Vacation with a Vampire: Stay / Vivi and the Vampire / Island Vacation (Harlequin Nocturne Series #139) [NOOK Book]

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Everyone needs a break sometimes, especially during the summer. After all, what's more relaxing, and more romantic, than a midnight stroll through Paris? Or the way the moon reflects off the ocean? And if your mesmerizing, sexy date happens to be ready to nibble your neck, who would want to say no?

Vacations are a perfect time to indulge, so why not spend a little quality time with these immortal hunks in three luscious tales of hot ...
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Overview




Everyone needs a break sometimes, especially during the summer. After all, what's more relaxing, and more romantic, than a midnight stroll through Paris? Or the way the moon reflects off the ocean? And if your mesmerizing, sexy date happens to be ready to nibble your neck, who would want to say no?

Vacations are a perfect time to indulge, so why not spend a little quality time with these immortal hunks in three luscious tales of hot getaways. Treat yourself to a little bit of summer moonlight with these tales brought to you by Michele Hauf, Kendra Leigh Castle and Lisa Childs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459233751
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Series: Harlequin Nocturne Series , #139
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 185,426
  • File size: 359 KB

Meet the Author


Michele Hauf lives in Minneapolis and has been writing since the 1990s. A variety of genres keep her happily busy at the keyboard, including historical romance, paranormal romance, action/adventure and fantasy.


You can write to Michele at: PO Box 23, Anoka, MN 55303

Or visit her website: michelehauf.com

Email Michele at: toastfaery@gmail.com


Award-winning author Lisa Childs writes romantic suspense, dark paranormal romance and women’s fiction for Harlequin/Silhouette. She lives on thirty acres in west Michigan with her husband, two daughters, a talkative Siamese and a long-haired Chihuahua who thinks she’s a Rottweiler. Lisa loves hearing from readers who can contact her through her website, lisachilds.com or snail mail address, PO Box 139, Marne, MI 49435.

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Lucian Bellisario staggered down the streets of Paris. At his back, the setting sun shimmered silver in his hematite hair. He was—and he hated to admit this—exhausted. Light-headed and drained, there was but one means to rally.

He needed hot, mortal blood pulsing with life.

Veering toward his antique shop nestled in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, he scanned the streets. He sought a lone walker, someone who would meet his eyes and smile, project onto him their assumption that he was not threatening.

And then he would threaten them.

He didn't clutch at the wound over his heart because he wouldn't draw attention to himself in that manner. Had to maintain decorum. The inch-wide puncture had healed, but the pain lingered.

His best friend, Certainly Jones, had needed his help. The dark witch had required fresh vampire blood for a spell. Lucian happened to have plenty of blood coursing through his veins, and being a vampire, he'd fit the bill.

The steel pipe, shoved between his ribs to facilitate a steady stream of blood onto the witch's hands while he'd spoken a doppelganger spell, had served but a nuisance to Lucian. Not thick enough to burst his heart, he'd only had it in a few minutes. Long enough to drain much blood from his system and deplete his energy, resulting in a now ravenous hunger.

More than once, he'd been CJ's guinea pig for new magic spells over the decades.

"The things I do for friends," he muttered.

A slender woman wearing a studious skirt and blouse stood before a door that featured an Art Nouveau-style nymph draped over the shop name, L'Extraordinaire. He'd painted the door decades ago. Seeing his approach, she smiled warmly at him.

Lucian could smell her misfortunate trust from ten paces. Human blood, infused with sweet innocence and polite acceptance. Easy enough to entice her into an embrace that would satisfy his needs.

But he was not a brute, or a creature. Never did he swoop in and attack a female, even when hounded by hunger.

"Mademoiselle?" He pulled a key out of his leather coat pocket, and smiled a smile that had conquered hundreds, perhaps thousands. He was not one to boast.

"Is the shop closed?" she asked. A breeze shifted her straight brown hair over a slender shoulder. An American, to judge her accent. He liked foreigners. Visitors were transitory; they usually did not return, and that made feeding his hunger so much neater.

Lucian's fangs tingled to sink in, there, at the smooth white column of her neck. The erotic sensation stirred his loins as strongly as it did his thirst. Blood and sex often complemented one another.

