Hi everybody, LJ here. For some reason Will decided to pass on the review of the vampire romance book. Big surprise! J OK, anyway, here’s the scoop: This is an older book in indie terms—things move pretty fast for some self-publishers, and apparently Tina Folsom kicks them out pretty fast. Venice Vampyr was apparently published only back in December 2010 and she’s already on number three in the series. So is this erotic paranormal romance for you? And what does that mean anyway?
Well, more than anything else, it means hair-raising language. I’m talking the most explicit, down and dirty language you can imagine. Or even stronger than that!
But let’s start things with the story. We don’t do spoilers here at BHBR, but it’s not much of a reveal to say that the story gets started when a human woman saves a vampire from drowning. How does he want to thank her? With sweet, sweet lovin’, and here’s where that naughty language comes in. The author doesn’t hold back at all with her descriptions or language, and you’ll feel like you’re watching a porn film when reading this book. Strangely, although I understand why Folsom’s books have been selling if they’re all like this one, I found the language really jarring. I’m no prude, believe me [Note from Will: I can attest to that; LJ is not a prude], but with the elegant backdrop of Venice for this book, it’s a bit much to hear dialogue that could have been lifted from the script of “MILF Gang Bang Vol. 4”.
Even that could have been overcome if the book were just better. But outside of the undeniably arousing sex scenes, the rest of the book is just boring. Folsom tried to spice it up—so to speak—by inserting photos of Venice that she took herself, but it only showed that she should stick to writing and avoid photography.
In the end, I’ll put it like this—I guess I don’t mind having read it, but I found it disappointing both as a romance as well as erotica. I don’t recommend Venice Vampyr for most readers and I’m going to give it two stars.