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  • Mass Market Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (19 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373885490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373885497
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 10.7 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms C. McKechnie on 26 July 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A great paranormal anthology which takes you to exotic places with equally exotic characters!
In Stay by Michelle Hauf we meet Magen who has travelled to Paris to do some research on the book she is writing and to possibly have an affair with a gorgeous frenchman. She gets her wish in the shape of Lucian, although she doesn't know her lover is a vampire and when she gets possessed by the ghost of his ex lover she realises her holiday is going to be a lot different to what she expected.
In Vivi and the Vampire by Kendra Leigh Castle we get to meet Justin who is a workaholic king who has a very persuasive sister who makes him take a holiday. He doesn't realise how much he will enjoy it until he meets Vivi, a hunter who kills rogue vampires. Since they are both on holiday they decide to throw the rulebook out the window and act on the blistering attraction they feel for each other. Will the other hunters allow this to happen?
In the last of the stories, Island Vaction by Lisa Childs, Patricia has won a two week vacation from her work to a mysterious island and when she gets there she is left alone with a man called Roarke who is determined to prove that she is in fact Piper, the woman who killed his cousin but everything is not as it seems in paradise island.
I enjoyed this antho espectially Kendra's story as the characters really came to life for me. Lisa's was a bit darker than the other two but a great read which made me look for other works by the author.
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By Kate Phillips TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Aug 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Vacation With A Vampire is a three story anthology based on the idea of vacationing with vampires. The three stories are: Stay by Michele Hauf, Vivi and the Vampire by Kendra Leigh Castle and Island Vacation by Lisa Childs. As you would expect some of the stories worked and some didn't.

Stay by Michele Hauf

This was my least favourite of the bunch. To be honest this story just didn't work for me at all. I didn't find it very interesting and I thought the main female character had a ridiculous lack of self-preservation. This led me to not really care about what happened or the rather plain romance. Also I thought the ending was a little unclear, it left me hanging and I wasn't quite sure what happened.

Vivi and the Vampire by Kendra Leigh Castle

This was by far the best story of the bunch and is the saving grace of the anthology. From the very start I knew that things were looking up. I connected more with the characters and thought both Vivi and Justin had bundles of personality and likeability. The romance between them was gripping and full of delicious tension. It also had funny moments, some peril and a sweet ending. I have not got a bad thing to say about this story and it has convinced me to check out more of the authors work.

Island Vacation but Lisa Childs

This story is a little darker that the others with a touch of mystery. I really liked the idea but found that there were too many things that didn't quite make sense. I had quite a few questions by the time I finished that remained unanswered. The characters had a tendency to do stupid things but they were mostly ok. This one was middle ground for me; I didn't love it nor hate it.

I did enjoy this anthology but wished Stay and Island Vacation was a little more level with Vivi and the Vampire. It is a short and fairly inexplicit read that I enjoyed despite the inconstancies.
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Stay - Michele Hauf

Magen is writing a historical story set in the 1800's and travels to Paris, France looking for inspiration and a distraction from real life, preferably a handsome one with a French accent. She stumbles across Lucian in her quest to purchase a gift for a friend and she is drawn to him, inexplainably so. The more time together the deeper their connection grows but is there more to their relationship than we see at first glance?

I enjoyed the interactions between Lucian and Magen when they first get together, the gentle teasing, the longing touches. Both of them desperate for more but scared to voice their feelings. When Lucians past comes back to haunt him things really start to heat up.

Vivi and the Vampire - Kendra Leigh Castle

Justin is the King of the Vampires and a bit of a workaholic, his sister pushes him to take a well deserved vacation. Vivi is a vampire hunter who needs a break from the hunt. Fate conspires to bring them together when Justin steps in to save Vivi from a vampire attack. Calling a truce they make a date, one evening to get to know each other. Can they fight their growing attraction?

I love this one! I am a huge fan of Kendra's writing and this novella did not disappoint! I'm hoping for more books set in this world.

Island Vacation - Lisa Childs

When Patricia wins a two week all expensive paid vacation through her work she is unsure of what is goin on. For four years she has been in hiding, running from everything she used to be. Will Roarke unravel her secrets? Why is he so detemined to prove she is in fact Piper?

