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The biggest names in paranormal romance have created a fascinating array of 30 short stories of hot blood and inhuman passions that will leave you thirsting for more. Authors include Sherri Erwin, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Jenna Black, Jenna Maclaine, Raven Hart, Delilah Devlin, Keri Arthur, Kimberly Raye, Alexis Morgan, Lilith Saintcrow, C.T. Adams, Cathy Clamp, Susan Sizemore, The biggest names in paranormal romance have created a fascinating array of 30 short stories of hot blood and inhuman passions that will leave you thirsting for more. Authors include Sherri Erwin, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Jenna Black, Jenna Maclaine, Raven Hart, Delilah Devlin, Keri Arthur, Kimberly Raye, Alexis Morgan, Lilith Saintcrow, C.T. Adams, Cathy Clamp, Susan Sizemore, Dina James, Colleen Gleason, Barbara Emrys, Savannah Russe, Shiloh Walker, Vicki Pettersson, Rebecca York, Rachel Vincent, Amanda Ashley, Karen Chance, and Nancy Holder. These ain’t your mother’s vampires! *** "Fade to Black" - Sherri Erwin - A professor's tryst with a gorgeous student brings a whole new meaning to `unsafe sex' when he infects her with the `vampire' virus. *** "Ode to Evdard Munch" - Caitlin Kiernan - A man shares his blood with a mysterious vamp for a piece of her dreams. *** "Fangs for Hire" - Jenna Black - When a vampire hit woman finds her oh so sexy prey is not what he seems, she just might have to consider rewritting her `contract'. *** "The Righteous" - Jenna Maclaine - A sorceress and a King put events in play to establish a group of vampires to police their own, which is the catalyst to bring a vampire and a woman who stakes them together in Paris. *** "Knowledge of Evil" - Raven Hart - An ancient vampire with a passion for learning meets a gorgeous professor who shares his thirst for knowledge. *** "Viper's Bite" - Delilah Devlin - A solitary vampire and a lonely woman connect but he must steal her memories to keep her safe. *** "Dreams" - Keri Arthur - Arthur's Riley Jensen and her sometimes lover vampire Quinn share dreams and danger. *** "Love Bites" - Kimberly Raye - From her Dead End Dating world, a hereditary vampire slayer flunks her final test when instead of finishing off the vampire she's staked she takes him her home to heal. *** "What's at Stake" - Alexis Morgan - A legal enforcer must either prove the innocence of the vampire she's secretly loved or she must put him to death. *** "Coming Home" - Lilith Saintcrow - Dante Valentine's foster daughter Liana is hired by the Nichtvahren who broke her teenage heart to kill his maker. *** "To Ease the Rage" - CT Adams & Cathy Clamp - A police officer will join with her undead partner to find the strength to protect her city from vamps that threaten the peace. *** "Dancing with the Star" - Susan Sizemore - A vampire's dreams of a dancing movie star may signal the end of her loneliness. *** "Play Dead" - Dina James - A vampire finds his soulmate and challenges the leaders of his clan for the right to choose his own bride. *** "In Which a Masquerade Ball Unmasks an Undead" - Colleen Gleason - Gleason's vampire hunting debutante Victoria tries to persue her attraction to Rockley while fighting off vamps at a masquerade ball with a little help and snide remarks from Max. *** "A Temporary Vampire" - Barbara Emrys - A vampire discovers a captivating `vampire' actress in New Orleans. *** "Overbite" - Savannah Russe - A vampire patient gives a dentist a chance to expand his practice to the undead and to pursue his secret fantasies. *** "Hunter's Choice" - Shiloh Walker - Seems like a spinoff from her series the leading man is a vampire and a 'hunter'. A grieving/vengeful woman turned vamp-slayer must reexamine her beliefs about vamps to keep the star of her passionate dreams when they meet again. *** "The Sacrifice" - Rebecca York - A princess becomes a willing sacrifice to a `monster' to save her father's kingdom under seige and gains not only her kingdom's freedom but her own salvation. *** "Remember the Blood" - Vicki Petterson - Two vampires are reborn without memories each year but strive to bring forward clues to `remember' each other and their love. *** "The Midday Mangler Meets his Match" - Rachel Vincent - An ordinary everyday vampire teen and her younger sister discover a use for their vestigal fangs when they have a run in with a killer. *** "The Music of the Night" - Amanda Ashley - A phantom of the opera obssesed woman gets a chance to star in her favorite fantasy when she meets her own phantom. *** "The Day of the Dead" - Karen Chance - From the Cassandra Palmer series, vampire Thomas seeks to rid the world of his evil former master and to aide a magical mercenary with a forbidden power to save her missing brother from the evil vamps yearly human hunt. *** "Vampire Unchained" - Nancy Holder - A return to Holder's House of the Blood/Shadows/Flame/Phoenix world. Vampire Liam's secret negotiations with the House of Phoenix cause him to be accused of treason against his clan, his punishment is imprisonment with his human lover as the only source of blood, but their love holds the key that may free them. *** "A Stand-up Dame" - Lilith Saintcrow - A soft touch for a dame in danger, this PI returns from the dead to solve his case. *** "Untitled 12" - Cailtlin R. Kiernan - A sick woman searches until a vampire finds her.


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The biggest names in paranormal romance have created a fascinating array of 30 short stories of hot blood and inhuman passions that will leave you thirsting for more. Authors include Sherri Erwin, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Jenna Black, Jenna Maclaine, Raven Hart, Delilah Devlin, Keri Arthur, Kimberly Raye, Alexis Morgan, Lilith Saintcrow, C.T. Adams, Cathy Clamp, Susan Sizemore, The biggest names in paranormal romance have created a fascinating array of 30 short stories of hot blood and inhuman passions that will leave you thirsting for more. Authors include Sherri Erwin, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Jenna Black, Jenna Maclaine, Raven Hart, Delilah Devlin, Keri Arthur, Kimberly Raye, Alexis Morgan, Lilith Saintcrow, C.T. Adams, Cathy Clamp, Susan Sizemore, Dina James, Colleen Gleason, Barbara Emrys, Savannah Russe, Shiloh Walker, Vicki Pettersson, Rebecca York, Rachel Vincent, Amanda Ashley, Karen Chance, and Nancy Holder. These ain’t your mother’s vampires! *** "Fade to Black" - Sherri Erwin - A professor's tryst with a gorgeous student brings a whole new meaning to `unsafe sex' when he infects her with the `vampire' virus. *** "Ode to Evdard Munch" - Caitlin Kiernan - A man shares his blood with a mysterious vamp for a piece of her dreams. *** "Fangs for Hire" - Jenna Black - When a vampire hit woman finds her oh so sexy prey is not what he seems, she just might have to consider rewritting her `contract'. *** "The Righteous" - Jenna Maclaine - A sorceress and a King put events in play to establish a group of vampires to police their own, which is the catalyst to bring a vampire and a woman who stakes them together in Paris. *** "Knowledge of Evil" - Raven Hart - An ancient vampire with a passion for learning meets a gorgeous professor who shares his thirst for knowledge. *** "Viper's Bite" - Delilah Devlin - A solitary vampire and a lonely woman connect but he must steal her memories to keep her safe. *** "Dreams" - Keri Arthur - Arthur's Riley Jensen and her sometimes lover vampire Quinn share dreams and danger. *** "Love Bites" - Kimberly Raye - From her Dead End Dating world, a hereditary vampire slayer flunks her final test when instead of finishing off the vampire she's staked she takes him her home to heal. *** "What's at Stake" - Alexis Morgan - A legal enforcer must either prove the innocence of the vampire she's secretly loved or she must put him to death. *** "Coming Home" - Lilith Saintcrow - Dante Valentine's foster daughter Liana is hired by the Nichtvahren who broke her teenage heart to kill his maker. *** "To Ease the Rage" - CT Adams & Cathy Clamp - A police officer will join with her undead partner to find the strength to protect her city from vamps that threaten the peace. *** "Dancing with the Star" - Susan Sizemore - A vampire's dreams of a dancing movie star may signal the end of her loneliness. *** "Play Dead" - Dina James - A vampire finds his soulmate and challenges the leaders of his clan for the right to choose his own bride. *** "In Which a Masquerade Ball Unmasks an Undead" - Colleen Gleason - Gleason's vampire hunting debutante Victoria tries to persue her attraction to Rockley while fighting off vamps at a masquerade ball with a little help and snide remarks from Max. *** "A Temporary Vampire" - Barbara Emrys - A vampire discovers a captivating `vampire' actress in New Orleans. *** "Overbite" - Savannah Russe - A vampire patient gives a dentist a chance to expand his practice to the undead and to pursue his secret fantasies. *** "Hunter's Choice" - Shiloh Walker - Seems like a spinoff from her series the leading man is a vampire and a 'hunter'. A grieving/vengeful woman turned vamp-slayer must reexamine her beliefs about vamps to keep the star of her passionate dreams when they meet again. *** "The Sacrifice" - Rebecca York - A princess becomes a willing sacrifice to a `monster' to save her father's kingdom under seige and gains not only her kingdom's freedom but her own salvation. *** "Remember the Blood" - Vicki Petterson - Two vampires are reborn without memories each year but strive to bring forward clues to `remember' each other and their love. *** "The Midday Mangler Meets his Match" - Rachel Vincent - An ordinary everyday vampire teen and her younger sister discover a use for their vestigal fangs when they have a run in with a killer. *** "The Music of the Night" - Amanda Ashley - A phantom of the opera obssesed woman gets a chance to star in her favorite fantasy when she meets her own phantom. *** "The Day of the Dead" - Karen Chance - From the Cassandra Palmer series, vampire Thomas seeks to rid the world of his evil former master and to aide a magical mercenary with a forbidden power to save her missing brother from the evil vamps yearly human hunt. *** "Vampire Unchained" - Nancy Holder - A return to Holder's House of the Blood/Shadows/Flame/Phoenix world. Vampire Liam's secret negotiations with the House of Phoenix cause him to be accused of treason against his clan, his punishment is imprisonment with his human lover as the only source of blood, but their love holds the key that may free them. *** "A Stand-up Dame" - Lilith Saintcrow - A soft touch for a dame in danger, this PI returns from the dead to solve his case. *** "Untitled 12" - Cailtlin R. Kiernan - A sick woman searches until a vampire finds her.

