse...more
Maria
Bleeding hearts was something else.
The story was different than I thought it would be. I thought it would have more romance but if it had, it wouldn’t have been as good as it is.
If you like Twilight, Vampire academy or other vampire series, you’re going to sink your teeth into this one. The author made her own race of vampires, which was very original and fun, especially how powerful they are, what they can do with their mind. I really liked how it was different from other vampire series becau...more
Brandy
This was a fantastic book! You know how sometimes in books there are slow spot and then really action packed spot? This book carries a steady stream of vivacity. I found it very hard to put down. From the beginning you will be charmed to Sophie's character. She's a coffee loving, kind, witty, brave advice columnist who meets a wonderful Man named Marek one day while walking through a Museum. They have an instant connection and start spending much time together. Sophie can feel that there is dar...more
Natalie
This is truely an amazing read.

The first 11 chapters introduces you to Sophie, her work, life, passions and cat and the chance meeting with Marek. At first, the feel of the book seemed to be chic-lit with mystery.

But then, BOY OH BOY wham the intensity of the book hits you and you are hooked, Sexy Demi Vamp and all the lure that drags you into this relationship, dark, posessive and mysterious.

The story is of a love, strong and trusting. Both Sophie and Marek bring out the best in each other and...more
Denise
I really enjoyed Bleeding Hearts. I was a solid well written work that introduces you to Sophie and made me her cheerleader; of course any gal with her appreciation for good coffee is sure to be a friend of mine. The world building was well done, believable, and a unique take on the supernatural. There were times when the story seemed long, but it is a long book and I really cannot say there is anything that should have been left out that was not relevant to the story outcome. Overall Bleeding H...more
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
This book is broken up into 3 sections, so I think talking about each section on its own makes the most sense for me. I really liked the first part. It takes you through the life of Sophie Galen, and really helps you get to know her. Krafton does a great job making her relate-able. The way that Sophie meets Marek is adorable as well. In a museum? I love it. There is definitely instant attraction.

I wish there was more to the week Marek kept coming to Sophie's apartment every night. There was much...more
Jonel Boyko
Any book that can evoke more than one intense emotion is worth reading. And I don’t mean a little giggle here, a little tug at your heart there. I mean, full blown laughing out loud at one point, bringing tears to your eyes at another, edge of your seat curiosity and suspense at yet another point. This novel provides that to the reader, and more.

The history and mythology wound through and into this story is absolutely brilliant. Not only is it wound seamlessly into the storyline, but it is also...more
Michael
This is a confusing book to review. The best way I know how to say it, is that it had a lot of 4 star moments, but it had a lot more 2 star moments.

The biggest problem with the book in my opinion was the pacing. We start with a premonition in the opening chapter, and we don’t get any more information for almost a fourth of the book. Then we get a sudden reveal, and back to nothing happening for another fourth of the book. What in the world is supposed to make me get through this suspense? The on...more
Shelly Bell
Fans of Molly Harper’s Jane Jameson books and MaryJanice Davidson’s The Undead Series will thoroughly enjoy Ash Krafton’s story- A paranormal/urban fantasy/chick-lit tale which will grab you by the tail of your shirt and take you for a ride. Her main characters Sophie and Marek jump off the page and secondary characters are vivid and engaging. The author somehow even managed to create some sexual tension between Sophie and her ex-boyfriend turned priest, Jared without it feeling “icky.” With her...more
Sophia
Breathtaking and gripping are not words I use lightly when I describe this book. It is a sleeper in many ways until near the end. It is a beautiful and tender love story throughout between a fantastic hero and heroine and then...oh and then I was left shaking from all the conflicting emotions it inspired in the end. My only hope of recovery is the fact that I know this is part of a series and it doesn't end where it did. As it is, my poor heart and emotions are as bruised as the heroine's right...more
Laurie: Almost Faemous
I received a copy of Bleeding Hearts from the Read to Review on Goodreads so thanks to the authors and mods for making this possible.

Ok so this was a first for me, this book was a DNF. I tried I really really did but it took me a week to get half way through and I still could not get into the story. The main character Sophie is an advice columnist for a magazine when on a personal trip to a museum she meets Marek and discovers the world of vampires and demivamps and what her place in it is suppo...more
Aryana
Along the years I have read a lot of vampire books and have seen different takes on the same subject, some of them really clever but many others not so much. So when I looked at this book’s blurb I thought it was just another one to add to the long list of books to add to the "forget pile". But I was pleasantly surprised, the characters were well built, the story was fresh enough to keep me wanting to know more and more about Sophie and Marek and I couldn't stop reading it.