Island vacation was another enjoyable tale, my first from author Lisa Childs but I doubt it will be my last. I loved the suspense in this one, I was eager to get to the bottom of their secrets an I wasn't disappointed when I got there!

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Vacation with a Vampire 5 July 2012
By LITERAL ADDICTION - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Our Review by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
This was a great anthology. Michele's story was worthy of an immediate double read for me. I was glued to the pages of Kendra's tale and will more than likely read that one again as well, and Lisa's closer had an interesting spin that rounded things out nicely for the book. All in all, it was a very engaging read. '
Stay - Michele Hauf
Lucian is a Parisian vampire running an antique shop and enjoying life. After helping out a friend with a spell and donating some blood, he decides to take from the customer waiting for him outside of his shop door when he arrives back at work.
Magen is on holiday in Paris trying to kick up her heals and fantasizing about a lucid affair with a sexy Frenchman.
When the two come together there's instant chemistry and between danger, romance and revenge, Magen is swept off of her feet by the sexy Frenchman she's always dreamed of and Lucian finds himself wanting to do something he's never wanted to do in his VERY long life... actually ask someone to stay.
Vivi and the Vampire - Kendra Leigh Castle
Justin, the workaholic king of the vampires is forced into taking a vacation by his sister. Immediately upon arriving he's forced right back into work by bringing one of his vamps in line and stopping an attack.
Vivi is a Hunter attempting to enjoy some time away without vampires. That doesn't last long though, and she's immediately forced into a confrontation with not 1, but 2 vamps and then saved by a 3rd.
2 unlikely allies, they decide to work together and because they're both on vacation and rules shouldn't apply, decide they might as well get to know each other a little bit better as well. Their `vacation' proves interesting however, and there is danger lurking around every corner. Torn between the undeniable feelings for one another and their learned natures that are hard to ignore, theirs is a relationship full of excitement.
Island Vacation - Lisa Childs
Piper won a vacation through her work lottery and since she had never been on vacation she figured why not. It worried her a bit though, as she's been sort of in hiding for the last several years and she was afraid of blowing her cover and being thrown back into her waking nightmare.
Roarke is a vampire bent on revenge. When he thinks he's found the person who deserves his wrath he plans a scheme to get her in his clutches.
The relationship between these two was explosive. A case of mistaken identity (or is it?), a tragic history that was put to rest (or was it?) and two people who are forced to confront the darkest parts of themselves and each other while uncovering some long buried secrets and diabolical plots.
LITERAL ADDICTION gives Vacation With a Vampire 4 Skulls.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Three stories that prove that no matter how long you live all work and no play makes you dull. 27 Jun 2012
By D. Antonio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Even vampires need a vacation every now and then don't they? This book has three tales of vampires getting away from the everyday (or is that every night) routine.

Stay by Michele Hauf - Italian vampire Lucian Bellisario is now a Parisian. He lives and works in Paris. Magen Sloan is an American author on a working vacation. They meet and bond in Lucians' antique shop. Ah Paris by night.

Vivi and the Vampire by Kendra Leigh Castle - This was my favorite of the three stories. Justin, hunky vampire and King of Terra Noctem, hasn't had a vacation in like ever and hasn't had a date in a couple of centuries. His sister badgers him into taking a short vacation at of all things a beach resort. Vampire hunter Vivi is on vacation too. They meet when she is fighting off the advances of two rather insistent vampires. Can opposites attract?

Island Vacation by Lisa Childs - Piper Reynolds is in hiding. She isn't sure from what. Her only clues are in her nightmares which feature a lot of blood. Roarke Monterusso holds Piper responsible for his cousins final death. When he finds her he lures her to his island with a free vacation. Will he kill her or keep her? This story was too short to do it full justice.

Three stories that prove that no matter how long you live all work and no play makes you dull.

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Let's go on Vacation! 24 Sep 2012
By Jackie Burris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Read from September 17 to 19, 2012

BOOK SYNOPSIS

A holiday with tall, dark, handsome...and immortal!

Everyone needs a break sometimes, especially during the summer. After all, what's more relaxing, and more romantic, than a midnight stroll through Paris? Or the way the moon reflects off the ocean? And if your mesmerizing, sexy date happens to be ready to nibble your neck, who would want to say no?

Vacations are a perfect time to indulge, so why not spend a little quality time with these immortal hunks in three luscious tales of hot getaways. Treat yourself to a little bit of summer moonlight with these tales brought to you by Michele Hauf, Kendra Leigh Castle and Lisa Childs.

