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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 135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

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

The most thrilling book in the Blood Curse series

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Tessa and Eric do it again! Blood Web was exhilarating! My only disappointment is that Eric couldn't read faster to get through the unexpected twists and turns. This book will definitely be high in my listening rotation list.

3 of 3 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 243
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

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

Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A million times yes. I've loved Tessa Dawn's books since the moment I picked up Blood Destiny. But this story, it blew them all out of the water.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved that it was so much more than an erotic journey, or nonstop violence. There was some seriously beautiful character development.

Which scene was your favorite?

Without giving away anything, there was some serious beautiful violin playing, and well, everything with Braden. He really grew into himself this story.

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

I really don't want to give anything away, but Braden. My goodness. He had me crying like a baby.

Any additional comments?

I would definitely suggest every one of Tessa Dawn's books to anyone who likes a darker supernatural series. If you're looking for a lot of mindless sex scenes and PG battle scenes, this is not your series. But if you're into well developed characters, a forever twisting plot, and just one hell of a story, you've found the right series.

13 of 13 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 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 231

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

Dragons and pagans and shades oh my!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-17

Where does Zanaikeyros - Son of Dragons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how a bunch of little stories went along smoothly with Zane's story. It was fun to watch them all come together to make a well rounded story.

I also loved hearing about the dragon's home. I look forward to hearing more unfold in future books.

Which scene was your favorite?

Without giving anything away, during a fight scene where Ghost came in and was utterly amazing.

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

It definitely was. I found myself driving a little slower so I would have more time to listen!

7 of 7 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 364
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

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

Sometimes the biggest battle is on the inside

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

Reviewed: 06-21-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Blood Ecstasy to be better than the print version?

Yes and no. I personally love reading a story. It sinks in a little better. But, I love hearing the characters come to life. Plus, Eric singing... That's not available by reading!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that the main characters both had realistic demons that they had to fight before they could be together. That love could find a way even after a wicked past that neither deserved.

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

Singing! Wowsers. But really, he is an incredible narrator. He brings the characters to life. The feminine voice in my head while reading has been replaced by a smooth, masculine voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Tragedy. Redemption. Reborn.

Any additional comments?

If you loved this story, check out the rest of the Blood Curse Series. They are all fantastic stories.

14 of 14 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 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

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

Please, tell me more.

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

Reviewed: 03-15-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Most definitely. It is a quick listen, it hits up every emotion you can feel, and is super sassy.

What other book might you compare Daywalker - The Beginning to and why?

Maybe a few stories in the Skeleton Crew. Nothing comparable in storylines, but just the overall read. It'll keep your drawn to the end, on the edge of your seat.

What does Emily Beresford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Verbal spunk. I knew it was there while reading it, but it's just more fun to hear another female read it. So many books are narrated by men. It was nice to hear a woman who nailed the character.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A girl, her dog, and the desert. Until...
Hahahaha... that's why I don't do tag lines.

Any additional comments?

The short story left me wanting more and more. I thought it was a great, quick read. Totally worth the credit.

4 of 4 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 432
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

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

Is that a trident in your pocket?

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

Reviewed: 02-01-16

What did you love best about Blood Vengeance?

Salvatore. He is the ultimate bad vamp. Villains never get enough development in most stories. This is not the case in Tessa Dawn stories.

What did you like best about this story?

That characters from former books made appearances. In the previous books, we grow to know and love the characters of Dark Moon Vale. Seeing them having parts in each this story is like a familiar friend.

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

Ramsey. While reading the Blood Curse Series, Ramsey was my least favorite hero type character. But hearing Eric G. Dove voice him, I had a whole new opinion.

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

Without spoilers, it's tough. But there is a moment where Brooke has all her mommy instincts roar to life. Seeing a destiny still have human moments backed by vampiric strength and awesomeness was outstanding.

Any additional comments?

I recommend this series to anyone looking for a DARK FANTASY grouping of stories. Totally not for the faint of heart. If you're looking for romance, this isn't for you.

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 448
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

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

New world, same incredible story telling

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

Reviewed: 12-11-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. Well, I would suggest a friend to start at the beginning of the series and then listen to this book. It is a truly engaging story. Filled with a fantasy land like no other.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that the brothers were taken out of their world to somewhere new and foreign to them. It really let each character shine.

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

I have. So far I have listened to him read the previous books in this series. I think with each book, his narration gets stronger and stronger. I really enjoy him as a narrator.

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

Braiden. I think this story was his turning point. HIs time where he turned into a bit of a man. He was charming, brave, and loyal. I look forward to seeing his character continue to develop.

Any additional comments?

I was engaged from beginning to end. I genuinely enjoyed the new landscape, and generally everything this story had to offer. A definite powerhouse of a story added to this already exceptional series.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Redemption

  • Blood Curse Series, Book 5
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463

Saber Alexiares is no ordinary vampire. He is like a cruel, fire-breathing dragon. Reared in the bowels of the colony by Dark Ones, he has no conscience, no compassion, and no saving grace. Captured by the enemy, he is sentenced to execution by sunlight only to discover that his body will not burn - he isn't who he thought he was. He was stolen at birth. He was reared by the wrong house. And the sunlight isn't going to kill him because he does have a soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I have ever read!!!

