The Nightlife: New York

Rated 4.79/5 based on 14 reviews
Vampires, strippers, escorts, night clubs, pimps & dirty cops-New York is never boring. Aaron Pilan is thrust into the shocking world of vampiric slavery when Michelle shares her blood to save him. Under the neurotic control of Michelle, Aaron experiences a sensory and sexual awakening while adhering to her deadly strict feeding regimen. More

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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.

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Review by: Maria Dodd on April 12, 2015 :
I didn't quite know what to expect when I started this book but I had a pleasant surprise. I love Paranormal books but don't really like too much gore. This was delivered well in a well written vampire tale.

Aaron was just a nice young man at the start of this book and we were just being introduced to his personality and somewhat sad life when he was suddenly in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was worried for a while that a nasty side of Aaron would appear and was beginning to feel even more sorry for him. Without giving the whole plot away I thoroughly enjoyed Aaron and his transformation. 

I tend to avoid vampire books since the whole hype surrounding them but occasionally get caught up in some. This is a good example of a vampire story. It stands on its own and doesn't try to recreate anything before it. The characters are well written and the dialogue is believable.

I look forward to reading more in the Nightlife series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mary Boehm on Nov. 07, 2014 :
A good unique vampire novel. Loved it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sadie S. Forsythe on March 03, 2013 :
Nightlife: New York is a paranormal romance unlike I've ever read and it took me a little while to pinpoint why. Surprisingly, I think it is the fact that it was written by a man. It changed the feel and focus of the romance. There was a realism to the main character, Aaron's, thoughts and actions that I can only imagine was born of the male author's innate ability to relate to the emotions of a male character. This multidimensionalism is often lacking in other PNR. They regularly focus almost exclusively on the man's alpha qualities, to the exclusion of all others. And while I enjoy these novels it was nice to come across a PNR hero who had a little more depth to him.

Aaron Pilan is the nice guy who never gets much coverage in this genre. He isn't 6'5''. He isn't build like a tank. He isn't bulging with muscles or oozing raw sex appeal. He doesn't even wear leather or shitkickers. He's attractive, but innocent and a little naive. Meeting the gorgeous vampire Michelle and being brought into her way of life throws him for a serious curve. I adored him! Over the course of the book he grew to be the strong alpha lead we women currently love so much, but managed to maintain the caring qualities that attracted Michelle in the first place. He was interested in more than just pounding a hapless, lust-driven female into a mattress (though the springs did get a workout or two) and I appreciated his internal debates as he tried to reassess his new role.

There was a little bit of an info-dump in the beginning as Luedke established what type of vampire we're dealing with. Do they sparkle or brood? Do they maintain their human intellect or become mindless predators, etc? The book gets a little dry during this necessary evil, but quickly picks back up. There are a whole host of interesting underworld characters who play their role without ever cluttering up the plot, a little bit of humour, some sizzling moments, and some tender moments. There really is just about enough of everything.

This is definitely one worth picking up. I have The Nightlife: Las Vegas which I have every intention of reading.
(review of free book)

Review by: Drako on Feb. 22, 2013 :
Seriously battling this new found addicition to vampire erotic romance…..Yeah, who am I kidding? No I’m not and I don’t intend to. I love vampires and I love erotic romance. Best thing ever. So lets get to it, shall we?

This story centers around Michelle, a vampire and apparently drop dead gorgeous escort, and Aaron, a young waiter with serious self confidence issues that allows most folks to just walk over him. He’s working in a restaurant and getting off work when he comes across what looks like an angel to him in Michelle. She’s mesmerizing to him, and this leads him to get a bit stupid. Two cops decide to hassle her and Michelle decides to kick the crap out of them. Unfortunately, she gets just slightly sloppy and doesn’t properly disarm one. When Aaron tries to come to her defense, he’s shot. Michelle is then left with a dilemma, and decides to turn him.

There’s a major drawback to being turned. The person turned is the servant of the person turning them. And the impression of Michelle being an angel is dispelled quickly. She has little to no patience and a vicious streak. Of course, Aaron is more than a little naive, and in some cases Michelle’s control freak tendencies are quite useful in saving him. Of course, she also uses sex to get what she wants, instead of simply ordering him to do or say what she wants every time. When he gets too drunk on his abilities or too hungry with feeding, she does exercise her will using her masterly bond. Sucks to be Aaron in that case but oh well.