My Thoughts

As in all Anthologies there will be one that stands out as a favorite, in this anthology the choice is pretty much even as all three tales have their own appeal and all three authors for me are winners with none outshining the others.

#1 . We start with the first offering by author Michelle Hauf, her Vacation with a Vampire:Stay, set in the city of lovers Paris, is one that both longtime fans will find appealing as well as readers who are new to her style of storytelling.

There is nothing more elegant or sexy than a handsome Italian male who eloquently uses French as a seduction tool, at least that is what American tourist Magen Sloan thinks when she meets Lucian Bellisario. The two are like a moth to the flame, Magen is at first glance not the type of female that the ultra suave Lucian would ever be willing to spend more time with than it takes to sate his appetite for blood. However first appearances are deceptive in Magen's case, her inner seductress is more compelling than the highest paid courtesan practiced in the art of womanly wiles could ever be as Lucian soon learns firsthand.

Michele Hauf has penned a seductive little novella, one that has an unexpected twist that elevates the story to a different level than just two characters whose lives happen to overlap. A past mistake comes back to literally "haunt" Lucian, putting not only his life but Magen's in jeapordy unless he can figure out a way to make amends.

This is, as all of the works that I have had the pleasure of reading written by the author, an easy read that allows your imagination free rein and entertains with a bit of romance and drama that you will enjoy sitting down with for a short while as the novella takes very little time to finish.

#2 . In the second novella author Kendra Leigh Castle sends Vampire Hunter Vivi Malone on a vacation in a small Florida town in "Vivi and the Vampire". Vivi is one of a select group whose job it is to protect the human population from rogue Vampires. The small beach town that she chooses for her weeks vacation has a reputation as being one that is Vampire free. The first night out strolling on the beach in the moonlight though Vivi encounters two vampires who decide she is an opportune "snack" that they argue over which one gets the privilege of biting while Vivi stands to the side wondering how long it will take for them to notice that she is armed and not quite the "easy prey" they are used to.

Finally one of the vampires pays attention when Vivi produces a retractable stake and decides to flee before he is staked, the second though decides to stay and make the "little Hunter" regret her decision to resist. While Vivi is skilled it soon becomes quite clear that the vamp has her outmatched and she is only a breath away from truly becoming his unwilling meal when a new player enters the scene.

Justin is the King of the Vampire city Terra Noctem, he rules the Vampires there under his care by dealing with disputes that arise over one matter or another and in all his long life has never been on "vacation" but here he is after being badgered to take some time away by his sister Dru on the same moonlit beach as Vivi and her Vampire assailant. Justin recognizes the troublemaker as Adam and he intervenes and orders him to leave Vivi be and instead to return to Terra Noctem to be punished.

This is the start of a familiar tale of a mismatched couple, one a Vampire Hunter sworn to strike down all of the rogues who terrorize her human counterparts and the other the King of the Vampires himself who is sworn to keep his kind safe from Vivi and her fellow slayers. The internal tug of war that the two face to deny what each feels for the other is also a familiar part of the dance that accompanies these relationships, the clever twist introduced by the author as to the origin of the different types of Vampire Hunters is what makes it unique.

The tale is full of sexual heat as well as some fight scenes that will get the blood pumping for the reader as well as keep them anticipating what Vivi and Justin do next.

A nice little paranormal romance with plenty of spice that keeps pages turning until the very last moment of the story!

It has been a while since I have read anything by Ms. Castle but this short story reminded me of what a good imagination she brought to play in her work, it also reminded me that the lines between good and evil are not always a clearly drawn black and white.

#3 . The third offering by author Lisa Childs is "Island Vacation". We start the tale meeting Patricia Reynolds, an accountant whose firm has sent her on an all expense paid two week vacation on an island which is owned by Roarke Monterusso who it turns out is the mysterious client whose generosity is responsible for Patricia's vacation. The reason that Roarke provided the opportunity is quickly revealed, he feels that Patricia is in reality "Piper" who he has been searching for since the brutal slaying of his cousin Rick. Roarke thinks that "Piper" murdered his cousin and has been seeking her all the years since in an effort to exact revenge for Rick's death.

