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Cursed Ever After
(Ever After Series Erotica Prequel 0)
Written by A.C. James
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Arie is having a bad night but what else is new? When vampires deal with demons nothing less can be expected. He heads to the Hellfire Club to report back to his sexy boss, Tessa Green, anticipating that she’ll be less than satisfied with the details of his night. Instead he finds a hot new hire waiting in her office. Alone in the office, she offers him an intriguing opportunity to improvise.
Bound – [Luna]
Luna is always tied up in difficult situations. Obsessed with someone she can never have. From the moment Luna first met Victoria, she knew she was different—hot, dangerous, and unlike anyone she’s ever known. Luna can't stop thinking about her. Can't stop fantasizing about her. Can't stop craving the one thing she knows she can never have. The one she wants—the vampire she wants abstains from blood and sex.
To distract her from her obsession, Luna begs Tessa to find an appropriate diversion. Bound and gagged in her dungeon at the Hellfire Club (HFC), Luna gets an unexpected visit from a sibling that leaves her feeling conflicted and heartbroken. Arie steps in when Luna is vulnerable. Is there more to this hot alpha vamp than his hard-ass facade?
Burned – [Victoria]
Victoria has a sordid past and this macabre tale is woven with lies, blood, betrayal, and vengeance. In the far north of France in the 1700s she took care of a young girl and her ailing mother. She never planned on falling for Henri in the process—except she fell in love with the wrong man. She fell in love with a monster. Sometimes evil hits too close to home. And when you trust the wrong person you might just get burned.
Chained – [Tessa]
Tessa Green is the most famous dominatrix in Chicago and rules the notorious Hellfire Club. She also happens to be a vampire. And the senator is just another toy for her amusement. Sometimes the power and authority that comes with leadership can be a strain. He relishes her dominance, her demands, and her control. Sometimes being free happens only when chained and who better to keep his secret than Tessa.
Staci T.'s Review
CURSED EVER AFTER by A. C. James is a collection of erotic paranormal short stories (and a preface of a novel to be released in December 2013) centered on a group who work at The Hellfire Club. Vampires and faeries mix together in a combustible BDSM setting, with just enough angst thrown in to keep readers turning the pages, desperate to know more about the characters. This collection serves more as an introduction to the major players (both as they live now as well as their histories), but that doesn’t mean it’s short on steam or character development.
“Ruler” focuses on Arie, a vampire, and touches on his emotional issues, namely his heartbreak from a former lover. “Bound” introduces Luna, a faerie who is the daughter of the club’s owner and an emotional punching bag for her family. “Burned” tells Victoria’s story—the betrayal that is still seared into her psyche, and her birth into a new life. “Chained” gives a glimpse into Tessa’s life, showing the softer side of her that few, if any, of the club workers see. Finally, the preface to ETERNAL EVER AFTER gives an indication of how Arie’s emotional issues are going to be tested.
CURSED EVER AFTER is a fast read, heavy on the erotic exchanges and just teasing the histories and relationships of the characters. If you have an interest in reading the novels of this series—and now I do—reading these vignettes will give you important back story of the characters’ lives. It will definitely whet your appetite for more. If you aren’t familiar with this series, the collection assembled here will pique your interest. I know it did mine.
Review Disclaimer: Book provided in exchange for an honest review.
Content Disclaimer: Marked mature due to sex, violence, and language.
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