E has to live with the results Josh will never want him would heBetween all the data there was a sweet story I loved the vulnerability and honestyGreat story with great contentBad Decision by HL DayIf you are looking for a sexy but also xciting story with danger and a fight you have to read thisAlessandro has to stop the beautiful but stubborn human Liam He wants to go to Silver Fang to finally feel the sensation of vampires fangsAlessandro knows he is in danger and follows him inYeah danger tension angst and sweetness It s all waiting for the reader s The Structure of Soviet History: Essays and Documents eyes AwesomeThe combination ofverything above makes this a fast paced very ntertaining story Reviewed this one with my friends at KEBB the ntire review can be found hereFor my part I reviewed How To Keep an Author Alive by AJ SherwoodRating 4 HeartsIn How to Keep an Author Alive AJ Sherwood s playful and lighthearted nature really shines through This is my first xperience with Sherwood s writing and I see I ve been missing outWhen Justus is sent to his new job he s immediately drawn to his boss Scatterbrained and completely oblivious author JD Cooper is a hot mess and Justus can t wait to add some order to his life A charming story with interesting characters and a very original plot How to Keep an Author Alive is fresh and very funnyThe other stories I ve read so far in this anthology have been wonderful and I m not going to stop till I read them all I reviewed the book with a crew These are the shorts I undertookBad Decision by HL Day Have you ver seen a caricature artist capture a person s Date Me essence in a few deft strokes HL Day does the literaryuivalent in her novella Bad Decision released as part of the Working Stiffs anthology In approximately 57 pages per my Comfort And Joy e reader HL crafts full personalities or vampiralities plus a deliciously creepy world of seduction and betrayalWhen cabbie Alessandro picks up gorgeous rain drenched passenger Liam he s upset by Liam s destination a vampire club where he yearns to receive his first bite At these disreputablestablishments most humans come for a single thrill but some succumb to full addiction Alessandro however knows a few gorgeous men are dragged to the basement and never return From xperience he suspects Liam will be one of them There d been another boy once Many years ago I d sat back and done nothing that night and he d died slowly and painfully Will Alessandro risk verything to be sure Liam isn t anotherBy contrasting danger with attraction HL Day keeps tension taut There was certainly a fascination between us some might Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health even call it a need One that I wasn t strongnough to deny ven if I wanted to And thus Alessandro barges in where Blood dged with pain had a bitterness that you couldn t manufacture in any other way Vampires always had their preferences YikesFor terrific drama fight seuences and love scenes HL Day s Bad Decision is a superbly dark and Cause Of Fear entertaining page turneruality Assured by Edie Montreuxuality Assured brings us socially conscious vampires because why didn t I think of that Eddie Montreux is brilliant to realize immortals would worry about climate change than us who will die before its worst conseuencesDerek is a newly changed vampire working night shift for a medical response call center who comes to the attention of Kellen their uality Assurance officer But instead of finding the incompetent temp hexpects Kellen finds Derek is almost a superhero helping those with medical issuesKellen might be attracted xcept for two problems He s too ill to think of intimacy and besides vampires killed his sister Ooops But Derek proves too caring to shunt aside Will Kellen take the chance to learnuality Assured is told with humor like how vampires who live at night might consider days of the week
Fraturday the arly morning between Friday and Saturday And there s a fascinating xploration of consent when would the arly morning between Friday and Saturday And there s a fascinating xploration of consent when would human consent to be turned For a slew of new ideas on an ancient subject and characters I d love to see xplored in a full length novel don t miss uality AssuredFangs for the Memories by Sadie Jay Fangs for the Memories is an adorable novelette by Sadie Jay which touts the value of forgiveness As a college student from a religious family Rollie Brown staked his boyfriend Alex upon learning Alex was a vampire And for fifteen years Rollie has hated himself for it going to therapy and opening a vampire positive gym as restitution Rollie didn t know wooden stakes don t kill vampires So when he ncounters Alex as alive as a