Not only is this a very intense story it is also one of revelations unearthed by both Roarke and Patricia about who she really is and what really happened the night his cousin Rick met his untimely death. There is a no "prisoners taken" attitude in this tale, it is very dark and delves deeply into what a greedy and cunning mind can do to wreak havoc on another's life by their actions.

If you enjoy being cast into a whirlwind of violent emotions, mystery, suspense and heated moments of inescapable passion than this is a paranormal romance that will entertain you from beginning to the very tumultuous end!

[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Everyone Needs a Vacation! 4 Sep 2012
By Autumn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As reviewed on Fic-Talk.com

Vacation with a Vampire is a romance anthology of three short stories featuring vampires. Before I started this anthology I had read only one of the authors works before, so I may be a bit biased. I found that I enjoyed Kendra's entry, Vivi and the Vampire, more than the other two stories.

Stay by Michele Hauf
Magen is a freelance writer vacationing in France. She hopes to have a fling with someone, in order to spice up her life and do something different. She goes to Lucian's shop in hopes of finding a gift for her friend. He's an Italian vampire living in Paris and he's quickly attracted to Magen. Lucian is a love and leave `em kind of guy and finds himself not leaving. Magen ends up being possessed by a past lover of Lucian's, who is out for revenge.

While an interesting concept, I think it was too much for a short story. There was just too much information crammed into the story. While I did like the characters and the writing, I found the French annoying. I'm reading, I want to know what I'm reading and I don't know French.

Vivi and the Vampire by Kendra Leigh Castle
This installment featured a character from Castle's Renegade Angel, which was published in 2010. It features Justin, the king of Terra Noctem, an underground Vampire city. His sister forces her two thousand year old brother to go on vacation. Justin meets Vivi on the beach while two idiot vampires are trying to harass her. She's a Hunter - a slayer who is supposed to kill bad vampires.

Although I hadn't read Renegade Angel I didn't feel lost in its world. Just enough was explained so that the story was understandable. It was a nice, lighthearted read with romance and action that had me rooting for Justin and Vivi. If Vivi and the Vampire was a standalone book I wouldn't hesitate to give it a four or more star rating.

Island Vacation by Lisa Childs
Piper Reynolds won a contest in her office for a vacation she doesn't want to take. Once she lands on the island and is taken to the house she's supposed to be staying at, she quickly realizes something is off. Roarke Monterusso is seeking revenge for his cousins death, but Piper claims she's not at fault, but is she?

This story once again suffers from cramming too much into a short story. One moment Roarke is ready to kill Piper and two minutes later he wants to screw her. Okay, maybe not two minutes, but you get the point. Everything just moved way too fast. I don't know about any of you, but I'm not hopping in the sack with someone who wanted to kill me five minutes beforehand. I don't care how hot you are!

If it's easy for you to suspend belief and you don't mind that the characters fall in love ultra fast and you love vampires, then this book might be for you. For me, the romance aspect just moved too fast in two of the stories and at an unbelievable speed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Vampires and vacations! 28 Aug 2012
By A. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first story is called Stay and it is about a vampire named Lucian Bellisario who has an antique store in Paris. Magen Sloan is a freelance writer who decides to go on a working vacation to Paris and is secretly hoping to have an affair with a Frenchman while in Paris. She meets Lucian and ends up being haunted by one of his former lovers named Magenta.
The second story, Vivi and the Vampire, was probably my favorite. Justin is the vampire king of the underground City of Noctem. He is overworked and his sister Dru plans a vacation for him to spend at the beach. Vivi is a Hunter who is on vacation at the same time. She meets Justin when he saves her from a confrontation she is having on the beach with 2 vampires. Justin and Vivi end up being attracted to eachother but a complication occurs when some other Hunters arrive looking for their target, Justin.
The third story, Island Vacation, has Piper Reynolds winning a contest at her office for an all inclusive paid vacation on a private island. She is running from her past and is using the name of her mother, Patricia Reynolds. When Piper arrives she comes face to face with Roarke Monterusso. Roark is a vampire out to punish Piper for killing his cousin 4 years ago.

I really liked all these stories and read through them pretty quickly. These stories, even though they are considered short stories, all felt complete to me and actually left me wanting to see more of these characters in some full length novels. Great romances with a lot of steamy love scenes!

I received this ebook free from the publisher, Harlequin Nocturne, through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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