30 review for The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie (jjmachshev)

    WOW...if you like romance and if you like vampires, how can you pass this one up? There are 25, that's right 2-5 short stories in this 'mammoth' book! Most of the authors haven't hit the biggest of the big time, but many of them are authors I follow. This isn't a full list...but, there are stories by Jenna Black, Jenna Maclaine, Delilah Devlin, Keri Arthur, Alexis Morgan, Shiloh Walker, Rebecca York, Karen Chance, & Vicki Pettersson, among many others. Some I like a lot, some I just liked, and s WOW...if you like romance and if you like vampires, how can you pass this one up? There are 25, that's right 2-5 short stories in this 'mammoth' book! Most of the authors haven't hit the biggest of the big time, but many of them are authors I follow. This isn't a full list...but, there are stories by Jenna Black, Jenna Maclaine, Delilah Devlin, Keri Arthur, Alexis Morgan, Shiloh Walker, Rebecca York, Karen Chance, & Vicki Pettersson, among many others. Some I like a lot, some I just liked, and some were just plain weird. But hey, even if you don't like one of the stories, it only takes a few minutes to read! Some stories are funny, some are more serious, some are pretty sexy, and few I still don't understand. But with a price tag of only $13.95US, it's well worth the cost.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bookwatcher

    AND THE OSCAR GO TO… The best : * Dancing With The Star by Susan Sizemore (the ending was perfect and hilarious! Great story) The worst : * The Music of the Night, by Amanda Ashley (bored me to dead) The great deception : * Dreams, by Keri Arthur (I was expecting more from her) Best couple : * The Righteous, by Jenna Maclaine Good read, and enjoy AND THE OSCAR GO TO… The best : * Dancing With The Star by Susan Sizemore (the ending was perfect and hilarious! Great story) The worst : * The Music of the Night, by Amanda Ashley (bored me to dead) The great deception : * Dreams, by Keri Arthur (I was expecting more from her) Best couple : * The Righteous, by Jenna Maclaine Good read, and enjoy

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp's "To Ease the Rage" was imaginative. Could be interesting as a series. Keri Arthur's "Dreams" was ... eyyy... Amanda Ashely's "Music of the Night" was lamely sweet. A fairy tale, sorry, vampire take on Phantom of the Opera. Jenna Black's "Fangs for Hire" was imaginative but a little too obvious. Karen Chance's "Day of the Dead" was interesting. Had a very different take on vampires in Mexico involving Mayan? culture. Delilah Devlin's "Viper's Bite" was imaginative; I liked i C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp's "To Ease the Rage" was imaginative. Could be interesting as a series. Keri Arthur's "Dreams" was ... eyyy... Amanda Ashely's "Music of the Night" was lamely sweet. A fairy tale, sorry, vampire take on Phantom of the Opera. Jenna Black's "Fangs for Hire" was imaginative but a little too obvious. Karen Chance's "Day of the Dead" was interesting. Had a very different take on vampires in Mexico involving Mayan? culture. Delilah Devlin's "Viper's Bite" was imaginative; I liked it. Barbara Emrys' "A Temporary Vampire" had a different take on vampires. Might be interesting to follow her. Sherri Erwin's "Fade to Black" did not inspire me to search her work out although she is an imaginative, good writer. Colleen Gleason's "In Which a Masquerade Ball Unmasks an Undead" was a historical paranomal romance...duh... Raven Hart's "Knowledge of Evil" was rather obvious. Nancy Holder's "Vampire Unchained" is the apocalypse---vampire style. Good. Dina James' "Play Dead"...duh... Caitlin Kiernan's "Untitled 12" was...oh yuck. Also appeared in Frog Toes & Tentacles. It was still yuck. Her Ode to Edvard Much was irritating. Well-written, but too vague. Also appeared in Sirenia Digest #6. Jenna Maclaine's "Righteous" was lame. Alexis Morgan's "What's at Stake?" was imaginative, yet predictable. Vicki Pettersson's "Remember the Blood" had a very different perspective. A bit on the creepy side. Kimberly Raye's "Love Bites" was cute and predictable. Oh gawd..dental paranomal adventures in "Overbite" by Savannah Russe. Lilith Saintcrow's "A Stand-Up Dame" was good; very P. N. Elrod-ish. Her Coming Home was also good. Susan Sizemore's "Dancing with the Star" was cute. Rachel Vincent's "Midday Mangler Meets His Match" was excellent. Created a whole new world with vampires as the norm---going to school, having jobs, etc. Shiloh Walker's "Hunter's Choice" was good; I'm hoping it's a series. Rebecca York's "Sacrifice" was a lame-ass story. So juvenile.

  4. 5 out of 5

    The Flooze

    Stories were boring and EXTREMELY amaturish. Authors need to be taught effective POV. Also, just because it's a short story, does not mean that you drop the concepts of beginning, middle, and end. The more accomplished stories within the anthology belonged to Rebecca York, Jenna Maclaine, Dina James (if it were part of a series), and Karen Chance (I might check out her books). Overall, don't buy. Get it from the library if you must. Stories were boring and EXTREMELY amaturish. Authors need to be taught effective POV. Also, just because it's a short story, does not mean that you drop the concepts of beginning, middle, and end. The more accomplished stories within the anthology belonged to Rebecca York, Jenna Maclaine, Dina James (if it were part of a series), and Karen Chance (I might check out her books). Overall, don't buy. Get it from the library if you must.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Inara

    As always in anthologies there were stories I loved and stories I well, didn´t love that much and so I decided only to rate my favorites. For these stories alone the book was worth reading and I will definitely buy "The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2" which is due in September 2009! Oh, before I forget: my favorite stories were (of course) by Karen Chance, Lilith Saintcrow, Colleen Gleason and Shiloh Walker (actually no surprise there...lol)! As always in anthologies there were stories I loved and stories I well, didn´t love that much and so I decided only to rate my favorites. For these stories alone the book was worth reading and I will definitely buy "The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2" which is due in September 2009! Oh, before I forget: my favorite stories were (of course) by Karen Chance, Lilith Saintcrow, Colleen Gleason and Shiloh Walker (actually no surprise there...lol)!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dina James

    This book features my debut short story "Play Dead"! It features Nikolai, the Destrati, and introduces the very sexy and unforgettable Kyle. Let me know what you think! Thanks! This book features my debut short story "Play Dead"! It features Nikolai, the Destrati, and introduces the very sexy and unforgettable Kyle. Let me know what you think! Thanks!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melindeeloo

    Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance - BIG Book, Big Name Authors, Short stories - not all are romances Yes, the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romances is truly MAMMOTH containing 25 short stories. You'll recognize the names of the most of the 23 well known authors as the writers of your favorite paranormal romance and popular urban fantasy series. Despite the title, only about half of the stories in the book are `romances' though most have some sex, but they do all have vampires and most all have a key e Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance - BIG Book, Big Name Authors, Short stories - not all are romances Yes, the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romances is truly MAMMOTH containing 25 short stories. You'll recognize the names of the most of the 23 well known authors as the writers of your favorite paranormal romance and popular urban fantasy series. Despite the title, only about half of the stories in the book are `romances' though most have some sex, but they do all have vampires and most all have a key element of the story associated with the vampire's bite: bringing a transformation, granting immortality, unlocking or stealing memories, sealing a bond or, with the refusal of the acceptance of its offer, breaking a heart. Together the stories pretty much cover most of the niches of the PNR and UF genres, one little tidbit at a time. Since these are truly short stories some of the endings are a bit abrupt. A few of the entries tied into the authors' existing series, Gleason's and Arthur's read like deleted scenes from early books, and Devlin's, Holder's, Raye's, Chance's and Saintcrow's (the first of her two) explore other characters/pieces of their worlds. It's my first time with authors Kiernan, Devlin, Hart and Walker, but I suspect Walker's was a connected story too. My favorites were the ones from Chance, Black, Devlin, Emrys, and Morgan, they did the best with their characters and stories in the very short space. My least favorite were both of Kiernan's entries and Pettersson's - the vague poetic style of these stories left me unconnected to their characters. (1 star- I hated it; 2 stars - didn't like it ; 3 stars = ok; 3.5 = pretty good; 4 = liked it; 4.5 = really liked it; 5 stars = loved it) *** "Fade to Black" - Sherri Erwin - A professor's tryst with a gorgeous student brings a whole new meaning to `unsafe sex' when he infects her with the `vampire' virus. (3 stars - This one was pointless and not a romance, it was all set up and then a too abrupt ending.) *** "Ode to Evdard Munch" - Caitlin Kiernan - A man shares his blood with a mysterious vamp for a piece of her dreams. (3 stars - no romance and the connection between the leads was odd) *** "Fangs for Hire" - Jenna Black - When a vampire hit woman finds her oh so sexy prey is not what he seems, she just might have to consider rewritting her `contract'. (4 stars - both the leads were interesting and I like the way they found to feed their hungers) *** "The Righteous" - Jenna Maclaine - A sorceress and a King put events in play to establish a group of vampires to police their own, which is the catalyst to bring a vampire and a woman who stakes them together in Paris. (4 stars - I liked the huntress and the vamp - added 12/6 this is a prequel to MacLaine's Cin Craven series) *** "Knowledge of Evil" - Ravent Hart - An ancient vampire with a passion for learning meets a gorgeous professor who shares his thirst for knowledge. (3.5 stars ) *** "Viper's Bite" - Delilah Devlin - A solitary vampire and a lonely woman connect but he must steal her memories to keep her safe. (5 stars -the story was bittersweet but hopeful ) *** "Dreams" - Kerri Arthur - Arthur's Riley Jensen and her sometimes lover vampire Quinn share dreams and danger. (4 stars - seemed like deleted scene from an early book but has the feel of the series) *** "Love Bites" - Kimberly Raye - From her Dead End Dating world, a hereditary vampire slayer flunks her final test when instead of finishing off the vampire she's staked she takes him her home to heal. (3.5 stars -humorous but a bit on the cutesy side) *** "What's at Stake" - Alexis Morgan - A legal enforcer must either prove the innocence of the vampire she's secretly loved or she must put him to death. (4 stars - more on the fantasy side, I liked this one a lot) *** "Coming Home" - Lilith Saintcrow - Dante Valentine's foster daughter Liana is hired by the Nichtvahren who broke her teenage heart to kill his maker. (3.5 stars - Even though the heroine is Liana, her internal dialog feels very much like Dante - who make a brief appearance. Though with Saintcrow's writing style, it took two reads to understand everything that was going on.) *** "To Ease the Rage" - CT Adams & Cathy Clamp - A police officer will join with her undead partner to find the strength to protect her city from vamps that threaten the peace. (4 stars - good chemistry between the leads) *** "Dancing with the Star" - Susan Sizemore - A vampire's dreams of a dancing movie star may signal the end of her loneliness. (3.5 stars - a long dream sequence, not a fan of those, and the italics bugged me after a few pages) *** "Play Dead" - Dina James - A vampire finds his soulmate and challenges the leaders of his clan for the right to choose his own bride. (3 stars - okay, but the most interesting character was not one of the leads. But well enough done that I would check this out if it were the start of a series.) *** "In Which a Masquerade Ball Unmasks an Undead" - Colleen Gleason - Gleason's vampire hunting debutante Victoria tries to persue her attraction to Rockley while fighting off vamps at a masquerade ball with a little help and snide remarks from Max. (3.5 stars - One of the few historicals, this felt like a deleted scene from the first book, but missing the more serious events from the books which play against lighter scenes like this one) *** "A Temporary Vampire" - Barbara Emrys - A vampire discovers a captivating `vampire' actress in New Orleans. (4.5 stars - Liked the vamp & it had a nice feel to it, but it should have been longer since it offers the promise of romance but ends before it can be fulfilled) *** "Overbite" - Savannah Russe - A vampire patient gives a dentist a chance to expand his practice to the undead and to pursue his secret fantasies. (4 stars - Almost humorous) *** "Hunter's Choice" - Shiloh Walker - Seems like a spinoff from her series the leading man is a vampire and a 'hunter'. A grieving/vengeful woman turned vamp-slayer must reexamine her beliefs about vamps to keep the star of her passionate dreams when they meet again. (4.5 stars - I liked the hero and because these two had an established connection from a previous tryst the romance worked even as a short. ) *** "The Sacrifice" - Rebecca York - A princess becomes a willing sacrifice to a `monster' to save her father's kingdom under seige and gains not only her kingdom's freedom but her own salvation. (4 stars - beauty and the beast theme, with a brave heroine and the noble sacrificing hero) *** "Remember the Blood" - Vicki Petterson - Two vampires are reborn without memories each year but strive to bring forward clues to `remember' each other and their love. (2.5 stars - didn't like any of the characters and the style was too vague to be engaging) *** "The Midday Mangler Meets his Match" - Rachel Vincent - An ordinary everyday vampire teen and her younger sister discover a use for their vestigal fangs when they have a run in with a killer. (3 stars - on the humorous side but a bit overboard on the `normal vamp' slice of life bits) *** "The Music of the Night" - Amanda Ashley - A phantom of the opera obssesed woman gets a chance to star in her favorite fantasy when she meets her own phantom. (4 stars - I like the tragic phantom theme in this pleasant story) *** "The Day of the Dead" - Karen Chance - From the Cassandra Palmer series, vampire Thomas seeks to rid the world of his evil former master and to aide a magical mercenary with a forbidden power to save her missing brother from the evil vamps yearly human hunt. (4 stars - Thomas is a favorite of mine and it was fun to see a bit more of him) *** "Vampire Unchained" - Nancy Holder - A return to Holder's House of the Blood/Shadows/Flame/Phoenix world. Vampire Liam's secret negotiations with the House of Phoenix cause him to be accused of treason against his clan, his punishment is imprisonment with his human lover as the only source of blood, but their love holds the key that may free them. (4 stars - a nice little carve out from her series, Holder does a good job of developing Liam and his history) *** "A Stand-up Dame" - Lilith Saintcrow - A soft touch for a dame in danger, this PI returns from the dead to solve his case. (3 stars - Sort of a Bogart with fangs, this one was okay but didn't feel very original, sort of like a P.N Elrod knock off.) *** "Untitled 12" - Cailtlin R. Kiernan - A sick woman searches until a vampire finds her. (1 star - I detested this one. More on the horror side, the vampire and the turning were truly icky, though I debated giving an extra star to the author for inspiring such strong negative feelings with so few words.)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    Like most people reviewing this there where definitely stories I liked and stories I didn't but I only found myself skipping through the pages on two stories that seemed to include fanciful details that where uninteresting and seemed unrelated. I definitely skipped the last story though. A definite warning to everyone reading that the last story in the book is drastically different and sticks out like a sore thumb! I thoroughly enjoyed a lot of them and I couldn't pick a favourite! I was surpris Like most people reviewing this there where definitely stories I liked and stories I didn't but I only found myself skipping through the pages on two stories that seemed to include fanciful details that where uninteresting and seemed unrelated. I definitely skipped the last story though. A definite warning to everyone reading that the last story in the book is drastically different and sticks out like a sore thumb! I thoroughly enjoyed a lot of them and I couldn't pick a favourite! I was surprised about the length of them and the quantity. I'd assume this was going to be a quick read but in fact took me longer than normal to get through them. I'd say nearly all the books where of high quality and although I am not a grammar fan, I didn't find that any of them where badly written. The plots where quick and although there was definitely some cringe-worthy clichés, if you are a fan of the Vampire Romance genre, then you have to accept them! I liked the balance between the more romantic stories and the more action-y ones and I have to say quite a few of them made me want more! I actually searched out the authors for more of their work as I enjoyed them that much! It gets four stars as although I think it was a great compilation of Vampire Romance stories, I wouldn't call it truly "Mammoth" and I definitely would of put a more varied type of plot in there. I know there is only so much one can do with the whole Vampire Romance but even though some stories stayed unfinished in a way, most of them had a happy ending. (I should point out that I am a huge fan of short stories and I've read A LOT so where others may not like the fact they don't have a beginning or an end - it's common place in a lot of short stories.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    is mee... kissa

