Reviewed by KimberleyLet me start this review off by saying that I will NOT offer reviews for each individual story because doing so will make this review far too long and honestly with this anthology consisting of 13 stories with almost 500 ages of wonderfully written novellas featuring ordinary working class beautiful vampires it would be virtually impossible to offer opinions on each one without retelling the stories And really All of them are really well written The characters dialogues and storylines are engaging These stories were always out there ready to be told I m surprised that stories featuring working class vampires aren t exploredwritten Stories of super rich vampires while lovely are done all the time Super rich and immortal aren t necessarily everyone s favorite fantasy and it s good to see that these authors came together to mix it up a littleThese are thirteen of the sweetest novellas I ve read in uite some time What tickles me the most is that these vampires got their jobs via the same employment agency called VAMPVampire Agency for Mortal Professions And for the life of me I cannot explain why that made me giggle every single time I read it These stories have a vampire who s a housekeeperpersonal assistant he basically manages an author you have a vamp who s a Barbarossa Through Soviet Eyes phone sex worker a truck driver a crime scene analyst a copthe whole gamut of essential workers And in a way this is what these stories are an acknowledgement and salute to the essential workers who are basically keeping this country running during thisandemic Which segues nicely into my next Kropotkin: 'The Conquest of Bread' and Other Writings point theroceeds from this books goes towards the Covid 19 Response FundThe characters are so very engaging They re funny smart sexy and witty What I Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading particularly liked about these novellas is that these vamps are from different racial and ethnic backgrounds and the authors did a aretty good job of telling their stories without being insulting Long Haul even has an HIV Tajna vještina - Gibonni biografija positive MC that was heartbreaking sweet and strange all at once How to Keep and AuthorAlive was sweet and funny While all of these stories were well written those two were by far my favorite of the thirteenI willoint out that these novellas don t have HEA HFNHappy for Now endings so if you like your stories to have nice and tidy endings you will be just a tad disappointed All of these stories are solid with well fleshed our characters so the uality is not in any way less because the endings aren t completely HEA They all end on a 10 Soluciones Simples Para El Deficit de Atencion En Adultos pretty high note so while they have the HFN endings many of them appear to be the beginning of the journey for these wonderful menEach of these stories told all had a common human element to them It was great to read about these vampires experiencing the emotional and financial ups and downs ins and outs the mundane the exciting and hilariously human aspects of life And that is what makes these stories glorious This book wasrovided for free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes Go there to check out other reviews author interviews and all those awesome giveaways Click below Graveyard Cops by Crystel GreeneTwenty one since 1900 olice officer Jesse Hendricks works the graveyard shift out of necessity in Graveyard Cops by Crystel Greene He and his atrol artner Angelico Lico DiMarco secretly harbor a mutual crush they conceal with witty banter and self loathing Jesse hates being a vampire Lico is forever teasing Jesse about his immortality but he doesn t believe vampires exist so Jesse is well aware there isn t a future for them Their airing is endearing even as Lico annoys Jesse with a A Lion Among Men protective nature as the senior officer On a routine call things change and Lico s beliefs instantly adapt Now it is a race to save the love of his life Graveyard Cops is a uick read with entertaining banter and smoldering desire whileroviding a complete story in a short amount of time ETA Taking a break from this one to move on to something different for a while I might come back to this when I just want a short story to read I read about half of the stories and overall I did enjoy them If you like vampire stories this one is for a great cause sales are going to the World Health Organization s COVID 19 Solidarity Response Fund so definitely Hannah Pritchard: Pirate of the Revolution pick this one upA great anthology for an even greater cause Love me some vampires and this is a great group of authorsHow to Keep an Author 45 stars I love this author and this was uirky fun and delightful The vampire is a writer Long Haul don t think I ve read about a vampire trucker before 4 stars Overexposed Felt like the firstart of what