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  • Blood Web: A Blood Curse Novel

  • Blood Curse Series, Book 10
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Santos Olaru is a seasoned vampire-warrior and an unforgiving mercenary who protects the descendants of Jadon against all enemies, preternatural or human. He is also a whiz with technology and computers - a virtual ghost in any machine - who uses his unique set of talents to make problems disappear. Until now, Natalia Giovanni has flown beneath his radar, even though she has been following him through cyberspace for years 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most thrilling book in the Blood Curse series

  • By Amy on 09-11-18

Raw and Emotive Storytelling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-18

The universe of the Blood Curse Series just expanded with Tessa Dawn’s latest installment, ‘Blood Web’ – and it’s breathtaking.

Dawn’s raw and emotive storytelling artfully combine deceit, passion, danger and destiny. Her paintbrush is the spoken word, where the listener is taken on a meaningful journey, one which lingers long after the last word is spoken. At various points, I had to stop listening, just to marvel at the brilliance of her narrative.

The entire series to-date, starting with ‘Blood Destiny’ is a rare find, and I am grateful to have found such a gifted author. Thanks, Tessa!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dragons Reign: A Novel of Dragons Realm

  • Dragons Realm Saga, Book 2
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

In the decades since an innocent human slave was taken to Castle Dragon against her will, for the sole purpose of bearing a son for the monarchy, much has changed in the Realm: Alliances made in secret have flourished; sons born of veiled paternity have grown to adulthood; and dangerous warlocks, seasoned witches, and cunning shades have risen to powerful positions. Yet all is not as it seems. Beneath the shadow of an eerie double moon, a dark, tormented evil is rising....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YES. YES. AND YES!

  • By bookworm2121 on 02-23-18

Dragons Reign: Dazzling Storytelling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-18

As I listened to the audiobook version of "Dragons Reign”, book #2 of Tessa Dawn’s Dragons Realm saga, I was transported into an “otherworld" of brutal passion, fate and magic. Dazzling, emotive and sophisticated, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story. It was the perfect companion to the e-book version, which I enjoyed first. Tessa Dawn is a gifted author, one which I am eternally grateful to have discovered. I have read each and every one of her books from both the Blood Curse Series and the Dragons Realm saga multiple times, each time, discovering fresh and exciting story elements to keep me thinking for days. Thank you, Tessa!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas in Dark Moon Vale

  • A Blood Curse Series Novella
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Marquis Silivasi is an ancient master warrior in the arcane house of Jadon: a clan of lethal vampires living in the Rocky Mountains. Known to be harsh, unyielding, and socially inept, he and his iron core yield to only one person - his destiny, Ciopori Demir. The beautiful, ancient princess can bend Marquis's will - and melt the vampire's heart - with nothing more than a crook of her finger. She owns the keys to his soul. Only this year, at Christmas, she has gone too far...she has meddled in vampire-human affairs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DARK MOONVALE ..Twas the night before Christnas

  • By susan on 10-24-17

Poignant and memorable; a novella that delivers

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-17

"Christmas in Dark Moon Vale” is the kind of novella that feels like a full-length novel, complete with emotionally-complex characters we have grown to know and love, and multiple plot points that solidifies Tessa Dawn’s position as a top-notch author. I found myself laughing – then crying – but mostly absolutely delighted to be reading her latest installment in the critically-acclaimed “Blood Curse” series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Betrayal

  • Blood Curse Series, Book 9
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

As a ruthless sentinel sworn to protect the ancient Vampyr king and the house of Jadon, he has "HOJ" literally inscribed on his heart: a heart that was tragically broken centuries earlier, when human hunters slayed his mother and Dark Ones murdered his father. Having survived the unthinkable, he never dreamed he would come this close to another human predator, let alone a female pretending to be his destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.

  • By Amy on 07-10-17

Tessa Dawn’s “Blood Betrayal” gritty; intense

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-17

Would you listen to Blood Betrayal again? Why?

