Blood Slave

Rated 4.50/5 based on 16 reviews
From the ghettos of Spanish Harlem to a Manhattan Penthouse, follow Hope's shocking tale of life as a Bloodslave. Her survival lies in the hands of Vampire Master Enrique, a man who rules her every moment.

Hope’s telepathic ability keeps her a step ahead of ruin. But forever in the background is the fear that one day the cartel boss she abandoned will hunt her down to collect on old debts. More

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Words: 65,600
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301504930
About Travis Luedke

Travis Luedke is a husband, father, and author of Urban Fantasy Thriller, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction, and Sci-fi. He is currently catching a 3rd degree sunburn in San Antonio, Texas, and loving every minute of it.

As the author of the Nightlife Series novels, Travis lives very vicariously through his writings. He invites you to enjoy his macabre flights of fancy, but be warned: The Nightlife Series is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

Also in Series: The Nightlife

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Review by: Amy Evans on June 09, 2013 :
I received this book for an honest review and wow, am I happy. I didn't know how I would feel about the story focusing on a blood slave. In most other vampire novels they are hollow-shelled versions of their former goth selves, not Esperanza. She is a survivor and learned life lessons the hard way at a very early age. Prostitution, drug cartels, and mentally unstable vampires make for a fast and furious read. I don't want to give away to much but it is not your formulaic vampire novel. Definitely for 18+
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ariella holstein on May 13, 2013 :
I got this book for a free for a honest review. Amazing book. I fell in love with the characters. I'm giving this book 5 stars.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cristina Reiser on March 19, 2013 :
Blood Slave takes you into a gritty, dirty world of prostitution, drug trafficking, and of course vampire blood slaves. Travis takes you into a crazy world and weaves an amazing story. My only negative comment will be this: I wish there was more about Enrique. I felt his character was left a bit flat and because of that, I never really liked him. So, in the end...I was just like, eh. Ok. Whatever. No bueno.
But, the story itself was spectacular. Not an easy read, very bad things going on. Read with caution. 18+, explicit.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Danielle Silva on March 08, 2013 :
I really loved this book! I thought the way the relationship between the characters was portrayed from a unique perspective. The main characters were very believable, the story was an excellent read - very real-world portrayal of prostitution, sex-trafficking, and the drug trade. It kept me wondering when the next twist & turn in the story would be ... I couldn't put it down! I am curious to see if there will be some type of sequel. :)

DISCLAIMER: This book was gifted to me by the author
(through the Goodreads) website in exchange for an honest
review. The opinions expressed here are my own, and no
money or other compensation was provided for this review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jacquelyn smith on March 04, 2013 :
WOW!! What a shocking and passion story
about the ugly true o f a young girl's violence life.
Except for the vampires this could have been taken right off the news line of today's papers.

My only disappointments in this book were why in the he!!
Did you make her into a wimpy cry baby?
And where is the next book already?

Great story!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Samantha Martin on March 04, 2013 :
“You did this to me on purpose!”
“Though I’m not proud of it, I’ll not lie.”
‘”Yes … I did this”
“Oh God, I’m a slave!”

Hope has had a rough life, but she adapted to survive. Surviving on the streets of Spanish Harlem isn’t easy especially for a beautiful girl who can hear everyone’s thoughts. In order to survive in the ghetto’s her only choice is to become an escort to the Colombian cartel. She wants nothing more than to escape this life of crime, drugs, sex and pain. What she does not realize is that she will soon trade one life of pain for another.

Enrique is handsome, powerful, and a Master Vampire. He is her savior, he captor, her lover, and her torment. How can you fall in love with a monster? Hope cannot read Enrique’s mind so she does not trust him. She cannot decipher what is truth and what is desperation born from vampire venom.

Lost in the throws of addiction and her confusion over her feelings for Enrique, Hope’s character remains strong. The chemistry that explodes across the pages between Hope and Enrique will have you panting and fanning yourself every other page. Can there be a happy ending for a Vampire and his Blood Slave?