vampire can be bartending at the location he S TO MEET OAKLEY HIS CURRENT DATE ROLLIE UICKLY to meet Oakley his current date Rollie uickly and an angry Oakley becomes his x Meanwhile Rollie knows he must apologize to Alex In so doing he discovers Alex has become a vampire nforcer policing those who over feed And Oakley has become addicted to the bite Before they can xplore any possible relationship Rollie and Alex must rescue OakleyThe couple have a cute repartee For The Lady in Pink example when Alex first gives Rollie his number Rollie returns his number with a heartmoji Alex s response a stake Their Eyes explored and unexplored heat wafts off the page Plus Fangs for the Memories remains sweet and hopeful while offering small lessons onmotional resilience Well doneBad Blood by Lyra Evans Lyra Evans gives nemies to lovers the perfect degree of snark in Bad Blood Alek and James ER residents have been at ach other s throats since medical school It galls Alek who was turned into a vampire during school that James breezes through work getting along with Sinner's Heart everyone and acing his studies Meanwhile Alek s choices have narrowed to night shift no sunlight relegating him to the ER However with acute senses Alek can see and smell illness which James human senses overlook And he takes great glee in correcting James misdiagnosis Oh Jamie Alek said knowing James hated the nickname If you could diagnose your patients correctly the first time I wouldn t have to check all your work Beware the know it all There are depths his certainty must miss And what follows is a delightfully humane takedown whereveryone wins I loved how Lyra Evans documents the you spot it you got it phenomena without making ither Alex or James less admirable in their professions goals or human weaknesses A lot is accomplished in a Bad Blood including an implicit comparison of bigotry against vampires with discrimination of gays Unfortunately this still xists ven within #The Medical Field Which Is Disproportionately Staffed By The LGBT #medical field which is disproportionately staffed by the LGBT Lovely phraseology smooths the painful truths Alek flattened his motions pressing them down to a line along the soles of his feet I chuckled and was saddened by this creative novella I ve pre ordered this in support of this cause and in response to the actions of the stable genius in the white house Review to follow at some point after its releaseOkay finished it Overall I d give it a 4 Most of the stories were xcellent a 4 5 star rating but a couple were obvious cliffhangers or lead ins to the actual story and I d rate them lower although not simply for that All in all I m glad I purchased it I ve given this a B at AAR Review to follow at. People Unpredictable interesting frustrating hostile helpless tasty people Whether they’re pouring drinks answering phones hacking into a computer system or serving up the perfect foodwine pairing these working stiffs are too busy to fall in love Or are they This International Workers Day celebrate by sinking your teeth into thirteen awesome stories about vampires at work Because ven the undead have to arn a living Proceeds benefit the World Health Organization’. .
ETA Taking a break from this one to move on to something different for a while I might come back to this when I just want a short story to read I read about half of the stories Graveyard Cops by Crystel GreeneTwenty one since 1900 police officer Jesse Hendricks works the graveyard shift out of necessity in Graveyard Cops by Crystel Greene He and his patrol partner Angelico Lico DiMarco secretly harbor a mutual crush they conceal with witty banter and self loathing Jesse hates being a vampire Reviewed by KimberleyLet me start this review off by saying that I will NOT offer reviews for ach individual story because doing so will make this review far too long and honestly with this anthology consisting of 13 stories with almost 500 pages of wonderfully written novellas featuring ordinary working class beautiful vampires it would be virtually impossible to offer opinions on ach one without retelling the stories And really All of them are really well written The characters dialogues and storylines are ngaging These stories were always out there re All proceeds donated to the World Health Organization s COVID 19 Solidarity Response FundWhat a joy Having the opportunity to read this anthology full of vampires I looooove vampiresAll stories were diverse and all about vampires READ THEMHow to Keep an Author Alive by AJ SherwoodLive in apartment on third floor available if reuested Free of charge Pay was 80000 a yearThat s what Justus our dear vampire wants to live in Nashville and who d known later on also being close to