LGBT

The Vampire’s Favorite (Vampyr #2)

The Vampire's Favorite

Summary:

Jason Bellmont used to be a typical athlete. Tall, strong, and disciplined, he was the epitome of a college basketball star, and had the sexual appetite to match. 

Until he met Eric Logan. Overnight, Jason found himself immersed in a dark, dangerous world, a world where he found the kind of love he never dreamed of having, and the worst heartache he would ever live through. 

Months later, Jason returns to his family's home in Crookston, Minnesota, to heal after a crippling blow bound him to a wheelchair. There, he and Eric are captured by the vicious vampire Oriana, whose plans for reuniting her former mistress' territory have more of an impact on Jason's life than even he knows, plans that could destroy his family if Jason can't find a way to regain his strength and crush Oriana once and for all. 

Author's Note: Like all stories set in the World of the Vampyr,The Vampire's Favorite contains scenes of erotic romance between single and multiple partners, both male and female, is a dark fantasy (i.e. horror with supernatural elements), and is not intended for readers under the local legal age.  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of the author.

Review:

I enjoyed this book a little more than “The Vampire’s Pet”, which was the first in the series.  In this book, we get a chance to get to know the individuals and a lot more about Eric and Jason’s backgrounds. It was more up my alley to have a little more character development and see how their relationship developed.

Jason’s family was a refreshing combination and it was also intriguing to see how things operated outside of Atlanta.  Each of Jason’s sisters has distinct personalities and I hope we’ll see more of them in the future.  We didn’t get to see or hear much about Gianna, but I am excited to see what happens with her in the next of the series!

Warning: Repeated sexual content, non-traditional pairings and reference to sexual abuse.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Fans of the darker paranormal and erotica.  You’ll probably be pretty confused if you don’t start with the first in the series.

Want to read the whole series?

Summer Confessions

Summer Confessions

Summary:

Macy Diaz has managed childhood friend Jeb Porter’s crush for years. However, his infatuation turns to obsession, even putting a kid in the hospital just for hitting on her. In the past, Macy brushed it off, explained his bizarre acts away. But now she harbors a secret. She’s in love…with Jeb’s sister, Rachel.

By some miracle, Rachel loves Macy back, and despite the small minds polluting their sleepy southern town, they’re sticking together. Unfortunately, making sure Jeb never grows suspicious proves harder every day—until everything falls apart.

As a sick, unstable Jeb starts to threaten all Macy values, she is reminded of what has always been perfectly clear. Macy belongs to him, only him, and he won’t let her go. Ever.

If only Macy could’ve loved Jeb, she wouldn’t have to worry about surviving him now. (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review courtesy of YA Bound Book Tours.

Review:

I really enjoyed this one!  Vroman had me hooked from the beginning and it was interesting to see how she balanced things between her family, friends and later the larger community.  I would love to see a follow up story on Ana, she’s too cute and deserves someone too!  Throughout the book, Macy struggles to completely become comfortable in her own skin.  Fortunately, Pawpaw is on awesome grandfather and keeps the whole family grounded.

Another thing I appreciated was that though an LGBT book, it was not at the expense of the story or forced into the story.  It was natural and if the roles of Jeb and Rachel had been switched it would have been an equally intriguing (and creepy at times!) read.  I have certainly read a few recently that felt almost like if they threw in a LGBT aspect, it would salvage a so-so plotline.  I’d definitely recommend this for all readers looking for a summer romance book.

Warning: Contains some violence

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Folks looking for a non-traditional summer romance/coming-of-age book.

Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother

Summary:

From the best-selling author of “Fun Home”, Time magazine’s No. 1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.

Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home” was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.   (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

The overall aspect that I found the most inspiring in this book was Alison’s unwavering bravery.  She may have been struggling through many issues, she may have been conflicted as to how to approach things, but she never wavered about her resolution to write about her relationship with her mom.  She just knew it was a story that needed to be told.  This is also a difficult book to rate without comparing to her previous work.   Frankly, it’s she made herself a tough act to follow.

Unlike “Fun Home”, I don’t think that “Are You My Mother?” was quite as well organized.  It wavered between heavy psychoanalysis and personal insight, but only briefly touched on her mother.  I think it would have been very difficult to follow if you hadn’t read “Fun Home”.

They’re both very ‘heavy’ books in tackling some intense topics, but I think “Are You My Mother?” was weighted down by the psychoanalysis at the detriment of the story.  I still think this was a great book, but more of a story exploring how Alison came to terms with her relationship than about her mom.

Warning: Contains nudity

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Folks who have read “Fun Home” and want to continue the story.

Want to read the whole series?

The Vampire’s Pet (The Vampyr #1)

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Summary:

Eric Logan is twenty-one, a physics major at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, and a geek. All he wants is to make it through college in one piece. If he can find a woman to share his life with, well, all the better, but he doesn't hold out much hope of that happening. He's learned the hard way that women find shy, safe men too boring to keep around for long.

While attending a party with his friend Devin, Eric meets the vampire Elizabet, who offers him a spot in her stable of blood slaves. Not long after, the lovely Gianna Brady walks into his life. With her in his heart and a job as a vampire's pet, Eric finally has the life and love he's always wanted and is eager to begin his journey through the hidden society he's now a part of, a society where blood and sex are used to cement alliances and control the violent nature of the beast within.

The world of the Vampyr isn't as easy to navigate as it appears, however, and Eric is soon lost in a whirlwind of obstacles and complications. Devin isn't content with the friendship Eric craves; Marco, Elizabet's favorite, has plans for his mistress' newest pet that Eric isn't keen on fulfilling; and the vampire queen needs a strong ally. As he struggles to find his place in this new world, Eric is pushed to the limits of his humanity and wonders if he'll ever find his way back to it again, or if the monster he's becoming will consume him and everyone he loves in its thirst for power and blood.

Author's note: Contains all six of the previously released episodes, compiled into one novel.  (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This is a book/series that makes “50 Shades of Grey” look quite tame in many ways so if that isn’t up your alley, stop reading now!

 In this book, Cummings manages to create a unique twist on vampires involving copious amounts of sex and blood.  And readers be warned: the sex covers the gamut of hetero, man-on-man, threesomes and light BDSM.  I was not quite sure what I was getting into even with a warning from the author!  Might not have been the best choice of books to read on the airplane…

Warnings aside, this was a fun book to read particularly because it was non-traditional and different for me.  The characters were intriguing and the non-sexual plot was interesting in its own right.  This wasn’t a book with two dimensional characters thrown in steamy situations, but rather sexual characters who are trying to juggle the changes thrown their way.  I certainly wouldn’t recommend it to people who don’t like reading erotica as that is a significant aspect of the story, but I think it was very well-done.   Undecided on whether I’ll read “The New Vampire” series next, but I’ll probably read them an episode at a time.  That’ll keep it from being an overload!

Warning: Contains excessive explicit sexual content and non-traditional pairings.

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review courtesy of the author.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Folks looking for “50 Shades of Grey” meets “The Vampire Academy” and then some

Want to read the whole series?  This is the whole series! At least for “The Vampire’s Pet” series (contains episodes 1-6).