    The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance includes 25 short stories. oh, and this is an adult book, it has sex scenes, so if you're looking for a YA read.... this aint it. Fade To Black | Sherri Erwin -a professor has a tryst with one of her undead students and becomes infected with the vampire virus \ 1.5 stars this story did not start out well for me, and it ended even worse. Everything moved so quickly, like the author was trying to pack everything she wanted into it, but didn't have enough space to w The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance includes 25 short stories. oh, and this is an adult book, it has sex scenes, so if you're looking for a YA read.... this aint it. Fade To Black | Sherri Erwin -a professor has a tryst with one of her undead students and becomes infected with the vampire virus \ 1.5 stars this story did not start out well for me, and it ended even worse. Everything moved so quickly, like the author was trying to pack everything she wanted into it, but didn't have enough space to write it all, which gave the story a really abrupt ending. I would have given this 1 star, but towards the end, and unfortunately when the story cut of, I started getting interested. Ode to Evdard Munch | Caitlin Kiernan - a musician becomes obsessed with a vampire in the park \ 1 star This just bored me to bits. It was kind of like a journal entry (i hate journal stories) and took on a slightly nostalgic feel. Most of the time, I was wondering what happened and where the plot was. Oh, and I couldn't really find the romance in it. i could tell the guy was obsessed though. Fangs for Hire | Jenna Black - a vampire assassin receives a contract to kill her client's stepfather \ 4 stars I doubt I'm gonna give any of these stories 5 stars, so 4 stars is really good. I'm a fan of Jenna Black, and this story didn't change that. I liked both the characters, which is always a plus, especially in these short stories, where i found most of the characters just plain annoying, and i didn't think the relationship between the 2 characters become all 'deep' and 'meaningful' after meeting twice. Which is great! Because it seems like most of these stories were like that, and I despise it. The Righteous | Jenna Maclaine -a sorceress and a king plan to make a law enforcement group for vampires by ensuring the meeting between a vampire and a vampire slayer. \ 2 stars I didn't hate the characters, but again, there was the whole relationship moving at the speed of light thing going on. It didn't really pull me in, and I felt like the author was shoving unnecessary things to make it more interesting, however, that didn't work on me. Knowledge of Evil | Raven Hart - a vampire with a thirst for knowledge meets a vampire obsessed professor who also thirsts for knowledge, only to realise that she knows he's a vampire \ 1.5 stars. Didn't hate it. Didn't like it. Mostly, the characters just really, really annoyed me. Viper’s Bite | Delilah Devlin - a vampire feels a deep connection with a woman, and needs to take her memories away from her \ 4 stars yay for another relationship that doesn't pop out of nowhere! It was more of an emotional story compared to the other ones, so it seemed like one of the better romances. I liked how it ended with a little hope. Dreams | Keri Arthur - the characters from the Jensen Riley Guardian series appear, sharing a dream before the danger hits \ 3 stars i liked this one more than the actual series. This one is told in Quinn's point of view instead of Riley's and there was more action than sex... which is probably why i gave it more stars than the series. Love Bites | Kimberly Raye - a vampire slayer fails her final test when she takes the vampire she stakes home instead of killing him \ 3 stars another one i liked. I didn't find the characters annoying, and i liked that the slayer was conflicted about her profession What’s at Stake | Alexis Morgan - a chancellor must prove the innocence of a vampire, or stake him \ 3.5 stars the relationship, again, was not rushed, because both characters already knew each other and had feelings for each other before the story began. Coming Home | Lilith Saintcrow - recruited by an old flame, Liana works with him to stake his sire \ 2 stars nothing extraordinary for me. Didn't get into it really, and i had to do a few re-reads before i understood what was happening. To be fair, i was a little distracted at the time. To Ease the Rage | C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp - a cop deals with a B&E, surprised to find that the intruder is her old partner. A partner that should be dead \ 2.5 stars i think most people will find this story more interesting than i did, but at this point, I was getting frustrated with the length of this book and just wanted it to finish. It was another one of the relationships where both characters already knew each other, so the actual romance was believable. Dancing with the Star | Susan Sizemore - after receiveing a telepathic cry for help at a car wreck, a vampire dreams of dancing with a man \ 1.5 stars unbelievable romance. They know nothing about each other, practically, except for what they've shared in the dream and that the man is a famous movie star, yet they definitely trust each other. bah. waaaaay too cheesy for my liking Play Dead | Dina James - after meeting a woman, a vampire challenges his clan Council for the right to choose his own bride \ 2 stars. infatuation was too quick to me and it didn't really hold my interest all that well. In Which a Masquerade Ball Unmasks an Undead | Colleen Gleason - from the Gardella Vampire series, Victoria is unable to fully pursue her love interest when she recognises that there is a vampire at the Masquerade Ball \ 3 stars interesting enough. It seemed like a deleted scene from the first book in the series A Temporary Vampire | Barbara Emrys - a vampire discovers a woman who performs as a mime \ 2 stars it was okay. there wasn't really a romance, but the story offers a the potential for one. Overbite | Savannah Russe - a dentist is given the opportunity to take on clients from the vampire world and fulfill his secret desires \ 2 stars different and interesting, but not enough to really get my attention. The whole teeth factor was kinda weird to me. Hunter’s Choice | Shiloh Walker - a vampire slayer re-examine's her belief on vampires when an old flame, who happens to be a vampire, appears \ 4 stars again, they previously knew each other, and were lovers, so the romance was believable. I liked the characters too. The woman probably was convinced too quickly of her belief that vampires were all evil, but this is a short story, so it was reasonable. Remember the Blood | Vicki Pettersson - forgetting their love for one another each year, two vampires attempt to ensure they will remember each other for the new year \ 2 stars i almost understood nothing from this. All i really got is that the two vampires wanted to remember each other after they forget their memories for a new year. The Sacrifice | Rebecca York - a princess willingly sacrifices herself to a blood-drinking 'monster' to save her father's kingdom \ 3 stars i kinda liked this one. It held my interest and the characteristics of the vampire were a little different. The foot-licking kind of grossed me out though, especially because it was the sole. The Midday Mangler Meets his Match | Rachel Vincent - a mad killer is on the loose, abducting and killing young children, so when her little sister is abducted, Kez goes after them \ 3 stars The romance is already happening, so it wasn't very romance focused, based mostly on the killer and the abduction, but it was still good. The Music of the Night | Amanda Ashley - a woman with a large interest in the Phantom of the Opera, gets to meet the Phantom of her interest \ 3 stars This isn't an appropriation of the Phantom of the Opera, the male lead is the Phantom. The romance was good because it was quite a while before anything actually happened between the love interests. The Day of the Dead | Karen Chance - Tomas from the Cassandra Palmer series is a lead role in this. His plan to kill his sire mixes itself with aiding a Jinx to save her brother \ 2.5 stars Never really liked Tomas, so right off, I wasn't particularly interested in the book, but it did turn out to be an okay read. The romance sort of popped out of nowhere though. Vampire Unchained | Nancy Holder - a vampire is imprisoned with his human lover as his only source of blood \ 2 stars didn't hold my interest particularly well, and again, i was impatient with finishing this book as a whole, so I didn't really understand what was happening at times A Stand-up Dame | Lilith Saintcrow - a PI wakes up as a vampire and attempts to solve the case of his death, or undeath \ 2 stars not too bad i guess, but again with the romance. Like, huh? that came out of nowhere. One minute, he's a 'disgraceful drunk and an immoral and unethical investigator', and the next, she's stripped her top off for him. Untitled 12 | Caitlin R. Kiernan - a sick woman is found by a vampire and turned \ 1.5 stars very different. Definitely sticks out. This one is girl on girl, so if you're not okay with that, don't read it. It was even kind of horrorish, and since the author is know for horror, it does kind of reinforce that idea. Weird doesn't even begin to cover it. The blood regurgitation was weird, i completely lost it with the dildo, and the transformation was just disturbing. I gave the extra 0.5 stars for getting such a weird response from me. Usually, I'm okay with long books, but it seems like a whole series of short stories just doesn't do it for me. I got really impatient to finish it, which affected my interest in the reading. Overall, i don't think it's worth the read, but heck, if you don't mind reading a bunch of short stories, go for it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    I'm writing a series of ongoing reviews as I read the stories in this anthology. I'll post links to my reviews as I write them. Review #1: http://blog.phoenixfyre.net/2008/10/0... ("Fade To Black" by Sherri Erwin & "Ode to Edvard Munch" by Caitlin R. Kiernan; contains spoilers for "Fade To Black") Review #2: http://blog.phoenixfyre.net/2008/10/0... ("Fangs For Hire" by Jenna Black, "The Righteous" by Jenna Maclaine, "Knowledge of Evil" by Raven Hart, & "Viper's Bite" by Delilah Devlin; contains spoi I'm writing a series of ongoing reviews as I read the stories in this anthology. I'll post links to my reviews as I write them. Review #1: http://blog.phoenixfyre.net/2008/10/0... ("Fade To Black" by Sherri Erwin & "Ode to Edvard Munch" by Caitlin R. Kiernan; contains spoilers for "Fade To Black") Review #2: http://blog.phoenixfyre.net/2008/10/0... ("Fangs For Hire" by Jenna Black, "The Righteous" by Jenna Maclaine, "Knowledge of Evil" by Raven Hart, & "Viper's Bite" by Delilah Devlin; contains spoilers for "Knowledge of Evil") Review #3: http://blog.phoenixfyre.net/2008/10/2... ("Dreams" by Keri Arthur, "Love Bites" by Kimberley Raye, "What's At Stake?" by Alexis Morgan, "Coming Home" by Lilith Saintcrow, & “To Ease The Rage” by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp; contains spoilers for "What's At Stake?")

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I normally like anthologies as they introduce me to new writers and some (like this one) have stories from my favorite authors that tide me over till thier next book. I don't know if it was just too many stories or if they were just too short but I finished feeling let down. I normally like anthologies as they introduce me to new writers and some (like this one) have stories from my favorite authors that tide me over till thier next book. I don't know if it was just too many stories or if they were just too short but I finished feeling let down.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Suvi

    A surprisingly good anthology! :D Didn't like all of the stories, but did enjoy most of them which was a big plus! Viper's Bite comes to mind if I have to choose a favorite. :) Warmly recommended book for all vampire romance lovers! :D A surprisingly good anthology! :D Didn't like all of the stories, but did enjoy most of them which was a big plus! Viper's Bite comes to mind if I have to choose a favorite. :) Warmly recommended book for all vampire romance lovers! :D

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ann aka Iftcan

    I gave this book only 3 stars because some of the stories (forgive the pun) seriously sucked. And not in a good way either. Others were extremely well done, and some were excellent.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Zanica

    This book really annoyed me. It's like soon as I get into a story its over. I've read book simialar to how this one is but it just really annoyed the hell out of me! This book really annoyed me. It's like soon as I get into a story its over. I've read book simialar to how this one is but it just really annoyed the hell out of me!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rhianna