the authorCooper love it that Justus can cook like a real chef living a decent life it something difficult for Cooper and Justus is doing a great job Justus has other ideas about his bossDoing research Cooper has the strangest ways of working Strangle and got strangled for research purposes uhuhh Justus wants another jobBut days fly by and Justus get to know Cooper and and he likes it very muchCooper wants to xplore and with Justus Justus re valuate his opinions Cooper is uite adorableAhhhh loved this story Cooper a bit awkward made it awesomeFunny fast paced sweet and caring storyLong Haul by Tanya ChrisWoww that was a story with unexpected contentSilver is a vibrant homeless guy abused in a parking lot and saved by truck driver vampire Vlad Without a home he wants to drive with Vlad He talks a lot and is funnyVibrant but ill he wants Vlad to turn him when the time is thereVlad has plans for SilverLovely super short story it was right all the way Sparklingly writtenOverexposed by K Evan ColesDanny the local baker is mugged and also found a dead bodyHe s shaken and without keys Liam the detective on the case offers Danny a place to sleep because there is a killer around looking for DannyOh boy uite some suspense Captivating af and intriguing Wonderful to know there will be a continuationDial a Vamp by Roberta BlablanskiWyatt works as a phone sex operator named Ronaldo He got a call from a nervous guy Caleb who has the fantasy to been bitten by a vampire For the first time in ages Wyatt feels something in his groin Finally a perspective in his dead lifeWhen fantasy gets real it seems Caleb has a partner Read what that could mean That was one sexy story a lot of it ha Excellent written captivating and funOff the Menu by RJ SorrentoAs a newbie vampire chef Johnny Russo refuses to feed on humans Until he meets Nate Beaumont the attractive sommelier with the most delicious scentOkey when I read the word scent I m all in because that s my favorite contentJohnny almost jumped Nate after Nate s scent hit Johnny s nose He can t touch him now so looking awkward is better than revealing he s a vampire no handshakeNate thinks Johnny is looking down his nose to him Well he can do that tooThey start bad snarling and bitch at ach other I loved itBlood blood human synthetic animal blood it s there for the take But Johnny desires only oneI m gonna cry this was another awesome story of this anthologyThe recipe here A pan three spoons of snark some blood some hurt two cups of comfort stir the drink and swallow yess How can I handle such a delicious storyFangs for the Memories by Sadie JayIndoctrinated by his religious surroundings Rollie staked his boyfriend fifteen years ago He couldn t get over it and run Now he meets Alex againHe needs Alex s help to find and possibly save his friendI liked this story but would have loved it with a difficult and troubled reconnection Overall a nice #And Easy StoryCall My Number #easy storyCall My Number Megs PritchardOh gosh my heart what an xcellent storyEvery day at the same time Ross calls and Maximus takes the call It s their little game Always friendly always helpfulRoss wants to hear Max s voice and dreams of what the vampire will do to himRoss Math Basics 6 ends the call with a clear invitationOh gosh that was one deliciousxperience Full of surprises the best surprises Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, everrrI loved this story hard it was dirty but oh so romantic For me the best combinationApplauseBad Blood by Lyra EvansAlek and Crawford both doctors hateach other Both work at the ER Alek guesses Crawford is anti vampire Well guess what Alek is anti Crawford The First Ghost even his scent is the best Both oh boy are they both wrong about the other s feelingsThe rush from the ER was palpable the tension between both men deliciousOverall a great story with a nice portion ofnemies to loversGraveyard Cops by Crystel GreeneJesse is a vampire cop and Lico is his big burly colleague Lico doesn t believe in vampires and Jesse doesn t want him to know he is Jesse has the hots for Lico from the first moment and yeah that s also something he can t know Lico always makes fun of Jesse s pale featuresOne night Jesse got hurt