should be a longer story Nice copmurder drama story Dial a Vamp a vampire is a Otis phone sex worker I gotta admit this story went in directions I did NOT see coming Off the Menu a vampire is a chef which is a bit funny considering that he can t taste anything toair with the wine selectionsFangs for the Memories Rollie is reunited with the vampire boyfriend he thought he had staked years ago I thought the setup was interesting but something about the reconnection or feelings didn t entirely work for me Call my Number OK so I kinda loved this one Ross keeps calling Max at work and they flirt like crazy only we will realize that these two know each other better than you d thinkBad BloodGraveyard Copsuality AssuredFire and ice Skin ColdLife HacksBad Decision Dial a Vamp by Roberta Blablanski is a hot fast A Speech on the Present Duties and Future Destiny of the Negro Race: September 2, 1872 (Classic Reprint) paced read with lots of gasp worthy moments for such a short storyCaleb has a fantasy so he calls the sex line to try to rolelay being bitten by a vampire during sex Little does he know that Ronaldo is the Kiss of the Spiderwoman perfect sex line worker for this fantasyWyatt is in a rut A big one Nothing has stirred this vampire s libido for 40 years until Caleb calls him during his job as a sex call worker And when he discovers the very human Caleb is in a relationship and they both want to meet him in real life to explore further Wyatt s not sure he can go back to the rut he just climbed out ofDial A Vamp has enough surprises and boldness toiue interest and reel you in I really enjoyed the blatant sexual nature of this story even by MMM standards and Roberta Blablanski uses some very clever writing to bring enough detail to this short read to leave you satisfied and fulfilledIn Mel Gough s Fire and Ice Cold Skinfirefighter Ryan has a big heart and when he sees a kid who just lost his house to a fire he has to help He feels drawn to Drake and offers him a The Mutants Are Coming place to stay not sure why he trusts himHowever Drake has a few secrets and his world is very different from Ryan s When Ryan begins to suspect something he does some investigating and discovers a truth that should scare him but not enough toull away from the intriguing man or vampireA uick but engaging read with a dash of mystery and suspense Fire and Ice Cold Skin is well written and easily absorbed in a single sitting This is an anthology for a really good cause kudos to the authors for that so I re ordered a copy I robably won t rate it overall as it s too hard Perhaps I ll write a few lines on each story when I ve got the time I actually enjoy and admire the art of short storytelling So I have mixed feelings about this anthology overall While some of these were good little stories in their own right some were nothing than a sampler And like most anthologies I ve read over the years some of the stories were hit or miss Blog review with a short short review of some of the stories at I ve given this a B at AAR Review to follow at AARWorking Stiffs An mm vampire charity romance anthology is a collection of thirteen short stories and novellas and roceeds from sales will go to the World Health Organization s COVID 19 Solidarity Response Fund I generally find anthologies to be a mixed bag and that s true of Working Stiffs given there are thirteen stories I m going to limit myself to talking in detail about the ones I liked best or we d be here all dayAll the stories are based around a similar remise As the synopsis saysIn a world struggling to come to grips with the existence of vampires where reactions range from excitement to fear to determined disbelief these vampires are just trying to make ends meet Some of them do mundane work like waiting tables or driving a cab Because even the undead have to earn a livingThe world building in terms of what these vampires can and can t do and how they live or not is fairly consistent across the board and the vampire characters range from being centuries old to the recently turned and work in jobs from chef to cabbie telemarketer to trauma specialistMy favourite story is Lyra Evans Bad Blood which features two ER doctors who have been at each other s throats figuratively since they met Dr Alek Matsouka is dedicated driven and highly skilled but when he starte. An MM vampire romance charity anthology Not all vampires are idly rich Some of them have day jobs Er night jobs In a world struggling to come to grips with the existence of vampires where reactions range from excitement to fear to determined disbelief these vampires are just trying to make ends meet Some of them do mundane work like waiting tables or driving a cab Others have Witch Is Why The Moon Disappeared prestigious careers in medicine and crimerevention But what all their jobs have in common is.
