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I used to think vampires were the stuff of fiction. Now my brother has a baby with fangs and there's bottles of blood in our fridge, so obviously, I was wrong about that. It's not the only thing I was wrong about, either. I'm a nerd, I'm supposed to be smart, but honestly? I'm starting to realize I can be pretty darn clueless.

For one, I never realized that my best friend was in love with me. Not until after he died in a vampire attack. To protect me.

His death shattered my whole world. Seeing him again is like a miracle.

Even if he has fangs now.

Even if he doesn't remember his own past - or me.

His new name is Crimson, and he's not who he used to be. I know that, really, I do. But I have to believe that I can remind him of all the memories we shared, all the years we spent together, geeking out over our favorite games and TV-shows.

Because when he kisses me, I feel whole again.

I don't get it. I've been straight my entire life.

But maybe that's just one more thing I was wrong about?

©2020 Ann-Katrin Byrde (P)2020 Ann-Katrin Byrde

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A sweet friends to lovers vampire romance!

I am so glad Luke and Damien got their own story.
I was curious where their relationship would go in the previous book and I absolutely loved how this played out.
Now Damien is no longer the same boy he used to know. He's a newly turned vampire who goes by Crimson now.
Will Luke be able to love and accept his bestfriend for who he is or will it be too late before he realises he is not so straight after all?

This was a sweet friends to lovers romance with all the feels.
This can be read as a standalone but is best enjoyed if read in the series order.
John Solo's audio delivery was exceptional as always and made listening to this all the more enjoyable.

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His smile and innocence is sweeter than blood


Omg omg omg! I love the second book so much that I can’t decide which one I like more .. Love Bites or Love Bleeds! I was really intrigued by Collin’s little brother Luke and his friend in the first book so I’m really glad that it’s their story in the second book!

Luke lost his best friend Damien in a brutal fight with vampires. Damien gave up his life protecting for him and Luke regrets it for every single day of his life. Then Damien now Crimson has always been in love with his best friend Luke. Now he has become a vampire, lost his memories and trying to survive in an all new world which he isn’t familiar at all. When Luke found out that Damien is now alive Ans has become a vampire, he decided to never let go of his best friend again for better or for worse.

I love friends to lover story because I have always thought there’s a certain charm to the love story between close friends. And it was a delight to see the relationship blossom between Luke and Crimson. I like that Luke has come to accept the new existence of Crimson and likes him for who he is. The plot and the world-building, always the world-building, Ann-Katrin Byrde are the masters of unique, intricate, realistic and riveting world building. This book was everything I wanted and more from a vampire love story. And oh wow, John Solo did a terrific job narrating this story. It was pure orgasmic experience listening to this delightful audio. I cannot wait for the next installment in the series.


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it was OK 👌

I don't know I felt myself getting a little bored. I liked both of the main characters, it's just I felt like the book kind of went nowhere and I'm very surprised this wasn't an mpreg book...weird.

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fantastic!

It's review time 🎧

Narrator score🎧 ; first and foremost I need to say that I just adore the serious the way that Jon solo can read things that should be hilarious and the way he reads those things even more funny. He is one of the best narrator's for sure. I adore his ability to take the pain of each character and multiple it. He is just the best.

"What do you want with a fang?" I mused. "You can't even have solid foods yet."

Level of steam🔥: it's a slow burn. It takes time for them to get to the point of steam. And I absolutely love it.

"He'd wanted Luke too much. His sweet smile, his wit, his air of innocence..."

Level of anxiety and sadness0😱😢: I don't want to write spoilers, but what I can say that it's an incredible story you do have your melancholic moments out there.

"Damian had been terrified that Luke might discover his secret. He'd never have thought that Luke would handle it like... this. That they could ever be together this way."

The book itself📖: ok. Let's start with the usual warnings. It's an mpreg vampire shifter fantasy series. ( males that can get pregnant) it's the second book in the series.
This book was absolutely great. I loved every single character, even the crazy one. And he was really f*** crazy.
The world that the authors created was believable and I think it's the most important thing in a fantasy world.
You understand the intricacies of the situation. The book was absolutely lovely. Best friends to lovers in a great story that feels so real. I loved it. Can't wait for the 3rd book and to a lot more of these.

I wondered if there were any vampires in space. There wouldn't be, would there? Whose blood would they drink?

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love

I love this series so much that I cannot wait for the third series the third book in the series it is so good that I cannot wait I hope they really do an audible book for the third book I really want to know how the Hunter and the Bromance between that Hunter and his significant other happens I love the second book as well it is such a wonderful series to know that there is love no matter where you go and no matter what situation you're in so I hope this book and this review helps please give this book a chance especially if you're a gay person loves Romance

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Mpreg in series but not in book

Maybe I should of paid more attention to the bio because I was hoping for some mpreg here like in the first book?

The story was sweet and exciting, thrilling in so many ways but that was just one thing I found missing from the story.

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I freaking love this series

I'm totally in love with this series - I'm binge listening because I NEED to know how it will all work out, but at the same time, I don't want it to ever end. It's incredibly suspenseful - even in seemingly peaceful moments, there's always a shoe waiting to drop. It's also very sexy, very sweet, sometimes sad, and periodically actually quite funny.
I really liked Crimson & his deep down decency. I felt for him and for Luke; Crimson with his longing and Luke with his grief and guilt. I enjoyed watching their growing acceptance of their past, present and future.
I experienced the book through the audio version and enjoyed it greatly, much like the first. I don't envy John Solo having to do such a large and continually growing mostly male cast, having to differentiate that many voices. I think he changed Colin's voice slightly in this one from the previous book, but it's understandable. I really liked Crimson's sexy, low growl of a voice, much as I had Talon's smoother dark voice in the previous.
I'm so totally hooked on this series.

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Loved

Wasn’t crazy about the first book, as the MC was SUPER annoying and way to queenie, this one was IMMEASURABLY better, Luke comes off as being SUPER young and brash with no thought for consequences....but the love story between him an crimson was awesome!!!

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Nerds arise

I enjoyed the second book and the story of Luke and Crimson. I will admit that at times I wanted to smack Luke for what seemed like his insistent whining but it added to the story so I did not succumb.

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Takes a loss to make him burn!

The second book is just as good as the first! I felt so bad for Luke that he didn't realize he loved his BFF until it was to late....or was it?
John Solo is amazing and the feels oh boy!

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  • ♡Dani♡
  • 09-16-20

I look at you and see all the ways a soul

can bruise, and I wish I could sink my hands into your flesh and light lanterns along your spine so you know that there's nothing but light when I see you. ~Shinji Moon 🌙~
I'm really enjoying this series. I like the plot and all of the side characters, even if they are vile, it adds depth and keeps the story interesting. The one thing I'm not enjoying is the whining from the brothers so far. Luke was even worse than Collin. Half way through I wanted to throw cheese at his head. "Would you like some cheese with your WHINE???" Ugh. I'm happy it calmed down a bit but Luke definitely grinded on my nerves. However, even with that mild annoyance I sincerely enjoyed the relationship between Crimson & Luke. I didn't feel like it was an insta love relationship. Crimson loved Luke for a long time before he got turned. I feel like Luke has always felt that way as well but was oblivious to everything going on around him. When they did reconnect it felt real.
I'm nervous to listen to Jared & Silas's story though. When Silas was being forced to drink the animal blood by his sire I felt nauseous and cringed at their realtionship. I can't imagine all the thing Silas was forced to do or how brutally he was treated. I'm happy Nikolai is gone, best part of the book. 😈

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  • Claudia CG Lezár
  • 07-25-20

as good as the ebook

The story is always 4-5 stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me.

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. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, I’m over the half, 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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  • XG
  • 06-12-20

My favorite on the series so far...

This book, second in the series, is my favorite so far. Not only because the amazing story Ms Byrde wrote for it about Luke struggling to recover Damian's love, overcoming prejudice, danger and his own fears to do it, but also because the incredible narration and performance Mr Solo made. I am a huge fan of him because his smooth voice, acting skills and how he develops the characters in a book bringing them alive. Cliché, I know but totally true. I can't wait for book 3!

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  • Leslie Lagan
  • 06-01-20

It tastes a little blank...

In Love Bleeds we pick up a little while after the events of book one take place. The dust is still settling after Zenon was destroyed to break Talon free from his control, and life is carrying on for everyone except Lucas. While his brother Collin is busy focusing on his boyfriend and their new baby, Phoenix, Lucas is mourning. He’s grieving the loss of his best friend Damian, the friend who sacrificed himself to save Lucas in Love Bites, and has no idea that Damian has been reborn as a vampire named Crimson.

It’s very important to me that I’m able to connect emotionally with the characters of a novel. The more the author can draw me in, the better my reading experience is and the higher my opinion is on the overall story. Unfortunately, much like the first book of this series, I didn’t feel much of a connection with any of the characters. This is highly unusual for me when it comes to AKB novels. Her Mercy Hills books are probably one of my favorites mpreg series with characters that are beyond developed. So, the characters falling flat is a surprise to me.

There was so much going on with Lucas that I found him a little difficult to wrap my head around. He was this nerdy straight guy who loved to geek out with his friends. Then, once he crosses paths with Crimson, he completely flips the script. I understand that there is some sort of bond between dhampirs and vampires, but the change to their relationship is so sudden it gave me whiplash. First Lucas was squicked out by vampires in general, even his adorable blood-drinking nephew. And then, Damian comes along all vamped out as Crimson, kisses Lucas, and Lucas gets the feels for his long time friend? It’s too sudden for me.