    A savory collection of vampire tales of love and lust, THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF VAMPIRE ROMANCE, is a terrific sampler for fans of both the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres. With offerings from some of the new big names in the vampire sub I highly recommend this for other readers who are seeking a taste of new authors. Others, not looking for new authors, might enjoy the few that tie into current series. To keep things brief let me offer information on each short story... [FADE TO BLACK:] A savory collection of vampire tales of love and lust, THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF VAMPIRE ROMANCE, is a terrific sampler for fans of both the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres. With offerings from some of the new big names in the vampire sub I highly recommend this for other readers who are seeking a taste of new authors. Others, not looking for new authors, might enjoy the few that tie into current series. To keep things brief let me offer information on each short story... [FADE TO BLACK:] by Sherri Erwin, When a vampire obsessed professor finds out one of her students is one of the undead their tryst forces choices on her she never saw coming. --While I liked the whole professor-has-vampire-as-student concept the story felt like it came out of another book and just didn't do it for me. 2/5 stars [ODE TO EDVARD MUNCH:] by Caitlin R. Kiernan, Our narrorator is a musician passing through Central Park each night where he befriends a mysterious young female vampire, one whom he dreams of in so many ways. --I loved the narration but this story was very short and poetic, not really romantic. 3/5 stars [FANGS FOR HIRE:] by Jenna Black, Gemma is a vampire hitwoman who is good at her job and when a client hires her to kill his step-father over an inheritance she gets a lot more than she bargained for. --I didn't think I'd like this one but the step-father character pulled the story together and would have made an excellent hero for a longer book. 4/5 stars [THE RIGHTEOUS:] by Jenna Mclaine, In this historical, when a vampire who is charged with weeding out the bad seeds of his race meets a human slayer who stirs his blood will they remain foes, or could he prove to her not all his kind are evil? --This tale was too cliched and sloppy for my tastes but fans who love historical vampire stories might like it. 1/5 stars [KNOWLEDGE OF EVIL:] by Raven Hart, Vampire Nick Manos has sought out a chance to study at the University of Georgia just to meet Professor Victoria Lennox, an expert on vampires... and they are both seeking forbidden knowledge. --A fluffy little tale with very little conflict, was a fun romp but not a real stand-out from the collection. 4/5 stars [VIPER'S BITE:] by Delilah Devlin, Viper is a vampire with an interest in Mariah, but just how deeply does tha interest go? --I feel like anything I can say about this story would be spoilery but it was very romantic and I loved it. 5/5 stars [DREAMS:] by Keri Arthur, Set around characters from Arthur's Riley Jenson series. --I feel bad cause I've never read any of the series so I was completely confused by the story and hence did not like it, my guess is fans of the series will love the extra 'screentime' with these characters. 2/5 stars [LOVE BITES:] by Kimberly Raye, Another offering that ties into the author's series, Danielle Blue is a newly minted SOB (Sniper of Otherworldy Beings) and she's due to make her first kill, but is sleeping with the enemy really breaking the rules? --I've got one of her books on my shelf so I was able to note the reference (though I haven't read it yet) to it... light and fluffy take on the slayer/vampire dilemna. 3/5 stars [WHAT'S AT STAKE:] by Alexis Morgan, I got the impression this may be related to a series Morgan is working on but can't be sure... When Josalyn Sloan is called in to make sure the legal rights of her former friend/almost lover are being met embers of their old flames come leaping back to life. --The set-up for a mythos got me interested but I didn't really care for the hero & heroine, they felt too familiar, like a cookie-cutter formatted H/H. 3/5 stars [COMING HOME:] by Lilith Saintcrow, Tying into Saintcrow's Dante Valentine series, Liana Spocarelli returns to Saint City for a job. --Another series tie-in I know nothing about but written with Saintcrow's distinct voice which is sure to please her fans and interest new ones. 4/5 stars [TO EASE THE RAGE:] by C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp, There's been a break-in at Officer Sylvia Beck's home and the last thing she expects is the man she catches fleeing the scene... since he died two years ago! --Predictable but fresh, I liked the story here a lot and plan to look into these co-authors in the future. 5/5 stars [DANCING WITH THE STAR:] by Susan Sizemore, After a vampire receives a mysterious telepathic cry for help at a car wreck she later dreams of dancing with a handsome man who turns out to be a famous face. --Another very original premise that was really enjoyable and well written, one of my favorites from this collection. 5/5 stars [PLAY DEAD:] by Dina James, Shouldn't a vampire be able to choose his own bride, not have it chosen for him by his house? --I felt like this one dropped me into the middle of a series and didn't give me enough information to really understand what was going on. 2/5 stars [IN WHICH A MASQUERADE BALL UNMASKS AN UNDEAD:] by Colleen Gleason, Readers of the Gardella Vampire Chronicles will recognize Victoria Gardella Grantworth as the lead in this short story... Victoria's attempts at a private interlude with Rockley are interupted by undead stalking about the masquerade. --I've been waiting for the final book to come out before I read the series but I've been anxious so this little peek was tantalizing but not spoilerific. 3/5 stars [A TEMPORARY VAMPIRE:] by Barbara Emrys, Set in New Orleans this is a tale of a vampire looking for a new home who meets a fascinating mime. --New Orleans is so cliched in vampire stories I expected this one to be bad and I actually really enjoyed it, it was very original and a perfectly closed short story. 5/5 stars [OVERBITE:] by Savannah Russe, When a Manhattan dentist gets sucked (no pun intended) into the vampire underworld his life is forever changed. --I think this one ended up being my favorite of the entire collection because it was smutty, silly and very original, I have had Russe's books on my wishlist forever and I think it's time to buy! 5/5 stars [HUNTER'S CHOICE:] by Shiloh Walker, Sara's brother and best friend were murdered by vampires and she wanted revenge, can a vampire show her not all of the undead are evil? --This one was okay, but how many times have we heard this story before? 3/5 stars [REMEMBER THE BLOOD:] by Vicki Pettersson, Two vampires go to great lengths to remain forever tied to one another. --Fans of Pettersson's writing will enjoy seeing this offering which has no ties to her Zodiac series but the vampire mythos presented here might not appeal to many. 4/5 stars [THE SACRIFICE:] by Rebecca York, Princess Morgan of Balacord knows of only one way to save her kingdom from the invaders who have their land under seige - she must seek out the blood drinking monster known as Garon. --Fans of fantasy and traditonal romances will probably enjoy this one greatly, I found it to be pretty good though I prefer urban vampire tales. 4/5 stars [THE MIDDAY MANGLER MEETS HIS MATCH:] by Rachel Vincent, A serial killer is murdering vampire children and when Kez's little sister is abducted by the murderer she won't let him get away without a fight. --I lied earlier... this was my favorite of the entire collection - it was so different from everything else in it with it's teen heroine and her boyfriend, the idea of a vampire dominated world and all that would entail. Fellow fans of Vincent's werecats series will recognize her voice and enjoy seeing her writing something new. 5/5 stars [THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT:] by Amanda Ashley, A new take on the Phantom of the Opera story. --I'm surprised no one has done this one before (at least not that I've seen), I didn't really care for it but I think fans of TPOTO and more traditional romances will love it. 3/5 stars [THE DAY OF THE DEAD:] by Karen Chance, Readers of Chance's Cassie Palmer series will remember Tomas and soak up this South American adventure tale. --I like the series but never really cared for Tomas and while I liked the twist this story had I didn't really care for it as a whole. 3/5 stars [VAMPIRE UNCHAINED:] by Nancy Holder, Trapped in the tunnels under Central Park, vampire Liam Cadagon must protect his Gifted human lover from his fellow vampires. --Another one of those stories where I felt dropped into the middle of a series and not quite given enough details but the ending was pretty good. 3/5 stars [A STAND-UP DAME:] by Lilith Saintcrow, A noir-ish vampire tale. --Another favorite of mine, I normally don't care for Saintcrow's writing but this was so far from her norm it was delicious. 5/5 stars [UNTITLED 12:] by Caitlin R. Keirnan, A strange and very short narrative of being turned. --This one was too strange and grotesque for me and the female/female "romance" was kind of icky when normally a same sex romance doesn't bother me much. 1/5 stars Overall there were some really enjoyable quick reads, some that felt too long and cliched and a few that tied into current series. What makes it worth buying is the variety. I chose it because I wanted to read some new stuff from authors I am a reader of already and some I wanted to try that I haven't yet. Several were authors I've never heard of but may look into now that I've tasted their style. If you don't like short stories this is definitely not for you as most are a lot shorter than your typical anthology offering where an author might have 60-90 pages to tell a story versus about 20-25 here.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lynne weir

