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Blood of the Maple

(Maggie's Grove #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,218 ratings  ·  111 reviews
A seduction-gone-wrong leaves vampire Parker Hollis with a new vegetarian lifestyle and on the run from a vengeful witch. Moving to small-town Maggie's Grove, Parker meets a redheaded dryad with green, leafy blood that draws him in a way he hasn't experienced in decades. His new neighbor smells divine, and it isn't long before craving gives in to need.

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Published April 11th 2011 by Carina Press
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Man is turned into vampire.
Vampire lives with a witch for a roommate.
Vampire has a booty call with another witch (not the roommate).
Witch is obsessed with being more than just a booty call.
Witch curses Vampire. Vampire must now drink from the blood of plants instead of humans.
Roommate dies (no this really isn’t a spoiler, it happens early and is necessary for the rest of the book).
Vampire still can talk to roommate who is now a ghost.
Ghost aka former roommate tells vampire he must move to Maggi
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Beach books seem to be coming at me from all sides. Blood of the Maple is one of them. It’s a perfect book to read while sunbathing.

I had many, many problems with it but I’ll be kind enough not to list all of them.

First of all, I didn’t believe it's possible for a book to have too much paranormal, but apparently it is. I don’t think there’s anything that hasn’t been thrown into the mix. Dryads, vampires, were-this and were-that, witches, Renfields, ghosts, human sensitives and god only knows wh
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ac-g
Rating: 3.5
Quick Take:
This book features a wonderfully amusing and addictive cast of characters, forming a solid basis for future installments. Despite the second half featuring a few laggy scenes and somewhat uneven dialogue, the story as a whole is solid and worth a visit.

First off, props go to whoever thought up the book’s title. It gives an idea of what the story might involve (namely, blood and plant life), but also perplexes and intrigues—after all, what in tarnation does blood have
Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: over 18 - strong sexual content
Okay.... WOW!! Just WOW!! Dana Marie Bell hits this one out of the park! I loved Blood of the Maple! Ms. Bell puts a spin on the paranormal genre that is so original, comedic, and emotionally moving. She is, without a doubt, one of my auto-buy authors.

This book is a zany, delightful, yet moving story with a cast of colorful characters. The main story-line narrates a relationship between Parker Hollis and Amara Schweller. He is not your run of the mill male vampire. He is a vegetarian vampire who
Blood of the Maple is the start of a new erotic paranormal romance series by one of my go-to authors, for when I want something fun and refreshing, a mini-break from my usual serious reads. This book fit perfectly and surprisingly was a bit longer compared to similar books in the genre. Since it is available only as an ebook, I am not sure of the page count but I would estimate around 300 pages, a bit of a difference from the nearly standard novella length being published in this genre.

The only
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Alright so I had totally written a review, and it somehow got deleted, so in place of missing review you’re going to get this half-assed one because I really didn’t care for this book. I’d give it 2.5 stars… and I debated a while on whether it was worth rounding up. I decided against that obviously.

I had really been looking forward to this book, I thought it was going to be A LOT better than it ended up being. The story was extremely fast paced, set in this ‘Steford’ type society, just with sup

Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a one day read, I could not put it down! I thought Dana Marie Bell's Grey Court series was my favorite but this book changed that! I loved Blood of the Maple. The characters were so unique and fun, a vegetarian vampire, a creepy stalker witch turned plant, a dryad thats more than a dryad, a witch turned ghost, I could go on and on. I really loved the sense of humor behind the characters and the book, that under tone of sarcasm made me keep reading just to see what would pop out of their ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
3.5 stars

Light, fun, quick, a bit silly, and completely over-the-top.
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Lively and Sexy Romp
Vampire Parker Hollis took full advantage of the free love and hippie lifestyle of the sixties...right up until he ignored a friend's warning and dallied with someone he would long regret ever meeting. Sure, he learned a valuable life lesson: hell hath no fury like a witch scorned, but he paid dearly for that lesson. Determined to be Parker's blood wife, the batshit crazy witch captures the vampire, then casts a dark spell that will change Parker...and his existence...forev
Apr 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Parker Hollis has made plenty of mistakes in his undead life . . . the worst of which was getting caught with his fangs down. Parker cheated on his one-night-stand, which is never a good idea when the woman happens to be a neurotic, jealous and utterly bonkers witch called Terri. Terri cursed vampiric Parker to become vegetarian – not only was Parker put-off by all blood (except Terri’s) but he could only eat green, leafy juices. Literally, a vampire who can only eat green.

It has been a few yea
Ranting Dragon
May 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: caleigh

Blood of the Maple is a contemporary romantic fantasy by Dana Marie Bell. Though it works perfectly well as a standalone, it marks the beginning of a new series called Maggie’s Grove. After sexy vamp Parker Hollis unintentionally attracts a psychotic witch admirer, he’s cursed to drink only “green, leafy blood” for the rest of his unnatural life – but unfortunately he just can’t bring himself to kill the witch in order to break the curse. When Parker’s bes
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
A Whipped Cream 'BEST BOOK'!!