Absolutely! Eric Dove’s narration conveyed the tone and intensity of “Blood Betrayal” in an all-consuming way. I felt I was “in” the story – and as such, experienced fear, passion, uncertainty, beauty, darkness – all the emotions Dawn’s characters experienced.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Saxson Olaru – part predator, part romantic, smart, witty, and poignant. He was a fascinating character, revealed in Dawn’s emotive passages.

Which scene was your favorite?

All! Each scene felt like a symphony; the ebb and flow of the tide as expressed in literary passages. One moment, filled with angst, the next, filled with beauty. Dawn played her characters succinctly and, coupled with rich imagery, makes for a compelling, and inspiring listen.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was! I had a hard time pressing “STOP” because I became “part” of the story. Without me having to read the words, turn the pages, etc. I was easier absorbed by Dawn’s tale. The narration, being as it was, morphed Dove himself into each personality. Fascinating...

Any additional comments?

Written in Dawn’s breathtaking style, complete with rich imagery and stirring passages, “Blood Betrayal” was a wildly raw ride. With an exceptional author like Dawn, my practice is to read the e-book, then listen to the audio version. It’s much-appreciated (and a nod to the author) to want to enjoy a book in multiple forms. And, with all of Dawn’s books, I found myself doing just that in this latest installment.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Zanaikeyros - Son of Dragons

  • Pantheon of Dragons, Book 1
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

Zanaikeyros Saphyrius, better known as Zane, is an original dragyri, a badass male, and a Genesis Son - one of the original embryos made by the dragon lords. Like all the Dragyr he has 10 days from the time he meets his fated - a human female - to take her to the Temple of Seven and present her to the ancient dragon lords to be consecrated...remade...and reborn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great beginning to a new series!

  • By Julie on 12-29-16

Passion & Poignancy in Tessa Dawn's New Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-17

If you could sum up Zanaikeyros - Son of Dragons in three words, what would they be?

Passion, poignancy and sensuality dominate Tessa Dawn's new "Pantheon of Dragons" series. In Book #1, Zanaikeyros (Zane) and Jordan, while fated to one another, need to find their own paths into each other's hearts. And this path isn't easy...

What did you like best about this story?

Time is a precious commodity neither one can afford to waste. Yet, a connection from the soul level runs it's own course, and cannot be rushed. Dawn's pacing is superb, with both a sense of urgency conveyed to the reader, as well as homage to the fragile, emotional bonds both characters need to form. Layered into this complex tale are the external forces which both push – and pull – Zane and Jordan into oft-conflicting directions.

What does Eric G. Dove bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Each character's voice was strengthened and deepened with Eric G. Dove's professional narration. I found myself effortlessly slipping into Tessa Dawn's world, with each spoken word. I appreciated the audio version for this reason as I was able to let someone else do the reading while I experienced the story on this unique level.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes there was and I hesitate to reveal this "spoiler." I will say it's a moment which has stuck with me, weeks after reading the book. I'll share a little clue: it's towards the end of the story, and at that moment, I realized the profound connection between both characters.

Any additional comments?

My advice, given the depth and complexity of this story is to read the eBook or print version and then allow yourself to experience it via Audio book. As with all of Tessa Dawn's writing, I found myself inspired and lifted, and am grateful for such a skilled and wonderful author.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Ecstasy

  • Blood Curse Series, Book 8
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

Julien Lacusta is a troubled soul, born into tragic circumstances, and raised in a violent time. Despite being a Master Warrior in the house of Jadon, and one of the most elite trackers the Vampyr have ever seen, he is damaged to the core: tormented by endless shadows, haunted by unseen ghosts. And he knows - by all the celestial gods he knows - that if he ever releases those demons, the beasts that lurk within, there will be hell, fire, and brimstone to pay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!

  • By bookworm2121 on 06-22-16

Evocative and poignant, Blood Ecstasy delivers

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-16

Would you listen to Blood Ecstasy again? Why?

Absolutely. Having recently finished reading the e-book version of Blood Ecstasy, I was eager to listen to Eric G. Dove's narration as I wanted to hear the characters come alive.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Ecstasy?

