Vacation with a Vampire is an anthology of three short romance stories featuring vampires. Like all anthologies, my preferences differed with each stoVacation with a Vampire is an anthology of three short romance stories featuring vampires. Like all anthologies, my preferences differed with each story.
Stay by Michele Hauf In this one, Magen is a freelance writer on a working vacation in Paris. She's also looking to spice up her life a little. She goes to an antique shope run by Lucian looking for a gift for her friend. What she finds is a whole lot more. Lucian is an Italian vampire living in Paris and he’s quickly attracted to Magen. He's never been a "relationship" guy, preferring one night stands to long term, but he finds himself not leaving. Unfortunately, fate has other things in store for them.
This was a good story, but there was just too much shoehorned into the story. I think it would have been better written as a stand alone novel than a short. Also, the frequent French phrasing was distracting. Yes, they are in Paris and it fits with the story and the setting and the characters, but it was off-putting for me as I don't read French. Still, a decent enough - and very hot - story. Keep your fan handy for this one. :)
Vivi and the Vampire by Kendra Leigh Castle This story centers around Justin, the king of Terra Noctem, an underground Vampire city. His sister forces him to go on vacation where he meets Vivi, a Hunter being a fought over by two idiot vampires. Of course Vivi and Justin hit if off, but there are forces on both sides who don't want to see this happen. Supposedly, this is part of a larger story (Renegade Angel) and if so, it was good enough to make me want to look for the book. It was a nice, lighthearted read with romance and action that had me rooting for Justin and Vivi. Definitely the best of the bunch.
Island Vacation by Lisa Childs Piper Reynolds won a contest in her office for a vacation. Unfortunately, she doesn’t want to take it. When she arrives at her destination, she quickly realizes something is wrong. Roarke Monterusso is seeking revenge for his cousin's death even though Piper swears she's not responsible.
Like the first one, this story suffers from trying to put too much into a short story. One moment Roarke is ready to kill Piper and two minutes later he wants to bed her. The story moves very fast with little time for relationship build-up. It's a good story, but I didn't connect with the characters because of the speed of the plot. So, there you go. Three stories. All three very good vampire stories though two of them suffered from too much story for a short space. Note to the authors - these would make awesome longer books. :) So if you want a quick, hot read with vampires, pick this one up.
Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC free in return for an unbiased review....more
This is a story that will tug at your heartstrings, fanning your face, and leave you wanting more - which is a good thing. It is sweet and hot, sexy aThis is a story that will tug at your heartstrings, fanning your face, and leave you wanting more - which is a good thing. It is sweet and hot, sexy and sensuous, funny and teary.
Megan Snow was widowed two years ago at Christmas. Like the previous year, she opts to spend this second anniversary alone in the mountain cabin she shared with her husband John, away from friends and family. She expects to be sad and lonely. What she doesn't expect is the freak blizzard that knocks out power and closes the mountain. She also doesn't expect the hunky, half-naked man who collapses on her doorstep.
(view spoiler)[In answer to a plea from the dead husband, Owen Winters, god of snow, becomes corporeal in order to meet Megan. Thanks to John's memories, he falls in love with the beautiful, feisty blonde. If he can make her love him, he'll be with her forever. He believes he has at least six to eight weeks to make this happen, but due to the god of spring, those weeks become five days. (hide spoiler)]
This is a great paranormal romance with enough conflict to keep the story interesting and enough heat to melt the coldest heart. A definite must for lovers of paranormal romance. I can't wait for the others in this series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
**spoiler alert** Hot. Hot. Hot. This anthology of three stories by three different authors is all about sex. Period. Nothing wrong with that, but be**spoiler alert** Hot. Hot. Hot. This anthology of three stories by three different authors is all about sex. Period. Nothing wrong with that, but be forewarned that they are erotic in nature and not for the under 18 crowd. All three are about bodyguards and the people they're supposed to protect, not get involved with.
The first story, "Who's been sleeping in my brother's bed?" by Lucy Monroe, is about a brainiac and her brother's friend, who just happens to be a bodyguard who also works for her brother. He has issues about going to bed with the "little sister". At least they have a relationship of sorts before they get down and dirty. The story line is a little hard to believe, but it's still enjoyable. The heroine is strong minded, knows what she wants and goes after it.
The second story, "Hot Mess" by Jamie Denton, is a little less believable. Thinking he's a whistleblower she's supposed to meet, she picks him up at the airport, doesn't make sure he is who he says, and takes him off to a hotel. Next thing you know, they're doing the hot and heavy. I think this story would have been better if it had been longer, allowing a relationship to develop. But it reads more like short scenes spliced together. Other than the sex, there's not much here. The heroine is a ditz, the hero a liar (okay, he was following orders, but still...)and there doesn't seem to be a real story line to follow.
The third story, "Acapulco Heat" by Elisabeth Naughton is also about the sex, but there's more of a story line here. At least this body guard is protecting the woman. Yes, there's sex, but there's also a story.
I guess what I had an issue with was not so much the sex - after all, it is supposed to be erotic, but that I actually like story with the bedroom scenes. And I prefer the participants to at least know each other's names before they jump into bed.
If all you're looking for is a hot read, then definitely pick this up. It's very good for that. The erotic scenes are hot, heavy, and well-done. They're short stories good for a quick read in the sun - or under the covers. ...more
Wow. Megan Hart does it again in this erotic novel about two people separated by time, then brought together again.
Emmaline is subject to dark fugue sWow. Megan Hart does it again in this erotic novel about two people separated by time, then brought together again.
Emmaline is subject to dark fugue states due to a childhood accident, but she's learned to deal with them and manage her life around them. That is, until she meets Johnny Dellasandro. "The reclusive painter gained notoriety in the '70s for his debauched lifestyle and raunchy art films." He smells like oranges, which triggers her disappearance - both into the past, and the now. When Emm falls into one of her "states" on his doorstep, neither she nor he realizes the upcoming consequences.
Full of angst, confusion (over the time travel), and hot sex, this is one of Megan's best books yet. I love the paranormal aspect and the ending is absolutely perfect.
If you like erotic books with a touch of the paranormal, this is definitely the book to pick up. ...more