Blood Slave is a brutally honest tale of lust, blood, violence, pain, and pleasure all rolled together into a powerful tale that will have you up all night devouring each page. Travis Luedke is a master storyteller that gets down to the honest raw emotions that drive us and make us all slaves.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mandi Sellers on March 03, 2013 :
This book is for 18 and older and not for the faint of heart. There are some very graphic and crude screens so it's not for everyone. If you like Erotic Paranormal then this is a book you will love.

Esperanza de Salvador - Hope for Salvation works as an escort for the Colombian cartel in the ghettos of Spanish Harlem. This character if very well developed but man, does she go through a lot ... I felt so much emotion for her throughout this book. I just wanted to keep her safe. There seemed to be little hope left. Through it all Hope keeps her head and her smart mouth.

I slurred. "1998 was a very good year." I held my bottle up in salute. I had grown attached to my bottle, reluctant to let it go. It would serve as a decent bludgeon if that psycho b***h came anywhere near me.

Conchita is mixed in with the Colombian cartel too. She is a really good friend and roommate to Hope. I liked her from the beginning. Conchita does not have a huge part in the book but I thought she was a good supporting role.

Now to Lia … psychotic vampire b***h. I could write a whole page about this one but I try to limit it to just a few words… She is just crazy! You will just need to read the book because whatever I say you probably won’t believe. In all the books that I’ve read, there has not been a charter like Lia.

"You'll not die ... yet." Not until we see the Master. "It's too bad you're so damn cooperative. And here I thought you had some spine." All the more fun to rip it out.

I really fell for Vampire Master Enrique. He seemed genuine. Sometimes he was old fashioned in thinking or didn’t use his common sense but what can you expect when you’re dealing with an old vampire. As a measure of protection, he makes Hope his personal Bloodslave. Hope is completely addicted to his bite. This bloodslave business may be the death of Hope.

Faustino and Arana are the cartel that Hope works for. These guys are some heartless and very bad guys. Arane has some revenge to dish out after Hope goes missing, he’s just as psychotic as Lia or maybe worse.

I rated this book 5 Stars because I just couldn’t put the book down. I just had to finish it. From the beginning it was full of action, erotic moments, some fun, very emotional, a lot of crazy, and the ending didn’t leave me hanging. This was my first book by Travis Luedke and I can’t wait for the next one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie The Boyfriend Bookmark on March 03, 2013 :
So this review is hard for me to write. Not because I am disappointed in this book but because there is not another book to follow it with that will do my admiration for these books justice. Have I mentioned that I am a very impatient person? I am mostly upset because I have to wait for another book by Travis Luekde. Fact of the matter is that I absolutely loved this book.
This book can act as a stand-alone in the series by Travis Luedke. But it does make me long for another. Let me just start by saying, new characters, new situations and new passion, I was blown away yet again.
Hope (Esperanza de Salvador) comes to America to create a new life for herself but found herself as a prostitute working for the cartel deep in the heart of New York. Working to pay off debts well past paid, Hope is a girl with dreams. Hope is a girl of great strength and powers.
Hope’s greatest strength has always been her special abilities to be a great “lie detector.” But her one obstacle soon becomes the one person she can’t read, Enrique. But along with that obstacle she finds that she needs him so much more than she can possibly wish for. In the process she fall in love with the one person she needs to keep her alive.
This book was a tangled web of mixed emotions all riding on that need for the bite. And once again, Travis Luedke takes his characters to amazing places of ecstasy and love and entrances the reader into a dangerous world lurking in the darkness of night. Just when you think everything is going to end up precisely the way it should, everything changes.
I loved Hope in this book, not only because of what she was working so hard to overcome, but what she was looking forward to…a future. And Enrique…oh my… another new vampire for me to love! Travis Luedke writes amazing characters and amazing stories and unbelievable passion flawlessly. After reading this book I was left in shock.
I did something I wasn’t sure was possible when I started on this adventure. I read three vampire books and I loved them. Yes, I loved them. Travis Luedke has changed my opinion of vampires and the mysterious books they live in. Do I think I will jump directly into another? If Travis Luedke writes it, I will do it without hesitation. If by someone else, I cannot be so certain. I have a need for vampires now and feel as addicted as a Blood Slave.
When do I get to read The Nightlife Paris?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rachel Tsoumbakos on March 03, 2013 :
*Actual rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars*

