Author: Amy Lee Burgess

Book Spotlight, Excerpt & Giveaway: The Circle 2: Blood Gate by Amy Lee Burgess

Posted October 18, 2014 by Ginny in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 7 Comments

Blood Gate
The Circle 2: Blood Gate
by Amy Lee Burgess
Series: The Circle #2
Genre: Erotic, Urban Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Format: eBook, 297 pages

Book Description:

Vampire Claire finds herself caught in the middle between her Master, Paker, and her Trigger, Andre. Little love is lost between the former friends, but somehow Claire must build a bridge between them when they are sent to Edgewood to settle their differences. The cost of her failure will be deadly.

Deep in the cellars of Edgewood, a game of sexual bondage unleashes unexpected dangers, twisting open, loving Andre into a secretive virtuoso of manipulation. Is this just another part of the game, or is he losing his mind? Parker will take desperate steps to protect his apprentice, but he won’t be dragged into the game with them.

Can Parker set aside forty years of bitter rivalry, or will he sacrifice Andre to save Claire?

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Excerpt

The hairs on the back of my neck prickled when Parker moved close behind me. He wrapped his arms around my waist and held me against his body, but I mistrusted the gesture. No matter how wistful his thoughts outside my flat might have been, Parker was a cold-hearted manipulator.

“As rooms go, I’ve seen bigger prison cells,” he remarked. “It doesn’t matter. You can have some space in my wardrobe. You wear the same pair of jeans for a week anyway. It’s not like you need a lot of storage space.”

“With a couple coats of paint and a new bedspread, this could be nice.” I couldn’t keep the dubiousness from my voice, and he chuckled in my ear.

“It sucks and we both know it. You won’t be sleeping here anyway, will you?”

“Guess not,” I said.

He rocked me, the movement oddly soothing. The scent of his cologne was so familiar, but everything else was different. Including me. Especially me.

“You don’t have to,” he said after a moment. “Sleep with me, that is. You should spend your nights with that bastard Trigger of yours.”

“What is the point of me being your apprentice if I spend my nights with Andre?” I knew I ought to pull away from him, but I didn’t. Instead, I pressed against him, grinding my ass against his cock. His response was immediate, and he slid his hands up to cup my breasts.

“Trying to seduce your way out of talking to me?” He licked the flesh just below my earlobe, and I shivered. The twin points of his fangs scraped my skin but didn’t penetrate.

“Since when do you ever want to talk to me? Talk at me I’ll buy, but when have you ever been genuinely interested in anything I’d have to say?”

“True enough,” he agreed. The bastard. “But maybe we should change our dynamic. What do you think, sweetheart? Want to make this a different master/apprentice relationship this time around? Think you can handle it?”

“Oh, here it comes. The carrot you dangle in front of my dazzled eyes. You want me to eat your carrot, Parker? Really?”

“Eating my carrot is not what I had in mind, unless this a new euphemism for cock. Get on your knees for me, Claire. You always liked it there.” Parker let his arms fall to his side as he sucked my earlobe between his lips and nibbled. He knew that drove me crazy, damn him.

Asshole. He didn’t think I’d do what he said, but I’d show him. Only, I’d do it my way.

About Amy Lee Burgess

Amy Lee Burgess lives and writes in Houston, Texas but her heart belongs to New England – especially in the autumn. Ruled by two dachshunds and addicted to Irish breakfast tea and the Walking Dead, she loves to write about vampires, wolf shifters, gargoyles and other assorted paranormal creatures.

Amy loves to travel to places like London England, Edinburgh, Scotland, Paris France and Providence, Rhode Island where she stalks the coziest Irish pubs she can find. She writes to trance and house music by candlelight and welcomes email from her readers – especially if they want to talk about the supernatural.

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Review: The Circle 2: Blood Gate by Amy Lee Burgess

Posted October 18, 2014 by Ginny in Erotic Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: The Circle 2: Blood Gate by Amy Lee Burgess
Blood Gate by Amy Lee Burgess
Genres: Erotic Romance, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Published by Loose Id on August 5, 2014
Format: Ebook
Pages: 297
Source: Tour Host

Reviewed by: Ginny
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
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Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Vampire Claire finds herself caught in the middle between her Master, Parker, and her Trigger, Andre. Little love is lost between the former friends, but somehow Claire must build a bridge between them when they are sent to Edgewood to settle their differences. The cost of her failure will be deadly.

Deep in the cellars of Edgewood, a game of sexual bondage unleashes unexpected dangers, twisting open, loving Andre into a secretive virtuoso of manipulation. Is this just another part of the game, or is he losing his mind? Parker will take desperate steps to protect his apprentice, but he won’t be dragged into the game with them.

Can Parker set aside forty years of bitter rivalry, or will he sacrifice Andre to save Claire?


My Thoughts:
A love triangle, bondage, dominant males, vampires, and an evil plot — What’s not to love?

I was honored to receive both books in this series by Amy Lee Burgess, the first being “Blood Gift” (Amazon purchase link here — side note, I feel like the woman on the cover resembles Kirsten Dunst, so that’s who I was picturing.) and the second, “Blood Gate”, to which this review is dedicated.

Told from Claire’s first person perspective, you begin after she’s been turned but she’s still new, and still learning the ropes.  She has the ability to read minds, and the ability to sway others to do her bidding — both talents came out after her turning. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have control over it, so being out in public is very difficult for her — many things are.  She comes from a troubled, abusive past and tries to use her powers for good, though the result isn’t always as she planned.

From the first book into the second, she switches “Masters” — first, the vampire who turned her, Parker, to the vampire she can’t resist, Andre.  Both are just as dark as she, with secrets of their own.  What I love about first person POV writing is that you are able to learn the secrets right along with Claire, but you still have your own frame of mind to think loudly, “What the hell are you doing?! Stop! Go back! Don’t!!!” even as she trudges forward.

At first I thought Claire was weak, but then I realized that, even though she definitely is in a way, deep below Amy Lee Burgess wrote a spine of steel and survivor techniques that I admire.

Speaking of admiration, she made me love and hate both Parker and Andre — and wish I had just one night with both of them.

This review, honestly, covers both books in a way — in the first book I hated Parker, in the second, I hated Andre. And in the end, I loved all three of them.  I do hope that there will be more for this series. The only matter of contention I have would be the price of the kindle books themselves. It may just be that I’m poor, but I don’t know if I’d pay $7.99 for each book. Possibly both ($4 each), but I do think the price is a bit high. To each their own, and to what they can afford.

I did very much enjoy these books and I do recommend that people read them and give Amy Lee Burgess credit where credit is due.