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Product Details

  • Series: Mammoth Books
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762434988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762434985
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

*** "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.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rhianna Walker VINE VOICE on September 25, 2008
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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?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gaga4books on August 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
It is a collection of many different stories from different authors. It is a good book if your looking to expand your interests. As with most of these books there are some that are really worth your time and you find another jewel to add to your treasure of books.
It isn't something I would want for anything other than to find a new author.
I don't like these type of books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Ebeling on December 7, 2011
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I enjoy vampire stories and bought this book for some of my favorite authors. Karen Chance and Susan Sizemore did not disappoint. I did not enjoy about half of the stories as they just didn't appeal to me. I would buy this book again for those I did like however
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After reading this, I’ve found that I’m not really a fan of short stories. If the story is good, I want to be immersed in it longer. This collection houses 25 short stories by various authors. Some were good, and I’ll be looking for novels by those authors. Most were just so-so, and some I didn’t care for (some really didn’t feel like romances to me at all). Below is a list of the stories included in the book.

Fade to Black by Sherri Erwin
Ode to Edvard Munch by Cailin R. Kiernan
Fangs for Hire by Jenna Black
The Righteous by Jenna Maclain
Knowledge of Evil by Raven Hart
Vampire’s Bite by Delilah Devlin
Dreams by Keri Arthur
Love Bites by Kimberly Raye
What’s at Stake? by Alexis Morgan
Coming Home by Lillith Saintcrow
To Ease the Rage by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp
Dancing with the Star by Susan Sizemore
Play Dead by Dina James
In Which a Masquerade Ball Unmasks an Undead by Colleen Gleason
A Temporary Vampire by Barbara Emrys
Overbite by Savvanah Russe
Hunter’s Choice by Shiloh Walker
Remember the Blood by Vicki Peterson
The Sacrifice by Rebecca York
The Midday Mangler Meets his Match by Rachel Vincent
The Music of the Night by Amanda Ashley
The Day of the Dead by Karen Chance
Vampire Unchained by Nancy Holder
A Stand-up Dame by Lilith Saintcrow
Untitled 12 by Caitlin R. Kiernen

Out of these, I really enjoyed a handful. I’ll attempt to review them here.

Fangs for Hire is about a vampire assassin. Being a thug for hire allows her to hunt for prey while simulatensously doing away with bad guys. It was a fun premise and I liked Black’s writing style. She seems to write a decent female character that is empowered herself.
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