But the second half seemed a bit uneven at times, punctuated by scenes that dragged and moments of somewhat disparate dialogue. Even so, the pacing scheme did sometimes work nicely. Mar 28, Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: over 18 - strong sexual content. Shelves: werewolf , humorous , paranormal , reads , mythical , ghosts , vampire , magic. Just WOW!! Dana Marie Bell hits this one out of the park! I loved Blood of the Maple! Bell puts a spin on the paranormal genre that is so original, comedic, and emotionally moving. She is, without a doubt, one of my auto-buy authors.
This book is a zany, delightful, yet moving story with a cast of colorful characters. The main story-line narrates a relationship between Parker Hollis and Amara Schweller. He is not your run of the mill male vampire. He is a vegetarian vampire who Okay He is a vegetarian vampire who was cursed into such a state by a clingy ex-girlfriend named Terri who is a witch that has tormented him for years. Parker moves in next to Amara who is a reclusive dryad with few friends and is considered an outcast. As soon as Parker meets Amara, he is attracted to her unlike anyone he has ever met.
Parker learns he is able ingest her blood since, basically, she is green and leafy. Knowing he can have a meaningful relationship with Amara, he claims her as his own. The partnering of these two supernaturals is delicious no pun intended and titillating because they are so good together inside the bedroom and outside of it. In fact, the actions which Terri is willing to take to have Parker to herself threatens the entire town. Fortunately, Ms. My summary of Blood of the Maple does not do justice to the story. There is SO much more to this story than what I was able to relate in my review.
You need to devour this wonderful tale for yourself. I have a strong feeling that you will not regret submersing yourself into this original and brilliant world the author has created for us to escape into. Happy Reading from Bona Fide Reflections!!
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View all 3 comments. Blood of the Maple is the start of a new erotic paranormal romance series by one of my go-to authors, for when I want something fun and refreshing, a mini-break from my usual serious reads. This book fit perfectly and surprisingly was a bit longer compared to similar books in the genre. Since it is available only as an ebook, I am not sure of the page count but I would estimate around pages, a bit of a difference from the nearly standard novella length being published in this genre.
The only Blood of the Maple is the start of a new erotic paranormal romance series by one of my go-to authors, for when I want something fun and refreshing, a mini-break from my usual serious reads. The only thing I had difficulty with when reading was keeping all of the different character names straight in my head. I kept getting people confused. I realize this is the start of a series and a certain amount of world building is necessary.
In erotic PNR series reads, that world building tends to center around character introductions for furture books. I am fairly sure that the name inundation will be lessened in the next book as there were at least three couples paired off in this one. I really liked both of the main characters.
Bell has found the balance I prefer, with both of the characters being strong individuals. Amara is no wishy-washy famle and Parker is comfortable with a confident woman as well as assure of himself enough to not feel weaker. Yet he had no problem asserting himself either. The love scenes were a bit of fun, quite sexy and definitely worthy of my erotic shelf. Both Amara and Parker were a wonderful match. The setting was also original and I am excited to see what happens in the next book.
Of course, this book ends with a HEA so I am mostly wondering who will be the focus of the next book. Personally, I am hoping for the fire elemental to get her HEA. Jun 01, Bonnie rated it it was ok Shelves: arcs-netgalley , romance-paranormal , diiiirrrrrrttyyy. I decided against that obviously. View 1 comment. Apr 12, Angie rated it it was amazing Shelves: paranormal-romance , fantasy-romance.
This was a one day read, I could not put it down! I loved Blood of the Maple. The characters were so unique and fun, a vegetarian vampire, a creepy stalker witch turned plant, a dryad thats more than a dryad, a witch turned ghost, I could go on and on. I really loved the sense of humor behind the characters and the book, that under tone of sarcasm made me keep reading just to see what would pop out of their This was a one day read, I could not put it down!
I really loved the sense of humor behind the characters and the book, that under tone of sarcasm made me keep reading just to see what would pop out of their mouths next! My favorite quote that made me laugh out loud at work and have to come up with a quick excuse why - "Your giving me the choice?