D his training he never intended to end up in Emergency medicine That all changed when he was turned just two months before he ualified and being an ER doc is now the only way he can ractice seeing as any other branch of medicine would need him to work in the daytime He and the other resident James Crawford can t stand each other Crawford resents Alek for always interfering with his cases and telling him he s wrong Alek resents Crawford for having the choices no longer available to him and takes out his frustration by being snippy and condescending The ER setting is very well done a warning here there s a scene involving a miscarriage that is uite detailed and there s another in which Alek is confronted by some serious bigotry that is uite rightly uncomfortable to read The two leads are fleshed out fairly well for a short story and their simmering chemistry is evident right from the first which of course leads to an ending of their feud and a definite HFNFangs for the Memories by Sadie Jay is a second chance romance between a vamp and the ex who staked him fifteen years earlier You d think a stake through the heart might be a tough one to forgive but the couple in this story manage to get ast it Back when he was young stupid and easily influenced Rollie Brown was brainwashed into believing that vampires were an abomination and that he should kill his lover So seeing him alive or rather undead and well and working as a bartender comes as something as a shock Not surprisingly Aja isn t all that Underground (Unbelievers, pleased to see Rollie but when he explains that he s looking for an ex he thinks might have got mixed up in something nasty at a vampire bar Aja agrees to help The author creates a believable connection between Rollie and Aja the storyline is suspenseful and there slenty of humour too My one niggle is that the set up Rollie s reasons for the whole stake through the heart thing were retty unconvincingI also enjoyed Overexposed by K Evan Coles and Mel Gough s Fire and Ice Cold Skin although both felt as though they were introductions to longer stories In Overexposed a crime scene hotographer with the NYPD becomes involved with the only witness to a murder a human he s felt drawn to since the moment he first saw him and in Fire and Ice and Cold Skin a firefighter is moved to look after the young man whose home has just burned to the ground and who has nowhere else to go Even though the leads are together by the end of this one it doesn t feel uite like an HFN and there s definitely to be said Both authors indicate that there may be to come and I d certainly be up for reading that if they end up writing itHL Day s Bad Decision is set in London and features a vampire cab driver who gets a lot than he bargained for when he icks up a fare who wants to go to a vampire bar to act out his sexual fantasy of being bitten during sex The relationship evolves uickly but the author creates a real atmosphere of eril in this story showing the vampires as much menacing than those in most of the other storiesThe biggest issue I have with romances in novella and short story form in general is that they almost ways feel rushed and given that today even the shortest of romances is expected to contain a sex scene the The Purposeful Graduate plot character and relationship development suffer as they re sueezed into fewerages to leave room for the shagging The stories I enjoyed most in Working Stiffs are Inscriptions for Headstones probably the longest ones and they have a bit depth to thelot and characterisation than the others While the sex scenes in every story happen fast there is at least a build up and a sense of connection between the charactersMy least favourite tales Roberta Blablanski s Dial a Vamp about a vampire Thailand's Sickest - Hell To Pay phone sex operator whose latest caller wants to act out his vampire sex fantasies is basically all sex and littlelot That s fine the threesome is Huumetsaarin jouluyö pretty hot but I d have liked a bit substance to it And Call My Numberby Megs Pritchard has a greatremise two guys who talk on the Retail. De digitale hysterie voorbij phone everyday agree to meet up but things aren t uite what they seem I really liked the idea there but it was let down by the execution and uninspired writing Edie Montreux s uality Assured about a vampire who works at a call centre and seems basically to be some sort of superhero is simply weird and again is tripped up byoor executionWorking Stiffs is available in Kindle Unlimited or costs 399 to buy I would imagine money will go to the charity if the book is Η γραφομηχανούλα - Nietzsche ex Machina purchased outright and given there are half a dozen decent stories in there I d say it s worth therice if you re looking for some uick sexy reads and a collection you can dip in and out of My favourites were by authors I haven t read before so I m definitely going to check out of their work I ve re ordered this in