  • By PATCHES on 11-25-15

Don't judge too quickly.

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

Would you listen to Blood Redemption again? Why?

Multiple times. For me, it is rare to find a story that can still shock me with it's plot twists. Even more rare than that, to find a book with such raw emotion. A range of emotions at that.

Besides the actual story, the narrator is outstanding. I would listen to him read all the time.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the ultimate struggle of good vs evil all in one man. Of all the males in this series of books that I've listened to, Saber has been my favorite to watch develop into who he is.

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

I like that his women voices have evolved with this series. I like that he's got a great angry voice. Plus, his natural reading voice is just outstanding. He reads at the perfect speed. He enunciates beautifully.

Who was the most memorable character of Blood Redemption and why?

Saber. Oddly, I usually find lesser roles in books more interesting than the main character. But that was not the case with this story. Saber sucked me in fully, and listening to his anguish, his rage, his hate, his love, his everything made me feel so many emotions while reading. Definitely a character you want to read more about.

Any additional comments?

This book (and series) is beautifully (okay, maybe not the best word for something so dark.) written and narrated. I would highly recommend this book, and series if you like your vampires a lot more graphic and badass, and a lot less, well, sparkly, and super romantic. Sensitive readers, this is not for you.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Dragons Realm

  • Dragons Realm Saga, Book 1
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 604

Mina Louvet is a fighter, a human with a powerful will to survive in a world dominated by warlocks, soul-eaters, and shifters. Identified by the king's witch as one of the rare, invaluable females in Dragons Realm who can give birth to a dragon's son, she was stolen from her parents as a child and taken to the Keep to be reared in the ways of the Ahavi. As one of the few, the elect - the Sklavos Ahavi - Mina is expected to feed her master's fire, reanimate his blood, and above all else, give him strong dragon offspring: children who will one day rise to power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Amazingly Original Tale!

  • By Dennis Crosby on 11-14-15

I really didn't care for dragons... Until now.

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

Reviewed: 11-14-15

What made the experience of listening to Dragons Realm the most enjoyable?

Dragons Realm was nothing like anything I've ever listened to before. The actual story was so well written. I had to keep listening to know what was coming. I would stop listening, and my mind would be obsessed with what was going to happen next. On top of the sheer greatness of the story, Mikael Naramore read this story perfectly. He sounded like royalty. He sounded like he was from the time period this book was happening in. It was very easy to let my mind wander to the times of knights and beasts. Witches and shades.
Overall, the team of Tessa Dawn and Mikael Naramore really just made for an overall outstanding listen.

What other book might you compare Dragons Realm to and why?

As I mentioned before, this was a very unique book to me. I'm not sure I've ever really read a book that I can compare this to.
The only other book in that world of kings and dragons that I enjoyed that much was Beowulf. They aren't comparable stories, but both had incredible tales to tell, and character development for days.

What does Mikael Naramore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Old World charm. The dragon princes themselves (besides being hot) just don't have a lot of appeal. They're kinda jerks. For the most part, they are doing what they are required of the time. But, in modern times, it's a bit revolting. Mikael Naramore kinda makes you forget that, and reminds you why these women find these man beasts appealing.

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

Damian. But Damian a little later in the book. I feel like at that point, he is the perfect mix of all that is awesome in a man. I think he would be the perfect gentleman, crazy smart, and pretty wicked post dinner.

Any additional comments?

I have had the joy of reading and listening to other stories by Tessa Dawn. I was honestly nervous to take on this book. It was far out of my reading/listening comfort zone. But, I so enjoy her writing style, that I had to listen to this one. I am so glad I did. I'm ready for more dragons!

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Shadows

  • Blood Curse Series, Book 4
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

Nachari Silivasi is a bright light in a dark world. As the youngest vampire in a family of warriors, he has studied magic for 400 years and acquired a rare mastery of the universe around him. He is beloved by his family, legendary for his good looks, and known for his uncommon valor. Unfortunately, he has just made the ultimate sacrifice - he has traded his immortal life for the life of the Vampyr King.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My heart almost shattered

  • By Amy on 10-21-15

My heart almost shattered

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

Reviewed: 10-21-15

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

As awful as this may sound, hearing Nachari's suffering. I find myself liking (and disliking) characters more.

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

Nachari rocking his wizard skills to bird style it to Dark Moon Vale. Nothing will keep that man from his destiny.

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

Oh goodness, do I have to choose? Keagan probably.

If you could rename Blood Shadows, what would you call it?

Heart renching, soul grabbing, roller coaster ride topped with smoking hot vampires.

Any additional comments?

I look forward to more from Tessa Dawn and Eric G. Dove.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful