Hey guys - happy Monday :)
I've been a bit lost, lately. Finally finals are done with and I can get back to reading ALL THE BOOKS - joy! (I'm also catching up with Once Upon a Time & obsessing over final grades #nojudging)
As I had mentioned in a previous post, one of my goals for 2015 is to finish reading the books I already have and I'm happy to say that I've been doing really well. The book I'm reviewing today is Love Bites by Angel Knight. This book has been on my TBR since the summer and I finally got the chance to read it.
Here's the blurb on the back cover:
In The Bloodslave, Angela Knight’s classic “must read…highly erotic” (*The Best Reviews) novella, a female mercenary comes under fire during a hunt. The beautiful, virginal, and very human Verica is captured by three hungry alpha vampires driven deliriously feral by her purity. But they desire more than her warm blood. They want her body, leaving Verica more vulnerable than ever before—and loving every minute of it.
Plus! Three all-new novellas of vampire romance by Angela Knight
By day, a romance author puts her fantasies to paper. Her nights are another story. The perfect alpha male—not quite human, and absolutely insatiable—is invading her dreams. And with each sleepless night, she wonders… Are they really only dreams? Then, when an alpha male vampire hunter sets his sights on a pair of vampire lovers, things don't work out quite the way he had in mind. Plus, Angela Knight introduces the Doms of the Round Table and a kinky circle of pleasure, pain, and power as she returns to her “sexy as hell” (Heroes and Heartbreakers) Mageverse world for a new twist on the Arthurian legend.
As you can tell from the blurb, this is a compilation of short stories that are all BDSM oriented. If you haven't been able to tell, I've been into this type of genre lately. I'm not sure why but I'm just rolling with it - I have the tendency to go in and out of phases where I'm reading only certain types of genres. This is a new one.
The first story in Love Bites, Oath of Service, takes place in the Mageverse world. I hadn't read anything in this world prior to Oath of Service (and now I'm eyeing copies on Amazon to binge read this summer). For those of you who are newbies (like me) it's an alternate type of world where those famous individuals of King Arthur's court are turned into vampire immortals and witches and (secretly) save the world -time and time again - from evil. I will be honest and say that this was my favorite story from the collection. If this would have been the only story, I would have been perfectly happy and raving about it. Mostly because it was such a unique story with Morgana as the protagonist. Also? So freaking hot. The BDSM scenes were intense and felt natural and unforced. Vampires + BDSM = win.
The second story, Be Careful What You Wish For, involves two vampires lusting after the same woman and then, of course, a threesome ensues. This store was quick and to the point (compared to Oath of Service, anyway) but just as sexy except less intriguing to me because there was no real back story here.
The last story was my least favorite. The way it was set up, it felt like a rape. So ya know, beware if you're not into that sort of thing. I read through it (after putting it down several times; I was determined to finish this novel) and eventually discovered that it wasn't really a rape as more of a consensual kind of forced dominance on someone that really truly wanted it but ... yeah. I just wish it would have been set up better.
Overall, I'm giving the Love Bites anthology 3.5 out of 5 stars. It's made me interested in more Angela Knight novels and if you're a fan of her Mageverse series, I think you should definitely pick this up (if you haven't already!).
Basic info. about this book:
Name: Love Bites
Author: Angela Knight
Review Source: Provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Publishing Company: Berkley Trade
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Erotic
Rating (out of 5): 3.5
Any genres you've been [semi] obsessed with lately?
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Until next time-