Author: Holly Ryan
Narrator: Melissa Schwairy
Length: 3 hours 34 minutes
Publisher: Holly Ryan⎮2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Slayer’s Reverse Harem, Book 1
Release date: Aug. 20, 2018
“Marry the devil…or die.” That’s the ultimatum Belle Harrison, vampire slayer, just received from a demon. Belle has only one response: To hell with him.
Turns out it’s not that easy, though – apparently the devil doesn’t know the meaning of the word no. Lucky for Belle, three pantie-melting vampires come to her aid. Three hot vampires she can’t resist. Hey, we all have our vices. Hers just happen to have fangs.
She’s going to need these three to help her thwart the devil’s marriage proposal and defeat the terrifying dark force that wants her dead.
Holly Ryan is a pen name for a USA Today bestselling author who one day said, “Screw it. I’m gonna write books with some serious sizzle.” She’s fueled by wine, which is where the idea probably came from.
Melissa Schwairy is a full-time narrator vocal age 20-30 living in Denver, Colorado. She has focused her acting career on narrating literature, completing titles in YA, Urban Fantasy, Murder Mysteries, and Romance. She has a BS in Counseling and Mental Health, and she is licensed in Healthcare Administration and Nursing. She loves to sing and dance in the car, and spend time with her family at home in beautiful Colorado.
Well, that didn’t sound ominous at all. “You mean I won’t have to be the slayer anymore?” He nodded. “Besides…” He stepped closer, pinning me under his gaze. “You kind of owe him.” A burst of heart flared out to my clenched fists. “I don’t owe anyone anything,” I said, my voice edged in steel. The demon shrugged. “Well, His Majesty is the one who’s been sending you monthly checks since you were nine.” My jaw dropped. “That’s him?” Since the golden leter had arrived informing me of my elevated slayer status, I’d been receiving checks on the first of the month signed Luc Morningstar. My stranger danger alarm had triggered because I didn’t know a Luc Morningstar, so I’d never cashed the checks, even though Mom and I could have used the money. We’d been broke but not desperate, and no amount of money could have saved her anyway. Her cancer didn’t care how much we di or didn’t have in the bank.
If you were THE vampire slayer, meaning the only one fighting against all of the things that go bump in the night to protect humanity…how would you take to the Devil wanting you as his bride? That is pretty dark, but also really terrifying–especially when a demon comes to seal the deal and makes it clear that no is an unacceptable answer. Ryan has a no-nonsense, kick-ass female heroine who has some impossible decisions to make and this first installment plants readers into the middle of her chaotic world.
Belle Harrison is the crime-fighting, vamp-slaying, beauty who the Devil has offered a proposal to–in order to save her from the darkness soon to claim her. Belle has absolutely no intention to take him up on his offer, no matter what he claims to have done for her out of protection since she was a little girl. She is determined to make it on her own in the big, bad world and decides to throw all caution out of the window when she meets not one vampire, but three vampires that she actually doesn’t want to stake. Belle captivates them and they intrigue her curiosity, so she plays along, but what happens when things start to heat up? With something haunting Belle on her nightly routine in the cemetery, she needs to find out how to escape the Devil and this mysterious darkness trying to kill her before her twenty-first birthday. Can she escape both threats and resist the temptation of falling for one or all three of her vampire saviors all at the same time?
Ryan has a fantastic short story, filled with creativity and originality. The pace is very quick, but easy to follow. The story appears to be written fairly well. Since this review compliments the audiobook, the narrator was magnificent with her voice relay. The scenes were vivid for the imagination and characters were entertaining. This is the first installment in the Slayer’s Reverse Harem Series; therefore, you can jump right in. If you are interested in suspense and paranormal romance, this may be a perfect fit.
An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to Vampires Don’t Give Hickeys by Holly Ryan.
- Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
- It was surprisingly easy! Belle, my vampire slayer, is snarky, witty, but also has a huge heart, so I knew I needed a narrator who could pull all of that off at once. Melissa Schwairy, whom I believe was my very first audition for this project, completely nailed it. When I listened to her, I sat on the edge of my seat at the tense moments, even though I knew what was going to happen, and I laughed at her stellar comedic timing. She basically IS Belle!
- Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
- When I was in high school, some friends and I snuck into a graveyard on a foggy night. Nothing scary happened (darn it!), but I do remember the silence, the creepiness, especially when I saw a few tilted headstones. I wish I could remember where exactly, but I’d read that tilted headstones were a sign that a vampire had risen. It was definitely an experience that helped inspire this series.
- Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
- I can only listen to audiobooks on long car trips, and I do better with them when I’m not driving. Other than that, I don’t listen to them, mostly because of my brain’s preference. I’m more visual than auditory, but if I had time, I bet I could train my brain to want to listen more. HA! My husband would probably appreciate that! 😉
- If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
- I would definitely time travel! I would probably go back to Victorian times just so I could wear those fancy dresses. I’m such a girl! I’d probably only last about five minutes in a corset though. I would love to chat with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Frederick Douglass, and Napoleon Bonaparte, and also find out what exactly happened to Amelia Earhart.
- What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
- I would tell them to go play in the street. Just kidding. Sort of. Closed-mindedness and an unwillingness to put yourself in other people’s shoes really sets my teeth on edge. We all have different lives, different ways of doing things, different preferences, and none of them are wrong.
- How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
- I immediately started the next one! Oh, and wine. 😉
- What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
- As both an author and an editor, I can’t afford to let slumps happen. I try to power through them the best I can, usually with the help of cat snuggles, wine, and chocolate.
- Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
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