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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  510 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
When Aubrey returns home after many years away, he is welcomed back with the extravagant gift of a Pet he never wanted and secrets he never dreamed existed...

Many years ago, the race of creatures once known as 'vampires' agreed to surrender their freedom, rather than face eventual annihilation. They exist now as Pets to the lords and ladies of high society, forced to serv
Paperback, 1st Edition, 222 pages
Published October 10th 2009 by Less Than Three Press (first published October 1st 2009)
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Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars – This was an overall fun fantasy romance with a neat twist on vampires (and servants) that gave you two developing love stories (although I was only really interested in one of them.)

Love story #1! Young scholar Aubrey returns home to his father’s estate, only to find out that he has been gifted “a pet”, a blood-drinking human-like creature that the wealthy are apt to keep as part of their status. Aubrey has no need for his new pet, and finds the practice of enslaving someone distaste
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not quite sure what to think of this one. It was different from any other vampire book I'd read before, but in a good way, I think. It was actually pretty clever and creative.

The characters...they are numerous, but complex in their own rights. But not quite. I get the feeling they are, but they aren't. It's not something I can put my finger on, but the underlying feeling of... I don't know. It's as if the characters are playing to the stereotypes or character profiles or whatever, but not qu
I'm soooo confused! Should I say it's a paranormal-romance? A fantasy? A dark fantasy? A historical romance? Because all of this tags could be perfect to this story... plus one... PERFECT because it's a PERFECT vampire paranormal-romance-dark fantasy-historical book!

Why a Paranormal-romance?
This story will be told by two characters, both humans. Aubrey and Stregoni.
Aubrey is a rich son of a Earl. Back at his home after his studies he will be welcome with a gift.. a pet, as humans call now the
Elisa Rolle
What surprised me of Embrace is that, despite the theme, Vampire retro-fantasy about alternative Master and pet relationship, it was strangely sweet, sometime even pretty, and very romantic. The blurb presents the story of nobleman Aubrey and his vampire pet Ruthven, but it’s also the story of Gille and Stregoni, respectively cousin and best friend of Aubrey, and probably this second love story is the one I like the best.

Aubrey is not the typical nobleman hero, i.e. he is not strong and aloof, w
2.5 stars

Certainly unique take on the vampires, who seem to remain true to their nature even as slaves. But, their creation and history were vague at best. The reasons they accepted slavery were also unsatisfactory, especially for such a powerful beings. I've read author's short stories with better world building.

The main problem for me were the two couples - I couldn't buy their relationships at all. Aubrey and Ruthven didn't work for me because Aubrey was manipulated by his "pet" from beginni
Mara Ismine
Mar 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Vampires are slaves and bound to the first human whose blood they drink. It is very fashionable to have a Pet, as vampires are now called. The last thing Aubrey wants when he goes home, after several years at college, is a Pet. Especially one as attractive and troublesome as Ruthven. Aubrey wishes that he could leave again before he is even through the front door. His best friend, Stregoni, and his delicate sister, Carmilla, are his only hope of staying sane. His father is as cold and distant as ...more
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susan by: Bookwatcher
Shelves: mm-read, free, z-2012
This turned out to be a much more complicated story than it first appeared to be. The interactions between all the characters are rich and fascinating. I have to say, I did feel more for Stregoni and Gille and their relationship became the centre of the book for me. It was a refreshing take on the vampire story and I would love to see more stories set in this world.
Raymond Mathiesen
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Embrace by Megan Derr


A dull life in the country?

Aubrey is returning to his home in the country after several years away studying. All that awaits him at home seems to be a bad tempered and dominant father, Sangre, a sick (but much loved) sister, Carmilla, and a very quiet and uninteresting life. The first person Aubrey meets is his friend, Stregoni, the family doctor. Aubrey hears from his friend that, much to his dislike, he is to be given a Pet Aubrey, a servant vampire, Ruthven.

Megan Derr has written a ch
Sammy Goode
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I must begin by admitting to a slight fascination with vampires…no, not the Edward Cullen of Twilight type, more the mysterious, hunky, really hot kind…and Megan Derr provides me with the perfect example of just such a creature in her novel Embrace.

Embrace is set in an undetermined country during what appears to be the Victorian age. There is talk of gentry and commoners. There is an allusion to “poppy fever”—a quaint expression used to describe opiate (laudanum) addicts. And there is the most i
Around 3.5 stars

Megan Derr is fast becoming one of my favorite writers, but of all her books, this may be one of my least favorites. That's not to say I didn't like it, just that it isn't on par with her other works. The story was an interesting take on Vampires. In this society, Vampires are known as "pets" and are only owned by the privileged upper class. Aubrey has just returned home after 5 years away and is gifted a pet, Ruthven, from by his father, Sangre, and cousin, Gille.

This book was i
This is why I love Megan Derr. She can make a brilliant story out of a very simple plot/idea - and turn them into something complicated and different. That's what sets her books apart from the others of the same theme.

Embrace is like that. At a glance, you may think that this is just another vampire story. But it isn't. I really don't know how she does it. But just like her other works that I've managed to read so far, reading a page meant wanting to turn it to the next page and not putting it d
Valentina Heart
I must admit I expected more from this one. Characters were very intriguing and sweet but there was just not enough said about them. I wanted to know more and see more, but it was not to be.
The plot on the other hand was very unsatisfying. Not very thought through and it lacked the author's usual love for detail. It also stole from the characters and annoyed the hell out of me.

Another thing that I couldn't get used to was switching from Stregoni's to Aubrey's POV. It really disrupted the story a
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting turn on the Vampire theme.

I was a little hesitant to start this one as I prejudged the whole Pet theme. So it sat on my computer mostly forgotten, but eventually my love for this author won out and I gave it a try. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised.

