Cora Shaw will do anything to live. Diagnosed with terminal cancer in her senior year of college, she is given a choice: Call hospice, or seek out a mysterious man who promises an impossible—and insanely dangerous—cure.
She knows him only as Mr. Thorne, a reclusive billionaire who seems full of contradictions. A man with strange, impossi...more
Sorry, I hate serials*, and I hate even more when I am not told it's one. To be fair I wasn't going to give this short story more than two stars anyway. But let it be clear that the one star is due to the format, where basically you expect a story that doesn't exist.
Why the 2 stars then. Not much of a plot, nor characterization. I thought that the illness was well described, and it still doesn't add up. The story is too short, or the writing not gripping enough, to make me understand why ...more
Read a 2nd time 04/14/2014
I enjoyed it more the second time. Great little novella, and fantastic intro to what promises to be a great series.
My main criticisms are that the internal dialogue of the main character is much much too lengthy, and the male lead is extremely one dimensional. I was almost prone to fall more for the supportive best friend character because she had more dimension.
BUT, and yes there is always a but...I wanted more...I wanted to know more about Cora...m ...more
I'm reading all six installments back to back. Although it's a serial, reading them as one makes it feel like a novel.
I had moved away from the NA demographic for a bit, but keep getting pulled back. I like the concept of a terminal cancer patient being given a second chance at life as a vampire's consort....let's see where this goes.
Dorian Thorne, attractive, compelling, and ridicul ...more
Imagine your doctor gave you the choice of either checking into a hospice to die, or calling an anonymous number on a business card.
Imagine after calling that number an incredibly handsome man says he can offer you a procedure with a 1/100 chance of being permanently cured, and a 99/100 chance of imminent death.
I would imagine that you would have some major decisions to make!
Cora's Choice is the first in the Life Blood Aethereal Bonds seri ...more
Cora Shaw will be graduating from college but has T-cell leukemia and has been given 5 to 6 months to live. They've exhausted all possible cures for her and there is nothing left but hospice or an unproven possible cure. She is all alone in the world except for a few friends and a possible romance with her friend Geoff. The heartbreak she goes through is indescribable. She decides to find out about the unproven cure-what does she ...more
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I really feel that Cora was kind of... unbelievable. She was essentially kind of stupid and it didn't seem at all as if she cared about her potential death. From the very beginning, I could have understood that she was just remembering things about herself, being that she'd already dealt ...more
Life Blood is the first book in a series of novellas by V. M. Black called Cora's Choice.
Cora Shaw found out that the drug that she's been on for her illness isn't working and she's terminal. She was given the option of seeking out something a little unconventional and having a chance at life or going to hospice where death is inevitable. The "something a little unconventional" goes by the name of Mr. Thorne. His method is certainly not ...more
Favorite lines from the book:
"You're lab results are in. Good news. You are an excellent candidate for the procedure."
"I'm at Johns Hopkins, for godssake, I thought bleakly. Where else can I go?"
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I most often compare my work to Twilight meets 50 Shades (my vampires in Cora's Choice are more dark and angsty, and the S/M elements grow more and more pronounced as the series progresses), but the names that readers most often mention are Anne Ric ...more