Vamps: Underground Encounters Box Set. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Vamps: Underground Encounters Box Set by Lisa Carlisle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Forbidden love and dangerous secrets.

Escape into a hot underground club, where the statues are so much more than stone.

Shifters, vampires, witches, and gargoyles. Who will you meet at Vamps tonight?


Welcome to Vamps in these three stories:
CURSED (a gargoyle shifter er romance) 
SMOLDER (a vampire / firefighter romance) 
FIRE (a witch / firefighter romance) 

CURSED
Never cross a witch.

Three brothers disover that the hard way when a vindictive witch locks them in stone.

Witches be crazy…

Meet the three gargoyles who guard at Vamps!


SMOLDER (a vampire / firefighter romance)

Ice blue eyes. Intense stare. Incredible accent.

Vampire.

Had she missed the signs? At the rock climbing gym, he’s a harmless crush. But, when she runs into Michel at a goth club, her reality and fantasy worlds collide.


FIRE (a witch / firefighter romance)

Opposites attract in this steamy paranormal romance.

Maya sees a stranger at Vamps. He’s just her type–dark, brooding, and mysterious.

Tristan avoids people due to his curse. But when he sees a woman dancing alone surrounded by an unusual glow, he must discover who she is and what gives her the radiating power…

Vamps

Cursed

Gargoyle shifter prequel!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: N/A
Heat/Steam: N/A
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😠😘🤓
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Solo Narration

The Hero: Lucan – he was a gargoyle shifter who got involved with a witch, Veronique, against his clans wishes. He thought they were just having some fun, while she took things more seriously. When things went bad, she cursed him and his brothers, Danton and Mattias. They were locked in stone for centuries, only able to come out once in a while to help humans in trouble and only able to stay out for 24 hours at a time.

The Story: Memories of the witch had left the brothers as part of the curse. Lucan wanted revenge against Veronique but couldn’t even remember what she looked like. At some point after years of guarding the Paris streets, they were approached by a vampire named Michel to come to the US and be guards in his goth nightclub called Vamps.

This book is told via solo narration and was narrated by Bridget Bordeaux. She has a good voice though each character sounds pretty much the same, she distinguishes between different people by different accents not changing her voice. I didn’t really like the french accents. The story is only the back story of the three brothers, no romance. The book was good for a prequel with just background story information, though I wish Lucan had a romance, there was the start of Danton’s romance which comes later in the series.

Smolder

Vampires don’t like fire, but firefighters are a different story!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙🤎🖤💜
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😠😘🤓
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Solo Narration

The Hero: Michel – A vampire and the owner of the goth nightclub called Vamps in an artist village near Boston. Vamps is a haven for the supernatural, but also caters to humans. Gargoyle shifters encased in stone are the guardians inside the club, they come alive if a human is in danger.

The heroine: Nike – she is a twenty four year old firefighter who likes to unwind with her friend Maya at Vamps, the underground club that catered to the outsiders. Nike is strong and independent. She has seen some strange things in peoples houses and garages and knows that everyone is strange in their own way which is one reason she loves Vamps.

The Story: Nike has had a crush on Michel for a while. She had seen him at the climbing gym she goes to and had fantasized about him for a while, so when he rescued her and her friend from some unruly men at the club, she was only to happy to have a drink with him and chat. Nike was surprised to find out that Michel owned Vamps and the rock climbing gym.

Like the prequel, this book was told via solo narration and was narrated by Bridget Bordeaux. Like I said before, she has a good voice, but doesn’t have a great range of different voices for different characters. She also speaks pretty fast, I actually had to check to see if I had accidentally turned up the speed on my audible app.

The story was good, though I think Nike was a bit too introspective for so early in a relationship. Granted she got some strange news when finding out that Michel was a vampire, she wasn’t as introspective about that than about the relationship in general. I did like the backstory of how Michel became a vampire and the other vampire who wants vengeance against him.

Fire

Darkness and Light!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙🤎🖤💜
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😠😘🤓😍
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Dual Narration

The Hero: Tristan – He is the new owner of Vamps nightclub. This book takes place a year after the previous book and the fire at Vamps. Tristan comes from Salem, Mass and his ancestors are witches and he believes he is cursed, so he stays away from humans despite the fact that he owns the club. He spends most of his time in his lab below the club.

The heroine: Maya – she is the best friend to Nike from Smolder and is also a firefighter who used to spend her free time at the underground nightclub, Vamps. She used to go there with Nike, but stopped when Nike left town and she decides to go back to the club at Halloween a year later.

The Story: Tristan decides to come up from his lab on Halloween to check out the club. He has trouble spending much time in the club because darkness surrounds most people and it drains him to no end. When suddenly he sees a beautiful woman who is surrounded by light. He sees pain in her, and where others’ pain usually drains him, he feels compassion for hers.

This book was told in dual points of view via dual narration, unlike the first two books. I like dual narration so much more than solo narration, so I was happy for the change. It was narrated by Amber Lee Connors and Kieran Flitton. Kieran has a soft but masculine voice which is very pleasant and Amber has a youthful feminine voice that is easy to listen to.

This book is more fleshed out than the previous two books, it didn’t seem to go by so fast and the story was original and interesting. The romance wasn’t as rushed as the last book, it was on a more normal pace with both characters holding things back at the beginning and not completely understanding their connection. The only thing I didn’t like about this one was the amount of time Tristan and Mia spent feeling sorry for themselves.

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