by a silvera silver it could kill him when Lico finally understands what Jesse is he takes care of him in very possible way and has a confessionLove this story so much Short fast paced nough developed to know the picture It s a sexy bloody sweet story Awesomely way of storytellingSo happy to know they get a continuationuality Assured by Edie MontreuxDerek is a newbie as Medicorp associate and with compliments from clients Kellan has to Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential evaluate Derek s calls Only there s something strange he can follow the client s voice but he can t hear Derek s voice An investigation is neededFirst there was aversion but later on read it There is much going on in this story than I could imagine Love this veryFire and Ice Cold Skin by Mel GoughAfter a fire firefighter Ryan helps a young ice cold guy Drake to get some warmth inviting him in his home They have a great night but the next day Drake is goneThat s where the search starts When he finally finds himA fast paced instant love tale nicely written captivating Worthy reading And maybe there will be a continuationLife Hacks by Eliott GriffenJosh lives a great life Working in the IT world is satisfying Until he runs into a hacker onlineVin didn txpect this he closed all doors and got out this is bad Running into a world with guns and crimeAfter they meet they got an arrangement to work together against the company Everything went well until Josh understands what Vin is Vin turned into a vamp with the wrong xpectations now An MM vampire romance charity anthology Not all vampires are idly rich Some of them have day jobs Er night jobs In a world struggling to come to grips with the xistence of vampires where reactions range from Humanism excitement to fear to determined disbelief these vampires are just trying to makends meet Some of them do mundane work like waiting tables or driving a cab Others have prestigious careers in medicine and crime prevention But what all their jobs have in common is. AARWorking Stiffs An mm vampire charity romance anthology is a collection of thirteen short stories and novellas and proceeds from sales will go to the World Health Organization s COVID 19 Solidarity Response Fund I generally find anthologies to be a mixed bag and that s true of Working Stiffs given there are thirteen stories I m going to limit myself to talking in detail about the ones I liked best or we d be here all dayAll the stories are based around a similar premise As the synopsis saysIn a world struggling to come to grips with the Smokin' Hot existence of vampires where reactions range fromxcitement to fear to determined disbelief these vampires are just trying to make Placing Memory ends meet Some of them do mundane work like waiting tables or driving a cab Becauseven the undead have to arn a livingThe world building in terms of what these vampires can and can t do and how they live or not is fairly consistent across the board and the vampire characters range from being centuries old to the recently turned and work in jobs from chef to cabbie telemarketer to trauma specialistMy favourite story is Lyra Evans Bad Blood which features two ER doctors who have been at ach other s throats figuratively since they met Dr Alek Matsouka is dedicated driven and highly skilled but when he started his training he never intended to nd up in Emergency medicine That all changed when he was turned just two months before he ualified and being an ER doc is now the only way he can practice seeing as any other branch of medicine would need him to work in the daytime He and the other resident James Crawford can t stand ach other Crawford resents Alek for always interfering with his cases and telling him he s wrong Alek resents Crawford for having the choices no longer available to him and takes out his frustration by being snippy and condescending The ER setting is very well done a warning here there s a scene involving a miscarriage that is uite detailed and there s another in which Alek is confronted by some serious bigotry that is uite rightly uncomfortable to read The two leads are fleshed out fairly well for a short story and their simmering chemistry is Wanton Nights evident right from the first which of course leads to annding of their feud and a definite HFNFangs for the Memories by Sadie Jay is a second chance romance between a vamp and the While My Soldier Serves ex who staked him fifteen yearsarlier You d think a stake through the heart might be a tough one to forgive but the couple in this story manage to get past it Back when he was young stupid and asily influenced Rollie Brown was brainwashed into believing that vampires were an abomination and that he should kill his lover So seeing him alive or rather undead and well and working as a bartender comes as something as a shock Not surprisingly Aja isn t all that pleased to see Rollie but when he xplains that he s looking for an ಪರಿಸರದ ಕತೆ Parisarada Kathe ex he thinks might have got mixed up in something nasty at a vampire bar Aja agrees to help The author creates a believable connection between Rollie and Aja the storyline is suspenseful and there s plenty of humour too My one niggle is that the set up Rollie s reasons for the whole stake through