    The Mammoth book of Vampire Romance. Let’s see what it had to offer... Book one) Fade to black by Sherri Erwin- Can see it as a complete novel as it leaves many questions unanswered and many facts that I would love elaborated on. (view spoiler)[ I loved how the author set being a vampire as an illness, something that was passed by a horrible virus as it makes it different. I would also love to find out what happens next and to see how the love triangle turns out. (hide spoiler)] 4 stars. **** Boo The Mammoth book of Vampire Romance. Let’s see what it had to offer... Book one) Fade to black by Sherri Erwin- Can see it as a complete novel as it leaves many questions unanswered and many facts that I would love elaborated on. (view spoiler)[ I loved how the author set being a vampire as an illness, something that was passed by a horrible virus as it makes it different. I would also love to find out what happens next and to see how the love triangle turns out. (hide spoiler)] 4 stars. **** Book two) Ode to Edvard Munch by Caitlin R. Kiernan- Slow and a bit boring. Despite good original idea for appearance of the vampire I couldn’t get myself interest, couldn’t follow or make sense of half of what was going on and basically I was glad it was so short. Harsh but true. 1 star. * Book three) Fangs for Hire by Jenna Black- Loved this story and I must look up the authors work. I was easily and quickly engrossed in the story, which is particularly important for short stories and enjoyed every page. Great shame it was so short as I could have easily read on for ages. Five stars. ***** Book four) The Righteous by Jenna Maclaine-Really strangely enjoyed this. Thought I wouldn’t but I did and it ended with a bit of a cliff hanger so will have to look up this author. 3 stars *** Book five) Knowledge of Evil by Raven Hart- I didn’t completely like this. Some of it was good but about half way through the girl began to bug me to the point where I started to dislike her. (view spoiler)[- Though at the same time I was still rooting for him to change her and did get a bit more into it when I found myself faced with whether or not he will kill her. (hide spoiler)] 2 stars ** Book six) Viper’s Bite by Delilah Devlin- Rather interesting, I’m rooting for the couple. Come on, find him! Will be looking up this author. 3 stars *** Book seven) Dreams by Keri Arthur- Fun, interesting and different. Not a bad read, for a short book it worked. Really enjoyed it. 3 stars *** Book eight) Love Bites by Kimberly Raye- Ooh I loved this story, really loved it to the point I reread it. I will most defiantly be reading more of this authors work. Delicious. 5 stars ***** Book nine) what’s at stake? By Alexis Morgan- A bit slow, a bit rushed at the end and it seemed a bit too tidy as well with how everything manages to sort itself out. 2 stars ** Book ten) Coming Home by Lilith Saintcrow- slightly confusing, wasn’t sure rather I liked it or not. I mean it was good and I really wanted to find out more but at the same time some of it seemed a bit cheesy. I’ll be really nice and give it 4 stars **** Book eleven) To Ease the Rage by C.T Adams and Cathy Clamp- Right, this was an interesting book. Vampire cops, different yet easy enough to follow and understand. I liked it, I didn’t love it, I didn’t feel any urge to find out more and to read on but I did like it so three star I think is fair *** Book twelve) Dancing with the Star by Susan Sizemore- This story is certainly different, and I liked it because of that but I wasn’t really feeling it so only 3 stars *** Book thirteen) Play Dead by Dina James- I loved this story, the fact she got so much information into such a short story while managing to make it run smoothly. Well done. The ending felt a bit rushed and slightly cheesy but then its a short story so I don’t mind. Really enjoyed it. 4 stars **** Book fourteen) In Which a Masquerade Ball Unmasks an Undead by Colleen Gleason- I loved this story, really loved it. the character felt a bit too modern for the setting but other than that I can’t find a fault. I loved the different characters; I loved the humour and style of writing. I just loved this story. Will defiantly be checking out this author. 5 stars ***** Book fifteen) A Temporary Vampire by Barbara Emrys- Another story I loved in this collection, another one that was different and original and that left you wishing it wasn’t so short. 5 stars ***** Book seventeen) Overbite by Savannah Russe- I didn’t like this story at all. The main character was just yuck! Total up himself creepy guy who insisted on calling his girlfriend Bunny after the whole playboy mansion sort of thing. Also when he says he loves her and all you can tell he’s thinking from his penis and not his brain. It just bugged me and I really didn’t like it but then maybe that’s just me. 1 star * just to be nice Book eighteen) Hunter’s Choice by Shiloh Walker- I liked this story, didn’t love it but liked it. found it a bit cheesy and all but otherwise a nice read. 3 stars *** Book nineteen) Remember the Blood by Vikki Pettersson- I thought this story was so weird yet it offered this new concept on vampires, how to become a vampire and the problems you face as a vampire. So for originality I would give it 5 stars but as for actually liking it and enjoying it...well... it didn’t really tickle my taste buds so 2 stars so altogether I’ll be nice and give it 3 and a half stars Book twenty) The Sacrifice by Rebecca York- I don’t know why but I adore these sorts of stories. They are cheesy, weird and unrealistic yet I can’t get enough of them. They are like my guilty pleasure, the whole virginal sacrifice and big bad monster sort. I just love them and this was no exception. I loved it, and I wished it was longer because I just devoured it. I should be giving it 3 stars but I can’t, as cheesy as it is I enjoyed it and that’s the whole point of reading. Who cares about originality or grammar or anything like that, if you enjoyed it then that’s all that matters and I enjoyed it so 5 stars. Book twenty-one) The Midday Mangler Meets his Match by Rachel Vincent- This was fun and different and I liked it. It didn’t blow my mind though or had me flicking the pages in desperation to find out what happened next and to be honest I personally am not into the whole murder, hostage thing. It bores me I’m afraid so though it deserves I’d say 4 stars, for me personally it only gets 2. Book twenty-two) The Music of the Night by Amanda Ashley- This was so cheesy it was unreal and yet I was grinning till it was painful the whole way through it and downright laughing my head off at other parts and as ashamed as I am to say it (especially as a phantom fan) I loved it, it was so terrible and painful to read but I loved it. Shame on me but I have to give it 5 stars. Book twenty-three) The Day of the Dead by Karen Chance- I felt like this was so long and boring, I couldn’t help it. I just couldn’t get into it. 2 stars Book twenty-four) Vampire Unchained by Nancy Holder - Another slow story with a cheesy ending make little sense and I just didn t like it 2 stars Book twenty-five A Stand-up Dance by Lilith Saintcrow- I liked it and I didn’t like it if that makes sense. Some parts were confusing which bugged me while other parts told a decent story so in all I’d say 3 stars. Book twenty-six) Untitled 12 by Caitlin R. Kiernan- it a strange dark story that I feel I shouldn’t like...but I do which makes me feel guilty but I don’t know why. Either way it was strange but strangely I liked it so 3 and a half stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    A collection of short stories: *** "Fade to Black" - Sherri Erwin - A professor's tryst with a gorgeous student brings a whole new meaning to `unsafe sex' when he infects her with the `vampire' virus. (3 stars - This one was pointless and not a romance, it was all set up and then a too abrupt ending.) *** "Ode to Evdard Munch" - Caitlin Kiernan - A man shares his blood with a mysterious vamp for a piece of her dreams. (3 stars - no romance and the connection between the leads was odd) *** "Fangs A collection of short stories: *** "Fade to Black" - Sherri Erwin - A professor's tryst with a gorgeous student brings a whole new meaning to `unsafe sex' when he infects her with the `vampire' virus. (3 stars - This one was pointless and not a romance, it was all set up and then a too abrupt ending.) *** "Ode to Evdard Munch" - Caitlin Kiernan - A man shares his blood with a mysterious vamp for a piece of her dreams. (3 stars - no romance and the connection between the leads was odd) *** "Fangs for Hire" - Jenna Black - When a vampire hit woman finds her oh so sexy prey is not what he seems, she just might have to consider rewritting her `contract'. (4 stars - both the leads were interesting and I like the way they found to feed their hungers) *** "The Righteous" - Jenna Maclaine - A sorceress and a King put events in play to establish a group of vampires to police their own, which is the catalyst to bring a vampire and a woman who stakes them together in Paris. (4 stars - I liked the huntress and the vamp) *** "Knowledge of Evil" - Ravent Hart - An ancient vampire with a passion for learning meets a gorgeous professor who shares his thirst for knowledge. (3.5 stars ) *** "Viper's Bite" - Delilah Devlin - A solitary vampire and a lonely woman connect but he must steal her memories to keep her safe. (5 stars -the story was bittersweet but hopeful ) *** "Dreams" - Kerri Arthur - Arthur's Riley Jensen and her sometimes lover vampire Quinn share dreams and danger. (4 stars - seemed like deleted scene from an early book but has the feel of the series) *** "Love Bites" - Kimberly Raye - From her Dead End Dating world, a hereditary vampire slayer flunks her final test when instead of finishing off the vampire she's staked she takes him her home to heal. (3.5 stars -humorous but a bit on the cutesy side) *** "What's at Stake" - Alexis Morgan - A legal enforcer must either prove the innocence of the vampire she's secretly loved or she must put him to death. (4 stars - more on the fantasy side, I liked this one a lot) *** "Coming Home" - Lilith Saintcrow - Dante Valentine's foster daughter Liana is hired by the Nichtvahren who broke her teenage heart to kill his maker. (3.5 stars - Even though the heroine is Liana, her internal dialog feels very much like Dante - who makes a brief appearance. Though with Saintcrow's writing style, it took two reads to understand everything that was going on.) *** "To Ease the Rage" - CT Adams & Cathy Clamp - A police officer will join with her undead partner to find the strength to protect her city from vamps that threaten the peace. (4 stars - good chemistry between the leads) *** "Dancing with the Star" - Susan Sizemore - A vampire's dreams of a dancing movie star may signal the end of her loneliness. (3.5 stars - a long dream sequence, not a fan of those, and the italics bugged me after a few pages) *** "Play Dead" - Dina James - A vampire finds his soulmate and challenges the leaders of his clan for the right to choose his own bride. (3 stars - okay, but the most interesting character was not one of the leads. But well enough done that I would check this out if it were the start of a series.) *** "In Which a Masquerade Ball Unmasks an Undead" - Colleen Gleason - Gleason's vampire hunting debutante Victoria tries to persue her attraction to Rockley while fighting off vamps at a masquerade ball with a little help and snide remarks from Max. (3.5 stars - One of the few historicals, this felt like a deleted scene from the first book, but missing the more serious events from the books which play against lighter scenes like this one) *** "A Temporary Vampire" - Barbara Emrys - A vampire discovers a captivating `vampire' actress in New Orleans. (4.5 stars - Liked the vamp & it had a nice feel to it, but it should have been longer since it offers the promise of romance but ends before it can be fulfilled) *** "Overbite" - Savannah Russe - A vampire patient gives a dentist a chance to expand his practice to the undead and to pursue his secret fantasies. (4 stars - Almost humorous) *** "Hunter's Choice" - Shiloh Walker - Seems like a spinoff from her series the leading man is a vampire and a 'hunter'. A grieving/vengeful woman turned vamp-slayer must reexamine her beliefs about vamps to keep the star of her passionate dreams when they meet again. (4.5 stars - I liked the hero and because these two had an established connection from a previous tryst the romance worked even as a short. ) *** "The Sacrifice" - Rebecca York - A princess becomes a willing sacrifice to a `monster' to save her father's kingdom under seige and gains not only her kingdom's freedom but her own salvation. (4 stars - beauty and the beast theme, with a brave heroine and the noble sacrificing hero) *** "Remember the Blood" - Vicki Petterson - Two vampires are reborn without memories each year but strive to bring forward clues to `remember' each other and their love. (2.5 stars - didn't like any of the characters and the style was too vague to be engaging) *** "The Midday Mangler Meets his Match" - Rachel Vincent - An ordinary everyday vampire teen and her younger sister discover a use for their vestigal fangs when they have a run in with a killer. (3 stars - on the humorous side but a bit overboard on the `normal vamp' slice of life bits) *** "The Music of the Night" - Amanda Ashley - A phantom of the opera obssesed woman gets a chance to star in her favorite fantasy when she meets her own phantom. (4 stars - I like the tragic phantom theme in this pleasant story) *** "The Day of the Dead" - Karen Chance - From the Cassandra Palmer series, vampire Thomas seeks to rid the world of his evil former master and to aide a magical mercenary with a forbidden power to save her missing brother from the evil vamps yearly human hunt. (4 stars - Thomas is a favorite of mine and it was fun to see a bit more of him) *** "Vampire Unchained" - Nancy Holder - A return to Holder's House of the Blood/Shadows/Flame/Phoenix world. Vampire Liam's secret negotiations with the House of Phoenix cause him to be accused of treason against his clan, his punishment is imprisonment with his human lover as the only source of blood, but their love holds the key that may free them. (4 stars - a nice little carve out from her series, Holder does a good job of developing Liam and his history) *** "A Stand-up Dame" - Lilith Saintcrow - A soft touch for a dame in danger, this PI returns from the dead to solve his case. (3 stars - Sort of a Bogart with fangs, this one was okay but didn't feel very original, sort of like a P.N Elrod knock off.) *** "Untitled 12" - Cailtlin R. Kiernan - A sick woman searches until a vampire finds her. (1 star - I detested this one. More on the horror side, the vampire and the turning were truly icky, though I debated giving an extra star to the author for inspiring such strong negative feelings with so few words.)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    It's not that I don't like romance, it's that I don't like cliche romance, where the girl who's never fallen in love ends up gaga over a guy she's known for three seconds and the guy is so sparkly (sometimes literally!) and of course he's a bad boy (read good guy who whine and mopes). Unfortunately this book has a lot of cliche. There are a few gems in here, a few heroines who can hold there own and a few guys with some real charm, but unfortunately most of it is oh so blah. I admittedly skipped It's not that I don't like romance, it's that I don't like cliche romance, where the girl who's never fallen in love ends up gaga over a guy she's known for three seconds and the guy is so sparkly (sometimes literally!) and of course he's a bad boy (read good guy who whine and mopes). Unfortunately this book has a lot of cliche. There are a few gems in here, a few heroines who can hold there own and a few guys with some real charm, but unfortunately most of it is oh so blah. I admittedly skipped through more than a few short stories as quickly as possible. The readers who complain about how short these stories are - really?!? I couldn't wait for most of them to be over! If romance is your thing and you like the cliche - girl/boy fall madly in love at first sight, have random sexy-sex with or without plot and go happily ever after - this is it. If you're more UF than PNR this ain't it. The list is: Fade to Black by Sherri Erwin - boring. Bored (and boring) teacher meets vampire student. Lusty, lust, becomes vampire, gets kidnapped, angst, vampire, angst. Bored all the way through. Push over heroine. Ode to Edvard Munch by Caitlin Kiernan - Liked this one a lot actually. It's less romance and more shamanic journey vampire style. A man sits with a vampire every night, shares a little blood and earns wild dreams. I can't do it justice. Fangs for Hire by Jenna Black - Vampire hit woman. Highly predictable. Still an amusing read. The Righteous by Jenna Maclaine - Assuming this is part of some series? One of the better reads only because the most are so terrible. A vampire king and witch set up a vampire and a vampire huntress to fall in love in Paris. Cliche but readable. Knowledge of Evil by Ravent Hart - A bored vampire goes to a class on vampires and promptly finds himself the one studied. The woman here is extremely annoying. Viper's Bit by Delilah Devlin - Actually liked this one and I'm not sure why. Vampire Daniel steals his wife's memory away again and again to protect her but he can't help going back. Dreams by Kerri Arthur - A part of the Riley Jensen series which I never got into. Okay read. Didn't change my blah feelings about the series. Love Bites by Kimberly Raye - Vampire Hunter is much of a Vampire Hunter. Ends up taking her victim home and nursing him back to health. No real interest here. What's at Stake by Alexis Morgan - An arbitrator of sorts comes to the aid of an ex-vampire friend/love. Trying for a plot, really they should have just shagged so we could move on. Cliche, stupid bad guy. Coming Home by Lilith Saintcrow - Admittedly why I bought the book. Dante Valentine fans will enjoy this but it'll leave you drooling for more back story. Those unfamiliar with Dante and Japhrimel will be pretty confused. To Ease the Rage by CT Adamas and Cathy Clamp - Liked this one. A little long, but I guess romance readers don't believe in cliff hangers, even when the author leads you to water and practically forces you to drink. A police officer finds her ex partner risen from the grave and needing a partner for his new life. Dancing with the Star by Susan Sizemore - Silly. Just silly. Vampire witnesses car wreck, dreams about a victim and goes and changes his celebrity self into an undead self. Boring. Predictable. Play Dead by Dina James - A vampire meets his soul mate one night out on the town while hunting for an enemy. Has to challenge his liege to be able to keep her. Typical romance story. Didn't find it all that interesting. Not the worst by far. In Which a Masquerade Ball Unmasks and Undead by Colleen Gleason - A vampire hunting society girl does some vampire hunting. This must be part of a series. No sexy sex goes down but I can guess who she's going with. A historical so the "no sex" thing is a good thing! Actually enjoyable. Would consider trying the series if it exists. A Temporary Vampire by Barbara Emrys - Liked this one. A vampire becomes entranced with a vampire mime (bear with me!) and meets her in person just long enough to save her. Probably one of the best in the book - a/ it meets the short story criteria, b/ interesting idea, c/ good characterization. Would look for more by this author. Overbite by Savannah Russe - Interesting. Don't know if I'd call it romance but it gave me a smile. A dentist finds a new clientele. Said clientele grants his every wish - almost. Hunter's Choice by Shiloh Walker - A woman kills vampires after her brother and best friend (wife) are killed by vampires. Then the man she spent a passionate week with have grief sex shows up and informs her and shows her the truth about vampires. (Surprise - he's one!) Did like this one. The Sacrifice by Rebecca York - A princess sacrifices herself to a "monster" to save her kingdom. Boring. Skipped through. Remember the Blood by Vicki Petterson - Very novel idea. Vampires don't age in part because they lose their every New Year. Two vampires works to keep their memories of each other alive through diaries and more. Liked it a lot. The beginning started to drag but the idea was great. The Midday Mangler Meets his Match by Rachel Vincent - Yeah! Loved this one! Everyone (?) is a vampire in this world, complete with allergy to sunlight, need for blood and "vestigial" fangs. A teenage vampire comes to the rescue of her younger sister. Yeah, there's a boyfriend in there, but by the time he comes crashing in to help teen vamp girl has got it under control with the help of her feisty little sister. Too cute. Wouldn't mind a story about this fun family. The Music of the Night by Amanda Ashley - The Phantom of the Opera is a vampire. Don't know more than that. The main heroine passed out twice and I was out. We're not talking "hit my head fighting bad guys". We're talking "Ooh, Phantom! Scary! Swoon!" Gag. The Day of the Dead by Karen Chance - Interesting, just didn't like the characters. A vampire comes home on the Day of the Dead to face his old master and becomes embroiled with a female mercenary/magic user trying to save her brother. Only liked some side characters. Vampire Unchained by Nancy Holder - Um, sex magic. Bahahahaha. Ahem - sorry. Vampire gets in trouble with the boss. He and girlfriend are left to die. Magic sexy sex saves them. A Stand-Up Dame by Lilith Saintcrow - I'm a Lili fan but she can be an extremely repetitive writer. Unfortunately I'm not a fan of the hard boiled detective thing so seeing the words "dame" and "bum" did me in. Skipped through most of it as at this stage in the book I just wanted to finish it and move on with my life. Untitle 12 by Caitlin R. Kiernan - Didn't realize it was a new story I was so busy scanning through Lili's last short. By the time I figured it out I was going WTF Lili? Don't even know what to think. Recommend skipping this one. It should have been in horror - then I might have been properly prepared. Strict romance and vampire romance fans will like this, others will find some good here but overall it was a huge disappointment.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Skye