Each of the two have some deep embedded issues. Aaron has abandonment issues with his mother and a severe lack of self confidence. Michelle has control issues after being subjected to the maniacal control of her own master for years. As if that wasn’t enough conflict, they have the two cops that got them into this mess after them, and they aren’t the good kind of cops. They’re worthless scum of the earth that abuse their power, and they’re determined to exact revenge on the woman who had humiliated them.

The author has a way of drawing you into the main characters. This is the second one I’ve read and each time, I hate the vampires from the start. In this case, she redeemed herself quite nicely and the ending confrontation was just awesome. Seriously, I now love Michelle. Definitely going to read more by this author
(review of free book)

Review by: A Voracious Reader on Feb. 11, 2013 :
It’s just another boring normal night in the life of Aaron Pilan. He’s being groped at work by a regular restaurant patron, his roommate calls telling him to bring home beer, his ex-girlfriend is hanging out at his apartment waiting for him to get home so she can ignore him and Aaron is too apathetic to change any of it. Lucky for him, as he’s leaving work he encounters a sexy woman, but before he can even think of approaching her he witnesses two men attack her and he takes a fatal gunshot to the chest. In an instant, instead of letting him die for her mistake, the woman decides to save him, to make him like her. Aaron wakes up three days later no longer normal, boring, apathetic or human.

Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time and yet having everything turn out better than expected. Aaron was just minding his own business leaving work when he sees a gorgeous blond walking down the street. He’s captivated by her, but just as it looks like she’s, wonder of wonders, going to come talk to him, a car with two corrupt cops pulls up and demands her attention. When they get out and attempt to assault her, she takes them down, but not before Aaron is shot in the chest. Feeling remorse for her part in his impending death Michelle decides to save him. In doing so he will be bound to her for all time, she the Master, he the slave. It sounds like a bad thing, but after some rocky patches they end up rubbing along together quite well.

This was a very enjoyable read. The writing was smooth, the plot flowed quickly, the characters were interesting and the multiple POVs were insightful. I happen to enjoy multiple POVs, too. I look forward to continuing this series.

*Many thanks to the author and the Making Connections Group on Goodreads for providing me with a review copy. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
(review of free book)

Review by: John Dolan on Jan. 19, 2013 :
So you think you know all about vampires? And about vampires and sex? And about vampires having sex? Ha! Travis Luedke lays into the whole genre like a man possessed. Strong, strong meat indeed, Travis. Hang on tight, it's a white-knuckle ride ...
(review of free book)

Review by: Kayla Stonor 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.
(review of free book)

Review by: Christina Livingston on Nov. 27, 2012 :
This is a wonderfully written vampire story!! A fast paced, easy read that grabs you from the first page and just keeps going. I would say it is like 50 Shades of Grey only with vampires and written much better! I love that it has a slightly new take on vampires that combines traditional aspects with some new characteristics! The sex and violence scenes are very graphic and much more like an adult vampire love story than most others I have read. The characters were very well-rounded and Aaron has a great background that gives added dimension to his character and makes him easy to relate to, but I would love to hear more of Michelle's background(maybe in the next book!). Aaron's quick acceptance of his fate was a surprising plus, as I tire quickly of drawn out acceptance issues.
There were definitely no "slow" areas in this story at all! It was in an almost constant state of action, which was very nice(no one likes slow stories!).

The only part I was iffy on was near the end when Michelle confronts Delia. Part of me was thinking it was a little too much, but the other part of me thought it went quite well with the rest of the story.

If you like vampire love stories, you will love this book!
(review of free book)

Review by: Art Gulley, Jr on Oct. 26, 2012 :
Every once in a while, you stumble across a book that totally takes your breath away. Nightlife is just such a book.

Aaron is a nice young man trying to make his way through the turbulent maze we call life. One day he comes to the aid of what appears to be a helpless woman named Michelle. The rest is neck-biting, blood-sucking, mind-reading, heart-rending, loin-locking, revenge-plotting history!

This story sinks its teeth into your literary jugular on page one and doesn't let go until the very last sentence. As I am not one to divulge spoilers I can't give you any specifics of the plot. What I can do is recommend that you download this first installment of what promises to be a great series.

