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Honeymoon Bite: Golden Vampires of Tuscany, Book 1 | [Sharon Hamilton]

Honeymoon Bite: Golden Vampires of Tuscany, Book 1

Anne caught her husband cheating with the maid of honor before their wedding cake was cut. She decided to take her planned and paid for honeymoon in Tuscany, alone. On the evening of what was to be her wedding night, she gets bitten by a female vampire. Marcus Monteleone has waited 300 years to find his fated female, only to discover her dying in his arms. He saves Anne's life by turning her, and then works to gain her trust, to cope with being a newly-formed golden vampire.
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Anne caught her husband cheating with the maid of honor before their wedding cake was cut. She decided to take her planned and paid for honeymoon in Tuscany, alone. On the evening of what was to be her wedding night, she gets bitten by a female vampire.

Marcus Monteleone has waited 300 years to find his fated female, only to discover her dying in his arms. He saves Anne's life by turning her, and then works to gain her trust, to cope with being a newly-formed golden vampire.

But when Anne finds out Marcus has not been completely truthful about his past, she vows to live as a human, and shuns the vampire world. Alone and unprotected, she falls prey to the very villainess who took her human soul, and who now takes the only man she’s ever loved.

Which lover will have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the other before they both are lost?

©2014 Sharon Hamilton (P)2014 Sharon Hamilton

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    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 02-16-14
    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2012

    Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

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    "All over the place"

    Just before writing this review I perused other reviews on Amazon and Goodreads to see where my opinion falls. Things are mixed, there are many who loved it and some like myself who did not. I kept being confused by the fans, maybe they saw something I did not. Hey it happens, there are plenty of books out there I did not like that became best sellers and have millions of fans. This is simply my two cents as an avid reader.

    The concept as outlined in the blurb is great. I was really intrigued by it and excited to read the story. I really liked the idea of Golden Vampires and wish that had been fleshed out more. I would have loved more world building. Things are very jumpy story wise. There are a lot of side stories going on that take away from the main plot. I think this book could have done with major editing down of the story.

    It would have been great to have more of the struggle Anna faced as a new vampire with out any guidance. Perhaps even go into how she felt about the people she drained while feeding. That felt glossed over. It almost seemed as though she were not bothered by those deaths, which bothered me.

    The story telling is non-linear at times and a little tricky to follow in audio. One moment I am in Tuscany then I am at a flashback of a gangbang the groom had before the wedding, then right back to the present. Several times I had to rewind the audio to figure out what happened. It was very distracting and confusing as a listener.

    The main story is about Anne and Marcus but that gets muddled with scenes in the POV of side characters. I just never got a proper handle on what was happening. Too much information coming from too many directions. Then when they finally did get together it was kind of a snore-fest. For all their heat and attraction things should have gotten combustible.

    Most of the steam happens with other characters or in a dreamlike state. Not exactly appealing. I like my romances hot and smexy, but will pass on reading a scene like the bachelor party night cheating menage. Not my kind of sexy. Cheating is always a hard limit for me.

    The narrator, J.D.Hunt is fantastic and really the biggest reason I kept listening. His yummy deep voice with a hint of rasp helps draw the listener into the book. He has a soothing and enjoyable tone, steady pace and great voices both male and female. I will definitely be looking into more of his narrations.

    This is one of those books that I really wanted to like, especially after reading the blurb. It just never connected for me as a reader/listener. There are however many here who loved it, so if you come across a copy and like vamp reads you might give a go. This is the third book I have read from Ms Hamilton and have come to the sad conclusion that our aesthetics do not mesh. While I often love her blurbs and cover art, the stories never resonate. But this is the beauty of art/literature it is purely subjective. Things I did like other love and things I love others may hate. I am one opinion among many.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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