Blood of the Maple
I thought macho men made all the safety decisions when it came to the womenfolk. You know, grunt, grunt. Get in house Wo-man. Followed by the inevitable beating of hairy chests. Mar 10, Deserthomemaker rated it liked it Shelves: A Lively and Sexy Romp Vampire Parker Hollis took full advantage of the free love and hippie lifestyle of the sixties Sure, he learned a valuable life lesson: hell hath no fury like a witch scorned, but he paid dearly for that lesson. Determined to be Parker's blood wife, the batshit crazy witch captures the vampire, then casts a dark spell that will change Parker That's how Parker Hollis becomes the world's first vegetarian vampire.
Decades later, the deathbed vision Parker's best friend Greg has moments before his passing prompts Parker to move to a town called Maggie's Grove. What he and Greg's ghost find astounds them, a town dedicated to the various supernatural races. It isn't long before Parker meets his neighbor, a dryad and for some inexplicable - and inexcusable reason, the town outcast, Amara Schwedler. Her scent makes him yearn for a taste and her heart calls to his. Amara's used to the petty hurts from being ostracized her whole life. She knows she's different. Heck, even other dryads avoid her - and that's the cruelest hurt of all.
Still, she lives her life and she has a few select friends, even a job with a boss who understands her need to occasionally commune with her tree. Still, when Parker moves in next door, Amara is captivated by him When psycho witch sweeps into town smelling of putrification and decay, intent on destroying anything standing in the way between herself and Parker, Amara considers her nothing more than a weed in need of pruning.
A pervasive weed with an evil streak. When she messes up Amara's garden, then targets innocent townspeople, Amara gets very, very angry. And when Amara is angry, she's very, very scary. The witch may be almost impossible to kill but Amara is something else altogether, and she and Parker have every intention of finally plucking that damned weed and ending her reign of terror. The trick is going to be making sure they don't get mulched in the process.
Without a doubt, Bell's new series debut definitely offers something new to vampire fiction. Its first vegetarian vampire botanist. Poor, cursed Parker, with his dietary restrictions, ghostly best friend, town-appointed Renfield I'd feel really bad for him Actually, I just had a darned good time with the whole book. It had its serious, threatening moments, but the majority of the focus stayed towards the more comedic and sexier end of the spectrum. And the sexier end, in traditional Bell style, was quite yummy.
Amara was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't sure I was going to like her, worried she'd be a bit too naive for my tastes given her social seclusion. As it turns out, she totally kicked butt - even more so than Parker did, and had a dry but sharp-witted sense of humor I enjoyed.
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She was a definite force of nature, and I very much liked how she fit with Parker. Other characters, secondary and ancillary, were plentiful and delightfully quirky, as is also typical of Bell, and they provided a nice preview of future main characters for the series. I wish the plot of the book had developed a little differently, with Amara and Parker's relationship evolving at a more gradual pace than it did. I thought the weedy witch of the west could've been introduced to the town a little farther along into the story, allowing for more time for all the characters and interpersonal relationships - especially but not exclusively the romantic one - to develop a little more thoroughly.
And I would've liked Parker to have been a bit more successful in his endeavors. Seems he was getting his butt kicked - or cursed - fairly often throughout the book. Still, for a light and humorous paranormal romance dripping with sizzling sexuality, Blood of the Maple was a fun read and fairly classic example of the type and quality of funny, sexy fiction by Bell.
I plan on continuing the series, as there was quite a lot of interesting and original mythos and world building here. I'm looking forward to seeing where Bell takes it all. I just hope we won't have to wait too long to get back to Maggie's Grove and its quirky coterie. Parker Hollis has made plenty of mistakes in his undead life. Parker cheated on his one-night-stand, which is never a good idea when the woman happens to be a neurotic, jealous and utterly bonkers witch called Terri. Literally, a vampire who can only eat green.
