Although many scholars reported during this period that vampires did not exist, and attributed reports to premature burial or rabies, superstitious belief increased. Dom Augustine Calmet, a well-respected French theologian and scholar, put together a comprehensive treatise in , which was ambiguous concerning the existence of vampires. Calmet amassed reports of vampire incidents; numerous readers, including both a critical Voltaire and supportive demonologists, interpreted the treatise as claiming that vampires existed.
In his Philosophical Dictionary, Voltaire wrote:. The persons so sucked waned, grew pale, and fell into consumption; while the sucking corpses grew fat, got rosy, and enjoyed an excellent appetite. The controversy only ceased when Empress Maria Theresa of Austria sent her personal physician, Gerard van Swieten, to investigate the claims of vampiric entities. He concluded that vampires did not exist and the Empress passed laws prohibiting the opening of graves and desecration of bodies, sounding the end of the vampire epidemics. Despite this condemnation, the vampire lived on in artistic works and in local superstition.
Celtic mythology features the Baobhan Sidhe, which resemble the archetypal modern horror vampire, as they are beautiful women who take the blood of men while "dancing" with them usually in a murderous fashion , but have to return to their burial mounds before the rise of the sun.
There is also the Lennan Sidhe, or Barrow Lover, who is the tamer, more good natured, monogamous style of vampire girlfriend, who inspires her pet artist but also drains him, sometimes driving him into an early grave. There's also Abhartach, a dwarf magician and tyrant who, according to legend, rose from the grave after he was killed and demanded the blood of his subjects. He was finally killed using a sword made from a specific type of tree wood. Romanian mythology also contributes heavily to the modern, sociable, attractive notion of vampires, who seem to usually be gingers, and could sometimes pass unnoticed in human society or even procreate or marry; even female vampires could bear offspring.
The children are usually fated to become vampires after death. Romanian vampires come in countless varieties, from evil spirits to owls to vampire babes to actual living witches. Romanian vampires potentially have a shot at becoming alive again -- it involves marrying a foreigner, changing their name and leaving the country, however, which sounds a lot less like "becomes human again" and more "sneaks off to bite people elsewhere. In the late s, vampires were still widely regarded to be nasty little weirdos like Count Orlok, creeping around in the night looking freakish and completely the opposite of sexy.
Literary examples go back as far as the s, though the works that codified vampire as we'd come to know it wouldn't be codified proper until the 19th century, with the likes of Carmilla , Dracula and The Vampyre. Carmilla in particular was one of the first notable instances of a lesbian vampire, and actually predated Dracula by years.
From this root a popular archetype would emerge, primarily in 20th Century film, of the lesbian vampire would seduce a straight woman, the already-present themes of vampirism-as-sexual-predation amplified by the presence of a then-"taboo" sexuality, and people took notice of the unfortunate implications - once most of 'em finished fapping to it, anyway. Though hints of their romantic and sometimes erotic aspects had long begun to manifest around the time of Carmilla, and even well before then, it was Tod Browning's adaptation of the aforementioned Dracula , the brainchild of one Bram Stoker, that elevated the vampire from their typical creepy unattractiveness to the suave ladies' man inspired by the film's star Bela Lugosi.
Dracula was originally a thin elderly man with a hooked nose, pointed ears, blue eyes that went flaming red when he was mad, and hairy palms, though his appearance became more youthful as he fed on blood. The film "rehabilitated" him into an eloquent and charming if manipulative fellow, the likes of which would be fimrly embedded into the public consciousness along with the traditional weakness to sunlight which we incidentally owe to 's Nosferatu; before this, even Dracula himself could walk in broad daylight, though his powers were weakened.
Lady-types developed a metaphorical hard-on for vampires, and vampires supposedly got literal hard-ons for ladies until , when Anne Rice published the first book in her series, The Vampire Chronicles , which established a more This is where we started to see more classical portrayals, the vampire pulling triple-duty as sociopath, glutton, and sophisticate all at once. Goth culture celebrated vampire mythos for this very reason; they were a worthy bit of admirable folklore, the source of many an interesting BBEG, and an inspiration for a lot of things in Goth culture.
This "classical" archetype is what we would see with most Vampire portrayals throughout movies, comic books, television series, and so on during this time. Sadly, in the early s, cross-contamination by the "Emo" subculture caused this to bottom out in a parasitic fashion - Emo glutted itself on anything it could encounter and claimed that it belonged rightly to it, and Goth subculture, with its established fashion sense and habits, was a natural target.
The prevalence of Emo bullshit caused the bulk of the Goth subculture to retreat back to its Victorian roots, but not before Emos had secured vampires as "their own. None of this, however, would really amount to the damage that Emo subculture did to vampires, romanticizing them into individuals for whom the taste for blood was little more than a dietetic quirk. Identifying with the angst of the undead condition to the point of hanging all their pots on that one hook, these teenyboppers would drag the reputation of the vampire down to levels of " brooding wangsty limpdick loser " as it was increasingly associated with make-up, bad poetry, and incense lit to conceal the smell of pot so the "vampire kid's" parents don't come in and scold them in front of his friends from high school.
Emos continue to drink tomato juice from plastic Halloween goblets, dress up like shitty vampires, and whine endlessly about how they supposedly hate life to this very day, whilst everyone else who remembers the good old days just shakes their head in disgust, goes "son, I am disappointed," and walks off, depressed. At this point, vampires still had the whole "aura of promiscuity" thing going for them, which Pinelight took to its logical conclusion , and in doing so created the spitting image of the fucked-up, universally-mocked, emotionally-abusive teen heartthrobs that naive or similarly fucked-up teenagers would find marketed to them.
It didn't help that Meyer was a devout Mormon, which makes the whole thing in retrospect read like a vampire abstinence porno they could fap to without angering Jesus. This means that the wellspring of righteous fury on the subject has long since run dry, and it no longer has the cultural relevance to even halfway justify any further sustained vitriol - less of the frothing, passionate hatred of old that became well-ingrained into pop culture itself, and more of the apathetic "yeah, fuck that series" disdain that comes with hindsight and the passage of time.
And yet, for all that, the image of an all-powerful badass creature of the night that can be both repulsively monstrous and charmingly human retains its appeal, showing that sometimes, just sometimes Even with the usual fleet of derivative hacks, a good idea is a good idea, and there's a reason the public is willing to remember the good examples more often. Though vampires as a species have gone through the gamut in regards to what powers they do or don't have or how to identify one, there are some very common powers that a great number of vampires possess.
Just like the features of vampires, their weaknesses have also gone through various interpretations, but they usually follow some common tropes. While Japan may have their share of silly vampires, they mostly respected the traditional image of modern vampires. Of course not all anime and manga or vydiagaem vampires fit to the T with this list, but they will have most of this characteristics, expect them to be proficient fighters with all the advantages of old vampires and enough brains to not to fall to cheap tricks such as exposing themselves to the sun due some silly accident.
A great example of vampires done by Japan right comes from a manga called Hellsing, which focused on a gunslinging "domesticated" vampire named Alucard who works for an organization of vampire hunters. The Hellsing manga follows the story of the Hellsing Organization, a British family-run organization incharge of killing supernatural threats to the British empire. In the manga's case, they fight a year old batallion of artificial vampire nazis originally meant to turn the tide of the war called "The Last Batallion" , under the command of an SS major, who wants to kill Alucard for ruining the original Last Battalion project, and just for the lulz.
Alucard himself is a blood-crazed, warmongering maniac that makes the archetype 90s anti-hero look tame by comparison, even if the villains in the series were even worse than him.
He somewhat follows the story of Bram Stoker's Dracula, with him being Vlad the Impaler in life before getting killed and becoming Dracula in death "Alucard" is Dracula backwards , but is instead compelled to serve humans rather than being axed off outright. Just an example of his insanity and his level of dickishness is that he is completely immortal, even by vampire standards, capable of even surviving methods designed to kill vampires, from stakes to the heart to beheadings with blessed equipment.
Then AGAIN, this is because he can use the millions of souls he has consumed over 5 centuries to shield him, making him the most powerful vampire in existence bar none. Despite being able to kill any foe he desires in the blink of an eye, he will instead allow them a hollow chance at killing him, only to get back up, show them a fraction of his power, and proceed to slowly dismember and humiliate them before finally killing them, just for the lulz.
Ohh, and he also transforms into a little girl when it fancies him Although keeping his masculine voice while in this form. There's also the deuteragonist Seras Victoria, a british cop-girl-turned-vampire sired by Alucard himself after "saving" her which is in quotes because he fatally shot her in the first place on purpose from being molested and murdered by another vampire. She originally started off as the hapless minion of her master, but becomes murder on legs after she unlocked her true power as a vampire, most notably by literally grinding someone's face off by dragging their face against a wall at high speed.
Seras is notable for being the plucky comic relief and fan service character despite being an undead creature of the night, and still being an upbeat and decent individual in spite of the former and all of the fucked up shit going on around her. The series had anime adaption made, but like many animes based on mangas, it started to run out of material and started making its own, which divided fans of the manga, and ended after only 13 episodes.
Four years later we got a more faithful adaptation called in the form of series of direct to video movies they're called Original Video Animations and they're nowhere near as shitty as direct to video movies are implied to be called Hellsing Ultimate. Even though most these haven't been released stateside Since watching dubbed anime is for scrubs even if Hellsing's dub is markedly better than most others, any decent anime fan site will still have them subtitled, so if you want to watch them, you don't have to look to far Although Crispin Freeman's voice acting for Alucard is the shit, compared to his equally good Japanese counterpart.
So go watch them. That's an order. And here's to get you started. Seems like the copyright goblins have struck again. Spoiler: This means Mina Harker is a vampire too, and her corpse is used by the Third Reich to synthesize their own vampires. Warhammer Fantasy Battle plays up the horror aspects of the vampires to 11, knowing that it's what makes them a compelling force to play - after all, the one nice thing about being an undead lord of the night is that you get to be a right and propa evil overlord about it.
Steven Sevile's vampire trilogy - Inheritance , Dominion , and Retribution - are great for showing just how monstrous these fiends are. There were once actually rules for Vampires spelled Vampyre in the 40k universe, taken as supplementary rules for Necromunda they represented an abhuman subtype who drank blood, had superhuman statlines and raised gangs of thralls to do their bidding.
Even a young, pony-tailed Gav Thorpe got involved with the rules and wrote up a counter character: B'Ufi the Vampyre Slayer which was somehow part of the 40k canon. Though 40k has generally left Necromunda behind, mention of blood sucking mutants can still be found in Dark Heresy and one of the Freeblade Knights the Crimson Reaper is rumoured to be a Vampyre. Rogue Trader has vampires as Warp-Spawned entities that change shape and drink the lifeforce of societies they inhabit.
Vampires are now a class in 4e. Only in the fluff , Vryloka have the power of vampires, just without the bloodlust. That just sounds stupid on paper. And also stupid in general. We got a fucking cornucopia of stupid going on here. The Vampire class has the Shadow power source, and is also a striker, which is apparently all Shadow is good for in 4e, being that all it consists of is Assassins, Executioners variant Assassins from the Heroes of Shadow , Vampires, and Blackguards , all of which are strikers for fuck-all reason. WOTC explained that they named the class Vampire because they really wanted the players to feel like they were playing one, as most of the powers are based on vampiric lore turning into bats, mist, wolves, drinking blood to gain healing surges.
If so, they still could have come up with an original fucking name either way and kept the fluff relatively the same. I have enjoyed reading every one of these stories, each one is special, unique and wonderful. Whether or not there is a legend of a blue rose, I'd like to think there is. This wonderful group of authors has brought magic to the pages. I've never read an anthology that I'd give 5 stars to every story in it, but this one I do!
I received an ARC and choose to leave my honest review. Sep 11, Patricia rated it it was amazing. According to the legend, when the rare blue rose blooms, enemies will become lovers. Seven authors take this legend and each one creates a story based upon it. The stories span time from Medieval times thru the regency, and they are filled with romance, intrigue, and some battles. Very much enjoyed each author's unique take on the theme.
Good deal Great authors, great stories all in one place. What more can you ask for. A big bang for your money. Many tories This final in a group of stories deals. With harm and revenge that lead s to love. All of the books deal with a Blue rose. Enjoy ed not of the books. Oct 14, Jackie rated it it was amazing. An amazing collection of love stories to make your day brighter. Loved each and every one of these stories. Love it! I love every single stories in this book.
I would recommend this to all the readers. It was very short but I like it that way. The Blue Rose Each of the stories had a blue rose thst bloomed for love and passio. GOOD stories Fantastic set of books. Enjoyed all the books. Love the stories of the genre and pitied together by the blue rose. Awesome book This read has everything you want in a book.
It has happy moments and sad moments and a little mystery mixed in. A very good read. Sep 11, Kari Maass rated it really liked it. I loved each story in this book. Some of the authors were new to me and I enjoyed their work and will definitely be reading more. The premise of this joint collaboration is that when the rare blue rose blooms, enemies become lovers. Each story covers this and each in a different way! I loved this book! Aug 07, Suzannah rated it it was amazing. This is a great group of stories. He is enchanted by the beautiful lady that is gazing at the stars. She claims to be a simple peasant, but her speech gives her away.
Kean spins a romantic tale of enemy This is a great group of stories. Kean spins a romantic tale of enemy to lover. This is a sweet and clean romance and very heart warming. If she sneezed on a book, I would probably buy it. Her stories are generally witty, creative and have some spicy romance in them.
She generally sets them during the Regency Era - one of my favorite time periods to read about. I think I have read all of her books. A Rose for a Rogue is another winning story. I loved the hero and the heroine. Both have unique personalities. I enjoyed the story line and found it to be unpredictable.
A Knight Amid Thorns focuses on the thorns of life - grief, unforgiveness, longing. This is a sweet clean romance. Alice Lamont has spent her life in hiding. Her clan was brutally slaughtered by the Earl of Argyll and she was rescued and hidden away by her grandmother Lady Lamont. He is struck by her beauty and tries to follow her but she manages to slip away.
Will he find her again? And if he discovers her true identity can enemies turn into lovers? Jarecki tells a super story. A Rose Among Thistles by B. Scott When Logan MacAllen returns to his keep only to find that most of his clansmen have been slaughtered by a feuding clan, he is devastated and seeks revenge by kidnapping the daughter of his enemy. Ann MacRyan is not who he thought she was. Can love bloom after such horrible devastation and between enemies?
This was my first time to read a B. Scott book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a fast paced read. The story begins extremely dark and the hero is the darkest in this collection of books. But I enjoyed seeing the characters develop and change over the course of the story.
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Smith is a masterful writer. Scottish Rose by Elizabeth Rose This is a great little book. It is best to read it as part of the MadMen MacKeefe series. Even though Ms. Coira is a sweet and kind soul. She feels more relatable than other heroines. I also liked the kindness of the hero Sir Lance de Selby. Looking forward to reading more by Elizabeth Rose. Aug 24, Lisa C rated it it was amazing.
So far, I have only read Collette Cameron's story in this book, but if it is any indication, all the books will be winners. Their families are enemies, they are from different classes, they have quite different ways of looking at life, and yet - perfect for each other. It's not all roses and sunshine please excuse the pun but that's what makes the story so compelling and such a good read. Highly recommend, an So far, I have only read Collette Cameron's story in this book, but if it is any indication, all the books will be winners.