"Closed? Temporarily, while I was out, er.. giving blood."

"Oh, they have the Red Cross here in France? That's generous of you. Needles freak me out, so I've never been able to donate."

"The intrusion of something sharp into flesh is but a small sacrifice if you know it will help another," he said with an ill-concealed smirk that slipped to amusement as he turned his head toward the door. He shoved the key in the lock, and invited his next meal inside. "Welcome to my dusty little corner of the ancient and overlooked."

Crossing the threshold, she moved through the ill-sorted chaos, her eyes scanning the shadowed recesses behind centuries-old furniture, glassware that had been held by kings, and folded damasks and linens that may have seen lusty nights of royal passion.

Lucian preferred the shop disordered, as opposed to the neat and fancy showplaces on the Champs-elysees that overcharged to cover the upkeep and false provenances they assigned to their objets d'art. A monthly dusting from a cleaning girl he kept on retainer—and enthralled after his bite—suited him fine and well.

Normally, he did not look to feed his hunger via customers, but circumstances as they were, he wasn't about to hold off this craving much longer. Her simple prettiness beckoned his interest though, and he decided he could manage a few minutes of restraint.

"What are you looking for?"

"I'm not sure." Her black-framed glasses glinted in the dull sunlight as she ran a hand over a dented copper serving tray. "A friend of mine loaned her apartment to me for a couple weeks. It's my first vacation overseas. I thought I'd repay her with a pretty little something to decorate her bedroom."

"Trinkets are under the glass case," Lucian directed, allowing her to wander the creaky floorboards and browse.

He paced behind her, hands behind his back, indulging in the provocative tease of her blood. Yet above the metallic sweetness rose the scent of peaches, seasoned with nutmeg and cinnamon. Like some kind of pie? Odd, but strangely appealing. He hadn't consumed mortal food in ages.

"Actually, she needs furnishings," she mused. "Her apartment is remarkably bare."

Pushing her glasses up her nose, the woman leaned over an Edwardian pot cupboard to get a better view of the mirror tilted against the wall, and tucked away as if it had no appeal to the owner. It did not. Hugging one side, a sinuous faerie glided, her arm curving along the top of the frame.

Horrible reminder, that.

"I see you've an eye for your pretty reflection," he tried, fighting against his fangs' insistent stirring to descend.

Frowning at the comment, she cast a glower at him. Soft blue eyes reflected the last rays of sun struggling through the windows.

"Forgive my manners. Lucian Bellisario." He offered his hand.

The woman stared at his hand for so long he had to give it a good long look himself. Following CJ's spell, he'd washed off all his blood. Had he missed a spot?

Finally, she put her hand in his, and it was like sunshine sliding into his cold, tired grasp. He wasn't cold-blooded, but blood loss contributed to his chilliness. He clasped her warmth with both hands and wished it would not end. It was an odd thought for him, a man who did not make connections, save those fleeting one-bite stands which had become his mien. The urge to savor her skin colliding with his was strong, but too soon, he'd have to destroy this genial masquerade with an essential bite.

"And you are?" he prompted.

Tugging from his firm grip, and stepping back, she dragged her eyes from what he suspected had been his mouth, to the immaculate design of his dark suit. Fortunately, he'd removed the crisp white shirt before the spell, so she couldn't have sighted a bloodstain.

"Magen Sloan." Again she met his eyes, this time more daring. Her mouth parted and he almost leaned forward to kiss her. He had managed to connect with her trusting innocence.

Lucian swallowed his aching need. Just a few moments to enjoy her sweetness before you destroy it all.

"The Belle Epoque era interests me," she said. "I think the mirror will be perfect."

"Bohemia, eh?" Lucian could not prevent the note of distaste on his tone.

He walked around her, his gaze tracking the subtle pulse at her throat, the flex of her neck muscles with each turn of her head. A trace of a grin revealed a soft blush in cheeks too smooth for porcelain. She avoided sunlight. Or she was a workaholic.

"You look far too practical for such a decadent piece, Magen

Sloan."

Touching the rim of her glasses, she lifted her chin in defense. "I have a surprising wild side." Then she gaped, covering her mouth with her fingers. "I can't believe I said that."

