Category: Vampires

The Lily Drake Series by T. Michelle Nelson

Lily Drake

I have been reading like a crazy person this holiday! I’m currently typing this review on 5.5 hours’ sleep after staying up until 4am this morning finishing book 3 in the series. Yes, I’m going to regret that decision later, but for now, there’s coffee.

Basic story: Lily Drake is a hardworking, single mum whose son is the most important thing in her life. When a well-meaning friend sets her up on a blind date and she mistakes him for the handsome stranger at her door, life for Lily will never be ‘normal’ again…

Mathias is a vampire who has watched Lily all her life (though not in a creepy way…kind of). He knows she is destined for great things and will be the person to lead his people to peace by eliminating the threat of rogue vampires hunting humans. He just needs to get her to agree to turn. Simple.

Lily is not in the least bit interested in the proposition. Becoming a vamp was never on her to-do list and she’ll be damned if she’ll watch her son grow up and grow old without her in his life. After refusing, she was supposed to forget. However, Lily can’t seem to shake the memory of Mathias and his associates. Suddenly the choice to turn may not be hers to make, if she’s going to continue protecting her son…

Why you should read this series: It’s a really original, fresh and well-thought out story. Lily isn’t eighteen. She’s a thirty-five year old woman who’s comfortable in her own skin. Yet she isn’t perfect. When she meets Mathias, she’s convinced he’s the one, but then she meets Valentine, his cousin, and all hell breaks loose! I loved the dilemmas and the banter between the characters. Lily is truly kickass and she is nurturing at the same time. Mathias and Val are great eye-candy (or should that be word-candy?) and they play an integral role in the story, but Lily is clearly running the show. The developing story of her and her son is also very touching. They are devoted to each other and it’s great to read. The pair are sarcastic, funny and loving. A great combo.

What you might hate: The first book was a little rocky in places. I felt as though the shift in Lily’s affections from Mathias to Val came out of nowhere. There was no build up and I felt that is was shoehorned in a bit. Then the pacing seemed to settle down and I got carried away in the story. Books 2 and 3 really show how T Michelle Nelson has grown as a writer and it truly flows.

Rating: For the whole series I give it 4/5. The book is plot driven – don’t be expecting smut – it’s all about the adventure. Don’t get me wrong, it is a sexy read. Just a bit more subtle than your average romance story.

At the time of posting, the entire series is on sale for $0.99/£0.99 – get your copy if you like the vampire trope with a bit of originality.

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

Book: Lover Eternal

Author: J.R. Ward

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2

Basic story: While on the surface Rhage might seem like the beautiful, Ken-doll member of the BDB, in reality he has a serious demon tagging along. Orphan John Matthew has called in to the local help hotline enough to know that Mary won’t judge him. One trip to Mary’s house and her friend Bella realizes that J-M is not only a vampire but potentially a Warrior. When the Mary, J-M, Bella trio visits the BDB compound not only does Rhage encounter civilian Mary (the only person who can literally soothe his savage beast) but Bella meets totally messed up (in the hottest way) Zsadist.

Why You Should Read It: Because in my opinion it’s the best of the BDB books. I love Rhage and Mary so much that even though I’ve given up on the series (I know, I’m awful) I still harass everyone who reads them saying “I don’t care what you’re saying! What are Rhage and Mary up to?!?” The support and love Rhage has for Mary makes me cry every single time. Mary’s acceptance of Rhage’s demon is so hot (chains!) while still understanding the torment he experiences on a daily basis. Oh and aside from all the Rhage/Mary love it also sets up my second favorite BDB book: Zsadist and Bella. SWOON!

What You Might Hate: Just like Judith mentioned I really don’t give a crap about the Lessers. But the awesome thing about this book is that the Lessers are contained in their own chapters which you can completely skip. My only non-Lesser complaint is that sometimes Mary is too stubborn for her own good and you just want to shake her to make her realize how much Rhage loves her.

Our rating: 5/5. I read this book once a month. True story – when I was on vacation I HAD to read this and paid full price (even though I’m a poor-ass grad student) to buy it on my Kindle despite the fact that if I waited 3 days I could read it for free at home.

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Book: Dark Lover

Author: JR Ward

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (Book 1)

Basic story: Vampire king Wrath must initiate his dead friend’s half-human daughter into the ways of life as a vampire while simultaneously trying to evade immortal vampire slayers intent on exterminating him and his people. Helping him protect his race against the slayers is a group of 5 vampire warriors known as the Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB).

Why You Should Read It: interesting plot twist: these vampires don’t prey on humans but on each other meaning you get to learn all about their world and how it co-exists with ours; fantastic love story and uber-hot sex scenes; interesting sub-plot involving vampire slayers called Lessers; the focus is not just on the love story so the book reads like fantasy not romance; amazing writing.

What You Might Hate: the Lessers are run by an annoying man they call Sensei who is frankly the creepiest villain I’ve read about in a long time; there is a lot of talk about the Gods who created both vampires and the slayers which can be a bit dull; these centuries old vampires occasionally devolve into ghetto talk and like to listen to rap music.

Our rating: 5/5 stars Drop what you’re doing and go get this stat!