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Curses, Foiled Again

Written by: Sera Trevor
Narrated by: Michael T Bradley
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Felix is a vampire - a fierce creature of the night who strikes terror into the hearts of everyone unlucky enough to become his prey. Or at least, that’s what he thought was true, until he met John. John is completely unimpressed with Felix, much to his dismay. Felix becomes fixated on proving his ferocity to John - and when that doesn’t work, he strives to make any impression on him at all. 

John is a witch, and as all witches know, vampires are notoriously stupid creatures who only have the power to hurt those who fear them. Besides, he’s under a curse much more frightening than any vampire. Felix’s desperate attempts to impress him annoy John at first, but gradually, they become sort of endearing. Because of his curse, John has pushed everyone in his life away. But Felix can’t be hurt, so there’s no harm in letting him hang around. 

Felix is technically dead. John has nothing left to live for. But together, they might have a shot at life. 

This dark and witty vampire romance for adults is complete at 100,000 words, with no cliffhanger. Despite some dark twists and turns, it ends with a solid HEA.

©2018 Sera Trevor (P)2019 NineStar Press, LLC
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Grosely Refreshingly Entertaining!

Blue Roses: 4
Blue flames: 3

These vampires were everything on a scale from silly to absolutely grose.
Something disturbing, disgusting, slightly awkward or really just not right.
I found it refreshingly entertaining. I loved Felix as a vampire. He was innocently fierce. This book had downright original vampires and a plot with magical creatures. It has witches and magic, but it was not overly fantastically done. So much so I actually believe I can make a blue rose, if I can only find or catch myself a vampire willing to drip a drop of vampire blood on a rose for 101 nights. The plot sucked me in and I was emotionally involved with Felix and his sister being held prisoner and not being able to live freely while the witch drains their life's energy.

Felix, believes himself to be fierce and one night got a whiff of John. He smells delicious, but John has a way to keep Felix from attacking him. The two get to know each other, while Felix is courting John and doing everything in his power to scare him, so he can drink his blood. Vampire in this book can only drink blood from humans who are scared of them. That boggled Felix's mind, because John is not scared of him.
I found it very funny and endearing how Felix started to hang around and stalks John, but John slips away over and over. This makes Felix even more intrigued and obsessed with catching John.
I heard a lot of satire and it was truly appreciated. This was not an erotic fantasy. It does have some sexy scenes but they don't drive the plot.

Narrator: I don't have any complaints about the narrator, I looked him up and also listened to A Warning in Blood Written by: Joseph R. G. DeMarco.
Both books are about vampires, He did a good job both times. I would like to hear more about him in the LGBT genre.
I do recommend this audiobook if you love vampires a little more on the darker side.

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  • Jeff S.
  • 2019-11-26

Loved this book...

I really enjoyed this book. I thought the narrator did a great job with the story line. It was a bit silly at times, but overall not bad.

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  • s. glick
  • 2019-08-16

Enjoyable, Creative take on a vampire romance

I really enjoyed this book. It offers a creative take on the vampire romance (at least as far as I know) and the characters end up with a different outcome than most, though they most certainly get their HEA. I loved the thought that the author put into the world building, and following each characters emotional arc. The performance was overall great, but I felt like he lost the secondary characters a bit sometimes. The two MC's, however, were performed excellently.

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  • Annika
  • 2019-08-15

This was different

A witch with a deadly curse and a vampire that’s obsessed with getting his attention, any kind of attention.

One night Felix is on the prowl for his next meal and comes across John. What he didn’t know until that night was that in order to be able to feed, his victims needed to be afraid of him. And John wasn’t, not even a little bit. That’s the starting point of Felix obsession, stalking John and doing everything and anything to get his attention. Imagine an eager puppy, bouncing around, wagging its tail, yipping and yapping. That’s Felix for you. It’s cute in a puppy, not so much in a vampire that’s supposedly more than a century old. I don’t know if the author was going down the road of ridiculousness and parody at least where Felix was concerned, but that’s where we ended up. Because cute or funny it was not – at least not to me. And if all vampires were the brainless fools that Trevor meant for them to be, then how come his sister didn’t appear as foolish?

