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Bleeding Hearts

(Demimonde #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Sophie Galen is an advice columnist who is saving the world - one damned person at a time. Shy and sensitive Sophie has all but given up on love until she meets Marek, a mysterious stranger who seduces her with his striking good looks and his take-charge attitude. Yet the darkness she senses within him may be more than she is prepared to handle when Marek draws her into a ...more
Paperback, 370 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by Pink Narcissus Press (first published March 11th 2012)
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Samantha (Book Lover's Cozy Cafe)
this book was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!!

The moment I picked up this book and read a few pages I was hooked, I had stayed up all night reading this and had spent a part of today finishing it up. It was totally a boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, girl falls for boy, girl finds power, boy goes fights enemy, and girl loses boy story. Mareck, was interested in Sophie the moment he met her, Sophie became interested in the first moment she had thought she met him. They dated for a but, then one night they
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Audio Edition Review

For me this was a revisit to a book that captivated me and emotionally drained me as it gently made its way to a stunning climax and ending. The story was a reunion of sorts since I have missed the series after the concluding book. I wondered if my impressions would change since it wasn't new and fresh for me. Well, they did and they didn't. Of course, knowing the end from the beginning does affect how this re-read affected me and yet, I also found it easy to slip into the
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Most paranormal romances are hot and steamy as well as X-rated. In my opinion there's absolutely everything right with that. If you want to try something different from walking on the wild side, why not not try something sensual and alluring where your mind happily fills in the details that are on the page in the other type of books. While this is quite a change, it allows more emphasis on feelings plus the paranormal. This really gives you a different type of read. Not so much much panting and ...more
★Moonrise Books
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
When Sophie Galen meets Merek Thurzo at the museum she is immediately drawn to this handsome man with eyes like gemstones and long, dark hair, carrying a notepad and a fountain pen. Sophie is curious about Merek, pondering what he is researching, and wondering what he does for a living. But she doesn't ask a lot of questions, sensing Merek's apprehension. But their chemistry is evident. And soon, this chance meeting with a man who shares her love of ancient cultures and antiquities will evolve ...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Ash Krafton starts this story off with the classic boy meets girl plot line. Then, as usual, the vampires show up and the shit hits the proverbial fan. And then finally, throw in a few unique vamp variations and Bleeding Hearts morphs into a riveting read. I particularly enjoyed the links to Egyptian mythology and the way that Sophie's hidden purpose is gradually unveiled. Unfortunately, Krafton also worked in one of my biggest fiction pet peeves: insta-love. It wasn't
Rachel V.
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
I chose to review this book on my birthday because I love vampires. However, I got more than I thought I was because this story combines two of my favorite topics vampires and Egyptian mythology. I absolutely loved the story and can’t wait to read the next book in the series to find out what happens next. I give the book 5 stars.

Sophie is capable of doing something I am not good at. She gives good advice and she tries to save everyone. She also has had a few people in her life that no matter
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WoW-just wow-

first and foremost this vampire book this something special, none of the likes of which that has ever been done before. Everyone who reads books knows that ever since Twilight came out there was a big explosion of vampire books. Eventually, my friends and I became sick of them. Bleeding Hearts was, literally, a splash of cold water in the face. It was refreshing. This is why I read books, to enjoy and cherish them as long as I can remember them.

When I signed up for the giveaway

Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sophie is an advice columnist for a city paper, and she lives a life behind the scenes, both figuratively and literally, existing in a habitual haze of solitude, visiting museums and spending her evenings in her apartment with her cat. A former nurse, she has switched careers after her nursing job became focused on profit rather than care. She is also extremely intuitive, and this has aided her in making her life choices and enabled her to avoid almost all emotional risks.