"I'm pleased you did," he said with a flirtatious smile, finding the banter eased his raging hunger. "Behind those studious glasses and beneath that equally studious gray skirt and blazer, I'll wager Mademoiselle Pratique indulges in a wild thing or two."

"Well, I—" He'd caught her off guard, and ill-prepared to deal with a stranger who offered intimate conversation. The challenge heightened the peach/blood scent of her deliciously. "How much for the mirror?"

Lucian leaned back, his hip nudging the counter, and crossed his arms. An assessing gaze stripped away her practical blazer and he imagined dragging his fingers down the fake pearl buttons dotting her white blouse. The shop was cool this late-September day, yet the skin on her neck and cheeks flushed as if she stood beneath a high sun.

A few moments more of indecently teasing conversation and he'd have her blood simmered to a delicious brew.

But the mirror offended him.

"It's cracked along the bottom," he offered. "I can let you have it for four hundred euros." An obscenely low price.

"A little crack doesn't bother me. Cracks add character. Much like a foreign accent increases a man's appeal. Oh." Pale pink lips parting, she again seemed to catch herself before thinking.

"Are you all right, mademoiselle? You look flustered. Is the price too high?"

"No, actually, you're just right. I mean—oh. I'm sorry. I don't know what I'm saying."

"You, mademoiselle, were flirting with me."

"It was the jet lag talking. I only arrived in the city yesterday afternoon."

"Sure."

Blowing out a breath that lifted the soft brown bangs above her brows, she said, "I confess, this is going to be one hell of a vacation if all the men are as disarming as you."

He lifted a brow.

"It's your sexy accent," she added with a flutter of her fingers as she drew up her purse and set it on the counter. "So uh, do you deliver? The apartment where I'm staying is close, just across the river from here."

"Of course. I'll send the delivery boy out later this evening if that will work for you."

"Oh, yes." She dug out her wallet and credit card, and a business card that did not say Magen Sloan, but instead Lisa Cooper. "That's the place."

"Very good, mademoiselle'''

He took her credit card and hissed as the fleeting touch of their fingers sent electrifying tingles up his arm and to his teeth. Why he hadn't already bitten her baffled Lucian. They were alone. She was not on the defense. And she stood so close.

It was that damned mirror. Getting rid of the thing was an opportunity he could not resist.

He went through the motions of writing up a bill and slashing the credit card. "Is your friend practical, as well?"

"Does practical bother you, Monsieur Bellisario?"

Her use of his name emboldened his want and Lucian clutched the credit card, the plastic edges gouging into his palm.

Soon. Continue with the small talk, and then— Magen signed the receipt. Closing his eyes, Lucian inhaled deeply. She smelled like a treat he'd not been able to indulge in for over a century. "Actually, practical baffles me," he said, forcing calm and handing her back the credit card. "But you did mention your surprisingly wicked side. That appeals to me." He handed her the receipt. The cuff of his sleeve brushed her wrist and she gasped. "Now for my transaction."

"What transaction?"

He leaned in, blocking her against the counter with his body, and placing his hands to either side of her tiny waist. She inhaled, which lifted her breasts, and renewed her sweet scent. "Monsieur?"

"You are a gorgeous woman, Magen Sloan, and you smell like peaches."

"That's my perfume. You, uh…" She looked aside nervously, then managed to draw her gaze onto his, a bold move that set his heart racing faster than it had when the silver tube had been crammed into it. "…like peaches?"

"I believe I will find the taste exquisite when drunk slowly and directly from the source."

"I don't understand. Oh." She sighed as he ran his fingertips along her neck, tracing the vein, melding her heat into his pores. "Are you…? Lucian," she said, not as a question, but an acceptance.

And he bent his head to her neck and pierced her skin and vein with his fangs. Delicate fingers clutched his arms and squeezed, but she did not cry out. Instead, a tiny gasp tickled his ear. Her sweetness poured into his mouth and Lucian groaned. He wrapped an arm about her back and tugged her closer, unwilling to relinquish his prize, this necessary renewal.

"Ohmygod," she whispered. "You're…biting…"

The swoon enveloped her with an orgasmic tremor that vibrated through her being and against Lucian's hardened muscles. Every part of him was hard, from his biceps and abs, to his thighs and even his cock. Her surrender quickened him. Her blood was rich and thick, like fresh peaches fallen from the tree.

