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Blood & Stone

(Venom Valley #3)

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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Josh Stanton’s mother has been held prisoner by the vampire Balthazar for fifteen years. As Balthazar has turned the residents of Belkin’s Pass into vampires under his control, Josh, his lover Dex, former saloon girl Glory, and US Army Sergeant Walker Maxwell fight to contain the undead uprising.

As Josh struggles to control his power to raise the dead, the group is pursued
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Published March 5th 2014 by Wilde City Press
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Ann
Holy hellfire this series has EVERYTHING and it's all made of AWESOME!

1. Cowboys
2. Indians
3. Whores
4. Vampires
5. Zombies
6. Witches
7. Curses
8. Wolves of all sorts
9. Moody and broody apocalyptic foreshadowing
10. Sexytimes!

So, reading that list it would seem like this series could seriously just end up as a hot mess of crazy, but the balance of all the elements was done so well, that I was completely sucked in to Venom Valley from book one.

Dex and Josh went through soooooo much and neither one wou
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Lisa The Novel Approach
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Vampires and Werewolves and Deaders… Oh my!

I’ve been such a huge fan of this series since Bounty (later renamed Cowboys & Vampires upon its re-release with Wilde City) was published back in 2011. Hank Edwards has taken the wild, wild West and populated it with the undead, the walking dead, werewolves, and all the danger, action, and suspense it takes to make a book nothing less than an old fashioned page-turner. Not to mention elevating Blood & Stone to the flawless diamond in this spark
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Susan65
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Evil vampires, killer wolves, a surprise werewolf, an army of reanimated corpses, special powers, secrets and romance. Seriously, is there anything missing that could make this story any better? I don’t think so and I highly recommend this series to those who like to get a little freaked out, grossed out, and shocked a bit when they read about their gay heroes.

One of the things I really enjoyed and appreciated about this series is that each installment begins right where the last book left off.
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Xing
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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Blood & Stone is the third and final entry into the Venom Valley series. Now that Josh and Dex are reunited, they are set with the final battle against the vampires. In this book, the POV expands to include Walker. That makes it four characters we are head hopping between: Dex, Josh, Glory and Walker. Honestly, as much as I like Glory, I was getting really tired at this point with so many people sharing word space (any chapter that contains Gloria's POV always has “the warmth of Ohanzee” rep ...more
a_fret_argent
While I felt the series was promising after the first book, by the time I finished this one I was so ready for it to be over.

I was genuinely creeped out by the imagery of the opening scene between Josh and Agnes, but by the time Walker (view spoiler) showed up I was rolling my eyes. There were way too many different paranormal angles, and all of them except the main vampires arc felt superfluous to me. I kept waiting for something big- some grand climax- and the
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Dianne Hartsock
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Holy horrific zombies and bloodthirsty vampires! This story grabs you by the throat from the very first lines and runs you through exciting and often deliciously gruesome battle scenes, intricate attacks and retreats. You suffer the heartache of lost friends and the joy of stolen intimate moments between our heroes. If you want a book that makes your blood rush and keeps you turning the pages, this is it! Another great story in the Venom Valley series.
Sammy Goode
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Okay, I must freely admit—I LOVE this series. I have from its beginning and this third installment, Blood & Stone, has not left me the least disappointed! Hank Edwards has really managed to make this Venom Valley series one that has remained slightly creepy in oh so good a way, sexy without throwing in constant sex scenes between his two leads, and highly entertaining to boot. If you have not read the other two books in this series, I am afraid that this review will contain spoilers from the
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DeWanda
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Erica
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a ride! An all around wonderful series.
Tori Thompson
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Have you read the first books? You’ve GOT to read the first books! They are wonderful! So go read them then come back….

So. Josh raises the dead, there are nasty vampires, cowboys, prostitutes, Native Americans, and Dex. Josh and Dex have been friends forever, each having secret feelings for the other, but keep it to themselves. Big dramatic stuff happens, Josh and Dex get really friendly and it is hot! More stuff happens, Dex gets kidnapped by the bad vampire, Josh and Glory the prostitute try t
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Joyfully Jay
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars


Okay, I must freely admit—I LOVE this series. I have from its beginning and this third installment, Blood & Stone, has not left me the least disappointed! Hank Edwards has really managed to make this Venom Valley series one that has remained slightly creepy in oh so good a way, sexy without throwing in constant sex scenes between his two leads, and highly entertaining to boot. If you have not read the other two books in this series, I am afraid that this review w
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Kathleen
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Zombies, vampires, and romance in the Old West! I so very much liked this series. I had a few niggles, but it was well written and edited, something I always appreciate in the romance genre. The characters, both primary and secondary, were fleshed out and quite likeable. If there are more planned for this series, I'm in. Highly recommended.

EDIT: I'm amending my four stars to 4.5 stars, and rounding up to five. I may have had my niggles, but this was original, atmospheric, with very good characte
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Hank Edwards is a curious mix of practical realist and feral dreamer. He is a fan of absurd comedy, as evidenced in the sizzling and hilarious Charlie Heggensford Fluffers, Inc. series, as well as Plus Ones, his wacky rom-com. He also loves a good mystery and suspense story, which inspired his Up to Trouble series, featuring FBI Agent Aaron Pearce and his lover Mark Beecher who met during one case ...more

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