"My mother must have suspected what my life would be like. That's the only reason I can think of why she named me Esperanza de Salvador. Hope for Salvation. There's been little hope of that since the beginning of my illustrious career as an escort at the age of fourteen.

I have often thought I should change my name to something more sitting. `Damned for all eternity' or `Swims in the lake of fire.'"

Oh yeah, it's a hooker with a heart of gold sort of a tale. Boy was I looking forward to reading this thanks to that quote!

Firstly, I had to get used to the structure of this book. The author tends to drop words from the start of the sentence which at first makes you think it needs an edit. Once you realise that it is to help you get inside the mind of the main character though, it really does reel you in. You start to live and breathe through this character.

At times I felt it was blatantly obvious that the female main character was written by a man with all her brutally honest thoughts, but it also works, after all, she's a hooker who was sold by her Columbian father into the trade. You'd certainly have to man up a bit in that case. The male perspective also comes into the limelight during the sex scenes. If you are looking for fluffy vanilla erotica here then you'd better walk away. This is more porn on paper than hyped up Mills and Boon. (Thank goodness!) Some of the sex scenes are hard to read, yet they are still engaging and I really take my hat off to the author for including such a variety of sex in this book. And for making paper porn work. *fans herself*

So the main character is a hooker with a typically nasty pimp holding her visa over her head in order to make her work for him. One night she gets a visit from a bi-sexual vampire (although at the time she had no idea the woman was a vampire). Things are fine (and the sex scenes are particularly racy here) until the vampire realises that Hope (her Americanized version of her name, Esperanza) cannot be glamoured because she is telepathic. She promptly takes Hope home to meet her daddy vampire and here's where the story really starts. It turns out Hope saves herself by being telepathic and sets about working for the vamp pair.

Things would be great, so long as the bi-vamp didn't keep having thoughts like this:

"She smiled at me knowingly as she imagined the various ways in which she might filet my flesh."

How awesome it THAT descriptive?! So Hope must keep herself safe from little miss jealous-bi-bitch-vampire while falling in love with her master.

Now the love story between the human and the vampire is pretty awesome. I LOVE the ending of this book, it ties up beautifully along with a decent amount of tension before hand. What I wasn't particularly fond of though was the bloodslave idea. While the actual becoming of a bloodslave was a cool idea, the fact that with each bite from the vampire, the human was bought to a finger-clenching, wailing orgasm every time was not quite so great. It just felt a bit over done.

Overall, I found this book great fun to read. I loved the rawness of the main character, her honesty at her debasement and her eventual journey through her rough upbringing. I did find minor editing errors (an extra full stop here and some weird sentence structure there), but nothing that completely distracted me from the tale.

I am giving Blood Slave by Travis Luedke 3.5 out of 5 stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Pamela Foreman on March 01, 2013 :
Warning: This book contains adult language and adult subjects including sexual encounters slightly graphic in nature. This book is intended for adults 18 and over.

The Nightlife: Blood Slave by Thomas Luedke is a wonderfully written book grabbing you from the first page all the way to the last. I will admit, the first few pages were rough to get through, but they set up the adventure which awaits the reader.

We are introduced to Hope who is a “twenty-two year old Colombian escort” and thrown into her lifestyle of being an escort. We see the violent side to her job and how Hope only wishes she could get out of her job she had been assigned to for a lifetime. It isn’t long before she is whisked away unexpectedly by one of her customers where she meets Enrique and quickly becomes his blood slave.