She would be difficult to never see again.

As she sank in his arms, he supported her weight, an elbow catching the counter, and, having taken enough blood to quench his hunger, he licked the wound to seal it. With a kiss above her ear, he smoothed out her straight brown hair and adjusted her glasses.

"I needed that," he whispered. "Thank you. You'll be woozy, but you should manage the walk home, yes?" She nodded.

"You won't remember my bite," he continued, persuading the altered memory into her thoughts, as vampires were able. "Just a pleasant evening at the antique shop with a stranger whose name you won't recall. Go now, my delicious one."

Magen turned and headed toward the door. Stroking her neck, she called out, "You'll deliver the mirror?"

He had intended to have a delivery boy bring it over, but…

Lucian licked his lips. Mmm… Another bite of Magen Sloan would be just the thing. It went completely against his character, but—he'd enthrall her again. She would never be the wiser.

"Of course. I'll stop by in a few hours. And I like my wine red," he called. "I cannot abide white wine. Declasse."

"Red," Magen said as she gripped the brass doorknob and stepped outside.

Magen found a corkscrew in the kitchen drawer and set it next to the bottle of red wine. She was no connoisseur so she hoped she'd purchased something, at the least, palatable. Her giddiness over the anticipated arrival of Lucian Bellisario actually made her titter.

"He's so sexy. And I'm in Paris. On vacation." Clasping her hands to her lips, she wondered aloud, "Might I have an illicit affair with a gorgeous Frenchman who whispers sweet nothings to me in a language I can't understand, and won't need to understand because it'll all be about the sex?"

She shook her head, chuckling. "You are getting carried away with your crazy self, Mademoiselle Pratique."

His eyes had glittered when he'd named her that. Combined with his accent? Mercy! He'd absolutely smoldered.

"I made the right choice," she whispered. "To adventure."

A spur-of-the-moment decision to take a vacation had come after watching her seventy-year-old neighbor lady wave goodbye to the mailman. Again. The woman was having an affair with the silver postal fox, Magen knew, because every other day he went to her front door with her mail and didn't come out for approximately forty-five minutes. When he did reappear, Magen could only think, now he's going to my mailbox, and handling my mail. Ugh.

But seriously? Her seventy-year-old neighbor was getting some action, and Magen spent her days staring out the office window dreaming she had the same. She'd needed a change in her life. Adventure!

Yet Magen knew well when she'd told her friends she was going to Paris for almost two weeks, when she'd said the word adventure, what she'd been thinking was affair. A silly fantasy.

Or was it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Bree's bio

    Age: 15, 5'1 long brown hair tan skin personality: tipical bad girl but im very sweet hobbies: love to dance sing and have fun. You caan find me on one direction res. 3.
    Love Peace Believe Inspire and Kick Ass

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    Posted January 13, 2014

    Stil's bios

    Age: 14 Looks: tall 5'10" pale with black hair crimson red eyes and a bite mark on the right side of my neck. Personality: not saying u will have to find out on ur own. Likes: fights mysterys problems that can only be solved by me competition. Dislikes: i honestly dont care much just dont be a sl.ut to me or my friends or gay around me. Status: im single but not planning on getting a gf anytime soon. No ones good enough.

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    Posted January 26, 2014

    Silver

    "Yes ive heard of storm i used to talk to him",she says

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    Posted January 5, 2014

    Lucys bio

    My name is lucy vampire cromwell and im 13 years old. Im 11in. Became a vamp at age 6. Favorite colors: pink and purple and white and red and black. My favorite food/drink: humans and blood. Im a girly vampire. And wears dresses and heels alot. I have a bf named edward. (Not real just for the bio) friends: emilee and fox and going to make some more. And thats all for my bio :).

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    Posted July 31, 2013

    QueenReenelle

    Ok fine. I'm proud of u*walks out*

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    Posted July 31, 2013

    Dacid

    You pick me up lets go

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

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    The best kind of "vacation"! Read from September 17



    The best kind of "vacation"!

    Read from September 17 to 19, 2012

    BOOK SYNOPSIS



    A holiday with tall, dark, handsome…and immortal!