One of the things I
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Book exchanged for a review~Per Goodreads rules~

Sophie Galen is an advice columnist for The Mag. She personally believes that there is good in everyone and tries to help her fellow man whenever she can. She cares for everyone she meets except for Donna The Stapler Nazi. Sophie's editor Barbara knows that she can count on Sophie to go the extra mile when is comes to work. Sophie is best friends with a priest named Jared who shares a past history with her. She loves to browse around the local
Tricia Schneider
I’ve been looking forward to reading this story since I first heard about it. The waiting was well worth it! BLEEDING HEARTS hooked me from the very first page. I loved Sophie’s wit, sarcasm and bravery. She handled things a bit better than I would have in the same situation! Marek’s overwhelming darkness drew me to him. He was sexy, dark and oh, so dangerous! The mythology behind the vampires in this urban fantasy was something I haven’t read before and I loved the Egyptian angle. Sophie pulled ...more
This is a confusing book to review. The best way I know how to say it, is that it had a lot of 4 star moments, but it had a lot more 2 star moments.

The biggest problem with the book in my opinion was the pacing. We start with a premonition in the opening chapter, and we don’t get any more information for almost a fourth of the book. Then we get a sudden reveal, and back to nothing happening for another fourth of the book. What in the world is supposed to make me get through this suspense? The
Jennifer Treviño
A mesmerizing world that swiftly compels the senses, April 4, 2017
Being my first introduction to Ash Krafton's work I am pleased to add this author to my ever growing favorites list! What started out a bit slow quickly changed course as the plot thickened & characters developed. Before I knew it I couldn't put it down as many of my favorite things continuously popped up along the way.
Bleeding Hearts has a vast array of paranormals that beckoned me in. Not too far in I was already questioning
Laurie: Almost Faemous
I received a copy of Bleeding Hearts from the Read to Review on Goodreads so thanks to the authors and mods for making this possible.

Ok so this was a first for me, this book was a DNF. I tried I really really did but it took me a week to get half way through and I still could not get into the story. The main character Sophie is an advice columnist for a magazine when on a personal trip to a museum she meets Marek and discovers the world of vampires and demivamps and what her place in it is
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
This book is broken up into 3 sections, so I think talking about each section on its own makes the most sense for me. I really liked the first part. It takes you through the life of Sophie Galen, and really helps you get to know her. Krafton does a great job making her relate-able. The way that Sophie meets Marek is adorable as well. In a museum? I love it. There is definitely instant attraction.

I wish there was more to the week Marek kept coming to Sophie's apartment every night. There was much
Alice Taylor
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bleeding Hearts is the first book in the Demimonde series of books. It is about Sophie, who is a former nurse turned advice columnists. She is very troubled. There was a man writing who was depressed and she was unable to help him. She knew this when she saw his obituary in the newspaper, but the problem is that he wrote her another letter just last week. Now how can someone come back from the dead to write her, and how did he know her home address instead of sending it to the magazine where she ...more
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Any book that can evoke more than one intense emotion is worth reading. And I don’t mean a little giggle here, a little tug at your heart there. I mean, full blown laughing out loud at one point, bringing tears to your eyes at another, edge of your seat curiosity and suspense at yet another point. This novel provides that to the reader, and more.

The history and mythology wound through and into this story is absolutely brilliant. Not only is it wound seamlessly into the storyline, but it is also
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic book! You know how sometimes in books there are slow spot and then really action packed spot? This book carries a steady stream of vivacity. I found it very hard to put down. From the beginning you will be charmed to Sophie's character. She's a coffee loving, kind, witty, brave advice columnist who meets a wonderful Man named Marek one day while walking through a Museum. They have an instant connection and start spending much time together. Sophie can feel that there is ...more
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is truely an amazing read.

The first 11 chapters introduces you to Sophie, her work, life, passions and cat and the chance meeting with Marek. At first, the feel of the book seemed to be chic-lit with mystery.

But then, BOY OH BOY wham the intensity of the book hits you and you are hooked, Sexy Demi Vamp and all the lure that drags you into this relationship, dark, posessive and mysterious.

