This collection of seventeen vampire erotica stories offers a little of something for everyone, although the quality of the stories is mixed. I have reviewed each story separately and have given each one its own rating, along with some hints as to what kind of story it is. I have tried to avoid spoilers.
Summer Solstice Sacrifice, by Jeff Mann
Vampire/human, m/m with bondage. Derek is a vampire, Matt is a human. They play out a summer solstice scenario, which is described in great detail. The plot is predictable, and I did not find either character especially sympathetic. If you are into explicit m/m sex, this might be a good story for you. 2 stars.
The Flavor of Fear, by C. Paige Foster
Vampire/human, m/f. Opens with, “No one knew why Cooperstown died.” Celeste, a ghost town aficionado, visits the ghost town of Cooperstown, where she learns why Cooperstown died. A multi-layered tale with well drawn characters and setting, wrapped in an entertaining ghost story. 5 stars.
Forever Dead, by Sara Dobie Bauer
Vampire/human, m/m. A Romeo and Juliet story with a twist. Zach is a vampire hunter; Dario is a vampire. They are lovers separated by their difference. Well-written, complex story. Both main characters are well developed and sympathetic. 4 stars.
Bound, by Marguerite Monroe
Vampire/human/Vampire, f/f/m with bondage. Lisette, a seductive vampire who feeds on pain rather than blood, attends an upscale BDSM sex party where she gets what she needs and leaves with at least one submissive. Well-written, entertaining story. Nice development of female vampire from her own point of view, allowing the reader to empathize with her. 4 stars.
See, by Raven de Hart
Vampire/human, m/m sex. A blind vampire who survives by feeding off easy prey, meets a human who gives him sight as he sucks the life (and sight) out of him. Novel idea with little plot and minimal character development. 2 stars.
When April Comes Around, by Sean Eads
Succubus/human, m/f. Every April, his lover is reborn; every August she dies. Clever full-circle story. Well written, with good descriptions and two well-developed and sympathetic characters. 5 stars.
Better Than Food, by Iskra Ryder
Succubus/human, f/f/f. Euna is a psi-vamp. She is injured in a hit-and-run, and needs an influx of psychic energy to heal herself. When she meets Mirias and Aranya, good things happen for all. Straightforward, engaging story. Minimal but adequate character development. It is interesting to be in a succubus' point of view. 3 stars.
The Brotherhood, by David Greske
Vampire/human, m/m with BDSM. A human captive learns to experience erotic pain, and then becomes a vampire's undead slave. Graphic descriptions of bondage, torture and rape. No character development to speak of. No plot to speak of. 1 star.
Palladian Excursions, by V. Hummingbird
Alien vampire/human/human. Newlyweds Linna and Kayson book a space excursion with a vampire whose bite feeds himself and gives them a super dose of lust. A well done story with adequate character development and a twist at the end. 4 stars.
Midnight Lunch, by Bruce Lee Bond
Vampire/human, f/m. Lorelei is a vampire who's been around for a few hundred years. Ron is a human she seduces. She gets some blood; he gets the best sex ever. Until winter ends and she heads south. It's kind of a love story. Well written, good character development for a short story. A fun story that manages to make vampires seem almost normal; except for the blood sucking part. 4 stars.
Raising the Stakes, by Gio Lassater
Vampire/human, m/m with bondage. A human with unusual abilities requires a vampire to go through a ritual to determine whether he is guilty or innocent of a crime. Much sex is involved. A well written but predictable story, with minimal plot and minimal character development. 2 stars.
Hold Back the Night, by Colleen Anderson
Human/human, f/f. A moving love story set against the misogynistic culture of India that continues into the present. Chandi is a servant of Kali; Padma is an abused wife. They fall in love, but are both constrained by their cultural commitments. A well written story with well-rounded characters, a solid plot, and a convincing ending. No explicit sex. 5 stars.
The Longest Death of the Year, by Joscelyne Gray
Vampire/vampire/human, m/f/f. Henry, who is a vampire, is murdered. His wife Amelie, also a vampire, must find the murderer. A whodunit ensues with a clever ending. A well written story with adequate character development and a nice plot. If not for the vampires and some f/f sex, I would call it a “cozy mystery.” 4 stars.
Seattle Storm, by Naching T. Kassa
Vampire/human, m/f. Vincent is a vampire hunter; Marina is a vampire. They have history. He finds her in a hotel room, naked and waiting. Is it true that a when a vampire falls in love, she becomes human again? We nicely done piece, if a little predictable, with good character development for its length. 3 stars.
Life, More or Less, by Harold S. Henry
Vampire/human, m/f. A vampire tired of life meets a young woman who calls forth from him a love he has never felt before. A rather flat story with flat characters and no storyline to speak of. 1 star.
Best Laid Plans, by Cecilia Duvalle
Vampire/human, m/f. Virginia is an imprisoned vampire dominatrix who services clients of the people who have imprisoned her. She works a deal with one of her regular clients to arrange an escape, but thing do not turn out quite as expected. An unusual plot, with an interesting vampire who has an unusual problem. Oh, and lots of sex and bondage. 3 stars.
Our Bower Red with Blood, by Mary Trepanier
Vampire/human, m/f. Hugo is an imprisoned vampire. Gina is responsible for providing him with his daily bowl of blood. Over time they come to love each other. Can they have any kind of future together? A well written story with believable characters and good dialogue. Oh, and lots of sex. 4 stars.