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Notturno (Deep #1)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  1,395 ratings  ·  158 reviews
For antique document expert Adin Tredeger, finding a perfectly pristine five-hundred-year-old homoerotic journal is the highlight of a successful career. He’s smart, he’s cautious, and he’s determined keep it safe.

Donte Fedelta has only ever loved one man and the journal that celebrates their affair has finally resurfaced. He’s not above using every trick, including seduct
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Published June 10th 2009 by MLR Press
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Jul 10, 2014 julio rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
given the terrifying craze for anonymous, back-alley sodomy among heterosexual women, it is perfectly understandable why a publisher of gay male erotic romances might be so diligent in its duty to promote safer-sex practices as to insist that a five hundred year old vampire should take care to roll on a condom for the purposes of fucking a man in the ass while drinking his blood.

anything else would be irresponsible.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*1.5 stars*

Dear Deep Desire:

The M/F romance abusive men and heroines that "love them anyway and keep coming back for more" called; they want their plot back.

I should probably give this book only 1 star, but something about it kept me reading so I guess I have to give it props for that much. Honestly though, I sort of hated this story.

Adin is a self-important art dealer who meets Donte, a centuries old vampire, on a plane. They have a quicky that may or may not be considered dub-con followed by
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
FYI, this is a revised version of this book:

Notturno (The Hours Trilogy #1) by Z.A. Maxfield

Samhain seems to be keeping it under wraps for some reason.

I'm liking the writhing naked bodies on the old cover.

One of the most compelling parts of this book, for me, was the love story of Donte and Auselmo. I found the journal entries both beautiful and tragic and I could see why Donte fought hard to retrieve that last physical tie to his first and best love.

Although I enjoyed the world created here I found the vampire world-building a bit light with more the focus on the manuscript but given that it’s the first book I’m looking forward to that being explored in more depth later.

I couldn’t help but fe
Aug 25, 2010 Bookwatcher rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Bookwatcher by: Jason
I want to say fews words. It's my first Z.A. Maxfield book, and certainly will not be the last one! She is a marvelous writer!

If you are searching an erotic M/M books this book will disappoint you. It's sexy, but tamed to be classified as erotic. On the contrary, if you are searching for a first approach on M/M world this books is perfect!

The paranormal romance is interesting, and the writer sytile will keep your attention. I enjoy the writing as I appreciated the humor.... In my view it's a te
Overall I thought this was a pretty fun read. I never got a chance to read the first edition Notturno, so was happy to read it in this re-released version (with a new title/cover/publisher.)

I think my fave character is the limo driver/vampire slayer though...
This is a revised work originally published as Notturno.

Adin Tredeger is a scholar of rare erotic manuscripts and has just won the priceless 500 y/o Notturno manuscript at auction. Notturno is the first recorded book detailing an erotic homosexual relationship, and Adin is captivated by the deeply passionate story of the two lovers. Adin doesn't actually believe love exists, but the heartbreaking story of Niccolo and Auselmo's forbidden love is changing Adin's mind.

Especially so when Adin meets
2.0 Stars

Adin Tredeger is an antique document expert, university professor, and erotic book collector. One day, Adin comes across a five-hundred-year-old homoerotic journal and it's the find of his career. Donte Fedelta is a five-hundred-year old vampire. He authored the manuscript now in Adin's possession and he wants it back. The journal is the story of the love of his life (Auselmo) wherein Donte poured out his heart and soul. Thus Adin and Donte begin an adversarial and dangerous dance aroun
Dee Wy
Hmm...what to say. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with how much I loved this story. For me Donte was the perfect, emotionally distant vampire hero. Dark, dangerous and often a mystery to be solved, but at the same time his journal entries depicted someone who had loved well in his human life and cherished those memories still. This gave him a soft side even as he played the big, bad vampire.

Aiden was ready for someone special, even though he didn't know it. Watching the relationship develop was s
Donte Fedelta is a vampire still mourning the death of his lover five hundred years earlier. When a journal he wrote to his beloved is bought by Dr. Adin Tredeger, an English Professor and expert on antique erotic manuscripts, he will do whatever it takes to get it back. From their first meeting in an airplane bathroom Donte sets out to seduce, manipulate or force Adin to turn over his journal.

