Book Review – Vampire Mate

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The first book in the smoking hot vampire warrior series by L.J. Red.
In the supernatural underworld of Chicago, vampire warrior Lucian has met his match.

Brutally dangerous and scorchingly sexy, Lucian is the leader of the Shadows, elite vampire warriors caught in a deadly battle against the wild and power-hungry vampires who want to rain terror on humankind.

Lucian doesn’t believe in soulmates but from the moment he meets Dana, all he wants is to possess her completely. His iron control is beginning to fray and when it snaps, there’s nothing in the world that will stop him from taking her.

Dana’s a cop on the trail of a blood-crazed vampire tearing through Chicago. She doesn’t want anything to do with vampire politics but when she overhears a plot to kill the leader of the Shadows, she knows she has no choice but to warn him.

Braving the dark, seductive world of the vampire elite, she’s helpless to resist the powerful bond she feels the moment she meets Lucian.

Can they catch the killer before the fire raging between them burns the city down?

Dark themes and steamy, sensual scenes. These alpha male vampires are vicious, brutal warriors who will stop at nothing to protect their fated mates.

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3 Stars

** Disclaimer – I love a good vampire book.  Such as the Black Dagger Brotherhood – amazing series, you should check it out.  **

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I liked it, but yet it didn’t hold my interest the entire time. I started to skim after 50%. It wasn’t hard to figure out who the Monster of Chicago was. I say let the vamps run Chicago – maybe they can clean it up better than humans.

Dana is a cop, she gets the drop on some vampire activity and needs to let the vamps know. Only the vamps and humans don’t get along, unless the vamps are using the human’s for blood. Sneaking in she looks for the Shadow who is going to get whacked. Once she relays the message, she follows the guy who took it and realizes that he’s the Shadow. From there they go on a quest to find the Monster, save the vamps, and win over Chicago.

I wasn’t impressed with Lucian or Dana. Lucian fell flat for me as a vamp. He was moody, he hand fangs, and he drank blood. But there was nothing about him that made me what him to bite me and be his soulmate. Neal on the other hand. I can’t wait to read his story and he only had a small blurb in this story!!

Dana is your stereo typical cop. Lives at the station, has no friends but the people she works with. Always working. I’ve seen and read enough of these characters. Even her bond to Lucian seemed odd to me. Usually when there is a bond, the further away they get they hurt more and more. Dana hurt, but she was so focused on her case that her pain was secondary. To me that should have been the forefront of her problems.


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6 Questions with…Jennifer Lane

Welcome to the Q & A portion of the blog.  Today we have the lovely and talented Jennifer Lane in the hot seat for her 6 questions.

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  1. If you could choose three people to invite for a dinner party, who would they be and why?  Buddha, Abraham Lincoln, Brené Brown
  1. What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?  I was most surprised that I had so much to say! My first novel was over 200,000 words, more than double the length of a typical novel.
  1. What was your favorite part, and your least favorite part, of the publishing journey?  My favorite part of publishing has been meeting fun, cool readers and writers. I have also loved learning how to become a better writer. The help of professional editors like the amazing Jessica Royer Ocken has been invaluable. Still, there’s so much to learn! My least favorite part has been unleashing my competitive nature onto the publishing journey. I want to worry less about marketing, sales, and comparisons.
  1. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? According to my friend, I make all kinds of faces as I write. I act out the characters’ emotions to try to get them just right, and apparently, it looks rather ridiculous to innocent bystanders nearby!

5.  What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?  Your first manuscripts will likely suck. But stay with it! And be sure to hire a great editor if you are self-publishing.

  1. What is your work schedule like when you are writing?  My day job as a psychologist is rather consuming, so I write only on the weekends. When words are flowing, I write about four to five-thousand words in a weekend.


Jennifer Lane, Author
Psyched Publishing
Sports Romance and Romantic Suspense With a Psychological Twist

Twin Sacrifice Psychological Thriller
Blocked New Adult Volleyball Romance
Aced (Blocked #2) New Adult Sports Romance
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Swim Recruit New Adult Novella (free!)
With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series #1)
Bad Behavior (The Conduct Series #2)
On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3)

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Die for You by Zanne Sweeney

42773630A standalone, romantic thriller. This book contains mature content.
Belle is the fourth generation to live on Green Mountain, a mountain that some say is cursed. Her upbringing has been unique, but until a tragedy hits she never realized just how different she is. When ghostly events endanger her life Belle’s simple world spins out of control.
Brady had it all, but coming home from Afghanistan as a seriously wounded Marine has left him a broken man. He has no job, no confidence and no desire to rejoin the life he once had.
The perilous mystery surrounding Green Mountain puts Belle and Brady in grave danger. He wants to keep her safe, but how can he? He’s not the Marine hero he once was. She would do anything for him to feel whole again, including leave him.

Partial proceeds from this book will go to the Semper Fi Fund.

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3 stars

I hate being the first person to review a book. This is just my opinion, do NOT take it as gospel, if the description of the book sounds good – READ IT! While there were aspects of this book I did enjoy, there were other things that held it back – like pour grammar, lack of editing – there are several chapters that are repeated. It got to be overwhelming for me.

This is a long, drawn-out story. I’m going to give you the abridged version. Strap in, here we go!

Setting – Green Mountain in Vermont. Off the grid, but not in a bad way. They have running water and a farm.

Belle’s entire family has lived on this mountain for generations! Her Gigi(Great Grandma), Grandma, Momma, & herself. But they are dying off one by one. Then her momma is killed and it’s just Belle. At this time she meets the Sheriff and his boys, Tommy & Brady who are going to help her dig her momma’s grave.

Story ambles along, Brady hangs out with Belle, takes her to the big town nearby. Things are rolling along. But something is going on in Belle’s house. She is the victim of several attacks that they can’t pinpoint on everyone. Brady likes her a lot but is still a childish boy who can’t get his head out of his ass to see straight – this last the majority of the book. Someone wants Green Mountain and they are willing to do whatever it takes to get the mountain away from Belle.

You’ll meet Kip and Adam, both guys have insta-lust for Belle.

Where the book fell apart for me – the book could have started with a little family history and then jumped into her mom dying. There was a lot of telling and not so much showing in this book. Could I picture the farm and the house? YES.
Could I picture Belle? Yes
Brady? Kip? Adam? Nope

To be honest I skimmed this book in some areas because it rehashed the same thing I already read 2 pages ago.

What I liked about the story is that it came full circle with Belle’s life. I liked that she never wavered on the stance with the mountain. She was a fighter and resilient. But all the noise around her story did get in the way some times.

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