    I kind of loved this collection. It definitely isn’t one that you can read cover to cover in one sitting – there’s only so many vampire romances that I can happily read before they start to blend into one. But as a slow read that I just picked up every now and again… it was really, really good. The short stories in this collection ranged from the classical and predictable vampire stories to ones that took a whole new spin on the ideal. Some were just sweet and some just downright disturbing. And I kind of loved this collection. It definitely isn’t one that you can read cover to cover in one sitting – there’s only so many vampire romances that I can happily read before they start to blend into one. But as a slow read that I just picked up every now and again… it was really, really good. The short stories in this collection ranged from the classical and predictable vampire stories to ones that took a whole new spin on the ideal. Some were just sweet and some just downright disturbing. And although they all follow a similar theme, not one is the same. I now have a very long list of new authors and series that I want to sink my teeth into… For individual short story reviews, head to: https://earthandskye.org/categories/s...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This is probably unfair to the rest of the short stories, but I found two of them so repugnant I couldn't rate this collection higher. Specific story ratings (in order from the Kindle version): Fade to Black by Sherri Erwin Three stars, interesting start! (view spoiler)[Does contain teacher/student relationship for seemingly no apparent reason, which is...strange. (hide spoiler)] Ode to Edvard Munch by Caitlin R. Kierman Five stars, a lovely story! Very short. Fangs for Hire by Jenna Black Four stars. This is probably unfair to the rest of the short stories, but I found two of them so repugnant I couldn't rate this collection higher. Specific story ratings (in order from the Kindle version): Fade to Black by Sherri Erwin Three stars, interesting start! (view spoiler)[Does contain teacher/student relationship for seemingly no apparent reason, which is...strange. (hide spoiler)] Ode to Edvard Munch by Caitlin R. Kierman Five stars, a lovely story! Very short. Fangs for Hire by Jenna Black Four stars. I'm not generally a fan of Jenna Black but this was a very fun romp. Heroine says she is cleverer than what her actions show us, however, which I find frustrating. Incredibly lame dialogue, but that fit perfectly with the rest of the story. The Righteous by Jenna Maclaine Five stars. I read a later part of this series in a short story included in Strange Brew edited by P.N. Elron and this additional part of the universe was very enjoyable. I think I need to check this series out! Knowledge of Evil by Raven Hart Three and a half stars. Well written and a nice read...but what a patronizing douchebag the POV character is. (view spoiler)[He swings right from dismissing everything she says to shoving her up on a pedestal so fast I'm surprised she doesn't have whiplash by the end. (hide spoiler)] I think I would like other things by this author, but I'm not a fan of this. Viper's Bite by Delilah Devlin Four stars. The author's website shows this is part of her 'My Immortal Knight' series which I am not familiar with. I think it would be more fun for fans of that series and you can tell it's part of an existing universe, but it stands by itself pretty well. Dreams by Keri Author Three stars. This is part of the Riley Jenson Guardian series which I am not familiar with. Fun, but would probably be more fun if you had any idea who anyone was. Or less fun, if what the ending hints ends up happening, 'cause that's not going to end well for anyone. Love Bites by Kimberly Raye Three and a half stars. Entertaining. Seems like part of a series, but I couldn't find it in a ten second Google search. What's at Stake? by Alexis Morgan Five stars. Also seems like part of a series. Not the best plot, but I enjoyed meeting the characters and their interactions with each other and that's what I like to see in short stories. Google says it is the first part of a new series and the next book is 'THE VAMPIRE’S DESIRE'. Sounds fun! Coming Home by Lilith Saintcrow Four stars. A nice piece of the Dante Valentine universe. This series depresses the hell out of me. To Ease the Rage by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp Two and a half stars. I normally like cop stories but...this was not believable. Interesting ideas, though. Dancing with the Star by Susan Sizemore Three stars. Reminded me of MaryJanice Davidson in all the best ways. Nice chick-lit paranormal romance. Play Dead by Dina James Four stars. I liked this and thought it must be part of a series, but the ten second Google search found nothing. Pretty fun, even though it uses the tired damsel in distress that I'd really like to just stop. In Which a Masquerade Ball Unmasks an Undead by Colleen Gleason Four stars. Thoroughly delightful and very entertaining. Phillip is such a gentleman. A Temporary Vampire by Barbara Emrys Five stars, very interesting. Overbite by Savannah Russe Three and a half stars, odd entry and not a story typically told. Great for a short story as I can't imagine many people would read a full length novel of this. It would certainly be fun to see a collection of similar stories, though. Hunter's Choice by Shiloh Walker Three and a half stars. Part of The Hunters series. It was enjoyable but didn't particularly make me want to learn more about any of the characters introduced. I think fans of the series would like this more. Remember the Blood by Vicki Pettersson Five stars. I've never seen this concept before and thought this taste was very interesting. This does not appear to be part of any of her series and honestly, I am glad. I don't think it would make a good series. It's an enjoyable short story. The Sacrifice by Rebecca York Three stars. Always like remixed fairytales and this is a nice one. The Midday Mangler Meets His Match by Rachel Vincent Four stars. Fun universe, fun story. I liked this one. However, that is not how cellphones work and that threw me right out of the story. The POV character's relationship with her boyfriend also concerned me. The Music of the Night by Amanda Ashley One star. Masturbatory Phantom of the Opera fanfiction. If I wanted that, I'd go to AO3. The Day of the Dead by Karen Chance Four stars. Goodreads says this is indeed part of her Cassandra Palmer series. I have read the first two books of that series and it really wasn't my thing, but I certainly liked this. (view spoiler)[I would have preferred the sex scene to be consensual, however. (hide spoiler)] Vampire Unchained by Nancy Holder Three stars. This really seemed like part of a series, but the author's website did not indicate that was the case. (view spoiler)[This has everything; vampires, time travel, and Irish romance! (hide spoiler)] A Stand-up Dame by Lilith Saintcrow Five stars. Fun vampire noir. Untitled 12 by Caitlin R. Kiernan Zero stars. Absolutely the worst entry in the entire anthology. I have no idea why it was even included. Do not read this one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christina Hannan