While I have read – and re-read/listened to all of Tessa Dawn's novels, Blood Ecstasy gripped me in such a powerful way that I found myself thinking of Julien, as well as the story for many days following. There was *something* about this book that reached deep down, nestling firmly into my consciousness.

Have you listened to any of Eric G. Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes I have, as he has narrated other books in Tessa Dawn's Blood Curse series. His narration style is brilliant, in that his rendition of each of the characters is believable and realistic.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me think. As a writer, this is the biggest gift of all: to be affected by a story that much that it makes me think. For that alone, I offer my thanks and respect to Tessa Dawn.

Any additional comments?

I would suggest that listening to one of Tessa Dawn's books will lead to listening to ALL of her books. She *IS* that good.

Thanks for reading my review.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Daywalker - The Beginning

  • A Dark Fantasy Short Story
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Lacy Logan thought she had a normal life. She was healthy, happy, and about to start her own paranormal investigations business...until she met the man in black. In a matter of days, she was fighting for her life, questioning her sanity, and hoping to uncover a secret from her past that would allow her to slay a demon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!

  • By bookworm2121 on 02-13-16

Thoroughly well-crafted and delightful read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-16

Would you listen to Daywalker - The Beginning again? Why?

Absolutely! I enjoyed this lighter, yet thoroughly well-crafted tale by Tessa Dawn. Emily Beresford's narration was refreshing while engaging, and I really felt the characters in each of her spoken words.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Daywalker - The Beginning?

The dialogue was brilliant:"I was only twenty-one, had just started my own business, and was about to get killed on my first day. This was so unfair."While classed as urban fantasy, I found myself surprisingly entertained by the smart dialogue and witty humor throughout Dawn's short story. The plot line was fresh and kept me listening. Daywalker certainly deserves a sequel.

What about Emily Beresford’s performance did you like?

Beresford emoted so well, I found myself "hearing" the emotions as she narrated, and then experiencing them with each, passing word. It almost felt as if I were listening to Daywalker in 3D. Being a huge fan of reading, the audio experience is a uniquely newish experience for me, once which I appreciate a great deal.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Dawn's richly-woven descriptions transport a reader/listener into the world she has created. I found myself drawn to the little details, which helped me visualize the characters to a "T." Dawn has the unique ability to literally "paint" with words. A rare skill.

Any additional comments?

This first-person narration is geared towards a new adult market, but readers/listeners of all ages will be able to relate to the tale. A great story transcends genre, transcends demographics and leaves you inspired, no matter which shelf it's assigned to!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Genesis

  • Blood Curse Series
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Before there was a modern-day town called Dark Moon Vale, there was an ancient kingdom nestled in the Transylvanian Alps. Before there was a primordial species called the Vampyr, there was a celestial race begotten of gods and men. Before light battled shadow, the sacrifice became mandatory, or the first Blood Moon adorned the celestial sky... There was The Curse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For everything, there is a beginning!

  • By Dennis Crosby on 02-06-16

Sweeping BCS Mythology Begins with Blood Genesis

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-16

Where does Blood Genesis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was transfixed, listening to the audio version of Blood Genesis. The mythology was so powerful, the characters, so raw and emotive, I had a difficult time pulling myself out of the story. While this work is considered a "short" novel, the mythology wrapped up succinctly and I found it to be the perfect length.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Timaos, of whom the Silivasi brothers descended from, was riveting. His "voice," and presence, through Eric G. Dove's narration, was hypnotic. The love he demonstrated towards his soulmate, Jessenia, was empowering, and strangely, even as "just" a reader of this story, I found myself filled with hope and purpose.

What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

The passion in Eric G. Dove's performance was clearly evident in "Blood Genesis," as well as the other titles in Dawn's Blood Curse Series.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was literally absorbed in this work, able to "feel" what the characters were feeling, fear what the characters feared, and love / hate whom the characters gave their allegiance and hatred to.

Any additional comments?

