Kayla Stonor

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  • Expedition on Dec. 21, 2012

    Expedition is a simple tale of a doomed expedition to an island of demon-like creatures, death in the air, and an evil power deep in its bowels. The expedition is led by a proven warrior accompanied by a grumbling wizard. They are on a mission to discover the secrets of this island for King Eidon. There is much gruesome death, exciting fights, and a hint of love and tragedy. The ending sets up the sequel with the promise of conspiracy and intrigue ahead. The final fate of the expedition’s survivors remains the island’s secret. For now. I've given it 3 stars because there are some editing issues and the characters could be more fully defined, but this short story nicely sets the scene for the main story to follow. I did like the slightly archaic writing style, it suits this fantasy world.
  • The Nightlife: New York on Dec. 28, 2012

    A sexy vampire love story Michelle is introduced to the reader as a vampire with a conscience shaped by her past with a nasty vampire master. Her last intention is to convert sweet, innocent Aaron, but he was in the wrong place at the wrong time so her choice is limited: blood-enslave him or let him die. The author has created a vampire world, which is colorful, full of life, sex, and danger. The human 'cattle' display flashes of decency, but also weakness of character that makes us poor mortal souls seem rather depressing (although there is one human story that comes good which was great to see). But what I loved most about this story was the character development. Aaron comes into his own as a vampire and, by the end of the story, I was smitten by him. Michelle has to overcome her personal fears and open herself to love and trust. The result is a relationship I for one like to see. The writing is unique--another reviewer mentioned slightly narrated (I think). I agree with this. There was a slight distance to the telling, but it was refreshing and flowed beautifully. Overall, an easy and very enjoyable read with solid character development, a realistic plot threading through, and some despicable antagonists who receive their due.
  • Blood Slave 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.
  • Jim Fosse's Expense Claim on Jan. 19, 2013

    This was hilarious. It's a cleverly constructed story told through written media (email, letter, articles). A maligned dealmaker cares nothing for the legalities of life when conducting business in cities where corporate rules of business simply don't apply, so long as he gets paid his expenses. I felt for the poor expenses manager, but had this crazy sense of Jim's increasing frustration. However, there is a slight twist in the tale: Jim seems determined to have the last word. A good, quick read! This review is of a free copy.
  • Blue Coyote Motel on Jan. 31, 2013

    This is not my usual read or style of book. I was a little uncertain at first as I got to know the first character through what felt like an update of his life - not what I was expecting drama wise. The writing is more narrative than action/dialogue. Having said that the story moved fast and my interest picked up. Basically, Doug is at a bad place in life, until he stops off at the Blue Coyote Motel where his life turns around. Enter Maria who also wants to improve her lot in life, but she makes her own luck without the motel. She gets a job and meets scientist, Jeffrey. Love is in the air, but a few years down the line life hits a road bump when Jeffrey loses his job for breaking FDA protocols. Several new characters enter the story, each with their own problem followed by a timely turnaround thanks to a stay at the Blue Coyote Motel. In between each story are snippets of Maria and Jeffrey's initially inspiring tale as they pick themselves up and set up in the motel business. And it could have been so good for them. Jeffrey though has big ideas for his Freedom drug and I secretly wanted wrong to beget good, but the author proved determined to show that life's short cuts do not come cheap and that the human spirit can win through all by itself. This is where the story wins 5* from me. I enjoyed each character's tale, I wanted them to be happy, cringed as it all began to fall apart, then cheered to see various characters (not all) struggle through to the other side. It is well written despite the over-narration, beautifully descriptive in places, and well-researched. It told the complete stories of several unique characters and kept me happily entertained for many hours. I have to admit I felt inspired: You can hit rock-bottom and make it out on your own, albeit with a little help from friends. I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
  • The Nightlife Las Vegas on May 01, 2013

    An intense roller-coaster of emotion – love, addiction, and sex. Michelle and Aaron are living it up in Las Vegas until Aaron complicates their lives with his attention-attracting success in the casinos. Not to mention falling madly for Anastasia, a young woman with psychic sensitivity who he instantly converts to a bloodslave. Ana is a fascinating, complicated character who provides a unique view of the passionate relationship that exists between our two vampires. However, she soon falls victim to the events Aaron set in motion when he fleeced a drug dealer at poker. Plus, Michelle has attracted the lustful attention of a casino boss that results in an attempt to hook her on heroin. Drug addiction is a major theme in this story – both heroin and vampire venom, equally addictive, lethal, and dangerous. Seeing these two vampires high on drugs was compelling reading and, at times, utterly terrifying. It proved impossible to put this book down as the story raced to its climatic and horrifying end. Nothing will be the same for this loving threesome again. Ana will steal her way into your heart. Mr. Luedke is skilled at defining his characters. You will feel their raw emotion and their passion, you will cringe as they despatch their enemies with either finesse or abandon, and revel in their vengeful bloodletting. Powerful stuff. I highly recommend this erotic, sexually-charged and original paranormal story, second in the Nightlife Series.
  • The Nightlife: Paris on June 13, 2013
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    Whatever preconceptions you have about Nightlife Paris, throw them away. This third book in Travis Luedke's Nightlife series is an exemplar on character development and taking a series arc to a whole new level . The graphic and brutal nature of some of the content does curtail the erotic nature of this novel, but there are still plenty of sex scenes to scintillate and tease, and these two vampires certainly know how to attack their loving with violent enthusiasm. It is the story that proves most absorbing. Michelle's life story is truly painful to read. It hooked me in and nailed me to my laptop as the author relentlessly explores the psychological roots of this woman's character and choices. Aaron's reaction to her story is shocking, and Michael Jamison (their stalker from Vegas) takes full advantage of their situation with unexpected and extraordinary consequences. No reader can possibly predict what happens in the fallout. The twist in this tale is superb and opens up a myriad of possibilities. The teasing hints for the series ahead will keep you waiting eagerly for the next book set in London. I can't wait! (This is an advance review in return for a free copy.)