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From Afar

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  485 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews

Some rules are destined to be broken.

Loneliness. A concept with which Raphael Laurent is very familiar. He’s lived a solitary life for thirty-six years, shunning the excesses of the local vampire clan—until he spots Lord Aleric Vane, the handsome and dissolute third son of a duke. For three years Raphael has watched from a distance, for only when he is near Aleric does

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Published (first published 2010)
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Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bookwatcher by: Pickles
You are having second thoughts about a regency romance with gay vampires?

The story (Without spoilers)
In the regency times two lonely soul will meet in London.
Mr Raphael Laurent with his golden hair and angel face is a vampire, tired of his reclusive life.

In a night of little distraction he will take his hungry eyes from the young gentleman that fill his mind with sexual fantasies. And in this night, seeing that beautiful man dying after a robbery attack, Raphael will turn him too... and a ne
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My friends
Recommended to Maggie by: Drew
This book was recommended by a very cool friend, and I have to say that I'm thrilled he pointed me in the right direction.
I really enjoyed this book! I was surprised by some of the reviews on here. It left me wondering if we read the same story. The historical setting sucked me in, I loved both of the heroes AND Ava's vampire clan she constructed was very fascinating!
Yes the ending was abrupt, but I know I'll find out all of the answers in the obvious sequel she's going to write.
Very cool boo
I won actually won this book off of Ava's blog. (Thank you Ava!) One thing about Ava's books is She's consistent with having a quick paced plotline and her heroes are so very sexy!
I loved Ava's vision of vampires and he world they live in and I'm dying to read more about them! I can't wait until the sequel!
This rated 2.5 stars for me.

I really like Ava March's regency stories. There is something incredibly erotic about debauched young nobleman, acting the part in society but letting loose behind closed doors.

However there was too little story in this one. Other than a small introduction in the beginning, there is no real development of the history of the characters. (view spoiler)
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
The beginning of this book is really something else. Wow! I've read two beautiful historical stories by Ava March, where one of the characters has been longing for someone apparently unattainable. Here the things are complicated not because the object of the desire is a lord, but because the pursuer is a vampire.

The opening scene is incredibly erotic: Raphael, the vampire, is spying Lord Aleric's encounter with his mistress. Perched on a tree branch (that's Raphael!). We learn that Raphael has b
Vamp spies on hot English Lord, turns him to save his life, and then sex sexes the sex. Not much room left for plot or romance, and the story felt unfinished.
Feb 23, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, historicals, romance
This novella begins with vampire Raphael standing in the boughs of an oak tree spying on a man with a female prostitute. The man is Lord Aleric, third son of a duke, and someone who has captured Raphael’s heart. Raphael secretly follows Aleric wherever he goes, as his unrequited love for the man eases his painful loneliness. After leaving the brothel, Aleric is attacked by footpads and Raphael saves him, and in the process he has a chance of happiness with the one man whose love he has craved fo ...more
Sep 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Afar is a pretty typical Ava March offering. If you’ve read other books by this author you know what you’re going to get - a good historical backdrop against lots of hot sex and gorgeous but brooding characters. Here a vampire is thrown into the mix with the anguished and lonely Raphael. He’s been following Aleric and late one night changes the object of his affection to a vampire rather than let him die.

The strength of the story is really Raphael. He’s a very typical brooding vampire, alo
3.5 Stars

Whoa, this one starts with some heady voyeurism. Giddyyyup! That was some serious steam. Okay, moving on ...

