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Better Off Red

(Vampire Sorority Sisters #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,020 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Every sorority has its secrets...

And college freshman Ginger Carmichael couldn't care less. She has more important things on her mind, like maintaining her perfect GPA. No matter how much she can't stand the idea of the cliques and the matching colors, there's something about the girls of Alpha Beta Omega—their beauty, confidence, and unapologetic sexuality—that draws Ging
ebook, 348 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Bold Strokes Books (first published November 2011)
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May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. I didn't expect that books about vampires would be some of the most enjoyable of my recent reads. Terrible Praise was excellent but really morbid and violent. Better Off Red takes a different road. There is some darkness for sure but this tale takes the other directions where vamps and humans coexist. The system itself was really novel to me so I enjoyed this read a lot.

I passed over this book many times in the past due to its silly name. So I must say my thanks to lov2 and her revie
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. I've had a few "meh" reads lately but now two back to back books have left me literally happy book drunk. Better Off Red was just a great, great read. I can't fathom how some people gave this one star. And for someone to say the writing was "lazy" is just incomprehensible to me. The writing was sexy, exciting and so humorous. Plus this was the author's debut!!! Color me very impressed.
Ok maybe the book could have been a bit shorter, but how can I compl
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Better Off Red - (Vampire Sorority Sisters #1)” is a fantastic audiobook with great characters, an interesting story, lots and lots of humor, and lots and lots of erotic sex!

I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed this book until glancing through my bookmarks to write a belated review! There are two more books in the series, but neither are yet available as audiobooks.

MC Ginger is 77% sure she’s a lesbian, and plans her masturbation time around her roommate Amy’s schedule. MC Camila is queen of the lo
This was a fun book to read. There wasn't a big plot of any sort, but it is more like a sitcom or soap, where the interest is in the characters and their day to day lives and interactions. (although, rather rated xxx)

The writing style flows easily and requires little work on the reader's part. And the story wont require to look much up or think too hard. It's a great book for when you just want to kick back and enjoy something lighthearted and not too deep.

Towards the beginning, there were a few
Ya just gotta love this bloody book, it’s excellent.....
This was a (mostly) light, fanciful, often silly, rather cute read.

Written well enough to fall into the 4.5 to 5 star category for me, I found myself enjoying this book very much. The characters were interesting and likable (except the ones that we were not meant to like, obviously), the dialog in keeping with the characters, ages, and situations. The premise was fun, the execution of it pretty near perfect (for me) even though it was somewhat predictably predictable.

Though the book began with
Rebekah is a new to me author and I was pleasantly surprised by her writing style.

I wasn't sure I was going to like the entire vampire, sister sorority thing, but the author pulled it off wonderfully.

I enjoy the characters, the plot was interesting. The sex scenes were smoking hot, and beautifully written. Sensual.

I would definitely recommend this story to others, and look forward to reading more books by this author.
This book started off as a delightfully fluffy, light, campy read and developed into an intense supernatural story with great characters and in-depth mythology. As the story progressed, the two tones matched perfectly to create one of the best lesbian paranormal romances I've ever read!

With a sorority setting, a lesbian romance has to get its camp on a little bit. I knew I loved Ginger right away as our main character because her biggest worry about sharing space with her bubbly roommate Amy was
disappointing f/f. review to come.
So, Better Off Red follows college freshman Ginger as she rushes a sorority full of beautiful women, discovers they are a vampire cult, and falls in love with their leader.

Insta-love PWP just about sums it up. Other reviews state that the story picks up towards the end, but if I didn't catch it at 65%, then no.

I'm giving it one star for the setting and characters. College is a great time, especially surrounded by these hot sorority sisters who fuck all day
Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Great start, but the end needed tightening up as too many major changes occurred too quickly.

Wish I could have liked this more.
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, lesbian, vampires
Love it! Though the lust are too strong for my taste, but it dropped a tad bit later on in the story and concentrated more on emotional conflicts. I really like the conclusion about dominance, submissive relationship at the end, in which they "should take turn". (bravo to the main protagonist for reaching that conclusion).

