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Freedom: A Vampire Blood Courtesans Romance Kindle Edition
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Series: A Vampire Blood Courtesans Kindle Worlds Collection Novella
Author: A K Michaels ( and Michelle Fox in a Kindle Worlds Collaboration)
Designation: Book Two, Sequel to Escape: Flora, NOT Recommended As A Standalone Novella, NO Cliffhanger, #paranormal #romance #vampires
Reading Platform: Kindle Edition
My Rating: Five Sinfully Sexy Stars*****
Wow! Where do I even begin? I guess by saying, I adore this collection and loved Flora's story! Freedom: Flora is the highly anticipated sequel to Escape, Michaels' first riveting release in the Vampire Blood Courtesans Kindle Worlds Collection. I LOVED the first book and was more than a little eager to read the second, and Michaels didn't disappoint! I've been a Michaels fan for several years and literally devour everything she writes. No, really.... I rush to Amazon to purchase her books as soon as a preorder is available. It doesn't even matter what it's about; I want it! I love her work so much, I'd probably pay to read her shopping list! lol... Well, maybe that's a slight exaggeration but I think you know what I mean. I'm 65 years young and Michaels is one of the authors I still go all fangirl over... and Michelle Fox is another. Yup, I'm also a diehard Michelle Fox fan and adore her work as well so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered these two very talented word slingers would be working together. Squeeee! I've been following Fox's Vampire Blood Courtesans since the release of Reborn: Myra, the inspiration for the series and first story in this spellbinding multi-author collaboration. All the books in the series are either full-length novels or novellas and can be read as standalones in any order but I highly recommend at least reading the first book which lays the groundwork for the entire Vampire Blood Courtesans World. However, several of the stories do have sequels.
I adore stories featuring anything paranormal or supernatural and have been completely smitten with sexy vampires since I read Bram Stoker's Dracula fifty years ago, but give me a combination of both generously seasoned with danger, drama, suspense, humor, witty banter, malevolent enemies, handsome brooding vampires, beautiful plucky heroines and steamy romance, and I'm in heaven! And that's exactly what Michaels has delivered with Flora's story! Escape is an exciting, fast-paced, highly imaginative, exceptionally well-crafted and edited paranormal tale filled to the brim with heart-stopping danger, heartbreaking drama, spine-tingling suspense, heart-pounding action, heinous villains, evil machinations, heated attraction, fiery passion, sweet romance, supernatural creatures, and, of course, sexy vampires. Hubba! Hubba! This story has it all! The narrative is beautifully written in the first person with his and her perspectives. The dialogue is smart, witty, well-executed, at times humorous, and flows beautifully. But without a doubt, my favorite and the most notable component of all Michales' stories is always the cast of fascinating characters. I was instantly smitten with the two protagonists of this story, beautiful nineteen-year-old non-shifting human/wolf hybrid Flora MacNaughtonand dark handsome brooding vampire Maxwell Steele. The lovely longsuffering Flora was brave, clever, quick-witted, sassy, and determined but very much a Scottish country lass whose only respite was working with horses and more at home in the stables than in the city. Maxwell was a dark brooding hero resentful of being turned into a vampire yet he was also intelligent, confident, assertive, powerful, and wealthy. Max was no longer the proud Scot he had been born but had now taken a new name along with his new identity as an American. Although Flora and Maxwell were both born in Scotland and both had horrible fathers, these two characters could not have been more different, yet complemented each other perfectly. Their attraction was immediate, their interaction electric and their passion...undeniable. And their sexual chemistry was so hot it sizzled! Quite often, I found myself laughing at the cheeky banter between these two characters. I was instantly smitten with both protagonists but, oh my goodness, Flora was a real hoot! It was beyond entertaining. I was totally mesmerized. I laughed, I cheered, and I cried as my heart broke for Flora... and loved every single minute! This story is relatively short, actually novella length coming in at approximately 108 pages, but it's mighty and packs quite a punch. In my experience, when a book is not a full-length novel, sometimes the characters feel underdeveloped and the story seems rushed, but this is never the case with Michaels' books. She is a truly gifted storyteller with a boundless imagination and an abundance of talent. She excels at creating detailed and beautifully depicted worlds populated with fascinating, colorful characters. I'm always impressed by the craftsmanship of Michaels' books. They're always exceptionally well-crafted and edited with beautiful covers. Did I like this book? No, I LOVED it! Would I recommend it? You bet, and I am but only for adult readers since it does contain some steamy, dreamy love scenes. Escape can be read as a standalone novella length paranormal romance released as part of Michelle Fox's Vampire Blood Courtesans Kindle Worlds Collection and does include a wonderful happy-for-now ending but you can read more about Flora and Maxwell in the sequel, Freedom, releasing January 24, 2017. And finally, was I entertained? Completely! I've read most of the books in this collection and loved them all. The Vampire Blood Courtesans Kindle Worlds Collection is a fascinating world originally created by Michelle Fox that is sure to captivate and entertain you! Fabulous entertainment and awesome read!
