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Book Review : Nightshifted

Title : Nightshifted Nightshifted (Edie Spence, #1)

Author : Cassie Alexander

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publish Date : May 22nd, 2012

Pages : 331

How Obtained : from the library

Stand Alone or Series : #1 in the Edie Spence series (looks like three are published, four are planned- possibly more?)

Three Words : comedy, paranormal, romance

Red Flags : sexual situations, violence and gore, language and drugs (NSFC)

Summary (from Goodreads) : Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond…

Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed.  But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words—Save Anna—and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul. Grey’s Anatomy was never like this…

My Take : This was one of those books that were on my loooooooong list of TBR books from around Halloween. I got it from the library and it sat in my bag for a couple of months. One day I picked it up and I am so glad that I did. It really reminded me of the Sookie Stackhouse novels which I love….just set in a hospital with a nurse instead of adorable waitress in small town. Edie is a fun heroine. She is very sassy, in control of herself, not afraid to have a one night stand (and not ashamed). She is a very knowledgeable and competent nurse (I like it when women are good at what they do in books.) She is also brave and more importantly sarcastically funny. (Another thing I like in women characters as I like to dwell in the land of Sarcastia). The story is also much like the Sookie Stackhouse novels with lots of interesting intrigue dealing with paranormal creatures and their crazy rules about killing people and dealing with each other. There is plenty of steamy sex plus enough romance to make you smile a little bit when you read it (does anybody else do this??). All in all, this is a fun book. Did it knock my socks off? Well no… but not every book has to. And if you occasionally wonder what the hell she is doing then you wouldn’t be the only one.

My Rating : Seven shoes – Fun but not earth-shattering.

I don’t know if I have mentioned this before but all the cover pictures that I get are from Goodreads. If you click on the picture it will take you directly to the Goodreads page for the book.





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Friday Five List – Vampire Edition

Since I’m adding new things to the blog, I’ve decided to make Friday my list day. These lists will be mostly book related but really could be anything….. This week, I decided to do a Vampire Porn list in honor of Halloween for those times when you are feeling sexy and fang-y (but definitely not sparkly).

1) The Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris

Starting with Dead Until Dark (and continuing for now 12 books) you can read the books that inspired the True Blood series. These books are filled with sly humor, mystery and of course lots of erotic moments. Sookie is a fun heroine who is brave, kind and hopelessly attracted to vampires (not to mention she is supposed to be a curvy girl – which I love!).

2) Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

I know, I know – totally cliche but sometimes you just gotta go back to the original. Rice writes a totally engrossing memoir of a vampire’s life. Not just any vampire, but one who has a conscience and is torn up by his very nature. Along the way, we get to delve into the vampire world and meet the irrepressible Lestat – both villain and friend. There’s plenty of vampire porn in this book and the subsequent followups written by Rice. This book was made into a horrible movie although I always thought that Tom Cruise was an excellent Lestat (yeah I totally just said that…)

3) The Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I was turned onto this series by my good friend Sara ( thanks!). It has all the earmarks of excellent vampire porn – immortal with sexy good looks and dark disturbing past is handcuffed to a  young beautiful woman who just happens to be an accountant (yep…). They fight, they feel passion, they seethe, they fight their passion….sexy times ensue. Throw in some dangerous evil that they must battle. Start with Night Pleasures…there are about a million more.

4) The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R Ward

I haven’t read this one personally but I know many people who are quite into it. Taken from Fantastic Fiction :

“In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.”

There are 11 of these books so far with plans for even more.

5) Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton

There are 21 books in this series following the petite vampire hunter. She lives in a parallel world of supernatural beings including vampires, werewolves, and other were animals where vampires are given equal protections under the law. Anita is a bad ass who doesn’t trust any supernatural folk but is strangely attracted to both the head vampire of the city and the head of the werewolf troop. LOTS of sexy times.

These are just a few of the more popular series. There are many, many more….Obviously, none of these books is what I would call child appropriate (unless you want to have frank conversations about the birds and the bees). I know I can’t be the only one. What is YOUR favorite vampire porn?


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