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ARC Review: Masquerade (Vampire Realm Romance Series book 10) by Felicity Heaton


Ten years have passed since Sophis and Vivek, two vampires of the Venia bloodline, came close to death at the hands of twin hunters Aleksis and Izabella Romanov. The events of that night turned Sophis and Vivek against each other, shattering their close friendship and driving them apart.

Now, on the eve of a centenary Creator Day masquerade and at a time when things between them are dangerously close to separating them forever, they uncover a small army of vampire hunters in Saint Petersburg, led by their nemeses, Aleksis and Izabella.

With the safety of the rulers of the seven pure vampire bloodlines in their hands and their chance for vengeance hanging in the balance, can Sophis and Vivek face their past and overcome their differences? Will they realise their true feelings for each other before it’s too late or will the hunters finally claim their lives as their deadly plot to destroy the bloodlines unfolds?

Books in the Vampires Realm romance series stand alone and do not need to be read in order to gain maximum enjoyment


Whew. Felicity knows how to write a damned good story. I didn’t want to put this one down. I’ve only read her two short Vampire Erotic Theater novellas (Covet and Crave)  before this book, but when she offered it to me, I jumped on it like a starving chocoholic let loose in the Hershey’s factory.

This is book 10 in her Vampire Realm Romance Series. Now, about this series, there’s a few things you should know:

1) The vampires in this book /series lean way more toward Lestat than Louis. And I don’t mean poor whiny baby Lestat afraid of helicopters sitting around in moldy clothes and starving. I mean bad ass, killing whores, changing 6 year old little girls to torment his lover/companion, eating old ladies and their foppish boy toys out in the gardens Lestat. You feelin’ me?

These vampires will eat you, kick you in the face, and laugh about how you squiggled and squirmed.

2) The sex is hot and graphic. I look forward to these scenes a little too much. Is there a 12 step program for Erotica Addiction? Well, if there is, please help me hide from the orderlies in your basement. With my Kindle. I love smut, and Felicity delivers.

3) There is gore and violence, so these books are definitely leaning more toward the “Horror PNR” than straight fru-fru PNR. So, if you’re squicked by blood, guts, and battle, well, maybe not for you.

Alright, on to reviewerly things.  This being book 10 in a series made me a little nervous. I’m just OCD enough to want to read every book, in order, before I’ll read another farther down the line, regardless of whether I’m told I can read them out of order or not. But Fleicity assured me I could read this as a stand alone, and since I’m pretty sure she’s got some kind of direct link into my brain with her story telling, I said, “What the hell, it’s a free ARC. I can just lock the door eight times, wash my hands while singing ‘Twinkle Twinkle’, spin in a circle, and refold all my panties to overcome my OCD nonsense. I can do it.”

So glad I did. The story line is tight, fast, and action packed in more ways than one. There isn’t any sex in here for the sake of sex, and when you finally get to it, you’re so damned happy and relieved for the couple. I loved the MCs in this book, and enjoyed their verbal sparring, the machinations of their superiors and friends to nudge them to the inevitable, and the big battle at the end of the book. I had no desire to root for the humans at all. LOL. I happily watched them get slaughtered and wished I was out on the field with our couple to give them a big fist bump before flying away on my pet dragon so they couldn’t eat me. (Hey, combat burns a lot of energy and calories. I don’t wanna be their snack.)

There are appearances by characters from the earlier books, and the breakdown of different houses within the vampire society confused me a bit here and there, but I think that is because I tend to read very fast and will skim names of things like countries, characters I don’t like and hope to see get killed, overly expensive automobiles, and caste system naming conventions. (Only the society names were in the book, not the other stuff.)

The downside to this book for me was keeping the castes of vampires straight and the large cast of characters – like I said, peeps from earlier books show up. For fans of the series who have been following it, I think they’ll be thrilled to see old friends and get some possible foreshadowing for future lurve for some of the guys and gals that don’t have a twue wuve yet. So, I’m sitting here wanting all the other books now, because I’m intrigued about the characters I met in this one and want to know their stories too. Then I can come back and read this one again and feel all “Squee!” about seeing a series favorite pop up.

I’m happy to give this book a 4.5/5 stars. 🙂  For a five, you gotta make me cry like a little bitch. And I didn’t, thank Goddess. I’m an ugly crier.

***Yes, I got this for free, from the author for review. I’m being honest about my opinion of her book. I don’t lie about books I don’t like. I just don’t finish reading them. LOL***




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Comments (6)

  1. Michelle V May 18, 2012 at 6:56 am

    This looks awesome! It’s going on my wish list. I love finding authors that are new to me.

    • Jennifer James May 18, 2012 at 7:25 am

      Oh, and Michelle, Felicity has some freebies on Amazon, and one of them happens to be a book in this series. (Yep, I downloaded that sucker the minute I saw it.) I also recommend her novellas Covet and Crave, from the Vampire Erotic Theater series. I reviewed one of them on this blog, and the other was reviewed on GraveTells. They’re amazing, especially if you’re a fan of erotica. If you decide to read them, let me know what you thought. I love to talk books. 😀

  2. Buffy Kennedy May 18, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I have yet to try Felicity Heaton, but I’ve heard good things. Le sigh…and the TBR list grows again.

  3. Sophia Rose May 18, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I love her books. I’ve read two of the Vampire Realm books (out of order) so far and had no trouble. I agree about her vamps being on the danger end of the spectrum, but then so are her wolves.

    Loved the review!

    • Jennifer James May 18, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks Sophia! I love them too. 🙂 I’m super busy and there’s no way I can turn them down, even though I should. LOL. Really enjoyed this book. Oh the tension! Oh the drama! Loved it. great stuff.