Sophie's character wa...more
Niina
Sophie Galen has a great deal of empathy for her fellow man, she's an advice columnist, destined to help people, unable to turn another way, but when she meets Marek she sees a man tortured and dark, and she knows he needs her help, wither he wants to acknowledge it or not.

Marek is drawn to Sophie, her light and kindness, a stark opposite of his life as one of the Demivampires, a creature evolving to be a vampire, one of the dead soulless monsters.
Marek suspects she's a Sophia Oracle a woman wit...more
Leonor (Ner)
Also published in "A Cup of Coffee and a Book"
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Disclaimer: I won this book on a giveaway and it was sent to me by the author, Ash Krafton, herself in exchange for an honest review.

I was beyond speechless when I found out I had won the giveaway for this book on First Reads here on Goodreads. When I opened my mailbox and I had this book there waiting for me I was over the moon.

I felt the need to read it straight away though it took me almost a month to pick it up.

B...more
Annette M Guerriero Nishimoto
Today's review is on Bleeding Hearts by Ash Krafton

Believe me when I say that I have read just about every vampire book out there from Anne Rice to L J Smith. It now takes a book with a unique twist to not only keep me reading, but to also get a 4 star rating from me. Ash Krafton's Bleeding Hearts did just that. It is not just a story of good vs. evil, nor is it your average love story. It's a story of Hope and of helping others.

Sophie Galen has a big heart. Her undying optimism led her to seek...more
Rorie
A free copy of this book was supplied by the author for an honest review.

I read this book in preparation to read the second for a review. I found the book intriguing, but a bit slow. It picked up toward the end and it certainly does not follow the formula typical of the genre, but I thought there were a lot of holes for the reader. We end up knowing little about the Master and his ling fight with Marek and when this comes to a finale, the differences between the two vampiric types is less clear...more
Marcygold
I received this book in a Goodreads Read 2 Review promotion and was provided a copy by the author.

First off, I wish Godreads had half stars because I want to give it a 3.5. As the first book in a series it has really great potential and I will be sticking with it, hopefully to get answers to the ploethera of questions left unanswered. I just love Sophie and a few of her budding friendships; i wish we got a little more dialogue with Dahlia and Shiloh. Marek is ok, but I am not totally attached to...more
Robyn
Ash Krafton has created a whole new world of vampires, that definitely captured my attention very early in the story. Sophie writes a Dear Sophie column in The Mag, lives alone with her cat Euphrates, and that is pretty much the gist of her life. Then she meets Marek during her lunch break at a local museum. He's dark, mysterious and she just can't seem to see enough of him. Marek brings her into his life, into his family of Demi-Vamps (Vampires that have yet to Fall to evil and lose their souls...more
Home. Love. Books.
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I am a huge stickler for books needing a good opening. There is nothing worse than opening a book and wanting to be pulled into a world quickly and then it taking a third of the book to get into it. This book does a really good job of the beginning. It brings you in really quickly to the characters and the world. There isn't a lot of info dumps (something that also drives me crazy in beginnings of books), so I am more tha...more
Sapphyria
I'm so glad the author approached me to review her debut Urban Fantasy novel "Bleeding Hearts." I was hooked from the start and enjoyed being pulled into the world of Sophie and Marek. Sophie is a very strong heroine with a great personality and inner strength that is enviable. Marek is dark and brooding and it's no wonder Sophie connected with him the first time she saw him in the museum. The addition of Egyptian mythology was excellent! This is a story that tests the love between its character...more
Jackie
Book Synopsis


Sophie Galen is an advice columnist whose work leaves her neck-deep in other people’s problems. Thanks to her compassion, her gut instinct, and her magnetic charm, Sophie really knows how to attract little black clouds.

Marek Thurzo is no little black cloud; he’s a maelstrom. Marek is Demivampire, a race with the potential to evolve into vampire. A warrior who’s taken his share of spiritual damage, he hovers dangerously close to destruction.

He seeks salvation. She’s driven to save...more
Satarupa
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side!

Firstly I would like to thank Ash Krafton, author of Bleeding Hearts for letting me review her book and giving me this finest opportunity of reading her work.

The story line is unique and the characters are strong and well described and not at all sketchy. The main character Sophie Galen is an ordinary advice columnist and who has deeply involved herself in saving each person she can. Then she meets Marek...more
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Ash Krafton's work has appeared in several journals, including Niteblade, Bete Noire, Abandoned Towers, and Silver Blade. Ms. Krafton resides in the heart of the Pennsylvania coal region and is a member of Pennwriters, RWA, and Maryland Writers Association. She lurks near her blog (http://ash-krafton.blogspot.com) and is hard at work writing the Books of the Demimonde.
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