There is no big plot in this story, its main central focus on two major characters and how they explored their feelings to each other. No force, no awkwardness, it just come an
Kristina K
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook-f-f
5 stars (a fantastic audiobook)

I really loved this story. The plot was interesting, great characters, lots of humor and the sex scenes OMG too hot.
The narrator did a fantastic job, and I highly recommend this story..

I really hope Rebekah Weatherspoon continues translating the rest of the series books into audiobook format.
I'm a big fan of paranormal genre and I want to listen more of this.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book from the very start to the end. Recently, I've developed a fear of books with around 300 pages because of terrible commitment issues that apparently involve my love for reading. Fortunately for this one, I didn't feel the need to rush to the end.

Ginger is the new student on campus not really looking to join a sorority, only wanting to focus on her studies. And Camila is somewhat the owner of one of those sororities where the sisters make Ginger feel welcomed and int
Tyler J Gray
To start off with I thought this book was nothing but sexy times between wlw (women loving women) with vampires, which is totally my jam and I was here for it. And there are a lot of sexy times (all f/f) in the book. But now it feels like that is just to suck you in, and then before I knew it I had fallen in love with the characters, gotten to know them, was crying my eyes out and worried about them, and it was making me think. Yes, i'd call this erotica, which is all good with me, but then it e ...more
Aug 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
I was expecting this one to be a lot of things, but mindblowingly boring was not one of them.

Poor writing, lazy romance, paper thin characters, repetitive and boring sex scenes, no plot, plain bad world building.

I was prepared to love every cliche, disregard every mistake, move past every rapey and problematic aspect, if only it had some good porn to get off to.

How can you go wrong with vampire sorority girl on girl smut? Well, apparently like so.

I really thought it was impossible to mess up
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm not usually one for vampire stories, but I also didn't think I'd be into the male nanny trope and Rebekah Weatherspoon convinced me otherwise (see Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny), so I decided, what the heck, I'll give vampire sorority sisters a chance. And credit where credit is due: the plot surprised me a couple of times, and the politics and power dynamics between all the undead ladies were more layered and complex than I expected. It's also smoking hot, and the physical connection between Cami ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good, I'm still amazed by all the details and information we got.

Both Camila and Ginger were given background and we were able to understand their decisions, feelings. With so much people in the house there was still almost no one left behind in term of exploring the background characters.

I particularly loved the way Ginger and Camila's relationship was developed and explored. Even through the hard times they stood together.

We can see that it's only through efforts and communic
Justina Johnson
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantabulous, here comes another over-the-top exultation for Rebekah Weatherspoon. This is the third book of hers I’ve read. The two previous works were completely different, but they all share thoroughly amazing and mind-boggling imaginative storylines…seamless pacing, momentum, and continuity…beautifully heartening endings. What puts this one a stratosphere above the other two is a completely credible but out-of-this world context where vampires are key players. Most of the action occurs at Mar ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I rolled my eyes a LOT in the first 20 pages or so of Better Off Red, just because hey, look, another vampire book. But I have to say, I was really surprised to enjoy the book a whole hell of a lot (no pun intended, of course). In fact, once I was done with it (and its sister, Blacker Than Blue) I went back and read them both all over again.

Better Off Red may have been one of the campiest, sexiest books I've tackled in a while, actually. Without spoiling, the book focuses on a sorority with a s
Beverly Diehl
Vampire are Not My Thing. Lesbians - whatever floats your boat, but they don't "do it" for me. Sorority sisters? Like, NO, d'uh!

So I expected this book to be a sludge, hoping to find some slight thing I could praise, because I know the author personally and I wanted to find something, anything, nice to say about her debut novel.