At first Adin refuses to believe that Donte is really the author of Notturno, the erotic journal he's b
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
I fell in love with this story right away. Donte is sexy and mysterious and I found it difficult not to feel for his plight. Adin is sexy, witty and it was hard not to feel for him as well as he tries to come to grips with the changes in his world. I loved each of them separately, but even more so as a couple. This was one of the best vampire stories I have read in a long time, and this is what I hope to be a beginning glimpse into this series. I'm definitely looking foward to reading the next o ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

I’ve been a massive fan of Z.A. Maxfield for quite some time now so when I heard about the rerelease of DEEP DESIRE, I jumped on it without really thinking about it. Now Maxfield has stated that the book has undergone some revisions. Although the story remains largely the same, some changes have been made from its original release.

DEEP DESIRE has an intriguing but also strange premise. Adin Tredeger is a book connoisseur. However, there is one book that everyone seems to want their hands on. It
Adin Tredeger is a man that doesn't need anything more than his work and the seemingly endless legion of men scattered across the world to keep him happy. Donte Fedelta is a vampire that has been in love with exactly one man in the last 500 years, and had spent the last 470 or so of them missing him. When the journal that contains some of the more intimate feelings and details of this affair suddenly ends up on everyone's most wanted list, Donte will do what it takes to get it back. But Adin, an ...more
Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooring... Shallow charachters, can't understand their action, can't connect with them, meh plot... I'm quite sure that 'crossing border' was a unique gem for Z.A. Maxfield.

I'm SO sick of authors that uses other language in their books and uses BABELFISH to translate -___-
The italian in this book is totally messed up, is it SO hard to find an italian that can go trough the text ?
Donte calls Adin ' più amato' that is totally incorrect. I'm pretty sure that is the babelfi
Don Bradshaw
A terrific book of love lost and love found. Adin Tredeger is a specialist at finding ancient m/m erotica. What Adin is unaware of is that his latest find, Notturno, is not just another piece of erotic porn. It is a true journal of the love which could not be spoken of between two men five hundred years ago. The vampire, Donte Fedelta, wrote the journal and will do anything to get it back. Mrs. Maxfield has woven a complex story of the power of love that flows beautifully from the past to the p ...more
Jan 27, 2015 Erika marked it as maybe  ·  review of another edition
Revised version of Notturno. Not cool of them to try to make it seem all new.
Julie C
I got this book for free from IndiGo for an honest review.

When Adin lays his hands on a priceless 500 year-old erotica journal, he had no idea that it would change his life forever.

You see, the journal belongs to Donte (a powerful and beautiful vampire) and he has every intention of getting it back. He easily seduces Adin but can't convince him to give up his prize.

The journal is not just pornography as Adin originally thought, but rather the passionate and forbidden love story of Donte (Niccolo
Donte Fedelta and Adin Tredeger, ARE HOT! What a tug o' war of love... Whew! This book truly reminds me of the Kenny Chesney Song DEMONS “When I'm not chasing demons, there’s demons chasing me” A good read!
I read Deep Desire-–though it had been named Notturno at the time-–a couple years ago and remember really enjoying it. Donte was my kind of vampire, and I found Adin’s feistiness a nice compliment to Donte’s ‘you shall obey me’ mentality. And I have to say that the feeling certainly carries over into this new edition.

(However, I also should point out that I could not find any major plot or characters changes in this new edition, so if you already own Notturno, you should be aware that not much h
Z.A.Maxfield is the author I would admit to reading if/when I get caught out reading M/M fiction so I am a little disappointed not to be more engaged by this novel which is a sympathetic variation of the vampire theme, a departure for ZAM of which I do not approve.
I know I have given it four stars because I did enjoy the story, but I don't think it had that Maxfield factor - in particular her sense of humour. There was a little, (as in when the vampire of irish origin declared he was 'more Tolk
Christy Loves 2 Read
Re-Read new, revised, updated edition: September 2015 ~

Note: I originally read this book in October 2013 and loved it. When I had the opportunity to read a newly revised, re-edited, re-named, and updated version, I jumped at the chance. The following review is a combination of old and new, and I hope you like it.