I really liked this story and I ADORE Ava March's work. But I'd be less than honest if I didn't admit to being disappointed. The story finished too abruptly and there were a number of loose ends. I am hoping beyond hope that this will magically become a series. (Given the length of time since publication, I'm doubtful but you never know!) I really loved both Raphael and Aleric and
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
This had potential, but it was too short and ended abruptly with way too many loose ends dangling. I thought perhaps the conclusion was a set up for a sequel, but since this one came out in 2010, I doubt a sequel is forthcoming. I don't usually love vampire stories, but this one had an interesting premise, and the MCs were interesting. There were just too many unresolved, undeveloped plot points.
Mandi Schreiner
Raphael Laurent is in love. Problem is the person he is in love with, Lord Aleric Vane, remains a stranger, one he has never spoken to. He watches him though – a lot. Aleric visites Madame Bettes brothel, and Raphael has found a tree that gives him the perfect view into the bedroom and all the indecent things Aleric does with his woman. Raphael also has seen Aleric do things with other men, and knows this is his secret desire. Aleric has been cut off from his family for not going into the church ...more
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Afar is a delightful short story. Emphasis on the short. My biggest complaint is that this story doesn't have more to it. It had all the elements to create an amazing novel but instead settled for being a short story. Because of this there are some questions left unanswered and others that are glossed over in explanation. Despite this though, From Afar is still an engrossing novel with endearing characters and steamy scenes. Raphael is a well-rounded character who I felt very empathetic for ...more
Audiobook Review:

5 for narration, 3 for story. Let me start by saying a LOVE Ava March. I have all of her books in audio and love every one of them ...until this one. The narrator, like all of her narrators, istop notch and he does a wonderful job. The story starts out fantastic, regency vampires, love from afar, how can you go wrong? Well, when there is more sex than story and when the story abruptly ends with a ton of issues unresolved. If this was the first book in a series, I would understan
Очень жаль ставить такому чудесному автору тройку, но я эту книгу не почувствовала, она меня не проняла. Так..зарисовка интересных моментов и секс. Я не увидела Одиночества Родерика,не поняла, почему он живет в нежилой квартире и лазит в окно босиком, как наследства матери Родерика хватит им на всю жизнь, если они не стареют и т.д. Вместо постоянного секса можно было раскрыть сюжет.
Chris Weg
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vamp, historical
This book was good except for the ending, there was sooo much more that could have come after. It just felt to short.
Heather C
This was sweet. Would love to read more about Raphael and Aleric once they reach Rome.

Plus, there were some hot voyeuristic scenes in this one.
Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: nook, mm
This is probably the first Regency M/M I've really enjoyed. I liked the Vampire aspect as well in this story.
Elisa Rolle
Regency Vampires is a very thriving genre, and usually the stories are quite gothic and dark, and not only since, obviously, they are set at night. Reading the blurb of From Afar I was expecting nothing different, the story of the vampire Raphael and his unrequited love for nobleman Aleric; Raphael is forced to turn Aleric when the man is mortally wounded by some thieves and now he fears the man will hate him.

But since the beginning, the story reveals to be quite different from expected. First,
Oct 15, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, glbt, romance
I was thoroughly disappointed with this.

The opening scene turned me off. I knew there was some m/f and voyeurism involved, but the picture of Raphael sitting in a tree wanking away was something I could have done without. Where did this obsession with Aleric come from? He has never even talked to the guy; just from seeing him, he got so obsessed with him? I find that rather unhealthy, it makes me uncomfortable with the character.

Then, within a few pages, Aleric was turned and was perfectly ok wi
Gerry Burnie
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Since my last couple of reviews have dealt with non-GLBT books I thought it was time I should get back to the mainstream of Gerry B’s Book Reviews. Ava March’s novella From Afar [Samhain Publishing, Ltd., 2010] is one of the books that has been languishing on my TBR list, and so I happily turned to it this week.

This is one of those crossover stories featuring vampires that seem to be popular these days. For the life of me I can’t figure out w
Book Utopia
I like good erotic scenes as much as the next gal, but if it’s trying to be sold as a romance, too, I need a little bit more than that. This novella is a perfect example of just not enough.

