• Blood from a Stoner

  • By: L. A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Blood from a Stoner

By: L. A. Witt
Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
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Greg Dawson’s not sure which he regrets more - becoming a vampire or becoming a software engineer. Immortality? Not all it’s cracked up to be. The job? Way more headache than it’s worth, especially on those increasingly frequent nights when he’s overworked and hangry. 

With a deadline looming and his hunger growing, he’s nearing the end of his tether. Then relief comes from an unexpected source - Zane Webber, the hot programmer Greg’s been fantasizing about for two years. 

Disregarding company policy, Zane lets him feed, but kind of forgets to mention he’s got some weed in his system. The next thing Greg knows, he’s high as a kite...and he likes it. He wants more. 

Except how much of that high is secondhand weed, and how much is the electric and undeniable chemistry between him and Zane? 

That chemistry draws them back to each other again and again, and suddenly their downtime is full of sex, smoke, feeding...and emotions. 

The only problem is Zane’s a mortal. If they’re in this for the long haul, then Greg has to either turn Zane or accept a future of watching him wither and die. Greg doesn’t want to lose Zane, but he also can’t stomach condemning him to this “life.” And if they can’t find some middle ground, they’ll have no choice but to let their love go up in smoke.

©2017 L.A. Witt (P)2018 L.A. Witt
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Russo may not be a stoned vampire in real life...

Although I bought the ebook when it was released, I hadn’t taken the time to read it yet, so I was quite pleased to see that Blood from a Stoner had been released on audio. As someone who follows L.A. Witt on Facebook, I recalled that a typo in another manuscript led to the title and the subsequent plot bunny that could not be silenced until the author wrote the story – or at least drafted it out. Having giggled at the post and subsequent comments, I was expecting Blood from a Stoner to have more a comedic bent to it. While it certainly had its moments that made me laugh out loud, true to Witt’s writing, the story hit me in the feels.

In Blood from a Stoner, vampires live, work, pay taxes, and get shafted by their insurance providers just like humans do. Unfortunately for Greg, he works for an employer that hasn’t figured out how to provide the creature comforts that would help improve their vampire employees’ productivity on the night shift. Because of this and the fact that Greg is working overtime on a project with a rapidly approaching deadline, he’s a bit hangry and Hangry Greg is like an overtired child – stuff just pops out of his mouth before his brain has a chance to filter it first. When Zane, the programmer he’s been crushing on for two years, offers to let Greg feed from him so he’ll be able to concentrate, Greg discovers that his attraction and hunger easily override his common sense because it’s an offer he cannot turn down, even though he knows he should as they could both lose their jobs. When Greg returns to his desk, he soon learns that not only is Zane a stoner, but he’s got a contact high from Zane’s blood and he really missed that feeling – except for the paranoia, he could’ve done without that. Despite his initial outrage over the contact high, Greg is more than happy to repeat the experience when he runs into Zane at a gay club that caters to vampires. But a one-off isn’t enough for either man and Greg soon finds himself addicted to the man – not his spiked blood – and it’s pretty obvious that the feeling is mutual. Yet when reality sets in and Greg has to think about Zane’s mortality, Greg believes he’s better off breaking up with Zane now in order to insulate himself from that future pain. He soon learns that a heart that no longer beats, can still break and forever is a very long time.

Nick J. Russo may not be a stoned vampire in real life, but he sure can play one on audio. But seriously, he did a great job of making Greg and Zane seem so real. As the story is told from Greg’s point of view, we actually spend a good amount of time in his head as he’s a thinker. Between Russo’s performance and Witt’s writing, I had no issues with knowing when Greg was thinking versus talking – something that I can have a hard time determining when listening to an audiobook. I have to say that one of the things I found interesting about Blood from a Stoner was that Witt avoided the usual “vampire biting during sex to heighten the orgasm” scenes. I mean, it’s pretty obvious through the story and Russo’s narration that Zane enjoys it when Greg bites and feeds from him after sex, but Zane’s the one who does any biting during sex. This made for an interesting switch and subtly pointed to the fact that their sexual attraction was irrespective of any sexual pleasure that paranormal romances often attribute to a vampire bite. And while I’m all for the “pleasure in the bite” theme, I found it to be a refreshing change of pace that made me enjoy the audiobook even more – which is probably why I listened to it twice today. Oh well, there are far worse (and only a few better) ways to spend my Sunday than with a vampire, his soon-to-be boyfriend, and some weed… no, not for me, for the characters, you goofball. Blood from a Stoner is definitely an audiobook I’ll be listening to again.

