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    Dark and Wonderful Vampire Tale

    One of the most unique vampire novels I’ve read, Sara Dobie Bauer’s wonderfully dark Escaping Exile is a thrilling surprise. Breathing new life into this classic genre isn’t easy, and with two more episodes on the horizon, I can’t wait to see where Ms. Bauer plans to take us in her Escape Trilogy! Banished to a tropical island, with nothing but his thoughts to keep him company, Escaping Exile is Andrew’s story. Flawlessly written in the present tense, it’s easy to become immersed in Andrew’s impressions about everything he encounters. It’s mesmerizing to be inside his head as he weighs his options and makes his decisions. It feels like I’m experiencing Andrew’s journey with him. Sara Dobie Bauer includes several chilling flashback scenes which make me yearn for more history about Andrew’s life in New Orleans. These are enticing tidbits about the members of his Coven, and their dark and fiendish ways. We also get some chilling descriptions of their nefarious activities, as Andrew shares the details of his conquests with Edmund. I love when Andrew describes draining the life blood from a young man as tasting like “‘one hundred merry Christmases’” and then goes into great detail explaining the intimate sensation of consuming a human soul. It’s fascinating to watch Andrew process his feelings as he gets to know Edmund, and the way their relationship changes over the course of the story. As Edmund slowly reveals himself (at least what we’re able to see through Andrew’s eyes) it becomes clear these two men can have a future together. They’ve got great chemistry and the sex scenes are scorching hot. If this level of heat is typical in Sara Dobie Bauer’s writing, then I definitely want more. While there are some very exciting events in Escaping Exile, delving into them too deeply would spoil the pleasure of reading it for yourself. It’s better if I focus here on praising Sara Dobie Bauer’s lyrical writing and intriguing storytelling, which will leave you (like it’s left me) wanting more!
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    Escaping Exile

    Escaping Exile is the first story in a planned trilogy. In this excerpt, we are introduced to Andrew and Edmund. Andrew is a vampire in exile on a tropical island, whereas Edmund is a ship-wrecked naturalist. We find out more about Andrew's life in a series of flashbacks, whilst Edmund recites his to Andrew. As well as a vampire to contend with, both men have to deal with sharing the island with cannibals, who are very interested in 'fresh' meat. It is for books like this, that I wish I did half stars! I have swung from 3 to 4, and back again. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and the backgrounds of those involved, I would have like a bit more detail of the era concerned. All that is really mentioned, all that is really needed to be mentioned on a tropical island mind you, is the clothing. However, I would like to know more about the era they both live in now, what their past home lives were like, things like that. That being said, this was a thoroughly enjoyable story, with plenty of other details given, and plenty of chemistry between the two main characters. It was great to see Andrew's attitude changing, and the reasons for it. This finishes HFN, but don't panic, there are still two more installments to come. A well paced story that is definitely recommended by me. * A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
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    I love, love, loved this book. The vampire Andrew has killed one too many people and is exiled from New Orleans to an island in South America. After 4 years of living off the land and animals, another ship is wrecked on shore and there is a survivor. Given the chance at drinking human blood, Andrew must decide his fate. Does he want company more than his thirst? Is he strong enough to keep this human alive? In the end, how much can he take? This was a short one, but I truly loved every word. The relationship was sweet and endearing and I felt like I was reading a fable towards the end. I cannot wait to read the rest of this Escape Trilogy. Book one was FANTASTIC!

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