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Notturno (Deep #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  1,553 Ratings  ·  185 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
ebook, 220 pages
Published June 10th 2009 by MLR Press
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Oct 02, 2012 julio rated it did not like it
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.
Jan 02, 2015 Heller rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 22, 2010 Bookwatcher rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 02, 2015 ttg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Dee Wy
Mar 18, 2011 Dee Wy rated it it was amazing
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
Veronica of V's Reads
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
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Oct 27, 2011 JustJen "Miss Conduct" rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, vampire
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
Jun 25, 2009 Lily rated it really liked it
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
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.
Dee Aditya
I didn't know what to expect from this, really. I didn't really look at the reviews, I usually don't, because I find that it sometimes colours my impression.

There's an Italian guy (Donte)who writes a really steamy journal about his lover a really long time ago. Then he's turned into a vampire, and he loses his journal. Naturally he really wants to get it back, because the journal is his last link to his dead lover.

Adin is an English professor who specializes in erotica, the older the better. H
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
Dr. Adin Tredeger, the Indiana Jones of erotic manuscripts, unearths a treasure -- winning at auction the lavishly illustrated homoerotic diary of a 16th century Italian nobleman, detailing his passionate, forbidden love for Auselmo. The only problem? The original author - vampire Donte Fedelta - wants it back.

I very much like Maxfield's world with vampires existing alongside humankind, while humankind is protected only by its ignorance. Like innocence lost, he was without the ignorance that pro
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
Nov 11, 2010 Lillazza rated it it was ok
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
Nov 05, 2010 Don Bradshaw rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-romance, vampire
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
Chris, the Dalek King
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
Ryan Loveless
Jul 05, 2011 Ryan Loveless rated it it was amazing
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
Beautiful. Just...beautiful.

Adin and Donte both have my heart.

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S.J.D. Peterson
Sep 05, 2010 S.J.D. Peterson rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed reading this book and plan to read more from this author. Two things prevented me from giving this book 5 stars. First the constant DOHN-tay AH-din AY-den whispered to each other or into the wind. I'm sure it's just me but every time I seen Adin's name I caught myself saying "AH-din? AY-den? I quirky thing I know. Second reason I couldn't give it 5 stars is that I was more absorbed in Donte's memoirs and the relationship with him and Auselmo, that I didn't really care about the r ...more
Oct 15, 2011 Candice rated it liked it
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.
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...
May 06, 2012 Shannon rated it liked it
Color me disappointed. Not in the story. It was well written and very entertaining but the whole story was about an old love journal with drawings of sexual things so hot they made the modern gay man blush. I thought we were going to get some reenactment here but no. Just ordinary sex. Not even kinky sex, just run of the mill sex. Bummer!
Jul 16, 2012 Jacq rated it it was amazing
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!
Christy Duke
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
Oct 28, 2012 Charly rated it liked it
Didn’t like it as much as Maxfield’s other books

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 5/10

- The intrigue starts on page 1. Approximately 10 lines in. And the story, especially near the beginning when you don’t have much of an idea what’s going on, is…intriguing.
- The novel has an exotic feel to it. Donte is urbane and speaks with an Italian lilt, Adin behaves as though he has all the money in the world and can simply flit about from one place to ano
Stacey Jo
May 11, 2015 Stacey Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

The story centers around a five-hundred-year-old erotic diary depicting two men and their love affair. Adin Tredeger is a professor who collects rare books, and he can’t believe his good fortune when he comes across this diary named Notturno. He soon discovers the diary was written by the vampire, Donte Fedetta, who makes it clear to Adin that he will stop at nothing to get his stolen book back, even seducing Adin. Adin then le
****Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance®****

Deep Desire was formerly released under the name Notturno. Personally, I think Notturno is a better name for the book, as that is the name of the manuscript that everyone covets, because I didn’t feel much deep desire between the main characters for most of the story.

It took me a bit to get into the story. The first encounter in the airplane bathroom was just so unbelievable for so many reasons and the conversations between Donte and Adin (Ah-din not Ay-d
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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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