It has been a few yea Parker Hollis has made plenty of mistakes in his undead life. Apart from an unfortunate incident with a cactus, Parker has his hunger under control and even become a botanist. The town is so accommodating, in fact, that the Mayor supplies Parker with his very own Renfield. Parker finds himself living next door to a mysterious and gorgeous dryad, called Amara Schwedler. She has cascading red hair, smells like a green dream and Parker is thrilled to have found his vampire wife and single sotiei in Amara.
I really enjoyed the start of this book. Bell has written an utterly invigorating spin on the old vampire love story. Vegetarian vampires have been explored before with the help of synthetic blood, True Blood — but Bell has made Parker literally green. Amara is an equally refreshing and interesting paranormal character. Dryads are a pretty under-explored mythological character. Both Parker and Amara are unusual and titillating paranormal characters. She swallowed hard. I'm slightly more than a dryad. My problem with the coupling was that it came too quickly and too easily.
True, the psychotic Terri poses a threat to their romance, but for the most part their coupling is smooth sailing. I would have liked a little more friction to keep things heated and simmering. She rolled her eyes and bopped him on the head. I'm rarer than a dryad Republican. The main romance between a dryad and a vegetarian vamp was a little rushed and convenient. But Bell saves the steamy by including a fantastic spinning romance between a ghost and a physical medium. May 07, Ranting Dragon rated it liked it Shelves: caleigh.
Blood of the Maple is a contemporary romantic fantasy by Dana Marie Bell. There Parker also finds Amara, a redheaded, inexplicably unpopular dryad whose tree-like blood drives vegetarian Parker wild. Lots and lots and lots of sex Uncomfortable with explicit sex in your novels?
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Drop this book and run. But if you love your novels steamier than a sauna full of playboys, then this one is for you. Blood of the Maple is unexpectedly and deliciously erotic. It treads a fine, often wavering line between sexy and straight-up erotica. Like I said, if you love your fiction hot and heavy, Blood of the Maple delivers, and how!
Surprisingly hilarious Apart from the sex—which, really, you can get from any good fanfic—Blood of the Maple is fun because its characters are so darn hilarious. There are pop culture references and one-liners aplenty, and the zany banter between Parker and his ghostly best friend Greg had me laughing out loud more than once.
An obsessive stalker witch who controls plant weeds? A vegetarian vampire turned on by a tree dryad? A ghost having sex with a psychic? This is explained away by some new and convenient vampiric lore—auto-soulmates for vampires, essentially—but it makes for a bit of a shock to anyone expecting the main romantic relationship to face realistic conflicts and develop at a reasonable pace. Furthermore, the secondary characters, while funny, feel like sketches rather than completed personalities.
The cast is large for such a short book short by fantasy standards, anyway , and seemingly every single character, no matter how minor, faces his or her own romantic dilemma. This leads to an overwhelming number of subplots which fail to resolve or even be significantly explored by the end of the book. Why should you read this book? Blood of the Maple offers great sex scenes and a lot of laughs.
The title of this book was a puzzle to me, at least until I met the main characters in the book. Then Blood of the Maple made perfect sense. The Sixties: a time for peace, laughter and freedom. A wide-open feast for vampire Parker Hollis, until he runs afoul of Terri, a powerful and possessive witch who wants Parker all to herself. When she catches him with another woman, she curses him to a life of drinking only plant blood, making him the only known vegetarian vampire.
Parker runs as far from Terri as he can, and with the help of his witch friend Greg, learns to create the plant drinks he needs to survive, while avoiding Terri for the next fifty years. When Parker meets his new neighbor, Amara, he is drawn to her like no one before. But Amara believes him to be a normal vampire, and expects him to turn from her as others have, because she is far from normal. Once Parker realizes he can have a relationship and life with Amara, he claims her for himself.
