Forgotten Soul (Book 1 of the Soul Reader Series)

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Rated 4.57/5 based on 14 reviews
John knows that at best he is a male escort and at worst a whore, but it's what he does and he's good at it. He sells his body and his clients come with fangs so it's more about blood than sex. Hiding behind his acting skills is how he survives, but when he meets one of his latest clients, Michael, his professional detachment is severely threatened, leading him into very dangerous territory. More
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About Natasha Duncan-Drake

Natasha is a British author with Wittegen Press and has been publishing genre fiction since 2011. Her work includes everything from horror to young adult fantasy and she has never met a genre she didn’t like. A prolific producer of short stories and novels alike, Natasha currently has over twenty five titles in her back catalogue with further releases always imminent.

Natasha has been writing since she was a young girl ever since she read The Hobbit at Primary School. She is a big fan of science fiction, fantasy and horror in all their forms and is a big advocate of fanfiction as a great tool for writers to polish their skills in a welcoming and supportive community.

Before establishing Wittegen Press with her twin sister, Sophie Duncan, Natasha was a database and systems consultant. She combines these skills with her writing to create and manage her career in the bold new eBook market.

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Review by: Catherine on April 25, 2015 :
Forgotten Soul is the first story in the Soul Reader series by Natasha Duncan-Drake. It tells the events of a night when John McElroy visits the home of three vampires and the morning after...

I liked all of the characters in this story. Though admittedly, I would have liked to know a bit more about Lisa and Nikolai. Other than that, I think everyone has a reasonably interesting background and part to play in the plot. I quite liked the little relationship between John McElroy and Michael Cooper. Right from their first meeting, they have an interesting chemistry together. It is a "love at first sight" type of romance, though it's a little more subtle and the author doesn't overplay it. The emotional connection between John and Michael really suits the story and by the end of the story, it's really quite obvious that they have feelings for each other. Even if they barely know each other, it really does seem as if they have a great level of concern for each other. I think that's the thing that I like most about the story. Their feelings are natural and they have reasons for being together, more than just a "we like each other, let's be together" type of thing. Their decision to stay together is properly justified and I do like them as a couple.

The vampire and supernatural aspects of the plot are reasonably well used, though they aren't necessarily presented very well. I think the book would be a little better improved if we received a little more information about these vampires in the beginning and how John came to be a part of this world. Also, I think the introduction of his soul reader powers could have been better explained as well. However, I was pretty interested in the soul readings; it's a great power to have and I'd like to read more about it.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. I liked the characters and plot, plus the soul reader aspect was particularly unique. I would definitely like to read more of this series.
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Review by: Alysa H on March 31, 2014 :
A satisfying, short m/m vampire read with a couple of pretty hot sex scenes. This has an "original slash" feel to it which makes me wonder if I've ever encountered this author in fandom, writing under a different name!

It could have been fleshed out a bit more in terms of both world-building and character development, however it's the first in a trilogy so perhaps the next installments do more of that work. I'll probably pick them up sometime but I'm not in any hurry.
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Review by: Trix on Nov. 22, 2012 :
This was a quick little story with interesting development.

I had envisioned the two of them on the run, trying to understand the new situation they were in, explore new possibilities as well as confront the deepening feelings between them. So, all in all, 3.5 star rating for originality and good characters but not enough adrenaline to make me readily move on to the sequel.
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Review by: Palm Read on Nov. 04, 2012 :
I was pleasantly surprised by the substance of this story; not the usual fluff and cliches used by most authors of this genre. Unique and captivating!
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Review by: Loveless3173 on Sep. 18, 2012 :
I was so surprised by this book... It was Excellent!!!
It's a must read!
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Review by: hrhsophia on Sep. 18, 2012 :
Great story, cannot wait to read more.
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Review by: K.M. Frontain on Sep. 17, 2012 :
I just read this. It's so good. The plot is exceptional for a vampire story, paranormal romance with a good dose of hotness. The male-male relationship was hot, but felt more like it happened because of romantic reasons rather than purely physical ones, which of course made the sex even hotter. Nothing is hotter than love. Minor fixes to punctuation/grammar needed; this is still one of the better written short stories I've read in a while
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Review by: Terrell J. Tarver on Dec. 05, 2011 :
loved the story and the characters.
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Review by: Pam on Dec. 05, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this story. I wanted to read it because I enjoy vampire stories but was pleasantly surprised by the twist near the end. I'm not going to lie, I wanted more when I finished it. I wanted to learn more about John's "gift" and really just what happens next. I really hope that Natasha Duncan-Drake decides to continue this story!
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Review by: Kay Smiht on Nov. 24, 2011 :
Great read
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Review by: imfrantic on Sep. 30, 2011 :
Excellent story! The characters were well-drawn, and the tension of what would happen kept me turning the pages. And I loved the ending. Thank you and more please
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Review by: Sabrena Pattat on Sep. 14, 2011 :
I was very surprised, most m/m shorts and even some of your fanfics tend to be PWPs; the plot twists at the end really showed this to be truly interesting and like Gillian, I'm hungering for more.
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Review by: Gillian Colbert on Sep. 14, 2011 :
Wonderful! I found this story to be soulful and poignant. The characters drew me and I really want to read more of their story. The twist with John was quite the surprise and added a rich plot element to the whole thing. I'm definitely hoping for a sequel!
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Review by: dracavia on Sep. 14, 2011 :
Tasha has created a very intriguing and unique (to my knowledge) world here, that leaves me curious for more. Both Michael and John proved to be very charismatic characters, leaving me just as curious for more about them as their world. It also doesn't hurt any that they have excellent chemistry with each other, in and out of the bedroom, as well. ;) I look forward to the next installment in the series!
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