Had I known when I was in college that majoring in English Literature could have led me to a career locating and acquiring ancient erotic texts, I'm fairly certain I would have jumped o


This was a wonderful book. I'm unfamiliar with vampire romances, despite having read a few Black Dagger Brotherhood books by J R Ward (MF) so there were parts in the story where I paused to wonder how Donte got turned and whether it did say how but I missed it. I also wondered why Donte, despite being the Lord-of-the-manor, so to speak, was so gutl
Ryan Loveless
Jul 06, 2011 Ryan Loveless rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who enjoy a good suspenseful mystery and Stoker-esque vampires.
5 stars with reservations. The story involving a centuries-old manuscript that pits a collector in the middle of a 500 year old war between vampire rivals is a page-turner. The author's vampires are evolved from Stoker stock, which is how I like them. The characters are all great--likeable, amusing, and believable (given the situation), there are plenty of twists, and, as an archivist, I have a healthy appreciation for the main character using proper handling of the rare items he encounters. :) ...more
Main Characters: Adin Tredeger & Donte Fedetta
Key Themes: Interspecies
Location: San Francisco, Frankfurt, Bainbridge Island

Paramornal MM romance involving an American professor and an Italian vampire

Adin is a pompous and ambitious American professor, specializing in erotica. He finds and buys a career-altering ancient diary, only to have the owner of the diary pursue him across the world. Donte (no that is not a misspelling) is a 200 y.o. Italian vampire and he wants his diary back.

This is a romantic story about a vampire, Donte, whose journal is being chased around the world by various people who have various reasons to want the book either vanished or destroyed.
Donte is a 500 year old vampire, whose male lover and most beloved was poisoned by his wife's hand. The sought after Nottturno was hidden, but stolen away and when it comes into the hands of Adin Tredegar, he is determined to study it and place it in a museum for all go see, but he doesn't bank on becoming a pawn
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

Adin has managed to get his hands on a centuries old journal written by a young man, telling the intimate story of his life and his love for another man. It turns out, that many people are desperate to get their hands on this journal and are willing to go to great lengths to get it. One wants this journal more than the others - the writer himself. Donte Fedelta wants it back and now that he knows that it’s in Adin’s hands, he will use any means n
This was a different take on vampires that I really hadn't expected. I really enjoyed Donte and I kind of felt sorry for Adin because he sort of got thrown into this world and as he put it, "a snack". I would have like to know more about Edward and Turin, because you can tell there is much more of a story to tell with them. It was good enough that I will read the next one in the series to see where this goes.
Book Gannet
For me this book would have been a lot better if it could have picked just what it was supposed to be. There’s a hint of crime, a bit of mystery, a touch of paranormal and a chunk of romance, yet it never quite fulfills its promise with any of them. It starts off well enough with the encounter on the plane and Donte’s attempts to steal the book back, but from then on it just sort of… well, drags everything out.

Firstly, there is nothing remotely Indiana Jones about Adin. He tracks down rare books
Under the Covers Book Blog

I’ve been a massive fan of Z.A. Maxfield for quite some time now so when I heard about the rerelease of DEEP DESIRE, I jumped on it without really thinking about it. Now Maxfield has stated that the book has undergone some revisions. Although the story remains largely the same, some changes have been made from its original release.

DEEP DESIRE has an intriguing but also strange premise. Adin Tredeger is a book connoisseur. However, there is one book that everyone seems to want their hands on. It

I really enjoyed this book. The story was interesting and fascinating and I loved the characters, specially Donte. I definitely will read Vigil. And I hope to know more about Tual and Edward...
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“Life is full of things that can kill me, you vampire m*****f****r, and you sure as shit can just get in line!"

-- Dr. Adin Tredeger”
“Adin looked up at Donte, who was then in the middle of taking a sip of his wine. He took in Donte’s demonically beautiful face, long and angular, with its hooded eyes and high cheekbones, its wine-darkened lips. He watched as Donte savored it, imagining the warmth of the wine on the inside of Donte’s mouth and against his tongue. He could almost feel it as it slid down the column of Donte’s throat, teasing his Adam’s apple into a subtle bob, and suddenly Adin was the wine, slipping down that throat, and just as inexplicably, Adin felt Donte’s mouth on him everywhere at once, biting…licking…sucking. Adin’s breath sped up; his skin warmed with the beginnings of a flush brought on by arousal.” 0 likes
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