The eroticism begins almost immediately, with vampire Raphael perched in his favorite tree, watching the object of his lust and affection with a prostitute. He jerks off, then proceeds to follow Aleric home. When Aleric is jumped by thieves, Raphael intervenes to help. His aid comes too late, however, and Aler
Feb 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, vampires, historicals
Raphael is a vampire who has basically been stalking Aleric since he moved to London three years ago. He just feels compelled to be near him. One night he rescues him from some muggers but Aleric is stabbed and the only way to save him is to turn him into a vampire. Amazingly it goes pretty well, Aleric has always had a thing for guys and they burn up the sheets. However the vampire clan in London is run by a woman. It’s very bad to create a new vampire without her permission but Raphael lives o ...more
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was ok, it was short and felt rushed, but I liked the characters well enough. I liked Aleric very much (nice name too), Raphael was a little creepy with the whole 3 year stalking thing, but he was an overall decent character too. I was hoping for more of a reaction from Aleric when he found out that he'd been practically stalked since he stepped foot in London, but his reaction was like a little sparkler; it lit bright real quick then just as quickly fizzled out. There were two other c ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've encountered by Ava March which has something supernatural going on. It's set in the Regency era in London, but the setting is much less important here than in her other works. There also is not a lot of plot or character development - Raphael is achingly lonely, and Aleric is a little bit haughty, but he is mostly consumed with lust. The bulk of the story is introspection and sex scenes.

I really like Raphael and it's surprising that (view spoiler)
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Warning!!! Vampires!!!!

The above isn't a spoiler, although it almost felt like it. The synopsis I read on this book did not say it was about Vampires, and as soon as that fact was revealed my enthusiasm with the story just went downhill. This is personal preference of mine, but I am SICK of the whole vampire thing. Of course, if I had known ahead of time, I would not have chosen the book. The work vampire should have appeared somewhere in the synopsis, for crying out loud.

As to the story itself
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is more like 3.5 stars for me. I enjoyed the premise and the main protagonists were likable. The time period and setting where the story takes place in were both favorites of mine, however, this was a bit too PWP-ish for me and ended kind of abruptly. I was expecting more being only at 83% with our heroes planning a trip and poof! The next thing I saw as About the Author and long excerpts for other books. Bummer. We don't get much of a backstory for Raphael and the main conflict was resolve ...more
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raphael Laurent’s only reprieve in his lonely existence as a vampire in Regency London is watching Lord Aleric Vane’s debauched existence. He’s never dreamt to fulfil his fantasies of being with the handsome lord, until an unexpected assault threatens Aleric’s life and obliges Raphael to make a decision which will change both their existences forever…
Hot, hot, hot. Not much development in these characters, and the plot feels a bit anecdotic, just a background for the scorching intercourses gener
May 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance, lgbt
This book has four things going for it:

1. Hot, hot, hot manlove!
2. Vampires!
3. It's a historical, which you rarely see in this genre.
4. Most importantly, Ava March wrote it so you know it has to be spectacular!

I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves vampires and m/m romance. Ava has created two wonderful characters and has written some of the hottest scenes I've read in a while.

I can really see this as a series. I think there should be at least two more books--One more for Aleric and Raphael
Angel Martinez
May 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Ava March - can I just start with that? This isn't your grandma's Regency novel, though, so don't expect parlor teas and country dance parties. This is Ava's version of Vampire Regency - and it's steam heat and bared fangs erotic.

It's a short piece, but packed with top-notch characterization - lots of emotional punch for the length. Loneliness, frustration, confusion, misunderstandings - my heart just ached for Raphael.

A little more backstory wouldn't have been amiss and I did find the e
Kitty Purr
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, nook
This was my first book from Ava March and it doesn't turned to be as good as I was expecting.

The book doesn't even have 100 pages! There's almost no story at all!!!

I like a good m/m story and I didn't read many until this one, but still, this one doesn't brought nothing new to me.

Later I'll try another book from A. March and see if I just get bad luck with this one.
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Ava March is a bestselling author of sexy, emotionally intense M/M historical erotic romances. She loves writing in the Regency time period, where proper decorum is of the utmost importance, but where anything can happen behind closed doors. With over fifteen works to her credit, her books have been finalists in the Rainbow Awards and More Than Magic contest, and deemed ‘must-haves’ for Historical ...more
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