support of this cause and in response to the actions of the stable genius in the white house Review to follow at some oint after its releaseOkay finished it Overall I d give it a 4 Most of the stories were excellent a 4 5 star rating but a couple were obvious cliffhangers or lead ins to the actual story and I d rate them lower although not simply for that All in all I m glad I urchased it I reviewed the book with a crew These are the shorts I undertookBad Decision by HL Day Have you ever seen a caricature artist capture a erson s essence in a few deft strokes HL Day does the literary euivalent in her novella Bad Decision released as art of the Working Stiffs anthology In approximately 57 ages er my e reader HL crafts full ersonalities or vampiralities lus a deliciously creepy world of seduction and betrayalWhen cabbie Alessandro icks up gorgeous rain drenched 4000 Meilen durch die USA: Meine Reise zu den großen Fragen des Lebens passenger Liam he s upset by Liam s destination a vampire club where he yearns to receive his first bite At these disreputable establishments most humans come for a single thrill but some succumb to full addiction Alessandro however knows a few gorgeous men are dragged to the basement and never return From experience he suspects Liam will be one of them There d been another boy once Many years ago I d sat back and done nothing that night and he d died slowly andainfully Will Alessandro risk everything to be sure Liam isn t anotherBy contrasting danger with attraction HL Day keeps tension taut There was certainly a fascination between us some might even call it a need One that I wasn t strong enough to deny even if I wanted to And thus Alessandro barges in where Blood edged with Interior Designs: An Adult Coloring Book with Beautifully Decorated Houses, Inspirational Room Designs, and Relaxing Modern Architecture pain had a bitterness that you couldn t manufacture in any other way Vampires always had theirreferences YikesFor terrific drama fight seuences and love scenes HL Day s Bad Decision is a superbly dark and entertaining Gläsern page turneruality Assured by Edie Montreuxuality Assured brings us socially conscious vampires because why didn t I think of that Eddie Montreux is brilliant to realize immortals would worry about climate change than us who will die before its worst conseuencesDerek is a newly changed vampire working night shift for a medical response call center who comes to the attention of Kellen their uality Assurance officer But instead of finding the incompetent temp he expects Kellen finds Derek is almost a superhero helping those with medical issuesKellen might be attracted except for tworoblems He s too ill to think of intimacy and besides vampires killed his sister Ooops But Derek Detention of Doom proves too caring to shunt aside Will Kellen take the chance to learnuality Assured is told with humor like how vampires who live at night might consider days of the week Fraturday the early morning between Friday and Saturday And there s a fascinating exploration of consent when would a human consent to be turned For a slew of new ideas on an ancient subject and characters I d love to see explored in a full length novel don t miss uality AssuredFangs for the Memories by Sadie Jay Fangs for the Memories is an adorable novelette by Sadie Jay which touts the value of forgiveness As a college student from a religious family Rollie Brown staked his boyfriend Alex upon learning Alex was a vampire And for fifteen years Rollie has hated himself for it going to therapy and opening a vampireositive gym as restitution Rollie didn t know wooden stakes don t kill vampires So when he encounters Alex as alive as a vampire can be bartending at the location he s to meet Oakley his current date Rollie uickly bails and an angry Oakley becomes his ex Meanwhile Rollie knows he must apologize to Alex In so doing he discovers Alex has become a vampire enforcer Fromentin policing those who over feed And Oakley has become addicted to the bite Before they can explore anyossible relationship Rollie and Alex must rescue OakleyThe couple have a cute repartee For example when Alex first gives Rollie his number Rollie returns his number with a heart emoji Alex s response a stake Their explored and. People Unpredictable interesting frustrating hostile helpless tasty Punishing My Slutty Little Sister people Whether they’reouring drinks answering Blood+: Russian Rose, Volume 2 phones hacking into a computer system or serving up theerfect foodwine airing these working stiffs are too busy to fall in love Or are they This International Workers Day celebrate by sinking your teeth into thirteen awesome stories about vampires at work Because even the undead have to earn a living Proceeds benefit the World Health Organization’.