If you're a fan of vampire tales, you'll love it. If you're not a fan, you soon will be!
(review of free book)

Review by: Peter Watson Jenkins on Oct. 16, 2012 :
Author Travis Luedke has shown a mastery in writing about vampires that is the equal or better than anyone in this genre today. Aaron, the innocent young man who had lost his girlfriend, Delia, is ill-used by his money-grubbing flat mate Kyle. But in looks Aaron has potential, and he is intensely interested in beautiful women. That’s just as well because—in this well-paced narrative—few could ever be unaware of the drop-dead gorgeous vampire—French cussing, eye popping Michelle. We get off to a good start as the local constabulary try to arrest her for prostitution. Now, if you are a cop you really must never mistake a vampire for a whore. The cops are sent flying, but not before onlooker Aaron takes a bad gunshot wound. Michelle carries him to her pad, feeds him her own blood to activate the self-healing process that vampires take for granted. Alone with Michelle, Aaron—who is told she is a vampire and that he is now subservient to her every command—is healed, empowered and linked to her forever by the blood she gave him.
So we come to the book’s well documented twin paths to orgasm. There’s the usual route, which is well illustrated several times in the book, and also there’s the a quick sup of blood route. Beware the effect of having both together: it’s like all your birthdays coming at once. Not too much blood, however, or the bitten one may become addicted to the biter. So starts the couple’s nightly search for blood. We find out that that the police will be revenged for their humiliation, but we also learn that Michelle is of two minds whether to keep Aaron as her slave or destroy him. (An artificial ploy that did little for the book. )These ingredients call for Superman-type leaps, fierce eroticism, and Aaron’s final dash across New York to answer his mistress’s desperate call for help. But that’s enough of the story. ‘R’ rating is obvious. Putting the book down is not advised. I only thought the Author went too far when Michelle’s disposed of Delia, otherwise this was an impeccable, sexy vampire tale that will be hard to forget.
(review of free book)

Review by: Kim Cox on Sep. 24, 2012 :
The Nightlife: New York (The Nightlife Series) written by Travis Luedke, 2012, is an Adult Urban Fantasy novel about a young man who feels detached from his place within society happening upon a disturbing situation which leaves him and his existence altered for all eternity.

Luedke’s purpose in writing this particular book was to create a unique story, adding new and exciting elements to entice the reader to keep turning the pages and to create a broader readership and love for this particular genre.

Book one of this series takes place in New York City. It is told mostly from the young man, Aaron Pilan’s point of view. Incorporating vampires, romance, law enforcement and a very strong female protagonist, the author does a stupendous job of showcasing his knowledge and understanding of what it means to write Adult Urban Fantasy.

Directed at those ages eighteen and over, Luedke uses a formal style of writing clearly demonstrating his ability to write a concise, coherent, clear, original well thought out novel both fluid and forceful in its dialogue allowing for it to capture and hold the reader’s attention.

For me, as a reader, I found the novel intriguing. It was interesting to read about “living” vampires versus the “undead”, human cattle, time limits to feeding and New York City nightlife while still enjoying traditional elements such as blood exchanged conversions, mind transference, the stare, feeding, indisputable strength and sleeping during the day. In addition, the author gave Pilan the ability to read thoughts which foreshadows things yet to come and leaves the series open to unchartered possibilities. How exciting is that?

All in all, I’d say, Luedke fulfilled his purpose in writing this novel. As mentioned above he produced two unique characters each extraordinary in their own right. He blended traditional elements with new and exciting theories while creating a story full of action, drama and romance. I don’t know a reader alive who wouldn’t find one of these components worth their time. Therefore, I would definitely recommend this book to others.

In regards to writing elements, the theme of the book seemed to be about Pilan’s transformation and him learning to adapt to his new life or existence, surroundings and to Michelle to which he now finds himself eternally bound.

As the story unfolds we are privy to Aaron’s trials and tribulations. We the readers get to see his character development progress with the story in both traditional and new and original ways. We witness the psychological changes, as well as, the physical changes he endures in this conversion process. Luedke really manages to draw us into Aaron’s struggles, so that we can sympathize and relate to him. I think he really wants us to like his characters and we do because they are three-dimensional and not flat. I can’t speak for everyone else but I know I was thrilled when Aaron unleashed the beast, endured Michelle’s wrath and claimed his place, no longer to be seen as a boy but a man, an equal.

The thesis, to me, was about conversion, overcoming obstacles, and acceptance.

Luedke uses narration as the method of development for the novel. He allows the reader a little background on Pilan and his connection with modern day society, followed by his conversion, learning to adapt and later accepting and fulfilling his role.

