Beautifully written, with rich imagery and believable characters. The writing is strong, the writer’s voice is very well-measured - the story moves at a wonderful pace.
Lark has broken up with her cheating boyfriend, a police officer called Andrew, and finds herself on the streets, living in shelters, with only the change in her pocket after he frames her for arson. Totally desperate, Lark replies to an advert for a blood donor and meets Thea, a mysterious and very attractive woman, who, it turns out, is a vampire.
A very piquant love story ensues. The sexy bits are sexy, but they’re not gratuitous as the love that develops between the women is very real.
I cared about Lark and felt real concern for Thea on the Ferris wheel. I was so pleased with how Andrew’s story concluded. A stunning piece of work. Looking forward to reading more from Rose Madon.
Of course it was crazy hot! It had vampires and lesbians! But more...it had an interesting story that could have been crafted by one of the great “mainstream” thriller writers of our day. I remember once being told that the draw of works like DRACULA was the understated BDSM element. You have a powerful immortal who cannot be resisted. That’s a great premise for any BDSM work. That said, my favorite aspect to BLOOD FROM A STONE was how the author was every bit as subtle as Stoker but we still watched love push our heroine into the service of a dominant, who...but that’d be a spoiler. Its also interesting to watch as we find this vampire isn’t a glittering creation of modern teenage angst but a classical monster who feeds on blood, can’t cross running water, and fears the sun. The whole review boils down to this: Fantastic Lesbian Sex from the physical and psychological and romantic angles and a great story.
For what it's worth, this book 100% got me through my plane from the States back home to Peru. The lady next to me was reading "The Life of Christ," so I felt cheeky and busted this open.
I say "for what it's worth" because this is only the third romance novel I've ever read (if you count Nora Robert's "The Circle Trilogy" as a single book, and I do). I downloaded "Blood from a Stone" on a whim because it was being offered free at the time (that's no longer the case, I believe, and justifiably so).
What a total (pleasant) surprise! I got to the first instance where the sexy vampire should do the stereotypical sexy vampire thing (i.e., punch the "problem" to bits/throw a jealous temper tantrum because love interest isn't absorbed only with vampire). And holy crap, that didn't happen. Instead I got two actual reasonably well-rounded characters, weaknesses and all—my (albeit limited) experience with romance novels is that this kind of balance and humanity is pretty rare. There was even some well-executed integration of folklore and weird pop culture events, little gems to find in (again, unexpectedly for me) a romance.
The plot is simple and tight (that's a GREAT thing). Well constructed. Obviously there's ample sexy bits in it, and I'm still blushing, so yeah, A+ on sexy bits. I did bump into a few typos, but hey: my understanding is that this is an indie author. I'm not going to be a gremlin about niggles when the content is lovely and unique, otherwise polished, and somehow both touching and hawt. Glad to have stumbled into a talented writer.
Exquisitely written. It's difficult to find gay/lesbian romance, especially involving vampires, that isn't tired or worn to death tropes.. Especially delighted at the inclusion of vampire legends involving running water and compulsion! The nsfw scenes were, to put it bluntly, hot and well-paced, and the treatment of the protagonist's previous abusive relationship was done well. He very much seemed like an abuser, unlike the incorrect caricatures you often see used as plot points to portray how good the new romance is. It made me all the more invested in Lark's outcome. Thea's personality is appropriately idiosyncratic and broody while showing vulnerability in the cracks, without being a Cullen. Satisfying ending, very well edited.
I really enjoyed this. As others have said, the characters are like able and easy to get invested in. It’s a lovely ratio of sex to plot (expect it to get more plot heavy at the end). I never skimmed over plot to get to sex or vice versa. I didn’t feel like I got too much or too little information about the characters — really refreshing! I’ve read professionally published books with lower quality writing.
There is no discussion of preferences or limits before sex, including the BDSM elements. It’s the sort of thing I like a warning for, so I thought I’d let others know here.
That said, I loved it. I love vampires, especially when there's lesbians involved. I remember snagging this a few months ago, so forgot there was sex until I actually read it. Didn't mind that, but was definitely more into the romance.
It was really cute, watching Thea warm up to Lark like a cat. Kinda sad it ended so soon, though; I wanted to know more about Thea's past. We know she likes cats, at least.
I don’t normally like vampire books but I decided to give this one a try.This is very well written. I really liked the characters and I loved the ending. The only suggestion I would make is MORE detail. Example: They kiss...describe the kiss in depth. Describe everything it pulls readers into your image
I couldn't put this book down! It was intriguing from its opening line all the way to the end. The author has created a perfect balance of sexy, sweet, and meaningful with well-written characters who you can't help but love (or hate).