The story is of a love, strong and trusting. Both Sophie and Marek bring out the best in each other and
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Bleeding Hearts. I was a solid well written work that introduces you to Sophie and made me her cheerleader; of course any gal with her appreciation for good coffee is sure to be a friend of mine. The world building was well done, believable, and a unique take on the supernatural. There were times when the story seemed long, but it is a long book and I really cannot say there is anything that should have been left out that was not relevant to the story outcome. Overall Bleeding ...more
Barbara Douglas
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I came to this after failing to finish two or three other urban fantasies, and finishing one that still didn't quite entice me to continue the series, so I was feeling a little jaundiced. This, I finished, and bought the sequel. It did sprawl more than a bit, and I felt like there were lots of loose ends that didn't get tied up at all (what was all that about Patrick?), but mostly it was enjoyable and engaging. The writing is competent (though not inspired), the characters were enjoyable (though ...more
Shelly Bell
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Fans of Molly Harper’s Jane Jameson books and MaryJanice Davidson’s The Undead Series will thoroughly enjoy Ash Krafton’s story- A paranormal/urban fantasy/chick-lit tale which will grab you by the tail of your shirt and take you for a ride. Her main characters Sophie and Marek jump off the page and secondary characters are vivid and engaging. The author somehow even managed to create some sexual tension between Sophie and her ex-boyfriend turned priest, Jared without it feeling “icky.” With her ...more
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
At least the first half I found to be pretty slow. The second half picks up and gets a bit more interesting. I had trouble connecting with Marek and it might have been the author trying to give you the mysterious romantic interest. Sophie is a young lady who has been holding her own and is successful, yet with Marek in the picture she now acts much different. This story has a good plot idea, there just felt to be that little something that was missing. This is not your typical vampire story for ...more
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Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Slow in parts. Innovative at times. A little too long in the tooth with sexual innuendoes for my taste. The ending was good except for the old boyfriend/priest. Not enough focus on that aspect of the story.

I won this book in a give away. I want to thank the publisher and author. If there is another book to follow, I will buy it to read further adventures of Sophie and how her life progresses.
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampires
Sophie and Marek are a different type of paranormal love story. Characters that grow on you throughout the book. The ending makes me want to run out to get the next book to see what happens lol.
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breathtaking and gripping are not words I use lightly when I describe this book. It is a sleeper in many ways until near the end. It is a beautiful and tender love story throughout between a fantastic hero and heroine and then...oh and then I was left shaking from all the conflicting emotions it inspired in the end. My only hope of recovery is the fact that I know this is part of a series and it doesn't end where it did. As it is, my poor heart and emotions are as bruised as the heroine's right ...more
Leonor (Ner)
Also published in "A Cup of Coffee and a Book"

Disclaimer: I won this book on a giveaway and it was sent to me by the author, Ash Krafton, herself in exchange for an honest review.

I was beyond speechless when I found out I had won the giveaway for this book on First Reads here on Goodreads. When I opened my mailbox and I had this book there waiting for me I was over the moon.

I felt the need to read it straight away though it took me almost a month to pick it up.

Book Synopsis

Sophie Galen is an advice columnist whose work leaves her neck-deep in other people’s problems. Thanks to her compassion, her gut instinct, and her magnetic charm, Sophie really knows how to attract little black clouds.

Marek Thurzo is no little black cloud; he’s a maelstrom. Marek is Demivampire, a race with the potential to evolve into vampire. A warrior who’s taken his share of spiritual damage, he hovers dangerously close to destruction.

He seeks salvation. She’s driven to
Joetta Spurling
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I'm an independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock.
This a great start to what looks like a great series. Sophie and Marek meet at a museum. She can not get enough of his voice. There relationship goes from hot to hot and heavy.. Sophie is lonely so when Marek starts giving her attention she eats it up with a spoon not stopping to realize there are questions that need to be asked... Yes, I was given this for an honest review from RATR.... I enjoyed reading it so much that I am now renting
Kelsea  David
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Ash Krafton is a USA Today and international best-selling speculative fiction author from the coal region of Pennsylvania. She's the author of urban fantasy and paranormal fantasy novels, as well as poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction articles on the craft writing and publishing.

Her first novel series, The Books of the Demimonde (BLEEDING HEARTS, BLOOD RUSH, WOLF'S BANE), earned several awards

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Demimonde (3 books)
  • Blood Rush (Demimonde, #2)
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