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review 2018-04-18 22:34
"Big Vamp On Campus - Half-Moon Hollow 5.5" by Molly Harper - fun novella for fans of the Hollow
Big Vamp on Campus - Molly Harper

Visiting Half-Moon Hollow is a guilty pleasure that I indulge in when I'm looking for an éclair read: a lightning flash of escapist fun that is light and simple but packed with good things.

 

"Big Vamp On Campus" is a mini-éclair, a novella in the Half-Moon Hollow series, that focuses on Ophelia, one of my favourite characters, and captures her during a period of transition.

 

In previous books, Ophelia, a 400-year-old vampire who looks sixteen and wears a Hello Kitty backpack, has been the Big Bad: a power-hungry bureaucrat with a lethal temper and a reputation for spectacular acts of violence.

 

"Big Vamp On Campus" follows on from Ophelia's dastardly deeds in "The Dangers Of Dating A Rebound Vampire". Ophelia has lost her powerbase and is being punished by being sent to college "to engage in a normal college experience" so that she can demonstrate that she can control her homicidal impulses.

 

What follows is a pleasant slice of college life in which Ophelia gets to try out being normal by doing exotic things like making friends with nice people who have no agenda that she has to worry about or respond to. True, Ophelia still unleashes violence on her annoying vampire roommate but no actual torture is involved and the roommate really is unpleasant.

 

Ophelia was always more than a self-serving, paranoid, manipulative predator. With her blood-mate and her sister, she is capable of demonstrating passionate loyalty and her own peculiar brand of affection. What makes this book work is seeing Ophelia explore that side of herself and expand the radius of the circle that contains US rather than THEM.

 

This is a fun book for the fans but not the right place to start. If you're new to Half-Moon Hollow, I recommend that you go back to "Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs" and take the journey from the beginning.

 

I recommend the audiobook version, read with skill by Amanda Ronconi. Click on the SooundCloud link below to hear a sample.

 

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review 2018-03-12 07:10
Blog Tour w/Review - Off Campus Set-Up
 
 
Title: Off-Campus Setup
Author: Maria Vickers
Genre: M/M College Romance
Release Date: March 7, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
Levi Cox left it all behind to go to school in California, but nothing could prepare him for what he discovers when he gets there. Between the university screwing up his living arrangements, the weird meddling old woman who runs the boarding house, and the fellow student who instantly catches his eye, life in Cali is more than he expected, and he isn’t sure he’s ready for any of it. College was supposed to be an adventure, but this might be more than Levi can handle. 
 
Nathan Orion wants to have fun. That’s what he lives for and it's exactly what his college years are supposed to be about. He’s happy with living the single life and being carefree…that is until the new student at his grandmother’s boarding house crashes into his life. Now he’s been recruited to show the new guy around, and if Nathan has his way, it won't be just on-campus.
 
Will there be more, or is this only an illusion? Two men thrown together, not expecting anything, but possibly finding so much more than an off-campus setup.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“This book was very enjoyable!” - Under Covers Book Blog
 
“Such a fantastic book!” - Goodreads Review
 
“If you love M/M stories, you will love this one.” - Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prologue
 
Levi
 
I remembered everything very clearly. The first time we met, our first kiss, the first time we were discovered in the same bed by a nosey grandmother with bright yellow hair, and then the fallout when I realized everything was nothing more than a wishful fantasy that was never supposed to come true. 
 
And now I as scanned this room to make sure nothing got left behind, I realized how much I’d changed and how far I’d come. My imaginary world exploded, leaving me shell shocked and pissed off. 
 
This wasn’t the first time I’d fallen prey to feelings, wasn’t the first time I’d been hurt, but it would be the last. 
 
I took a step out of the room and closed the door behind me. This part of my life was now over, and a new one had just begun. 
 
 
***
 
Nathan
 
Life as I knew it had disappeared. Poof. Gone without a trace. And any other of those sayings people tended to overuse. 
 
It was my own fault really. I should have expected it, should have seen it coming, but I hadn’t. And now everything had changed. Good or bad. I didn’t know yet. Should I be thanking her or blaming her? Both maybe? 
 
As I closed the door on the small space I’d called my bedroom for the past few years, I realized for the first time I didn’t know what I was going to do or what would happen tomorrow…and oddly enough, that thrilled me.
 
 
 
 
 
Off-Campus SetupOff-Campus Setup by Maria Vickers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Levi is finally getting to pursue his dream. He has arrived at college with a plan. Until he finds he may not be able to live where he thought. Now he has to hurry or go back home.

Nathan knows it is time to grow up. He has not looked forward to living the life his parents have chosen. He wants to choose his future. When he and Levi crash into one another it is a jaw dropping, eye opener. Will the secrets come out and change the course?

Sweet and tender, this story starts out slow and picks up steam. These characters are learning to become the young adults they know they can be. What they find is they can be stronger as a team. Navigating emotions are always hard, it helps to have someone in your corner.