the heart thing were pretty unconvincingI alsonjoyed Overexposed by K Evan Coles and Mel Gough s Fire and Ice Cold Skin although both felt as though they were introductions to longer stories In Overexposed a crime scene photographer with the NYPD becomes involved with the only witness to a murder a human he s felt drawn to since the moment he first saw him and in Fire and Ice and Cold Skin a firefighter is moved to look after the young man whose home has just burned to the ground and who has nowhere The Fiend Next Door else to go Even though the leads are together by thend of this one it doesn t feel uite like an HFN and there s definitely to be said Both authors indicate that there may be to come and I d certainly be up for reading that if they nd up writing itHL Day s Bad Decision is set in London and features a vampire cab driver who gets a lot than he bargained for when he picks up a fare who wants to go to a vampire bar to act out his sexual fantasy of being bitten during sex The relationship volves uickly but the author creates a real atmosphere of peril in this story #showing the vampires as much menacing than those in most of #the vampires as much menacing than those in most of other storiesThe biggest issue much menacing than those in most of other storiesThe biggest issue have with romances in novella and short story form in general is that they almost ways feel rushed and given that today பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் even the shortest of romances isxpected to contain a sex scene the plot character and relationship development suffer as they re sueezed into fewer pages to leave room for the shagging The stories I The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 enjoyed most in Working Stiffs are probably the longest ones and they have a bit depth to the plot and characterisation than the others While the sex scenes invery story happen fast there is at least a build up and a sense of connection between the charactersMy least favourite tales Roberta Blablanski s Dial a Vamp about a vampire phone sex operator whose latest caller wants to act out his vampire sex fantasies is basically all sex and little plot That s fine the threesome is pretty hot but I d have liked a bit substance to it And Call My Numberby Megs Pritchard has a great premise two guys who talk on the phone A Meditation on Murder everyday agree to meet up but things aren t uite what they seem I really liked the idea there but it was let down by thexecution and uninspired writing Edie Montreux s uality Assured about a vampire who works at a call centre and seems basically to be some sort of superhero is simply weird and again is tripped up by poor xecutionWorking Stiffs is available in Kindle Unlimited or costs 399 to buy I would imagine money will go to the charity if the book is purchased outright and given there are half a dozen decent stories in there I d say it s worth the price if you re looking for some uick sexy reads and a collection you can dip in and out of My favourites were by authors I haven t read before so I m definitely going to check out of their work This is an anthology for a really good cause kudos to the authors for that so I pre ordered a copy I probably won t rate it overall as it s too hard Perhaps I ll write a few lines on ach story when I ve got the time I actually njoy and admire the art of short storytelling So I have mixed feelings about this anthology overall While some of these were good little stories in their own right some were nothing than a sampler And like most anthologies I ve read over the years some of the stories were hit or miss Blog review with a short short review of some of the stories at Dial a Vamp by Roberta Blablanski is a hot fast paced read with lots of gasp worthy moments for such a short storyCaleb has a fantasy so he calls the sex line to try to role play being bitten by a vampire during sex Little does he know that Ronaldo is the perfect sex line worker for this fantasyWyatt is in a rut A big one Nothing has stirred this vampire s libido for 40 years until Caleb calls him during his job as a sex until Caleb calls him during his job as a sex worker And when he discovers the very human Caleb is in a relationship and they both want to meet him in. S COVID 19 Solidarity Response Fund Titles included in the collection How to Keep an Author Alive by AJ Sherwood Long Haul by Tanya Chris Overexposed by K Evan Coles Dial a Vamp by Roberta Blablanski Off the Menu by RJ Sorrento Fangs for the Memories by Sadie Jay Call My Number by Megs Pritchard Bad Blood by Lyra Evans Graveyard Cops by Crystel Greene uality Assured by Edie Montreux Fire and Ice Cold Skin by Mel Gough Life Hacks by Eliott Griffen Bad Decision by HL Day.