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Preview — From Afar by Ava March
Some rules are destined to be broken.
Loneliness. A concept with which Raphael Laurent is very familiar. He’s lived a solitary life for thirty-six years, shunning the excesses of the local vampire clan—until he spots Lord Aleric Vane, the handsome and dissolute third son of a duke. For three years Raphael has watched from a distance, for only when he is near Aleric does t...more
You are having second thoughts about a regency romance with gay vampires?
The story (Without spoilers)
In the regency times two lonely soul will meet in London.
Mr Raphael Laurent with his golden hair and angel face is a vampire, tired of his reclusive life.
In a night of little distraction he will take his hungry eyes from the young gentleman that fill his mind with sexual fantasies. And in this night, seeing that beautiful man dying after a robbery attack, Raphael will turn him too... and a new
I really enjoyed this book! I was surprised by some of the reviews on here. It left me wondering if we read the same story. The historical setting sucked me in, I loved both of the heroes AND Ava's vampire clan she constructed was very fascinating!
Yes the ending was abrupt, but I know I'll find out all of the answers in the obvious sequel she's going to write.
Very cool boo ...more
I loved Ava's vision of vampires and he world they live in and I'm dying to read more about them! I can't wait until the sequel!
I really like Ava March's regency stories. There is something incredibly erotic about debauched young nobleman, acting the part in society but letting loose behind closed doors.
However there was too little story in this one. Other than a small introduction in the beginning, there is no real development of the history of the characters. (view spoiler)[We know Raphael has been following Aleric (a very nice name, by the way) for 3 years but there are no details of their ...more
The opening scene is incredibly erotic: Raphael, the vampire, is spying Lord Aleric's encounter with his mistress. Perched on a tree branch (that's Raphael!). We learn that Raphael has b ...more
Whoa, this one starts with some heady voyeurism. Giddyyyup! That was some serious steam. Okay, moving on ...
I really liked this story and I ADORE Ava March's work. But I'd be less than honest if I didn't admit to being disappointed. The story finished too abruptly and there were a number of loose ends. I am hoping beyond hope that this will magically become a series. (Given the length of time since publication, I'm doubtful but you never know!) I really loved both Raphael and Aleric and ...more
The strength of the story is really Raphael. He’s a very typical brooding vampire, alo ...more
When Mandi at SmexyBooks told me that Ava March had a Paranormal Historical m/m coming out, I was intrigued. I’ve heard great things about Ava March’s Historical m/m books but when she threw in the paranormal angle I promptly emailed Ms. March and requested a review copy.
The story starts off with a bang with the vampire Raphael in a tree outside the window of a brothel. He’s secretly watching Lord Aleric Vane, the man he’s been in love with from afar for 3 years, with his favori ...more
The eroticism begins almost immediately, with vampire Raphael perched in his favorite tree, watching the object of his lust and affection with a prostitute. He jerks off, then proceeds to follow Aleric home. When Aleric is jumped by thieves, Raphael intervenes to help. His aid comes too late, however, and Aler ...more
Since my last couple of reviews have dealt with non-GLBT books I thought it was time I should get back to the mainstream of Gerry B’s Book Reviews. Ava March’s novella From Afar [Samhain Publishing, Ltd., 2010] is one of the books that has been languishing on my TBR list, and so I happily turned to it this week.
This is one of those crossover stories featuring vampires that seem to be popular these days. For the life of me I can’t figure out w ...more
But since the beginning, the story reveals to be quite different from expected. First, ...more
The above isn't a spoiler, although it almost felt like it. The synopsis I read on this book did not say it was about Vampires, and as soon as that fact was revealed my enthusiasm with the story just went downhill. This is personal preference of mine, but I am SICK of the whole vampire thing. Of course, if I had known ahead of time, I would not have chosen the book. The work vampire should have appeared somewhere in the synopsis, for crying out loud.
As to the story itself ...more
1. Hot, hot, hot manlove!
3. It's a historical, which you rarely see in this genre.
4. Most importantly, Ava March wrote it so you know it has to be spectacular!
I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves vampires and m/m romance. Ava has created two wonderful characters and has written some of the hottest scenes I've read in a while.
I can really see this as a series. I think there should be at least two more books--One more for Aleric and Raphael ...more
It's a short piece, but packed with top-notch characterization - lots of emotional punch for the length. Loneliness, frustration, confusion, misunderstandings - my heart just ached for Raphael.
A little more backstory wouldn't have been amiss and I did find the e ...more