Crimson, aka vampire Damian, is a little more likable. He doesn’t remember his life before he’s a vampire and he wouldn’t even know anything about Lucas had his sire, Nicolai, not made them cross paths. While he was human he harbored an unrequited love for Lucas which Lucas was oblivious to. As a vampire, he’s drawn to Lucas which makes him break away from Nicolai. He starts to remember parts of his human-self including his feelings for his friend. Collin is meddling while Talon is trying to keep everyone safe. Then, once Crimson has to leave with Aldrich to protect everyone from Nicolai, Lucas decides to recklessly take matters into his own hands. There was so much going on and the only part I connected with was Crimson/Damian’s struggles with his feelings about killing one of their friends.

I just―I don’t even know. I really wanted to like this series. It’s been so many years since I’ve read another vampire series aside from this one. But, I just don’t love it. A couple of plot points seem to be recycled from book one. Talon needed to be free of Zenon and Crimson needed to be free of Nicolai. Collin has to awaken his dhampir powers to save Talon and Lucas has to do the same for Crimson. It would have been nice to see a different spin on things plot-wise.

To me, this book was just okay. Since I wasn’t in love with the characters I had a hard time falling into it. I’d say it was a decent read, but nothing spectacular or original, unfortunately. I’ve found that the first book in a new series might not be the best because the author is still trying to get their footing in this new world they’re creating, and because of that I always give the next book a read just to give the author a chance to establish themselves. With Love Bleeds it had the same feel as Love Bites. If the rest of the series is similar to the first two books they’ll be okay reads as well, but nothing more than that for me, sadly.

Ann-Katrin Byrd is an amazing author, so having to say this wasn’t her best work was hard for me. I’m beyond in love with her Mercy Hills series and I’ve enjoyed the Oceanport Omegas as well. I also adore John Solo, the narrator for this series. Together they make a wonderful team that produces amazing, quality work. The Thicker Than Water novels just haven’t hit the spot for me. Though, I have to admit I’m curious about what’s going on with Remy and Aldrich.

I’ll leave off here much as I did with book one. I’d say if enjoyed Love Bites, you’ll more then likely enjoy Love Bleeds. I’d suggest this book to my friends that are into gay vampire romance with the warning that, though this is an enjoyable read, it has a pedestrian plot. Those familiar with AKB might not be as impressed if they go into this book expecting an earth-shattering story like that of her Mercy Hills series. I would advise anyone reading this book to go into it with an open mind.

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  • Nanta
  • 05-30-20

I just love this narrator

I already read the book and now got a chance to listen to the book. I just love how John Solo narrates a book. I've never been disappointed as of yet and don't think I ever will be ;)
I really liked to read/listen to Luke's story. I felt so bad for him when he lost his best friend in the first book of this series. He deserves a happy ending. especially with Crimson/Damian. :)

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  • Annie13
  • 05-28-20

Great

I think I liked this one even more than book 1. Love our little nerdlet. Just a great well rounded story with teasers for more. Both MCs were fun but I would have liked a little more detail on Damien’s feeling before he was Crimson otherwise a exciting listen with great narration and fun characters.

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  • Bookoutbelow
  • 05-28-20

Amazing!

Luke ❤️ I loved him in the first book and was so looking forward to his story; and it didn’t disappoint. Luke and Crimson were adorable together. This book definitely had a touch of innocence that wasn’t in the first book, but they were both willing to do whatever it took for the other’s safety. You could definitely feel their love on every page, even if it took Luke a while to see it. I’m intrigued by the world, and love that we’re getting to learn it right alongside a lot of the main characters. That sneak preview at the end has me dying waiting for the next one! I did miss the babies we usually get with an AKB story, but with the age of these two MCs it was nice to see them playing it safe. As always, John Solo did a phenomenal job with the narration

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  • Kashonna
  • 05-28-20

Luke will get them all killed

This was a good follow up to book one. We get to learn a little more about the vampires. The only downside is Luke. He reminds me of the kids in disaster movies that does things to get everyone else killed.

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  • Rebekah
  • 05-26-20

Intriguing

This is an intriguing book to listen to, as Luke learns some things about his best friend Damien. Also Crimson has to relearn things. They have some problems to deal with. I like following the chemistry between them as they are drawn together. The narrator is brilliant and really brought the story to life.

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  • A Gray
  • 05-22-20

Love Bleeds

This is a well written book and the audio was easy to listen to .

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 10-01-20

Outstanding story!

After his best friend sacrificed himself to save him, Luke wrestles with guilt and sorrow until he meets a vampire known as Crimson. This second book in the Thicker Than Water series is a strong and emotional story with hurt / comfort, MPREG, and memory loss themes. The intriguing story arc follows straight from the first book and kept me engrossed and left me wanting more. The backstory was excellent. 🎧 John Solo does a great job on these books. My only gripe is that he voiced Luke in an immature, sometimes petulant tone - it grates but suited the character.