Can Amara and Parker find the happiness together that they deserve? When Terri targets the whole town to get Parker, can they mount a successful defense and defeat Terri once and for all? Dana Marie Bell has created a new and intriguing community, filled with delightful and fascinating characters, danger, romance and humor. The trip through time, from the Sixties when Parker becomes cursed, to the Eighties when he discovers his calling to present day, having lost the physical presence of best friend Greg, is a delight.
I enjoyed the conversations between Parker and Greg in modern time, when Greg is a ghost, as they are filled with humor and the obvious caring these two had. Parker Hollis is strong, handsome and ready to get on with his life. He never expected to meet a woman he could love. I found Parker to be wonderfully loyal, and the pain he went through as he watched his best friend Greg slowly fade from cancer is well portrayed.
I enjoyed the sarcastic banter between them, even though Greg is now a ghost. Amara is a hamadryad, and a fantastic match for Parker. She is the strongest character in this book. I loved watching her discover love for the first time, and learning to care and be cared for by Parker. In many ways, Amara is an innocent, but there is a strength and passion in her, just waiting for the right trigger. That trigger turns out to be Parker, and I loved the heat that grew between them.
The secondary characters are wonderful, and I sincerely hope Ms. Bell continues with more in this world. There are several episodes of peril, when Terri tries to get back at Parker and Amara, and I love the ways they handled her each time. And when Parker and Amara finally get together, the sex between them goes way beyond scorching.
There are many humorous scenes here as well, and I will never forget the image brought to mind of a half naked Brian bent over the couch arm with his ghostly, and invisible, mate Greg. There are several happy ever afters here, and one thread left open, so I am hoping for a solution in another book in the future.
Apr 04, Scooper Speaks rated it really liked it. From the way he swallowed, he might have started drooling. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts, witches and dryads are only a few of the creatures living in Maggies Grove. The town caters to every abnormal living in the community except Amara. For an unknown reason she is shunned by most of the people in town. When Parker arrives the town welcomes him which shows it is capable of accepting those who are different, but their disdain for Amara is a puzzle.
I liked Amara from the get-go. She is a refreshing and mysterious character. We know that others fear her, but not why. My need to find out why she was treated like an outcast helped keep my flipping the pages of this ebook, but the romance was a solid second. Amara needed someone to love her and Parker had enough quirks of his own to make him worthy of her.
I wanted her to find a happily ever after and that was possible with Parker. The secondary characters almost stole the story. I want to know their secrets and desires. I learned enough about them to want them to find love and HEAs.
One reason why you should read Blood of the Maple: The sex scenes involving a ghost. The story is pages of steamy sex, funny innuendos and action. Scooper Speaks Jan 25, Shiran rated it really liked it Shelves: amazing-covers , favorites , luaghed-my-ass-off , dana-marie-bell , erotica , shifters , vampires , witches , magic. Parker is an weirdo amongst the weird and Amara is an outcast in a city full of supernaturals. A vegetarian vampire, Parker moves to Maggie's Grove after his best friend dies of cancer. Greg is still with him as a ghost but Parker wants a fresh start, what he finds is a town full of supernaturals and a the only woman who's blood was made for his unique diet.
Amara has been the outcast in Maggie's Grove for her whole lif 4. Amara has been the outcast in Maggie's Grove for her whole life but when Parker sets his sights on her everything changes and they will have to face an enemy that threatens to take the whole town down with her. Bell creates a world of the supernatural where even a vegetarian vampire can get some ice cream on a date and a man could have a full on sexual relationship with a ghost.
There were so many great jokes in this book that had me laughing out loud and once I managed to stop laughing Bell would just create a new situation or introduce a new character that had me laughing all over again. This book was action packed with Amara being a great kick ass heroin. She's small and petite, almost fragile but she can throw her man over her shoulder and carry him off or fight off an entire pack of angry werewolves. The relationship and romance between Amara and Parker was amazing and I loved the idea behind all the supernatural creatures.