I liked the idea and world building of the book, it was interesting and had a lot of potential; the lonely witch just waiting for the inevitable end. Only to accidentally pick up a vampire stalker begging for a date when he couldn’t kill him. Add in a fierce apprentice he didn’t mean to pick up either and the groundwork was there. Sadly it didn’t live up to my expectations in the end.

I saw somewhere that this book was described as dark, and I don’t know that I’d go that far. Or maybe that’s because I wasn’t all that invested in the book and felt anything beyond a mere interest in what was going on. There are some dark-ish moments if you think of it carefully, but they didn’t feel that way while listening.

I enjoy listening to new narrators, as it seems like most books I listen to lately are narrated by the same handful of guys. It gets repetitive after a while, so a new voice is always a treat, even if the narration as such isn’t perfect. Michael T. Bradley fell into the trap of over doing the performance. I love when narrators perform the books, where every emotion is clear and you can see the characters before you and feel what they feel. Bradly did try for that but went a step too far, so the actions and feelings didn’t seem genuine anymore. It felt like when children play, a bit over the top. I will say however, that as annoying I found Felix, Bradley absolutely nailed his narration of him. He truly captured the eager puppy that Felix was described to be.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 2019-07-22

Enjoyable!

This is such an enjoyable story. I have never read or listen to anything by Sera Trevir and I glad I started. Felix and John's story is funny and I love how their relationship grows. Michael T Bradley did a great job in bring this story to life. This is such a great listen.

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  • Janet Gibson
  • 2019-09-09

exceptional

loves the narration, loved the story, highly recommend, hope for more great narration from Michael.

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  • Sativa
  • 2019-08-31

Quirky

I loved how different this book was. I am a huge fan of old Hollywood and this twist to the mythos was fun. The humor was fabulous but it also had mystery and action.

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  • Georgiana
  • 2019-07-29

I absolutely loved this audiobook.

Michael T. Bradley did an amazing job distinguishing the voices. I thought Felix’s voice fit him perfectly.

I found Felix to be funny, adorable and caring. John was a little sad, but knowing his predicament I completely understood.

Felix is a vampire who is trying to scare John a witch, and its just not happening. Felix won’t give up and because of this the two eventually, slowly start to care for one another. But John is cursed to die at any time.

This was an entertaining, emotional and funny story. There are a lot of really great secondary characters and they all helped bring this story to life.

I will definitely be listening to this one again.

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  • Violet Marshall
  • 2019-07-27

An Interesting Book

An interesting book the writing was good. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters likeable. I think that some detail would’ve helped in a few places to fill out some events. And making a few events more understandable as to why they are important to the story. But overall, I enjoyed listening to the book. And I really like Felix his character was great. The characters were developed and thought out. Felix a vampire and John a witch are the MC’s of this book. Although the narrators voice isn't my taste but he did a good job with the narration. I can recommend this book as a good read/listen. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

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  • hussfan
  • 2019-07-16

I enjoyed it very much

I enjoyed this story very much. It has everything I look for in a book about magic: good witch, evil witch, spells, curses, and Love, plus a funny vampire and beautiful ghost. I really liked that in this story was no insta love or lust, relationship between Felix and John developed over time and it was fun following how their opinions and feelings about each other changed through out the story. Narrator did a good job and gave each character their own unique voice. I highly recommend this book to all listeners who enjoy books about love and magic.

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  • Andreams
  • 2019-07-15

Fascinating

I love this story and have read it twice so I decided to try the audio and was impressed. In the beginning, it was a little frustrating because the voices weren't "my" voices but I got much more comfortable after a bit. Audio is new to me so it took a little getting used to. Michael T. Bradley did a great job with the narration and the quirky character of Felix.