    Everyone needs a break sometimes, especially during the summer. After all, what’s more relaxing, and more romantic, than a midnight stroll through Paris? Or the way the moon reflects off the ocean? And if your mesmerizing, sexy date happens to be ready to nibble your neck, who would want to say no?

    Vacations are a perfect time to indulge, so why not spend a little quality time with these immortal hunks in three luscious tales of hot getaways. Treat yourself to a little bit of summer moonlight with these tales brought to you by Michele Hauf, Kendra Leigh Castle and Lisa Childs.

    My Thoughts



    As in all Anthologies there will be one that stands out as a favorite, in this anthology the choice is pretty much even as all three tales have their own appeal and all three authors for me are winners with none outshining the others.

    #1 . We start with the first offering by author Michelle Hauf, her Vacation with a Vampire:Stay, set in the city of lovers Paris, is one that both longtime fans will find appealing as well as readers who are new to her style of storytelling.

    There is nothing more elegant or sexy than a handsome Italian male who eloquently uses French as a seduction tool, at least that is what American tourist Magen Sloan thinks when she meets Lucian Bellisario. The two are like a moth to the flame, Magen is at first glance not the type of female that the ultra suave Lucian would ever be willing to spend more time with than it takes to sate his appetite for blood. However first appearances are deceptive in Magen's case, her inner seductress is more compelling than the highest paid courtesan practiced in the art of womanly wiles could ever be as Lucian soon learns firsthand.

    Michele Hauf has penned a seductive little novella, one that has an unexpected twist that elevates the story to a different level than just two characters whose lives happen to overlap. A past mistake comes back to literally "haunt" Lucian, putting not only his life but Magen's in jeapordy unless he can figure out a way to make amends.

    This is, as all of the works that I have had the pleasure of reading written by the author, an easy read that allows your imagination free rein and entertains with a bit of romance and drama that you will enjoy sitting down with for a short while as the novella takes very little time to finish.

    #2 . In the second novella author Kendra Leigh Castle sends Vampire Hunter Vivi Malone on a vacation in a small Florida town in "Vivi and the Vampire". Vivi is one of a select group whose job it is to protect the human population from rogue Vampires. The small beach town that she chooses for her weeks vacation has a reputation as being one that is Vampire free. The first night out strolling on the beach in the moonlight though Vivi encounters two vampires who decide she is an opportune "snack" that they argue over which one gets the privilege of biting while Vivi stands to the side wondering how long it will take for them to notice that she is armed and not quite the "easy prey" they are used to.

    Finally one of the vampires pays attention when Vivi produces a retractable stake and decides to flee before he is staked, the second though decides to stay and make the "little Hunter" regret her decision to resist. While Vivi is skilled it soon becomes quite clear that the vamp has her outmatched and she is only a breath away from truly becoming his unwilling meal when a new player enters the scene.

    Justin is the King of the Vampire city Terra Noctem, he rules the Vampires there under his care by dealing with disputes that arise over one matter or another and in all his long life has never been on "vacation" but here he is after being badgered to take some time away by his sister Dru on the same moonlit beach as Vivi and her Vampire assailant. Justin recognizes the troublemaker as Adam and he intervenes and orders him to leave Vivi be and instead to return to Terra Noctem to be punished.

    This is the start of a familiar tale of a mismatched couple, one a Vampire Hunter sworn to strike down all of the rogues who terrorize her human counterparts and the other the King of the Vampires himself who is sworn to keep his kind safe from Vivi and her fellow slayers. The internal tug of war that the two face to deny what each feels for the other is also a familiar part of the dance that accompanies these relationships, the clever twist introduced by the author as to the origin of the different types of Vampire Hunters is what makes it unique.

    The tale is full of sexual heat as well as some fight scenes that will get the blood pumping for the reader as well as keep them anticipating what Vivi and Justin do next.

    A nice little paranormal romance with plenty of spice that keeps pages turning until the very last moment of the story!

    It has been a while since I have read anything by Ms. Castle but this short story reminded me of what a good imagination she brought to play in her work, it also reminded me that the lines between good and evil are not always a clearly drawn black and white.