***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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Maria Vickers currently lives in St. Louis, MO with her pug, Spencer Tracy. She has always had a passion for writing and after she became disabled in 2010, she decided to use writing as her escape. She believes that life is about what you make of it. You have to live it to the fullest no matter the circumstances.
 
From a young age, she has always loved books and even dreamed of being an author when she was younger. Growing up in the Navy, she used to weave tales for her siblings and her friends about anything and everything. And when she wasn't creating her own stories, she had a book in her hand. They transported her to another world. She hopes that with her books, her readers have the same experience and that they can relate to her characters. 
 
Getting sick changed her life forever, but it also opened doors for her that she thought would always be out of reach.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2018-03-11 06:45
Secrets
Off-Campus Setup - Maria Vickers

Levi is finally getting to pursue his dream.  He has arrived at college with a plan.  Until he finds he may not be able to live where he thought.  Now he has to hurry or go back home.

 

Nathan knows it is time to grow up.  He has not looked forward to living the life his parents have chosen.  He wants to choose his future.  When he and Levi crash into one another it is a jaw dropping, eye opener.  Will the secrets come out and change the course?

 

Sweet and tender, this story starts out slow and picks up steam.  These characters are learning to become the young adults they know they can be.  What they find is they can be stronger as a team.  Navigating emotions are always hard, it helps to have someone in your corner.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-19 10:34
The Score Mitten ins Herz
The Score – Mitten ins Herz: Roman (Off-... The Score – Mitten ins Herz: Roman (Off-Campus 3) - Elle Kennedy,Christina Kagerer
  • € 9,99 [D], € 10,30 [A]
  • Erschienen am 02.06.2017
  • 416 Seiten, Broschur
  • Übersetzt von: Christina Kagerer
  • ISBN: 978-3-492-30940-0

 

Er weiß, wie man gewinnt. Aber weiß er auch, wie man das Herz einer Frau gewinnt?

Allie Hayes steckt in einer Krise. Sie hat keinen Plan für die Zukunft und außerdem ein gebrochenes Herz. Zügelloser Sex ist sicher nicht die Lösung ihrer Probleme, aber dem unglaublichen Hockeystar Dean Di Laurentis kann sie – zumindest in dieser Nacht – nicht widerstehen. Dean dagegen bekommt immer, was er will. Deshalb kann er es auch nicht fassen, dass Allie nach ihrer gemeinsamen Nacht nichts mehr von ihm wissen will. Dean findet, Allie muss um jeden Preis erobert werden. Aber weiß er wirklich, worauf er sich da einlässt?

 

Meine Meinung:

Ich habe die anderen beiden Teile der Reihe ja auch schon mit Begeisterung gelesen. Daher habe ich mich sehr gefreut, dass mir der Verlag auch den 3. Teil der Reihe zu Rezensionszwecken zur Verfügung gestellt hat. 


Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir wieder sehr gut gelungen, der Schreibstil ist sehr flüssig und ich war gleich in der Geschichte drin. 


Es fing auch direkt schon sehr humorvoll an, was mir sehr gut gefallen hat. Die Charaktere fand ich total toll, vor allem Dean. Aber auch das Wiedersehen mit den Charakteren aus den anderen Bänden war sehr schön. 


Sehr schön und realistisch beschrieben fand ich Deans Weiterentwicklung, vom absoluten Frauenheld mit kurzen Abenteuern bis hin zu einem Mann, der merkt, dass ihm eine Frau ausnahmsweise nicht mehr aus dem Kopf geht und sie öfters treffen möchte. Das fand ich sehr treffend beschrieben. Daher hat mir Dean als Charakter auch so gut gefallen. 


Der Erotikanteil war schon sehr groß, was mich dann teilweise ein wenig gestört hat, weil es die Liebesgeschichte ein wenig in den Hintergrund gedrängt hat, aber das war auch absolut der einzigste Kritikpunkt an diesem Buch. 


Alles in allem kann ich hier eine klare Kauf- und Leseempfehlung für alle New Adult Fans aussprechen. Mir hat es total Spaß gemacht, dieses Buch zu lesen und habe es als tollen Abschluss dieser Reihe empfunden. Von mir bekommt das Buch sehr gute 4,5 Sterne. 

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review 2017-06-28 00:00
The Score (Off-Campus) (Volume 3)
The Score (Off-Campus) (Volume 3) - Elle Kennedy UpGRADE upon reread to 5:

What happened here? I have no idea why this was only rated a 4 from my initial reading (unless I lost a .5 from my import over to GR?)

I love a reformed playboy (hello, especially ones good at the seduction and worshipping). I love the exhibitionism. I love athletes (oh and he's great with kids? *Faints on couch*). I love this series. Tears burned my eyes around 85% with how familiar what Allie went through in that scene was and how she gave me all the feels. So what gives with the 4?

So many of the scenes from this book are memorable, I'm not sure what I was thinking before. I found no goatees, so it couldn't have been that.

Anyway, this is one of my favorite series, and I apologize for the weird review from my confusion based on my first rating of this book. Someone must have hit me upside the head.
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