    This is the third romance anthology I’ve read that’s been edited by Trisha Telep and this one was just as intense, if not more, than ‘Southern Gothic Romance’ and ‘Futuristic Romance’. It was definitely a lot more sensual than the other two had been, but that worked to its advantage for this anthology. I honestly couldn’t say that I didn’t like a single story in this collection, they all were quite enjoyable and played up different aspects of vampirism and the sensuality surrounding blood-suckin This is the third romance anthology I’ve read that’s been edited by Trisha Telep and this one was just as intense, if not more, than ‘Southern Gothic Romance’ and ‘Futuristic Romance’. It was definitely a lot more sensual than the other two had been, but that worked to its advantage for this anthology. I honestly couldn’t say that I didn’t like a single story in this collection, they all were quite enjoyable and played up different aspects of vampirism and the sensuality surrounding blood-sucking fiends.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marilia

    If you are a fan of paranormal adult romance, especially vampires I recommend this book. The stories are hit or miss depending if you like the narrative, writing style and characters but I enjoyed most of them. The book also contains a brief bio if each writer if you want to learn more about them and their publications.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kaye Arnold

    A bunch of short stories about.... vampires. Some are historic and some are modern. Some are good and some are not! Unfortunately, I found many of the stories lacking, so gave up just over halfway through. I think I'll stick to the authors I know and love. This book would suit someone beginning to read vampire stories..... so that at least some of the content might seem ok. A bunch of short stories about.... vampires. Some are historic and some are modern. Some are good and some are not! Unfortunately, I found many of the stories lacking, so gave up just over halfway through. I think I'll stick to the authors I know and love. This book would suit someone beginning to read vampire stories..... so that at least some of the content might seem ok.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Natari

    I bought this exclusively for Karen Chance (whose short story was about Tomas, my least favourite sexy vampire from her absolutely amazing Cassie Palmer series.) It was a fun collection of good stories.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    25 Passionate tales of Vampire Romance. 3 stars for whole book. Hot Blood, Midnight Pleasures and Inhuman Passions. This is one Trisha Telep’s anthologies. 1)‘Fade to Black’ by Sherri Erwin. 5 stars. Unusually interesting. Middle-aged romantic poetry teacher gets infected by vampirism. She's kidnapped to a private island and must choose between a cure or exploring the world forever. 2)‘Ode to Edvard Munch’ by Caitlin R Kiernan. 2 stars. Very short strange story about a piano player and a myster 25 Passionate tales of Vampire Romance. 3 stars for whole book. Hot Blood, Midnight Pleasures and Inhuman Passions. This is one Trisha Telep’s anthologies. 1)‘Fade to Black’ by Sherri Erwin. 5 stars. Unusually interesting. Middle-aged romantic poetry teacher gets infected by vampirism. She's kidnapped to a private island and must choose between a cure or exploring the world forever. 2)‘Ode to Edvard Munch’ by Caitlin R Kiernan. 2 stars. Very short strange story about a piano player and a mysterious Central Park resident. 3)‘Fangs for Hire’ by Jenna Black. 3 stars. Gemma: vampire hitwoman gest a surprise while on a job. 4)‘The Righteous’ by Jenna MacLaine. 4 stars. Cin Craven series 0.5. This has its own separate review. Please refer to that for further info. 5)‘Knowledge of Evil’ by Raven Hart. 3 stars. A vampire scholar depises other vampires and seeks to wipe them out. He meets a professor of vampire culture at UGA who begs him to turn her. 6)‘Viper’s Bite’ by Delilah Devlin. 3 stars. Immortal Knight series 6.2. Viper makes a secret, forbidden visit to his ex-wife in Seattle on their anniversary. 7)‘Dreams’ by Keri Arthur. 3 stars. Riley Jenson: Guardian series 3.5. During an unexpected visit from Quinn, they both discover a tunnel to a chameleon den in the basement. 8)'Love Bites' by Kimberly Raye. 4 stars. Dead End Dating series 3.5. Danielle Blue comes from a long line of Vampire Hunters, but she doesn't like the job. Max is a member of one of the oldest vampire families and doesn't want to kill her. 9)‘What’s at Stake?’ by Alexis Morgan. 5 stars. Chancellor Sloan is called in to be judge, jury and executioner for her vampire friend, Rafferty who's been set up for murder by his ex-wife. HEA coming. 10)‘Coming Home’ by Lilith Saintcrow. 4 stars. Dante Valentine series 5.5. Dante's adopted daughter, Lianna is a human combat-trained magi who is asked by an old vampire/demon friend to kill his maker. Lianna also has to confront her estranged family. 11)‘To Ease the Rage’ by CT Adams & Cathy Clamp. 3 stars. Sylvia's dead police partner shows up as a vampire with partial amnesia. His only memory is of her and their secret love. 12)'Dancing with the Star’ by Susan Sizemore. 3 stars. A vampire and a ghoul go to see a multi-car accident. (sounds like a joke) The vampire ends up dreaming of dancing with a movie star from the accident. Made me laugh. 13)‘Play Dead’ by Dina James. 4 stars. Nikolai is bored. Until a human named Katrina enters his world. He wants to choose her for his bride but must take control of his vampire family first with the help of a powerful rogue. 14)‘In Which a Masquerade Ball Unmasks the Undead’ by Colleen Gleason. Gardella Vampire Chronicles 1.5. 3 stars. London 1819. Victoria Gadenella comes from a long line of vampire hunters. At a masquerade ball she has to juggle three admirers, her duty as a vampire slayer and as a English debutante. 15)‘A Temporary Vampire’ by Barbara Emrys. 3 stars. A world weary vampire travels to New Orleans where he meets a vampire mime who's being stalked, so he protects her 16)‘Overbite’ by Savannah Russe. 2 stars. This has its own separate review. Please refer to that for futher info. 17)‘Hunter’s Choice’ by Shiloh Walker. The Hunters series 6.5. 4 stars. This has its own separate review. Please refer to that for further info. 18)‘Remember the Blood’ by Vicki Pettersson. 2 stars. Very strange and confusing. Every year a vampire couple at midnight New Years Eve maust perform a wierd sacrifice to remain young. 19)‘The Sacrifice’ by Ruth Glick/Rebecca York. 3 stars. King Farral's castle is under siege by barbarians and ther're almost out of food. His daughter, Morgan decides to ask a nearby monster for help. 20)‘The Midday Mangler Meets His Match’ by Rachel Vincent. 4 stars. A reverse world where everyone is a vampire and live, work, etc during the night. They no longer drink from poeple, but animals only. It's told from the POV of a high shool girl who, with her little sister, are kidnapped by a serial killer. 21)‘The Music of the Night’ by Amanda Ashley. 4 stars. Chrisie has always been facinated by all thing 'Phantom the Opera'. So on her vacation she goes to Paris to visit the real Opera House and meets the real Phantom. 22)‘The Day of the Dead’ by Karen Chance. 3 stars. Cassandra Palmer series 3.1. This has its own separate review. Please refer to that for further info. 23)‘Vampire Unchained’ by Nancy Holder. 4 stars. The veil between good & evil has been ripped apart and the world has been overrun by supernaturals. One vampire wants to unite with the House of the Phoenix to stop it all. and in the process changes his future. 24)‘A Stand-up Dame’ by Lilith Saintcrow. 3 stars. Jill Kismet series 5.5. A PI gets killed and accidently made a vampire by the woman who hired him to find out if her husband is cheating. 25)‘Untitled 12’ by Caitlin R Kiernan. 1 star. One of the most disgusting ways to change into a vampire I've ever read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wolfie

    Over 25 short stories of varying quality

  27. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    This is an anthology with more than 20 stories by various artists. Some of them exceptionally good. Especially "The Sacrifice" by Rebecca York. This is an anthology with more than 20 stories by various artists. Some of them exceptionally good. Especially "The Sacrifice" by Rebecca York.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Read Keri Arthur's Dreams ~ Riley & Quinn Read Keri Arthur's Dreams ~ Riley & Quinn

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Need a good smutty short stories this book is it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Corrina

    bought it for Larissa's book at loved it bought it for Larissa's book at loved it

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