    #3 . The third offering by author Lisa Childs is "Island Vacation". We start the tale meeting Patricia Reynolds, an accountant whose firm has sent her on an all expense paid two week vacation on an island which is owned by Roarke Monterusso who it turns out is the mysterious client whose generosity is responsible for Patricia's vacation. The reason that Roarke provided the opportunity is quickly revealed, he feels that Patricia is in reality "Piper" who he has been searching for since the brutal slaying of his cousin Rick. Roarke thinks that "Piper" murdered his cousin and has been seeking her all the years since in an effort to exact revenge for Rick's death.

    Not only is this a very intense story it is also one of revelations unearthed by both Roarke and Patricia about who she really is and what really happened the night his cousin Rick met his untimely death. There is a no "prisoners taken" attitude in this tale, it is very dark and delves deeply into what a greedy and cunning mind can do to wreak havoc on another's life by their actions.

    If you enjoy being cast into a whirlwind of violent emotions, mystery, suspense and heated moments of inescapable passion than this is a paranormal romance that will entertain you from beginning to the very tumultuous end!


    [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

    Stay - Michele Hauf Magen is writing a historical story set in

    Stay - Michele Hauf

    Magen is writing a historical story set in the 1800's and travels to Paris, France looking for inspiration and a distraction from real life, preferably a handsome one with a French accent. She stumbles across Lucian in her quest to purchase a gift for a friend and she is drawn to him, inexplainably so. The more time together the deeper their connection grows but is there more to their relationship than we see at first glance?

    I enjoyed the interactions between Lucian and Magen when they first get together, the gentle teasing, the longing touches. Both of them desperate for more but scared to voice their feelings. When Lucians past comes back to haunt him things really start to heat up.

    Vivi and the Vampire - Kendra Leigh Castle

    Justin is the King of the Vampires and a bit of a workaholic, his sister pushes him to take a well deserved vacation. Vivi is a vampire hunter who needs a break from the hunt. Fate conspires to bring them together when Justin steps in to save Vivi from a vampire attack. Calling a truce they make a date, one evening to get to know each other. Can they fight their growing attraction?

    I love this one! I am a huge fan of Kendra's writing and this novella did not disappoint! I'm hoping for more books set in this world.

    Island Vacation - Lisa Childs

    When Patricia wins a two week all expensive paid vacation through her work she is unsure of what is goin on. For four years she has been in hiding, running from everything she used to be. Will Roarke unravel her secrets? Why is he so detemined to prove she is in fact Piper?

    Island vacation was another enjoyable tale, my first from author Lisa Childs but I doubt it will be my last. I loved the suspense in this one, I was eager to get to the bottom of their secrets and I wasn't disappointed when I got there.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    Our Review by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha – Miche

    Our Review by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha – Michelle L. Olson:
    This was a great anthology. Michele’s story was worthy of an immediate double read for me. I was glued to the pages of Kendra’s tale and will more than likely read that one again as well, and Lisa’s closer had an interesting spin that rounded things out nicely for the book. All in all, it was a very engaging read. ¿
    Stay – Michele Hauf
    Lucian is a Parisian vampire running an antique shop and enjoying life. After helping out a friend with a spell and donating some blood, he decides to take from the customer waiting for him outside of his shop door when he arrives back at work.
    Magen is on holiday in Paris trying to kick up her heals and fantasizing about a lucid affair with a sexy Frenchman.
    When the two come together there’s instant chemistry and between danger, romance and revenge, Magen is swept off of her feet by the sexy Frenchman she’s always dreamed of and Lucian finds himself wanting to do something he’s never wanted to do in his VERY long life… actually ask someone to stay.
    Vivi and the Vampire - Kendra Leigh Castle
    Justin, the workaholic king of the vampires is forced into taking a vacation by his sister. Immediately upon arriving he’s forced right back into work by bringing one of his vamps in line and stopping an attack.
    Vivi is a Hunter attempting to enjoy some time away without vampires. That doesn’t last long though, and she’s immediately forced into a confrontation with not 1, but 2 vamps and then saved by a 3rd.
    2 unlikely allies, they decide to work together and because they’re both on vacation and rules shouldn’t apply, decide they might as well get to know each other a little bit better as well. Their ‘vacation’ proves interesting however, and there is danger lurking around every corner. Torn between the undeniable feelings for one another and their learned natures that are hard to ignore, theirs is a relationship full of excitement.
    Island Vacation - Lisa Childs
    Piper won a vacation through her work lottery and since she had never been on vacation she figured why not. It worried her a bit though, as she’s been sort of in hiding for the last several years and she was afraid of blowing her cover and being thrown back into her waking nightmare.
    Roarke is a vampire bent on revenge. When he thinks he’s found the person who deserves his wrath he plans a scheme to get her in his clutches.
    The relationship between these two was explosive. A case of mistaken identity (or is it?), a tragic history that was put to rest (or was it?) and two people who are forced to confront the darkest parts of themselves and each other while uncovering some long buried secrets and diabolical plots.
    LITERAL ADDICTION gives Vacation With a Vampire 4 Skulls.

