Vampires

B+
Dead in the Family

I have been reading the Southern Vampire series for many years now. These aren't books I rubber stamp; while the first few were solid As for me, as the books have gotten more complex my enjoyment has become less enthusiastic. The tangle of personal relationships Sookie is in often slows down the act ...

B-
Blood Born

A war is brewing between human and vampire. Problem is, neither side declared it. Luca Ambrose is one of the rarest of the rare: Born vampire rather than a turned one. His powers are stronger, his senses more acute. For the past several years he has worked as an enforcer for the Council, the gove ...

B-
Lover Mine

You know the oft-repeated sentiment that J.R. Ward’s books are like crack? I may be ready to check into rehab. This one feels overstuffed with multiple storylines, highlights the author’s problems in creating compelling women, and frequently left me with a WTF expression on my face. Needless ...

C+
Master of Fire

While Master of Fire was generally interesting and easy to read, the weak plot and ultimately superficial characters made this book less than a keeper. Logan MacRoy is a Lieutenant in a police bomb squad in Greendale County, South Carolina. He also happens to be the mortal son of King Arthur and ...

C
My Wicked Vampire

It being October, and near Halloween, I was more than willing to read a paranormal romance. I’m not sure that My Wicked Vampire fulfilled my craving, but on the whole, there was nothing incredibly right or wrong about the book. The word “average” really sticks in my mind; the story is light, a ...

B+
Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men

Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men continues the adventures of Jane Jameson, former children’s librarian turned vampire. While I will admit to being tired of the undead, I will make an exception for Jane. This is one of the funniest books I have read this year and Jane is a delightful character. ...

A
Beloved Vampire

Excuse me while I gush like a fangirl.  I was so afraid that Beloved Vampire, while starting out with a bang, would eventually fade into mediocrity like so many books. Not at all. As the book progressed, it just got better and better, until it is now officially one of my favorite (if not the fav ...

A
First Channel

First Channel part of the Sime/Gen series, one of the pioneering SF romance series. It's not the first in the series, but it's set before any of the other books published in this series, so some readers might prefer to start with this book. Because it's SF first, First Channel has complex worldbuild ...

B
Forbidden Nights With A Vampire

Forbidden Nights With a Vampire is the sometimes funny, sometimes poignant tale of Vanda Barkowski, a vampire who has a problem with her temper. I read Kerrelyn Sparks's first book in this series, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire, but not the others, something I plan to remedy as soon as possible ...

C+
Kissing Midnight

I'm a big – big – fan of Emma Holly who writes hot sex as well as great couples. I'm also a big – big – fan of stories in a series that stand on their own. They usually encompass a larger world of characters, but provide sufficient focus on two main ones. So when I read an Emma Holly series ...