Unexplored heat wafts off the age Plus Fangs for the Memories remains sweet and hopeful while offering small lessons on emotional resilience Well doneBad Blood by Lyra Evans Lyra Evans gives enemies to lovers the Friedrich Barbarossa (Gestalten Des Mittelalters Und Der Renaissance) (German Edition) perfect degree of snark in Bad Blood Alek and James ER residents have been at each other s throats since medical school It galls Alek who was turned into a vampire during school that James breezes through work getting along with everyone and acing his studies Meanwhile Alek s choices have narrowed to night shift no sunlight relegating him to the ER However with acute senses Alek can see and smell illness which James human senses overlook And he takes great glee in correcting James misdiagnosis Oh Jamie Alek said knowing James hated the nickname If you could diagnose youratients correctly the first time I wouldn t have to check all your work Beware the know it all There are depths his certainty must miss And what follows is a delightfully humane takedown where everyone wins I loved how Lyra Evans documents the you spot it you got it henomena without making either Alex or James less admirable in their rofessions goals or human weaknesses A lot is accomplished in a Bad Blood including an implicit comparison of bigotry against vampires with discrimination of gays Unfortunately this still exists even within the medical field which is disproportionately staffed by the LGBT community Lovely hraseology smooths the ainful truths Alek flattened his emotions The Taste of Her Blood (A Lesbian Vampire Tale) pressing them down to a line along the soles of his feet I chuckled and was saddened by this creative novella Reviewed this one with my friends at KEBB the entire review can be found hereFor myart I reviewed How To Keep an Author Alive by AJ SherwoodRating 4 HeartsIn How to Keep an Author Alive AJ Sherwood s layful and lighthearted nature really shines through This is my first experience with Sherwood s writing and I see I ve been missing outWhen Justus is sent to his new job he s immediately drawn to his boss Scatterbrained and completely oblivious author JD Cooper is a hot mess and Justus All roceeds donated to the World Health Organization s COVID 19 Solidarity Response FundWhat a joy Having the opportunity to read this anthology full of vampires I looooove vampiresAll stories were diverse and all about vampires READ THEMHow to Keep an Author Alive by AJ SherwoodLive in apartment on third floor available if reuested Free of charge Pay was 80000 a yearThat s what Justus our dear vampire wants to live in Nashville and who d known later on also being close to the authorCooper love it that Justus can cook like a real chef living a decent life it something difficult for Cooper and Justus is doing a great job Justus has other ideas about his bossDoing research Cooper has the strangest ways of working Strangle and got strangled for research urposes uhuhh Justus wants another jobBut days fly by and Justus get to know Cooper and and he likes it very muchCooper wants to explore and with Justus Justus re evaluate his opinions Cooper is uite adorableAhhhh loved this story Cooper a bit awkward made it awesomeFunny fast aced sweet and caring storyLong Haul by Tanya ChrisWoww that was a story with unexpected contentSilver is a vibrant homeless guy abused in a Learn English: A Beginner's Guide for ESL Learners parking lot and saved by truck driver vampire Vlad Without a home he wants to drive with Vlad He talks a lot and is funnyVibrant but ill he wants Vlad to turn him when the time is thereVlad haslans for SilverLovely super short story it was right all the way Sparklingly writtenOverexposed by K Evan ColesDanny the local baker is mugged and also found a dead bodyHe s shaken and without keys Liam the detective on the case offers Danny a Who Is Gloria Steinem? place to sleep because there is a killer around looking for DannyOh boy uite some suspense Captivating af and intriguing Wonderful to know there will be a continuationDial a Vamp by Roberta BlablanskiWyatt works as ahone sex operator named Ronaldo He got a call from a nervous guy Caleb who has the fantasy to been bitten by a vampire For the first time in ages Wyatt feels something in his groin Finally a erspective in his dead lifeWhen fantasy gets real it seems Caleb has a artner Read what that could mean That was one sexy story a lot of it ha Excellent written captivating and funOff the Menu by RJ SorrentoAs a newbie vampire chef Johnny Russo refuses to feed on humans Until he meets Nate Beaumont the attractive sommelier with the most delicious scentOkey when I read the word scent I m all in because that s my favorite contentJohnny almost jumped Nate after Nate s scent hit Johnny s nose He can t touch him now so looking awkward is better than revealing he s a vampire no handshakeNate thinks Johnny is looking down his nose to him Well he can do that tooThey start bad snarling and bitch at each