As for plot, I feel like being offered a little insight into Aaron’s life allowed us as readers to not only get to know him and the person he was before his transformation but I think its maybe foreshadowing something yet to come. For example, why was he so detached? Was he meant for greater things? Maybe it wasn’t a coincidence him finding Michelle. The whole time he is learning his place, he is also developing internal skills, mind reading and this ridiculous strength. I can’t help but think surely there is something more to this. Then there is Michelle with this whole back story we know nothing about. She is a complete mystery that we have yet to unravel. Given these facts, I think it is safe to say the plot is primary and the love story secondary. Although, sometimes, the whole love story connection seems to take precedence over the other. It’s a back and forth kind of thing and honestly, I think it is alright that it is.

And just like with his characters, Luedke’s writing style encompasses intellectual, emotional and aesthetic qualities, in that, it is clear and easy to read, drawing on humor, wit, harmony, rhythm, symbolism and good story telling to engage his readers.

Luedke places his diverse characters in the Big Apple, New York being the perfect setting for this novel with crowded streets, packed clubs, drinking, drugs, sex, corrupt cops, and gangs. What more could you ask for in an Adult Urban Fantasy novel? The chaotic scenes alone allow for invisibility, feeding and blending in.

Something of special note is Luedke’s cover for the novel. I mean, who doesn’t know what the Big Apple is and the looking glass reflection of a disco ball like apple is perfect with its symbolism in regards to Aaron’s life or existence. It is like looking at something from the outside, something your apart of, only you’re not. I’d say it was a perfect representation for this book.

As far as an overall evaluation of this novel, I think it has it all. For me, I like Luedke’s concept of “living” vampires versus the “undead.” Who wants to have sex with a dead person? Not me, that’s for sure but I like stories of vampires and I want to know how they were created, as in, who was first and why. I would also like to know if humans will discover them and what ethical questions will be raised in regards to the feeding process. I mean, as it stands, humans do not even know what is happening, so, will that become a violation of rights and if so, how will it affect Aaron and Michelle. So many questions, I could go on and on. Therefore, I will continue reading in the hopes of having those questions answered.

In addition, when compared with other novels in this genre, I think The Nightlife: New York (The Nightlife Series) more than holds its weight because it offers something new for consideration without stepping too far away from what we find traditionally intriguing about vampire lore.

Within the novel itself, Luedke offers the reader multiple ways of connecting with him and finding his other works. He gives credit where credit is due and notifies readers with advanced warnings in regards to the books contents.

In conclusion, Travis Luedke wrote, produced, published and edited a novel with the concept well thought out and delivered in such a way it compels the reader to want more. He uses modern day wording and phrases, as well as, incorporates other languages to give the text, style, and feel its own flavor. His characters are vibrant and intimately persuasive and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each of them. If you haven’t read the novel, you should. It is definitely worth it. You can find it free of charge at

Travis Luedke is a family man and writer of Urban Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction, and Sci-Fi. He has written six fiction novels. His current works include, “The Shepherd” and “The Nightlife: New York”. Having read multiple authors as a child, he is most influenced by Laurell K. Hamilton, Sunny and Dean Koontz. Aspiring to follow in their footsteps, Luedke has planned another six novels, including one non-fiction novel.
(review of free book)

Review by: Erik Christian on Sep. 04, 2012 :
Travis Luedke is the author of the series "The Nightlife." "New York" is the first book and is written with a fluidity that shows the experience of someone who has a solid grasp of the writing craft. The characters pulled me into the plot, and I lasted in my seat until I was finished with the story. It is a compelling read. It is flawless. I'm really interested to see how Luedke continues with this compelling Saga. It is a Vampire story with a unique twist, which is certainly needed in this time when so many writers are copying the genre that made "Twilight" what it is, but I'm afraid many of these writers will fall away. I'm confident Luedke will remain a prominent author once the dust settles and I wish him all the best!
(review of free book)

Review by: Jackie Hauver on Sep. 02, 2012 :
I had the opportunity to read this book as one of Travis' critique partners. It was a great book. It's about 22 year old Aaron Pilan. At the begining of the book he's at the wrong place at the wrong time. As he's getting out of work, he sees two New York City police officers roughing up a young woman named Michelle. As Aaron steps in to help, he's shot. In order to save his life, Michelle turns him into a vampire. Thus begins his night life. As his master Michelle teaches him the ins and outs of being a vampire. Through his learning he becomes strong and confident. The novel is fast paced and action packed. For those that like a little bit of romance, there are some pretty steamy scenes! I would recommend this to anyone that likes stories about vampires
(review of free book)

Review by: hrhsophia on Aug. 25, 2012 :
A truly gripping, electrifying and fast-moving love story.
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