The title of this book was a puzzle to me, at least until I met the main characters in the book. Then Blood of the Maple made perfect sense.

The Sixties: a time for peace, laughter and freedom. A wide-open feast for vampire Parker Hollis, until he runs afoul of Terri, a powerful and possessive witch who wants Parker all to herself. When she catches him with another woman, she curses him to a life of drinking only plant blood, making him the only known vegetarian vampi
Scooper Speaks
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Favorite Lines: “It was like she’d handed him Christmas, his birthday and an all-you-can-eat porn star rolled into one. From the way he swallowed, he might have started drooling.” (p. 50)

Ok, the prologue almost made me regret my decision to read Blood of the Maple. While it was needed for the reader to completely understand the both the hero and heroine’s problems, it made me think the book was going to silly fluff. I’m pleased to say by the end of chapter one, I had discarded that thought and c
4.5 Stars - Bell has a sick and twisted mind... and I'm loving every minute!!

Parker is an weirdo amongst the weird and Amara is an outcast in a city full of supernaturals. A vegetarian vampire, Parker moves to Maggie's Grove after his best friend dies of cancer. Greg is still with him as a ghost but Parker wants a fresh start, what he finds is a town full of supernaturals and a the only woman who's blood was made for his unique diet. Amara has been the outcast in Maggie's Grove for her whole lif
Bj Gaskill
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
How to explain this book.....Wow...There really isn't a bunch of word that come to mind. I really didn't want to put it down. This book combines everything into one. You have your Vampire who is curse but a witch to only drink "Leafy Blood", you have your love sick witch turned into god knows what searching for her lost Vamp. Then of course you have your sweet love interest Amara....Ahhhhhh....a bit naive, but one hell of a woman....LOL
Not to mention the werewolves, the driads , and all the othe
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it
For someone who supposedly doesn't read PNR, I seem to be reading a lot of it lately.

The thing is, after finishing Feed, I needed a dose of what Vinaya calls fluff-fluffy-fluffest, something where you don't have to worry about what could happen to the characters because you already know everyone will get their HEA.

Luckily, Alisha's review of this book popped in my feed and I thought "why not?" So, a couple of hours later, here we are, almost ready to read tougher books again.

I have to admit, tho
Angela James
I'm not going to rate this, since I'm obviously a bit biased about books from this publisher ;) but I have always loved Dana Marie Bell's books, ever since I pulled her first from the slush pile, and that hasn't changed in all these books, even after I'm no longer her editor and even books published with other publishers. She's just a very talented writer and I love her voice! I read this while I was traveling overseas and it was a fantastic travel book to read. Love the world and I definitely h ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I rented this ebook from my local library branch because it had an interesting premise. A vampire is cursed by a fatal obsession type witch who seeks to bind him to her whether he likes it or not. In doing so, she has made it where he can only drink the blood of plants, as she is called a weed in the book. Parker has spent years fleeing Terri's wrath and obsession, but she always manages to catch up to him. Then he finds his true soulmate in Maggie's Grove, a town of nothing but supernaturals. A ...more
I really like this author's shifter books, but never got around to reading this series. I liked this one, but not as much as the shifter books. I really like the town of Maggie's Grove, loved how supernatural people of any kind are able to live out in the open and go about business normal like. Some of the towns people were funny, lots of weird relationships going on that weren't explained.

Parker was odd, as a vegetarian vampire, you should expect that. I did think it weird that he had never hea
An ok story...the narrator didn't differentiate voices well, and I could hardly ever tell a male from a female. Way more sex than I was expecting, too. I don't shy away from sex in a story but it seemed over the top in this one. ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun silly pick-me-up read that feels a little fanfiction. A nice break from my more serious books :)

First time reading a book centered around a dryad. Although it felt like there were too many dryads at the end. Interesting and entertaining story lore overall. I haven't read a paranormal story in a long time.
Jennifer Sweet
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
blood for vampires?

really funny, vampire gets cursed to only be able to drink plant products, has a friend die and friend stays behind as a ghost. Lots of opportunity for fun in this fantasy/ love story.
Jane Love
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Parker a vampire has been cursed by a witch to only drink green blood in other words he is the the vegetarian vampire, the witch is out to get him can he get rid of her for good.
Megha~Book Addict~
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Good start to another kickass series by Dana Marie Bell.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF at 41%. This is basically Halloweentown fan fiction. I couldn’t keep reading. The author’s voice was incredibly annoying to me, but I could imagine a Shelly Laurenston fan liking it.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I listened to the audiobook.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ghosts, vampires, witches
Good characters... a bit over the top.
29 February 2020: $1.99 on Kindle ...more
Indira Rivera
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty nice, and an interesting concept.
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Dana Marie Bell wrote her first short story when she was thirteen years old. She attended the High School for Creative and Performing Arts for creative writing, where freedom of expression was the order of the day. When her parents moved out of the city and placed her in a Catholic high school for her senior year she tried desperately to get away, but the nuns held fast, and she graduated with hon ...more

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