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Funny & Sexy

Loved the story, was lots of humor and not to much drama and the book was perfect length. Funniest was the first time Greg got high of Zane's blood at the office. Liked how there relationship started to grow and the sex was really hot.
Nick J. Russo did a great job narrating this and made it perfect, especially when Greg were high. If you like vampires, this is for you!

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Too much fun!

This book cracked me up. Fun characters, solid story line and great narration! Witt always comes up with quirky characters and Russo is such an amazing narrator. Can't go wrong with this one.

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Cute short story!

I enjoyed this very much. I laughed hard after the first bite! 😁. I would recommend this humourous short read! The narrator is engaging and awesome!

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Great short story

A great story with a bit of a twist! The narration takes the story over the top! Highly recommend!

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Sweet, sexy and hilarious

It only took a minute to fall in love with Greg, the grumpy and very snarky vampire/software engineer. His commentary about being a vampire working for a tech company and then his contact high after feeding from Zane had me in stitches. Zane was sweet and it was fun seeing them work out the vampire/mortal relationship. Nick J. Russo did an excellent job narrating and I loved his portrayal of Greg.

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Excellent!

I loved every minute of listening to Nick J Russo 😊 The story is short, but definitely well developed. There's so much depth, humour. *High*ly recommend!

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Fun listen

Great narration coupled with a fun, super sexy story. This is rather short, and I would have loved a dual POV, but in all I had a great time listening.

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Disappointed

CAUTION! SPOILERS!
I know that this is a short story but I expected more from this author. The idea behind the story is great. But the characters came off as bland with no real depth to them. As if this story wasn't fully fleshed out enough and the characters not given enough personality to make them real and relatable. Again, the idea behind the story is good. How the relationship between the characters progress is mostly believable, but it comes off feeling somewhat trite.
And not enough of the important information is given. So, Greg has had a thing for Zane for two years...why? Did he like Zane's smile? He liked the way Zane's ass looked when he bent over to get a piece of paper off the floor? Did he overhear Zane saying something casually in a conversation and it touched him deeper than he thought? What is it? Lust? Like? Just give me something to go with. The book is filled with what I feel are missed opportunities to get the reader more emotionally invested.
I could go on and on. Such as, why was Greg so hung up on the human vs Vampire relationship? I didn't get the impression that he'd been a vampire for long so why was it such a big deal? Did he witness a friend's complete meltdown in a similar situation?
Or how about not jumping the story ahead from the first time they had sex to what I thought of as at least a month into their relationship. I didn't get to see the awkward conversation where the two decide to see each other again. I have no clue how that worked out. Who asked who? How did they go from meeting at the club and having their first night together to having sex in the breakroom at work?

In the end, i didn't care if the two stayed together or not because I wasn't invested in their relationship and I didn't think Greg really cared either. I got the impression that he could get a new job somewhere else, wait a few years, and he'd be back on the dating market.

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Fun and unique

Somehow I didn't put together that this was a vampire story until I started listening, but I loved it! The practical workaday take on vampires walking among us was fun. The workplace romance angle and incorporating how vampires work in this world was well realized. Overall, a charming and delightful read.

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  • Lisa Hughes
  • 01-10-19

A sweet and spicy short to make you smile

I loved this short story from one of my favourite authors. The situation was unusual which made the story stand out. It's very hot, with lots of sex scenes for a short, but not at the excitement of either the story or the romance. Nick J Russo did a fantastic job with the narration. The characters voices are perfect and the story goes beautifully. Loved it.

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  • MaryD
  • 11-09-18

Perfect story and narration

Wonderful story and concept, such a different way to think about vampires, I throughly enjoyed it. Nick J Russo’s narration was excellent as usual, bringing both characters to life, if I can say that!

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  • Claudia CG Lezar
  • 12-20-19

as great as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Nick J Russo is one of the top 5 narrators for me, I can listen without break and have no problems to follow.
I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 11-26-22

Short and sweet paranormal romance!

Software engineer and vampire, Greg Dawson is sick of the nightly grind. He bumps into Zane Dawson, a cute mortal co-worker who offers to let him feed. Vampires can’t get stoned unless … they feed from someone who is already stoned. Pity Zane forgot to mention his habit! What follows is a series of highs, both sexual and drug-related as the two get to know each other. I loved the guys, their intersections, and the paranormal angle. I’d give it 5 stars if it wasn’t so short with a HFN ending (129 pp, about 3 hrs on audio). I have the munchies for more! Nick J Russo gives a perfect performance here, capturing the highs and lows (LOL).