Synopsis for Book One: Escape
Beautiful 19-year-old Scottish lass Flora MacNaughton had never even met her alpha wolf shifter father until he showed up to claim her four years ago after her mother was killed by a drunk driver. He'd never wanted anything to do with his non-shifting half-breed daughter and apparently still wanted nothing to do with her other than to use her as a slave for him and his pack. She was the only halfbreed allowed to live on pack land and she may have been the Alpha's daughter, but that didn't stop everyone from treating her like dirt, including her father. Flora's life was a nightmare which never seemed to end. Her only respite was working at the stable with the horses she loved. She had to find a way to escape...and she may have finally figured out a way to do it. Her only friend, Mairi, told her about an advertisement she had seen in the newspaper. A business in Glasgow had advertised for candidates to audition for a position as a Blood Courtesan for a vampire coming to Scotland to settle the estate of his deceased father and it was being held only five miles away. She could be a Blood Courtesan. Couldn't she? After all, it wouldn't mean giving up her life, only a little blood, right? Oh, and maybe also giving her entire body to a complete stranger. Surely, that wouldn't be a problem, would it? Well, there might actually be a few little problems with her plan. Nothing major, other than the fact she was still a virgin and knew absolutely nothing about sex. Getting a dress and stealing a horse to get there might also be a slight bump in the road, but nothing she couldn't handle, right? And, of course, the small matter of her father killing her if he found out would also be a problem, especially if she didn't get the job. She'd just have to make sure she somehow got the position. It's probably her only chance of ever escaping her cruel abusive father and his pack who lived to torment her and make her life miserable. But would the brooding unfeeling soulless vampire Maxwell Steele want an unrefined, inexperienced, very rough-around-the-edges Scottish lass as his Blood Courtesan? We'll see!
Freedom: Flora (Book Two)
And the answer is yes! Max discovered he wanted Flora for so much more than just his temporary Blood Courtesan....he wanted Flora forever. The beautiful wild Scottish lass touched Max in a way no one ever had. She awakened his lost humanity and brought his cold heart to life and with it, feelings he thought he would never experience. And now that he had her, he was determined to keep her, regardless of the cost. Unfortunately, the cost was her life. When faced with the most horrific decision of his life, Maxwell Steele realized he was no longer the cold-hearted unfeeling vampire he thought himself to be. He could feel... he could love and he did love Flora. He did have a soul and Flora MacNaughton was his soulmate. Now, he could not imagine a life without the beautiful wild Scottish beauty. But to save her life, he had to do the unthinkable... he had to turn her into the thing he abhorred most in the world... a creature like himself... a vampire. If Flora could forgive him for his desperate act, he would spend eternity being a man deserving of her love. But just when freedom is finally within Flora's grasp, a phone call interrupts the couple's happy life requiring them to return to Scotland to face Flora's worst nightmare... the wolf pack that had tortured her for years, now being lead by her father's former beta...and they wanted revenge for the death of their Alpha. But this time, Flora wouldn't be alone and she wouldn't be helpless. This time, she would have her revenge...but could Max save her again? We'll see!
Flora is still a newbie at the vampire life. She forgets her own strength, her senses and emotions can get away from her. But one thing keeps her centred, her devotion to Max. But whilst in New York they get a horrific call from his staff back in Scotland. Flora's former pack are encroaching on his lands and they have now left a trail of dead bodies!
On their return to Scotland, Flora realises that the gruesome finds were meant to rattle her and they succeeded! Her blood is boiling at the thought of revenge but can Max keep her safe whilst her heart calls for blood??
I love the whole Blood Courtesans series but Flora is my favourite (yes because she's Scottish - I'll admit I'm biased!!!) I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my threat several times. I also felt my own bloodlust creeping in anytime Donald was mentioned!!!
I'm glad that Flora was given some closure at the way her former pack had treated her. Max was so good at keeping her check and not letting her fly off the handle. Kind of sad now that she and Max have got an Eternally Happy Ever After...what happens now!!! Kick butt characters, tight snappy storyline and romance to scorch your eyeballs!!!
Until Next Time... Tabi
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