"Blood Genesis" is a thoroughly absorbing audio book, one which I highly recommend at any point in your Blood Curse series reading. Enjoy!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Vengeance

  • Blood Curse Series, Book 7
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

Ramsey Olaru is a bona fide bad-ass: a lethal vampire, a seasoned warrior, and a ruthless mercenary in the king's Sentinel Guard. He's accustomed to taking what he wants, ramrodding his way through obstacles, and silencing anything - or anyone - who gets in his way. So when his Gemini Blood Moon reveals Tiffany Matthews as his long-awaited destiny, he sets out to fulfill the demands of the Curse, claiming her as his own, swiftly and definitively.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Break out the Kleenex

  • By cchamp on 01-21-16

A diamond in the rough boasts the brightest shine

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-16

Where does Blood Vengeance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Blood Vengeance is a game changer: It represents the evolution of the Blood Curse Series, where Dawn's complex tale is taken to the next, terrifying level. The audiobook version allowed me to "absorb" the intricacies of the story, and visualize the action taking place – action, I might add, which might not be as what is immediately presented.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ramsey Olaru is rough, and tough, and not as cultured as the beautiful Silivasi brothers. As the king's Sentinel Guard, he is well aware of the risk his position poses to his very existence. And yet he embraces these challenges head-on. How will he interact with one as fragile as a human? Aside from the riveting conflict, this is what Dawn's tale explores, and what makes her characterizations so fascinating.

Have you listened to any of Eric G. Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Absolutely. I have enjoyed all of Eric G. Dove's performances in Dawn's previous Blood Curse books. He continues his high-quality, in-depth narration I have come to enjoy.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Having read Blood Vengeance as a Kindle e-book, I cannot say I was surprised at the twists and turns of the tale. However, I can say hearing it versus reading it, is an entirely difference experience. It allows one to fully be immersed in the story, without having to first read the words, and then process them. For me, listening to an audiobook allows me to almost "skip" a step, and jump right into the world Dawn has so meticulously created.

Any additional comments?

Even if you've read Dawn's previous books, try an audiobook. It reveals an entirely new aspect, and makes her stories even richer, if that is even possible.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Father

  • Blood Curse, Book 6
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

Kagen Silivasi is a powerful, ancient vampire with a unique gift for healing - he is also a son, a brother, and a loner who has survived unspeakable tragedy and loss. Beneath his handsome, well-mannered exterior lies an alter ego consumed by rage and an overwhelming impulse to "kill them all"....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SIMPLY EPIC!!!

  • By bookworm2121 on 12-10-15

Blood Father stuns in its epic brilliance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-15

What made the experience of listening to Blood Father the most enjoyable?

Blood Father's characters were epic enough in the e-book version. However, they came to life even more deeply in the audio version, as fresh "blood" was breathed into the story. It's depth and brilliance is simply epic. Blood Father is the stuff of movies – GOOD movies.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Father?

To take this book and break it down into a single, memorable moment doesn't do Blood Father justice. Let's compare it to the swells of the sea. One moment being so tender that the reader wants to shed tears. Another moment being so brutal it's hard to visualize. And yet another moment involving the patriarch, Keitaro Silivasi, prompted the reader – me – to hit the pause button, followed by replaying the entire chapter.

Which character – as performed by Eric G. Dove – was your favorite?

I've followed Kagen's story since Blood Destiny, book #1 in Tessa Dawn's Blood Curse Series. But to learn THIS about him was heartbreaking, cardiovascular valves and all! This character's vulnerability that Eric G. Dove was able to emote is simply stunning.

If you could take any character from Blood Father out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would like to interview the main "heroine," Arielle, and ask her to share her experiences about transitioning from one world to the other. I'd like to understand what it feels like to experience such love between "destinies." And finally, I would like to physically "see" her expression when discussing Keitaro.

Any additional comments?

My advice is to listen to the audio book in its entirety, and then do what I did: re-read the ebook version. Why? Because the story is so layered, so enjoyable, so emotionally-driven that one would benefit from experiencing it from different mediums. It's THAT good.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful