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Orchids for Lila Review by Michele

from Read Our Lips! Book Review Blog on January 31, 2013

by Michele

A great debut novel from a promising new author! This is not your average vampire book.

A smoothly paced, smartly written story, about a woman and a Vampire falling in love.

What I loved about Orchids for Lila-
1- It’s a low angst journey about a woman and a Vampire falling in love. Very atypical for a Vampire novel. Refreshing.
2- The sensuality between Jack and Lila is amazing, the way it’s described is prosaic without being pretentious.
3- Lila’s relationship with her single Dad, Bob. I adored Bob.
4- After reading so much in the way of “Dom books”, I loved being able to see a man that could let his woman take the lead in bed from time to time. Don’t get me wrong, Jack can be very dominant, but sex between Lila and Jack seemed very natural.
5- Jack’s a Vampire, which makes things interesting, but there’s no sub-plot of someone taking over his territory, (he has no territory) or that he might kill her by kissing her. 😉
6- Jack sends botany student, Lila, orchids as love gifts. He compares colors in the flowers to parts of her body when they make love. As in:

“I thought of you when I saw this Paphiopedilum. You turn the same color pink when I pleasure you.” Jack’s voice became quieter and deeper.”

Oh look! My panties are in a puddle in the floor! Smart is so sexy

7- Jack’s sexy, dirty talk. He’s brilliant, so there’s something extra sexy about it.
8- Lila explaining grocery shopping, woman to man. It tickled me.
9- The author straddles the line between Alpha and Beta male beautifully. Jack is no one to mess with, but when he’s with Lila, he exposed beautiful vulnerabilities that don’t take away from his masculinity in the least.
10- The sexy billiard lesson Jack gives Lila when they first meet.
11- The dashes of humor are perfectly placed.
12- the visit to the sex club. Hot!
13- It’s a book that doesn’t pander to the lowest common denominator. It’s written by a smart woman for smart women.

What I didn’t like about Orchids of Lila-
1- A little more angst would have been good. I loved them together, but a little conflict would’ve had me rooting for them

If you want something low angst and sensual, give this book a shot. The ending might surprise you. 😉

Orchids for Lila Review by gnome speak

from WordPress on January 21, 2013

by gnome speak:

you are the cat’s meow. it was so wonderful to read the bits and pieces of you that made the character of lila more appealing, and genuine. her relationship with her father, and their devotion to each other over the years was the perfect balance to the different world that jack exposed lila to during their time together. bringing lila forward from her past to live in the present, and watching her finally allow herself some independence and an unexpected future was an easy journey to enjoy. the botany and museum aspects of the story, along with historical nibbles, was just up my alley, of course. pervtootie nerds unite :) it is always nice when a romance can yield a partnership, and both participants actually share interests and care about one another- against the odds and expectations of self and others.

i can always count on humor, romance, schmexy hotness, and a sweet HEA from you, no matter what you write. in this world and in these recent weeks, the past two days of reading were just the time-out i needed to restore and recharge. i anticipate more books from you, and would recommend this to anyone who wants to enjoy a story that is grounded in family, friendships, and first loves, and how these relationships can be life altering (in both positive and negative ways) throughout different stages of our lives. plus, i cannot tell a lie, the phenomenal attraction and exploration of the main characters, and fangy mystique add a bit of spice to the mix too;) i am bitten, *shakes head in error* smitten with this love story.

brava on your first book. you should feel proud of this accomplishment. i gnome exactly what i am saying since i have read the first to last of it now ;)

Orchids for Lila Review by Itsamia

from WordPress, Amazon and GoodReads on January 13, 2013

by Itsamia

Well here goes – wasn’t sure where to post this review so went for the front page!
I really loved your book – it is very readable & had the ability to keep me reading well past the demands of real life or sleep!
The characters were well drawn & very likeable – especially Lila. Whilst the vampire heroes of this genre are usually hot & attractive I sometimes find the female characters less likeable; but I loved Lila & enjoyed being in her head. She is intelligent, feisty & just the right amount of different. Her relationship with her Dad was beautiful & raised interesting issues about the responsibility of caring for a parent & the guilt caused by moving on, something which had resonance for me.
There were some good points made about the reality of being a vampire; leaving behind family & friends & the difficulties of making permanent relationships in the vampire world. I was glad that, whilst Jack had his pain & sorrow, he essentially liked who & what he was.
Jack & Lila’s relationship was a joy to read about; I loved their nerdiness & the attraction between them was white hot – leading to lots of great sex! The club was amazing – hopefully they can spend some more time there in the future!
I hope you have plans for a sequel as I would love to read more of Lila’s story – in the days since I have finished the book I have missed her. Thank you!

Orchids for Lila Review by Terra

From Goodreads.com

by Terra on 12 December 2012

Vampire erotica… need I say more? Hot sex scenes littered with a unique take on the girl-meets-vampire story. Not a ton of tension to keep me page turning into the late night hours which is why this only gets three stars. Enjoyable read nonetheless and I would definitely read more from this author.