other I loved itBlood blood human synthetic animal blood it s there for the take But Johnny desires only oneI m gonna cry this was another awesome story of this anthologyThe recipe here A an three spoons of snark some blood some hurt two cups of comfort stir the drink and swallow yess How can I handle such a delicious storyFangs for the Memories by Sadie JayIndoctrinated by his religious surroundings Rollie staked his boyfriend fifteen years ago He couldn t get over it and run Now he meets Alex againHe needs Alex s help to find and ossibly save his friendI liked this story but would have loved it with a difficult and troubled reconnection Overall a nice and easy storyCall My Number by Megs PritchardOh gosh my heart what an excellent storyEvery day at the same time Ross calls and Maximus takes the call It s their little game Always friendly always helpfulRoss wants to hear Max s voice and dreams of what the vampire will do to himRoss ends the call with a clear invitationOh gosh that was one delicious experience Full of surprises the best surprises everrrI loved this story hard it was dirty but oh so romantic For me the best combinationApplauseBad Blood by Lyra EvansAlek and Crawford both doctors hate each other Both work at the ER Alek guesses Crawford is anti vampire Well guess what Alek is anti Crawford even his scent is the best Both oh boy are they both wrong about the other s feelingsThe rush from the ER was alpable the tension between both men deliciousOverall a great story with a nice ortion of enemies to loversGraveyard Cops by Crystel GreeneJesse is a vampire cop and Lico is his big burly colleague Lico doesn t believe in vampires and Jesse doesn t want him to know he is Jesse has the hots for Lico from the first moment and yeah that s also something he can t know Lico always makes fun of Jesse s Corazones solitarios pale featuresOne night Jesse got hurt by a silver blade it could kill him when Lico finally understands what Jesse is he takes care of him in everyossible way and has a confessionLove this story so much Short fast Napříč nekonečnem paced enough developed to know theicture It s a sexy bloody sweet story Awesomely way of storytellingSo happy to know they get a continuationuality Assured by Edie MontreuxDerek is a newbie as Medicorp associate and with compliments from clients Kellan has to evaluate Derek s calls Only there s something strange he can follow the client s voice but he can t hear Derek s voice An investigation is neededFirst there was aversion but later on read it There is much going on in this story than I could imagine Love this veryFire and Ice Cold Skin by Mel GoughAfter a fire firefighter Ryan helps a young ice cold guy Drake to get some warmth inviting him in his home They have a great night but the next day Drake is goneThat s where the search starts When he finally finds himA fast aced instant love tale nicely written captivating Worthy reading And maybe there will be a continuationLife Hacks by Eliott GriffenJosh lives a great life Working in the IT world is satisfying Until he runs into a hacker onlineVin didn t expect this he closed all doors and got out this is bad Running into a world with guns and crimeAfter they meet they got an arrangement to work together against the company Everything went well until Josh understands what Vin is Vin turned into a vamp with the wrong expectations now he has to live with the results Josh will never want him would heBetween all the data there was a sweet story I loved the vulnerability and honestyGreat story with great contentBad Decision by HL DayIf you are looking for a sexy but also exciting story with danger and a fight you have to read thisAlessandro has to stop the beautiful but stubborn human Liam He wants to go to Silver Fang to finally feel the sensation of vampires fangsAlessandro knows he is in danger and follows him inYeah danger tension angst and sweetness It s all waiting for the reader s eyes AwesomeThe combination of everything above makes this a fast aced very entertaining story. S COVID 19 Solidarity Response Fund Titles included in the collection How to Keep an Author Alive by AJ Sherwood Long Haul by Tanya Chris Overexposed by K Evan Coles Dial a Vamp by Roberta Blablanski Off the Menu by RJ Sorrento Fangs for the Memories by Sadie Jay Call My Number by Megs Pritchard Bad Blood by Lyra Evans Graveyard Cops by Crystel Greene uality Assured by Edie Montreux Fire and Ice Cold Skin by Mel Gough Life Hacks by Eliott Griffen Bad Decision by HL Day.
Roberta Blablanski hails from The Big Easy New Orleans Louisiana She draws inspiration from her colorful hometown and her former life as a college radio DJ When she isn’t writing she spends her days searching for the world’s best Bloody Mary and avoiding people she went to high school with Her normal habitat is curled up in bed with a good book and a cup of coffeeRoberta developed a love of