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

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    Vacation With a Vampire Anthology Stay by Michele Hauf Lucian Be

    Vacation With a Vampire Anthology
    Stay by Michele Hauf
    Lucian Bellisario lives in Paris and owns an antique shop. Most of the antiques are things that he knows of personally because he happens to be a vampire. When in deep need of some blood after “donating” some of his for a friend, he is glad to see a customer waiting at his shop. Meal time.
    Magen Sloan is visiting Paris for two weeks. She left Minnesota with the goal to enjoy herself and have an affair with a Frenchman….who would whisper sweet French nothings in her ear. Her adventure turns into a bit more than she planned on. She just didn’t expect vampires, ghosts and witches.
    Vivi and the Vampire by Kendra Leigh Castle
    Justin is a king, at least in the paranormal world. He is over 2,000 years old and is usually buried in work behind his huge desk. Until his sister, Dru, pushes him to take a nice relaxing vacation in Florida. Reluctantly he goes and duty calls immediately as he has to pull a vampire off a Hunter. And then his vacation really gets interesting.
    Vivi is going to take a nice non-vampire vacation. Yeah right! No sooner is she enjoying a walk on the beach when two vamps start arguing which one is going to bite her. And then she is rescued by the most handsome vampire she has ever laid her eyes on. The two of them call a truce for their vacation but the Hunter’s who hate all vampires….whether good or bad….have other plans.
    This was a really good story. The unique romance between the hunter and the hunted. They should have been natural enemies but the heart didn’t see it that way. The author has written Justin’s character in such a clear way that you fall in love with the quiet, lonely and handsome vampire from the get go.
    Island Vacation by Lisa Childs
    Piper Reynolds won a vacation. At work they held a yearly lottery and this year was for a vacation and she won. She never had been on a vacation. She worked since fourteen and had been hiding out for the past four years. Trying to escape her nightmares. When she lands on a private Island it looks like her vacation may be another real life nightmare.
    Roarke Monterusso has wait four long years for revenge. When the person claiming to be Patricia Reynolds came to his Island...she denied being Piper Reynolds. The person his long awaited vengeance was going to be taken out on.
    Another enjoyable story where nothing is what it seems to be and Piper has secrets about herself that even she don’t know about.
    *Language and sexual situations
    **Received through NetGalley for review.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

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    Three stories that prove that no matter how long you live all work and no play makes you dull.

    Even vampires need a vacation every now and then don’t they? This book has three tales of vampires getting away from the everyday (or is that every night) routine. Stay by Michele Hauf - Italian vampire Lucian Bellisario is now a Parisian. He lives and works in Paris. Magen Sloan is an American author on a working vacation. They meet and bond in Lucians’ antique shop. Ah Paris by night. Vivi and the Vampire by Kendra Leigh Castle – This was my favorite of the three stories. Justin, hunky vampire and King of Terra Noctem, hasn’t had a vacation in like ever and hasn’t had a date in a couple of centuries. His sister badgers him into taking a short vacation at of all things a beach resort. Vampire hunter Vivi is on vacation too. They meet when she is fighting off the advances of two rather insistent vampires. Can opposites attract? Island Vacation by Lisa Childs – Piper Reynolds is in hiding. She isn’t sure from what. Her only clues are in her nightmares which feature a lot of blood. Roarke Monterusso holds Piper responsible for his cousins final death. When he finds her he lures her to his island with a free vacation. Will he kill her or keep her? This story was too short to do it full justice. Three stories that prove that no matter how long you live all work and no play makes you dull.

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