Instead, it was cover to cover pleasure. I wouldn't have read this book if I didn't know the author, but I can honestly say that I loved this book despite my normal indi
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kent by: Donna J
I really loved this story and the main characters are great. My favorite quote is "Honey, I'm an ex-pothead who married a mobster's son then adopted a black kid. You think I'm going to judge my only daughter for being gay?" I was going to go right to the next book in the series, but $9.99 for an eBook made me stop in my tracks. I just can't justify that expense right now. :(

I just finished reading this story again and I can honestly say that I enjoyed it even more the second time.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I love Weatherspoon but her next book is half a year away (gah!) so I've decided to dip into her backlist. Better Off Red, a paranormal erotic romance, is her first book.

The good:

- Huzzah for own voices queer romance! And if you're looking for hot sapphic sex, we have lots of it here.

- The plot is built around an interesting idea - that vampires would use a somewhat secretive institution, like a sorority, to recruit people to feed on. The world building in general is deeper and more well though
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
actual rating: 2.5 stars

Okay y'all so listen. This was hella FUN but it was also cringey and over the top and the 2011 writing does not hold up well 💀 some plot points were messy and some unncessary things were added for dramatic effect (this was the era of using assault and other traumas for shock and...yeah nah) so i cannot with a good conscience (to myself) rate it more than that!!! But i honestly had a good time reading it and i will continue on with the series because i wanna see where this

Thought this book was going to be a 5/5 star book. Honestly f/f sorority vampires sounded super up my alley. The eroticism here is good, but everything else... kind of lacklustre. It seriously feels like a case of this book not ageing well. The insta-love here was sooo grating. Erotic scenes are fun and all, but so much more enjoyable when you're characters have chemistry.
Jul 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-romance
Even my completist tendencies couldn't get me to finish this one. I gave up at 45% from sheer *boredom*. Didn't care about any of the cardboard-thin characters – even the vampires were dull – and I was still waiting for a plot nearly halfway through.
Stephanie Ahn
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I had to DNF halfway through, but my impression wasn't entirely bad. The pace was just a bit slow for me--i got through the whole sorority induction process, the intro to the world, then realized I was already halfway through and a new plot had kinda just started. I wasn't invested enough to keep reading at that point, I just kind of left it in my mind that the protag and the love interest got to know each other and that was that.
I did find some things squicky, mainly the whole "vampire feeding
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica, lesbian, vampires
Better Off Red, the first volume in the new Vampire Sorority Sisters series, starts simply, almost predictably, with a pair of roommates pledging the hottest sororities.

Except, of course, Ginger really has no interest in pledging, and is only doing so to appease her roommate . . . and keep her ignorant of Ginger’s sexuality. Except, of course, the sorority that so draws their attention seems to have a few secrets . . . such as how an empty table has managed to have so many people sign the pledge
Apr 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
I arrived at the 5% mark of the book and closed the book, thinking in the lines of :
— damn, the cheese of college stuff plus the cheese of vampire stuff? I feel like I drank a whole chocolate fountain. I can't, no more, please.
— an orgy of 18 year-olds sounds terrifying. I should go back to my thirty something jaded lesbians.
— why does this book reads like hetero porn?
— was there a "mind control rape erotica" tag on the book description? I can't remember.
— come on there are a thousand unusual s
Caro Horsfall
May 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Forced to read on a challenge

And I won’t get the time back. It has Potential, but needs an editor and something a little less vanilla once in a while.
Replay all over the place and far too simplistic. However. I can tell there’s some talent in the blood here and I will watch the author a bit longer and wish them the best. I want them to succeed. But this wasn’t it.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF. I never dnf, and I tried really really hard to finish, or to find atleast some aspect I could still like about this book, because it honestly started out well enough, but I just couldn't do it.

After settling into this world, there is no real plot until suddenly everything starts to happen at once, but I was past caring at that point. The protagonist is pathetic and even though she does not develop as a character at all, we are supposed to believe the plot developments for her.

The romance w
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After years of meddling in her friends’ love lives, Rebekah Weatherspoon turned to writing romance to get her fix. Raised in Southern New Hampshire, Rebekah Weatherspoon now lives in Southern California where she will remain forever because she hates moving.

Her BDSM romance At Her Feet won the Golden Crown Literary Award for erotic lesbian fiction. Her novella FIT (#1 in the FIT Trilogy) won the R

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