I admit Gille and Stegoni captured my interest a little more than Aubrey and Ruthven. I guess I just really love a couple that refuse to admit they care for each other. I knew there was more to Gille than we first see but I wa
is there a sequel?!!! what can I say about this book? if i had to compare this to the other books in this genre ive read, i would say this book was lacking, there was just not enough romance and relationship development to label this as m\m. That being said, I freaking loved the story and enjoyed the characters. As primiarily fantasy, the author did an amazing job building the world and weaving this tale. The story was interesting and fast pace enough not to drag. The characters were great and I ...more
Cole Riann
3.75 stars

For how great this story is, especially the world-building, which Megan Derr always excels at, I found the pacing to be a bit strange. 3/4 of the story had passed and I felt like a whole lot hadn't really happened. For the storyline, the novella is pretty short, but I suppose I wished the story had filled out a bit more, especially with all the world-building had to offer. It almost felt as if this were the beginning of a several part story, however, I don't know if that is true, or wi
MsMiz (Tina)
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt-all
Lent - Kindle

This is one of those books I hate to put under my m/m category since it was so much more than that. What an interesting take on vampires - the story is well written and unique (refreshing also comes to mind).
The love-hate relationship between Gille and the doctor was more entertaining than that of the MCs'.
M.J. Willow
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a story that deals mainly with family secrets, and is not even that long, it feels surprisingly... big. Of course, one of the family secrets is tied in with the history (and further secrets) behind keeping vampires as Pets who can only drink their master's blood.

The story starts with a very young Aubrey all but witnessing the deaths of his mother and her Pet at the hands of bandits, leaving him with a fear of carriages and a cold, distant, grieving father. Years later, he returns home from h
Oct 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
3.5 Stars

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There are 2 couples in the story. The first couple is Aubrey, the lord returning home, and Ruthven, the vampire Pet that Aubrey is rejecting. Aubrey can tell Ruthven is hiding something and playing behind a facade of expected submissiveness from a Pet. I like the mystery around Ruthven and the slow revealing of his background and history. His back story really helps the world building and explain the dynamics b
Sala Bim
I'm normally a HUGE fan of this author but this book wasn't for me. I didn't enjoy any of the relationships and I couldn't connect with any of the characters. I'm not a fan of stories where people are easy to slap each other around or "drag", hit, or shove each other (outside of a BDSM context) and here there was quite a bit of it (unnecessarily, it seemed to me) and it didn't seem to move the story along or anything. The slapping/shoving/dragging was just happening all the time, out of the blue ...more
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Jun 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally read June 1-10 2012
2013 update: Raised to 3.5 stars, since it's still an engaging story that draws me in

3.25 stars

I agree with the consensus. This is probably one of Megan's worst books, which is still pretty impressive. If this is her worst, her best must be astounding! (It is, I've read her best and better ones). I enjoyed the book but I agree, it wasn't her usual. I was thrown off by the switching points of view, which works in most of her stories, but didn't in this one. I don't k
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
4 stars because i was pleasantly surprised, and i like surprises :)

i really didn't expect to like this book as much as i did, but not because of the "primary" sstory with vampires, etc. i liked it because of the "filler" romance with stregoni and gille! i'm not usually one for angst and pseudo-gothic unrequited love, but absolutely loved them! to be perfectly honest the main story with aubrey started to seem like a bit of an irritating subplot that i didn't really care about and wanted to be ove
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Megan Derr books and I have a love/hate relationship. Mainly because I believe many of her books are to short. She is an excellent writer but frequently, I feel, takes a short rout to many of her stories that have such potential to be so much more since she is very good at creating interesting characters and story lines. While this book has not received as much praise as many of her other books I really enjoyed it. I liked that it didn't fallow just one character or set of characters, giving the ...more
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I can honestly say this book wasn't at all what I was expecting, but in a good way. This story revolves around two main sets of characters, Aubrey/Ruthven and Stregoni/Gille, with several other minor characters along the way. I really enjoyed all the characters though I will admit that I didn't care for Gille in the beginning; if you read the story, you'll see why.

In this world, Vampires have basically sold themselves into slavery in order to save themselves from being wiped out but things are m
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-read, sh-2013-oct
Vampires are the humans' Pets and are only able to drink blood from their Masters. Aubrey, the son of Lord Sangre, is gifted his own Pet and even though he didn't want one he had no choice but to accept. Ruthven is his Pet and it's clear from the start that he's no ordinary Pet.

As Master-Pet relationships go, I didn't feel any deep connection between Aubrey & Ruthven - beyond the feeding. There's fondness, I guess, but nothing that suggests anything deeper than that. Or if there is, I didn't
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
This book, like the other book I've read by the same author, was full of mistakes that any editor should have caught. It's very distracting, even when the typos are easy to figure out.

The romances in it are straight out of a poorly done anime or something. The only figure who I felt was fully fleshed out was Stregoni. I did enjoy the buildup to the relationship he had with Gille, but it seems like after the climax in that plotline everything sort of falls together a little too easily. The relat
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, mmfantasy
I believe this is my first time reading a book by Megan Derr - I know of her name and came across many books of hers on goodreads. Reading this one makes me want to read other books she's written.

To be honest, I wasn't expecting too much from this book.. it was quite different. There aren't many vampire related m/m romances out there that I like - but because this seemed more historical.. I think I really liked that. Also, what really got me involved in the story were the characters - absolutel
Apr 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Although I usually love everything Megan Derr writes, this eBook was the exception. At first the story looked promising, you learned there were many dark secrets in the family, and the father apparently being so cold added to it. But it all falls apart shortly after the introduction, and you learn that those deep and dark mysteries are not so deep and dark after all. The book is, in my opinion, too long for the plot, and in the end you just end up reading the same thing over and over again until ...more
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