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Red Grow the Roses [Kindle Edition]

Janine Ashbless
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Blood lust and sexual desire; for vampires the two are inseparable.

Prepare to devour ‘Red Grow the Roses’, an explicit vampire erotica novel with plenty of bite.

There are six vampires in the city. Ageless, terrifyingly beautiful and always hungry – not just for blood but for the other pleasures the human body offers.

Sadistic chanteuse Estelle; feckless Ben; Roisin, the mirror-ghost; Wakefield, haunted by his own damnation; Naylor, the most feral of them all. And Reynauld is the Good Shepherd, the one who holds them all in check.

But his grip on his own humanity is fading, and when Wakefield accidentally kills a woman and Naylor gets the blame, a power-struggle erupts between the city’s immortal undead.

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Praise for Red Grow the Roses:

"Janine Ashbless writes compelling stories that explore the essence of human nature, even among the fanged. Two thumbs way up." Erotica Revealed

Further praise for Janine Ashbless:

"One of the most talented, original and brave authors in the erotica field" – Shanna Germain

"Vivid and tempestuous and dangerous, and bursting with sacrifice, death and love." – Portia Da Costa

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 746 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Mischief (7 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006PW46O8
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #225,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Janine Ashbless is a writer of fantasy erotica and steamy romantic adventure. She likes to write about magic and myth and mystery, dangerous power dynamics, borderline terror, and the not-quite-human.

Buyer beware! If you like dark romance and a hard-won Happily Ever After, try "Cover Him with Darkness," "Heart of Flame," or "The King's Viper." If you prefer challenging erotica, go for "Red Grow the Roses" or "Named and Shamed" instead. All her other books lie somewhere on the spectrum between.

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Janine has been seeing her books in print ever since 2000. She's also had numerous short stories published by Black Lace, Nexus, Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, Harlequin Spice, Storm Moon, Xcite, Mischief Books, and Ellora's Cave among others. She is co-editor of the nerd erotica anthology 'Geek Love'.

Born in Wales, Janine now lives in the North of England with her husband and two rescued greyhounds. She has worked as a cleaner, library assistant, computer programmer, local government tree officer, and - for five years of muddy feet and shouting - as a full-time costumed Viking. Janine loves goatee beards, ancient ruins, minotaurs, trees, mummies, having her cake and eating it, and holidaying in countries with really bad public sewerage.

Her work has been described as:
"Hardcore and literate" (Madeline Moore) and "Vivid and tempestuous and dangerous, and bursting with sacrifice, death and love." (Portia Da Costa)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 4 Feb. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Vampires. Everyone knows the rules. We all own at least one Buffy box set. (No? Just me then. And it's four actually.) The coffins, pointy teeth, superhuman speed and strength, vulnerability to garlic, crosses, holy water. That whole `inviting them in' thing. The blood lust. Well you don't know these vamps.

Janine Ashbless has taken the vampire myth and made it her own. And for these vamps, the lust is as unquenchable as the thirst for blood. For their lucky human blood donors, their bites engender similar feelings of uber horniness. You get a vignette of an encounter between each of London's six undead and a mortal, followed by the vamp's back story. Then the tension ratchets up as we head towards confrontation between the six.

I love the way the author chucks in obscure bits of folklore and mythology; things you think you knew somewhere at the back of your mind in a Jungian collective unconscious kind of way but could never have put into words. Ashbless puts those things into words, beautifully shaped words that are delightfully evocative.

The stories flow along easily in the way that only really well written prose does. Red Grow the Roses is often discomfiting. The vamps treat humans as playthings to be used and discarded. They bicker amongst themselves and get out-and-out nasty towards the end. But it's also a book that draws you in and consumes you with the need to keep reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 14 Aug. 2013
By viki
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved this book written in a diffrent style from others which worked well. Would recomend this book to anyone. Has got me looking for books that are simular
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great SEXY read! 4 July 2012
By Karen Blue - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Six sexy vampire conquer the city and their lust in this erotic tale by Janine Ashbless. This book is very well written and full of sexy scenes. These are the vampires of my dreams. They are sexy, powerful, and sexually dominant. This book is a great read and I highly recommend this author. She writes eloquently and gives the characters depth and allure.

I could scarcely put this book down. I have to admit it unfolded a bit unusually. Each of the first few chapters tells a sexy tale of vampires and lust and then introduces the vampire star. Each of these chapters could have been a book on its own. The characters range from selfish extroverts to hermit recluses. The author reminds us of the wide spectrum of fun and the burden of being a vampire without being overtly obvious. The nice thing about each of these chapters being a story on their own is that I never really knew what to expect from the next chapter.
The characters:

Ben The youngest vampire in the city. He is easily influenced by his vampire peers. His is almost harmless except for his youth gives him a blood-lust/f***-lust that won't be sated.
Roisin The oldest of the city vampires. Her existence is as a mirror ghost. She is so old she breaks the rules of matter and has all but forgotten what she is.
Wakefield The recluse vampire. He tends to his roses these days. He has all but stopped hunting. He was mentored by Reynauld.
Estelle The star. You have to earn the right to be her victim. A sexy siren with a lust for power. She loves the limelight. She runs BDSM and fight clubs all over the city.
Reynauld He runs the city. He has authority over all the vampire in the city. He is fair and ferocious. He is the Good Shepard.
Naylor He is dangerous. He has no empathy or compassion and now he wants to see Reynauld fall.

There are other human characters, some of which the author invites us to identify with. The humans in this story are not the point and the author reminds us time and again by leaving their stories incomplete. The author invites you to enjoy a day in the life of...and tells a bit of the history of the characters. The erotic aspects are written very well and some of them took me by complete surprise.

I wasn't satisfied by the way the book ended simply because I wanted more. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and erotic tales in this book. This is a good read and I recommend it!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hot but not my cup of tea 30 Aug. 2013
By Amy - Published on
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I love vampires, but I'm ashamed to admit that I like my vampires more like the ones Sookie Stackhouse hangs out with, or sparkly Twilight ones. So these vampires were not my thing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not much here I actually liked 10 April 2013
By Tierney - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It hurts me to say I didn't care for this book. At all.
I have read a couple of this author's other books [Heart of Flame, The King's Viper ] and REALLY LOVED them, but so much of this just wasn't for me. I like erotica, but I'm just not into shame, and rape, and whatever like that. I like sexy sex between two people who WANT it with each other. Sadly, that is only present here a small portion of the time. So the rest just made my skin crawl.
It's supposed to all go together to make one story, but so much seemed incongruous, and in the end I was left finishing the book with my brow furrowed and a distasteful and disbelieving scowl on my face, just wanting to be away from this book as soon as I could be.
Sorry, Ms. Ashbless.
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