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As many of you know I have read a lot, and I mean A LOT of vampire books over the years and so it takes something rather unusual to make me take notice. Vicky had been talking about the first book for a while, but she knows me well, and probably realized that the chances of me actually getting it were slim ... and so she sent it to me......and then when the second part came out she sent that too.
Blood Orange (book 1) starts with a plethora of trigger warnings, including a couple that I didn't actually understand and had to google (which got the book put on the shelf for a while - not because of any of the warnings, I am just not a fan of them in general). The trigger warnings can be summed up with - this is a dark vampire romance, with graphic bdsm scenes, and violence. It is definitely not a book that everyone will want to read (but remember you can enter the giveaway and I can send them to a Muser that WILL love them).
Fans of the later books in Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series would, I feel, enjoy the duet a lot. It does pull from a lot of Dracula references, which as I have read and watched many incarnations of that particular vampire, I definitely recognized the original source material. Karina also pulls from some Lovecraftian ideas, so there really is a lot going on.
For me personally, I don't think the blurb does the series justice. The tagline "My Heart Will Always Find Yours" is definitely the important part and the rest, well the rest makes a lot more sense after you read the book - which is generally not the best plan for blurbs. I also felt that book 1 was stronger than the second one, but I like my reads dark, and the ending of book 1 definitely fits that, with book 2 conforming more to general reader expectations.
Overall, I enjoyed reading what is probably the first series I have read "just for fun" since I can't even remember as usually everything has at least some tenuous link to work even if they are books I genuinely love.
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The Pineapple Code Word For This Article Is Dracula.
And Now For The Giveaway
Melanie's Muses will be giving away paperback copies of both books in the Dracula Duet by Karina Halle (originally gifted to her by Vicky Storch and being shared as a prize with permission).
For your chance to win- FILL OUT THE FORM and tell us:
What is your favorite version of Dracula? (all count - Book - TV - Movie etc)
If you don't have a favorite Dracula then any vampire will work.
Comments about the article are encouraged - but for now only qualifying entries on the form will go in the hat! What your answer is will not influence whether you go into the hat - Only that you answer the question!
Winner will be announced during the Live show on August 27th and then posted on the page as well on August 28thif the winner isn't at the live.) Full Rules Below!
Good luck everyone!
Only comments posted on THE FORM will be considered.
This is open internationally. If you win and you cannot accept mail due to Covid issues we will hold the prize until such time as you can. Some exceptions may apply based on Post Office Regulations. Melanie's Muses takes no responsibility for rules beyond her control. Void Where Prohibited.
Sharing is always appreciated but is not required for entry.
Winner Will Be Picked At Random.
One Entry Per Person / Household
Prize is provided via Melanie's Muses and will be mailed by her.
Winner will be announced during the live on Sunday August 27th and posted on the Facebook page on Monday August 28th if they aren't at the live. Winner will have 48 hours to claim by messaging their address to
- https://www.facebook.com/MelaniesMuses/ Or prize is considered forfeit.
Failure to claim will result in a no future giveaway entry being counted for 30 days.
We want people to claim their prizes! Don't get on the list!
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