All in all this was a fun, enjoyable read full of laughs, action and HOT sex. I loved every minute and can't wait for the next one in the series. Feb 01, Bj Gaskill rated it it was amazing. How to explain this book There really isn't a bunch of word that come to mind. I really didn't want to put it down. This book combines everything into one. You have your Vampire who is curse but a witch to only drink "Leafy Blood", you have your love sick witch turned into god knows what searching for her lost Vamp.
Then of course you have your sweet love interest Amara LOL Not to mention the werewolves, the driads , and all the othe How to explain this book LOL Not to mention the werewolves, the driads , and all the other "creatures" that live in that wonderful town of Maggie's Grove No wonder Parker's Best friend the now Ghost said to move there! What I can say from this book is every single page of this book is full of action! From the get go, this story has you and doesn't let you down. Further more it eludes to a future book, which in would be awesome. I enjoyed many parts of the book my favorite had to be the roses doing the macarena, I could just picture a bunch of rose bushes up and dancing in my head LOL Or when Parker was left talking to the tree alone Totally an amazing job done by this author.
The Characters are well thought out, the scenes are wonderful and the story is brilliant. May 29, Chichipio rated it liked it. For someone who supposedly doesn't read PNR, I seem to be reading a lot of it lately. The thing is, after finishing Feed , I needed a dose of what Vinaya calls fluff-fluffy-fluffest , something where you don't have to worry about what could happen to the characters because you already know everyone will get their HEA.
Luckily, Alisha's review of this book popped in my feed and I thought "why not? I have to admit, tho For someone who supposedly doesn't read PNR, I seem to be reading a lot of it lately. I have to admit, though, that I had a lot more fun than what I was expecting. There are many characters in this town and most of them got their chance to shine a bit. Even being super "fluffy," they still managed to come across as very different people and I never had the feeling that they were just cardboard cutouts put there to fill a space, like it's often the case with these kind of books.
As brain candy goes, one can do a lot worse than this. Aug 18, Angela James added it Shelves: , paranormal , carina-press. I'm not going to rate this, since I'm obviously a bit biased about books from this publisher ; but I have always loved Dana Marie Bell's books, ever since I pulled her first from the slush pile, and that hasn't changed in all these books, even after I'm no longer her editor and even books published with other publishers.
She's just a very talented writer and I love her voice! I read this while I was traveling overseas and it was a fantastic travel book to read. Love the world and I definitely h I'm not going to rate this, since I'm obviously a bit biased about books from this publisher ; but I have always loved Dana Marie Bell's books, ever since I pulled her first from the slush pile, and that hasn't changed in all these books, even after I'm no longer her editor and even books published with other publishers.
Love the world and I definitely hope to see more from her in this series for my own entertainment, if nothing else! Sep 21, Nettie rated it liked it. I rented this ebook from my local library branch because it had an interesting premise. A vampire is cursed by a fatal obsession type witch who seeks to bind him to her whether he likes it or not. In doing so, she has made it where he can only drink the blood of plants, as she is called a weed in the book. Parker has spent years fleeing Terri's wrath and obsession, but she always manages to catch up to him.
Then he finds his true soulmate in Maggie's Grove, a town of nothing but supernaturals. A I rented this ebook from my local library branch because it had an interesting premise. Amara is a dryad, and he finds her irresistible both as a meal and as a woman. I enjoyed this novel quite a bit, but I am only giving it a three out of five. When I rented it from the library, it didn't mention that it was an erotic piece.
She's convinced Parker will look elsewhere for a mate once he discovers she's not one of the O-positive set, and can't believe it when Parker finds her irresistible. When the witch who's been plaguing Parker's life discovers the newfound attraction between Parker and Amara, she takes out her anger on the town. Can the supernaturals of Maggie's Grove accept Amara and band together in time to withstand the assaults of the enraged witch? This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue? Upload Sign In Join.
Home Books Romance. Save For Later. Create a List. Summary A seduction-gone-wrong leaves vampire Parker Hollis with a new vegetarian lifestyle and on the run from a vengeful witch. Read on the Scribd mobile app Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Start your free 30 days.