Saturday, July 16, 2011

Review - Vampire Bites - Katie Salidas

Vampire BitesVampire Bites by Katie Salidas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Vampire Bites is a collection of 3 short stories. The first - “House of Immortal Pleasures” is about Daphne, whose friends drag her to a vampire brothel for a night of debauchery. Daphne has been burned by love before and is hesitant to let any man touch her. However, she meets Connor, who is serving a sentence at the house and is forced to stay there and service customers. Connor is good at what he does, and the proprietor sets up Daphne with Connor, knowing he can take her friends for all their money.

Daphne does not immediately jump into bed with Connor, and I enjoyed watching him seduce her. He sees something special in Daphne and makes her feel like a beautiful, cherished woman. And isn’t that every woman’s fantasy?

For a short story, we get to know Daphne fairly well. I could relate to her, and I was on her side. We don’t get to know the other characters much, but the only really important one is Connor. We do get to learn a little of his past, but again, it’s a short story.

The sex was delicious. There was plenty of it and the descriptions were vivid. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“Karma & Melodies”

This is a short and sweet love story. Kendra is on the run from her vampire master, who turned her ten years ago. All that time, she has been in love with the lead singer of a band, Marcus, who she used to watch at a cafe when she was human. They never exchanged words, but he has always been in her heart. Fate has a sense of humor, of course, and they are thrown together. Things go haywire and then Kendra’s master shows up and all hell breaks loose.

I enjoyed this story a lot. I really like stories involving rock bands, and this one didn’t disappoint. I admired Kendra’s strength and loved her for it. There was no sex, but this story was packed with emotion, and I think that served me just as well.

“Halloween Fantasies”

Who wouldn’t love one night to indulge in their darkest fantasies? That’s what Sasha gets to do in this story. It was delicious and fantasy-filled. Hot vampires, sexy bedroom scenes, this one had it all. You don’t get to delve much into the characters, but you don’t need to. It’s a night of fulfilling fantasies. This story hit the spot.

Overall, a fun, quick read that I enjoyed. Hot vampires, spicy sex, delicious romance. Nice way to start out my vacation. :) 3 out of 5. Heat factor was at times 4 out of 5, yet there was hardly any in the second story. Just hints and innuendos.

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