The story is captivating, fast paced and holds your attention the entire way through. I liked the fact the story didn’t end as I was expecting, in fact, none of the chapters ended as I thought they would. We see how a person can be thought of as nothing more than a piece of meat to be used and abused as much as the person wanted to a life of happiness and fairness for a person in need of hope.

As a warning, the language is intense, the sexual encounters are graphic, but the story line is fantastic. For this type of story, the words and illustrations only help pull you in to Hope’s life. In the end, you are rooting for her to make it and become the person she wants to be.

This is a book I would definitely read again and would read more from this author as well.

This book receives 5 out of 5 stars!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Noelle Blakely on Feb. 26, 2013 :
Esparanza (Hope) is a Colombian girl forced into prostitution at an early age. She ends up in America, living poorly, under the thumb of a cartel boss as much for the exploitation of her gift of intuition as the use and abuse of her body. Her story is grim and becomes even more so when a female vampire by the name of Lia hires her for her services and discovers that her intuition is actually a form of telepathy and that she is able to pluck the thoughts right from Lia’s mind. Lia’s psychopathic personality is barely concealed under the surface most of the time and not concealed at all from Hope, who can see it all in Lia’s thoughts. She wants Hope dead, but her master Enrique has placed a compulsion on Lia that does not allow her to freely kill. Lia must seek Enrique’s permission to dispose of Hope, but bringing Hope to Enrique changes all of their lives. Enrique turns Hope into a blood slave and makes her vanish from her old life.

I don’t see that much changes for Hope in the grand scheme of things. She develops strong feelings for Enrique through the bond of the blood slave, but she is still used roughly by him sexually and he allows Lia to use her as well. The vampire’s careless use of Hope brings her to near death on more than one occasion.

I found Blood Slave to be a very dark story. As usual, Luedke did an excellent job of fleshing out his characters with little details. In this instance, those characters are a dark and scary bunch. This story is compelling and mesmerizing, but depicts a seedy, ugly underbelly of prostitution, corruption and addiction. Even the “Pretty Woman” shopping spree didn’t redeem Enrique in my eyes.

As in the rest of The Nightlife series, the sex is abundant, but I missed the usual quality of eroticism displayed in the first two novels. I found the sex in this story to be gritty and graphic, but the abusive relationships, addictions, and coercion were not pushing my buttons. I also found the descriptions, such as measurements of the male genitalia to be distracting and unnecessary. Huge, large, thick, long, small, etc… are all good, but put away the tape measure.

This novel is fantastically disturbing. I liked the dark story and would describe it as a starkly graphic novel, which is certainly not outside my taste. As erotic romance or even just erotica, it fell a little short for me, but I am still a big Nightlife fan.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anastasia Agrotera on Feb. 24, 2013 :
I acquired this book free through a read to review program in exchange for an honest review.

I thought the book was merely okay because the story line was uncaptivating. It was mostly filled with "interesting" parts that did not allow the story to develop. This may be bias on my part because I do not usually read erotic novels and expected more character interaction and events to unfold.

The main character herself truly annoyed me because I couldn't understand her incessant need to make herself an object.

However, I highly recommend this book to vampire erotica fanatics.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Drako on Feb. 20, 2013 :
I'm a sucker for vampires, and the idea of a blood slave is not foreign to me. This book was a bit more than I expected. Firstly, I've got loads of lesbian friends so I know what they do, but I've never read a lesbian sex scene. I have to say, having one so early didn't take away from anything. It's much more interesting than listening to it from friends. So we open with Hope, an escort, meeting with Lia, her client for the evening. Of course, Lia isn't any normal hot Asian chick, as Hope thought. She's a vampire, and Hope has her own secret. She's a telepath. Unfortunately for her, this makes her immune to Lia's attempts to erase her memories. So Lia takes her to her master, Enrique, as she's not allowed to kill her outright. Enrique feels he has no choice but to turn her into a blood slave, hints the title. Little strange, and the sex starts a lot sooner than I would have expected but alright I can live with that.

The interesting part of all this is that Lia immediately despises Hope from the moment she is unable to wipe her mind. It's obvious throughout most of the book. It switches up a bit when Enrique makes it clear that Hope will be a part of their lives for as long as she lives. Of course it's an act and her true motives become clear in a sick twisted web of lies and deceit. In the end, the inevitable comes and frankly made me slightly happier.

Only criticism I have is that clearly this is written by a straight guy. Certain measurements made me laugh. I couldn't believe what was described as large in this book. Sure, it isn't exactly small, but it's not enormous either. I got a good laugh each time certain parts of the male anatomy were described. The fact that a prostitute had trouble taking this was even more hilarious to me. Seriously, I'm laughing as I write this. But overall, it was a great read with some very steamy parts and an interesting back story. I look forward to reading more from this author
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Yaz on Feb. 18, 2013 :
This story was amazingly good. It is a story not for the faint of heart. It speaks of cartels, prostitution, drug addiction. I loved the main's character strength, her will to live regardless of the difficulties, her strength at facing the next challenge.

This is a story full of erotic sexy scenes. A world of criminals and all the things involved in a world like that. It has it's taste of drama, mystery, but it is mostly sexy.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Chanda Barrick on Feb. 08, 2013 :
This book was completely outside the realm of what I typically gravitate to as far as books go, but I must say I am happy I decided to give this one a go. While I may not be an illegal alien prostitute from Columbia, I think many of us can relate to Hope's rough and tumble exterior and her strong desire for true and unconditional love. This book is dark and WOWSA is it steamy and extremely intense at times! In the end, we can clearly see there is hope for Hope. *pun intended :)* Coming from someone who can take months to get through a book, this one took me one and a half evenings and would've been less if that pesky little thing called sleep didn't get in my way. I honestly enjoyed reading this book and found it hard to put down! An excellent read for sure!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kayla Stonor on Dec. 29, 2012 :
I had the pleasure of beta reading this story and so I am delighted to review the final product.

Hope caught me with her story from the moment her roommate rudely woke her up one evening to start her working day. Only I had no real idea if Hope was happy and well, or on her deathbed -- I was kept on tenterhooks to the very end. Travis Luedke draws his characters so brilliantly. Hope has experienced so much in her twenty-two years. She is streetwise, a survivor, and has learned from bitter experience to make her telepathy work for and not against her. Until the night she meets a vampire bitch, Lia.

Now she knows too much and Vampire Master Enrique decides the only way to control that knowledge is to turn Hope into a blood slave. A vampire's bite is addictive, and in Mr. Luedke's world, incredibly erotic. As an escort in the sex trade, Hope knows a lot of tricks. She turns Enrique on so much he can barely control his sexual urges and the result can be long and exhausting. Rough lust and passion puts Hope's life in danger more than once. But Hope's most endearing quality is her instinct for survival. She will fight, she will panic, she will run, she will distract, she will tempt, she will beg. She is a captive, a blood slave, addicted to vampire venom, and will do almost anything to survive, and she can never forget that Enrique's vampire servant, Lia, is forever present to turn her new world upside down.

But it is when Hope's past life catches up with her that the story becomes truly horrific and powerful reading.

Wow. When Hope runs for her life through New York City I ran with her. Her need was so powerful, so all-consuming, and this is when we find out exactly how much being a blood slave has changed her. I felt almost sorry for Enrique as the story reaches its wonderful conclusion -- retribution is extracted in full and three lives are changed forever.

This is a wonderful, escapist, paranormal romance. It is erotic, full of sex, both gentle and rough, but overriding all this is a beautiful story of love and personal growth that will touch your heart.

Don't miss out on a fantastic read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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