Highly recommend, and will be quickly reading the rest of the stories. I was given an ARC of this story for an honest review, which this is. Sep 04, Anissa rated it it was amazing. Collette Cameron's A Rose for a Rogue was a heartwarming story! The old cranky duke wants his son married off. Chester has other ideas. He needs some assistance after his horse is injured and darling Miss Eden gives him a lift home.
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After an accident she must spend the night at his home. She is the illegitimate daughter of his father's enemy and being under the same roof doesn' Collette Cameron's A Rose for a Rogue was a heartwarming story! She is the illegitimate daughter of his father's enemy and being under the same roof doesn't go over well with the Duke.
It doesn't take Chester long to fall in love and realize he needs Eden and her array of pets but convincing Eden to accept and trust him is a whole other story. Eden doesn't trust the "upper" crust. Her mother and Eden have lived content in a cottage off her father's land and her Half brother is not happy about it. When Simon learns that his sister has spent an unchaperoned night with the enemy he has some words.
Words that Chester does not like. Their argument gets Eden and her mother thrown out. Now she must find work and does as Chester's housekeeper and provide for her mother. Now Chester has his work cut out for him. Eden is his heart and he really must make her see it. It's interesting to see how the authors all interpret the same topic so differently: Enemies to Lovers, the promise of the blue rose.
I enjoyed all of the stories, but some were better then others and held my interest better. My favorite was by Collette Cameron. She is an author I have read and enjoyed previously. These stories had me laughing, crying and on the edge of beyond sleepiness, striving to stay awake to keep on reading to find out how the story developed. Great characters, great authors, and great novellas. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Keep up the fantastic work. Well written. Easy reading. Loved the use of the blue rose for emphasis to intertwine the stories. Regenia Miller rated it really liked it Nov 12, Deborahbrent rated it it was amazing Feb 13, Susan Wilder rated it it was amazing Nov 25, Marlys Stroebele rated it really liked it Oct 01, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Readers also enjoyed. About Catherine Kean. Catherine Kean. Lavinia sees the opportunity to save her home for her parents so she agrees to the terms. Martin sets Lavinia up as his mistress, buying her lovely gowns, but does not force her to share his bed, fairly certain she will succumb to his charms in time. What follows is a lovely story of strangers to lovers, sort of a marriage of convenience.
It is only a matter of time before they succumb to each other — but who will admit their desire first? View 1 comment. Sep 11, Peggy rated it it was amazing Shelves: read Seven talented authors write stories of the Legend of the Blue Rose and the power it has to bring love where it is least expected and most impossible to find. Miss Eden is lovely, cheerful, and has a wonderful sense of humor. She has a menagerie of odd pets and puts a sunbonnet on her horse. Chester is taken with her almost immediately. The problem is Seven talented authors write stories of the Legend of the Blue Rose and the power it has to bring love where it is least expected and most impossible to find.
His calling Chester home is a ploy to have him betrothed in a marriage of convenience and advantage. Remember, I said the duke was too mean to die. Is there any way Chester can win in a battle with these two? Can he get them to end the feud? Is there a way for him and Miss Eden to be together? Chester is pretty smart, so it is possible. This one of my favorite stories in the Waltz With a Rogue series. Chester and Eden have great chemistry. They would both like to help the families make amends within the families and between the families.
The story flows along quickly with a good dose of action and drama, as well as a surprise or two, and a blue rose. She explains the legend of the blue rose. She wants to help the clan and this marriage well result in an alliance for peace at the border. When Lance tells her they will live at Liddel Castle, the place where she was held prisoner in a hanging cage with her sister Effie she panics. He threatens Lance and Coira for information about the Stone of Destiny.
Lance will have to decide what is most important to him. What does he want most, the castle or true happiness with Coira? I enjoyed this story. There were characters here that were familiar from other stories before this one. There was a surprise or two along the way, but I like the mostly straightforward, uncomplicated plot. View 2 comments.
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Sep 20, Patricia Schuette rated it it was amazing. A Highland anthology all concerning the legend of the Blue Rose The following authors and their stories: Caroline Kean's story A Knight and His Rose is about a young lady who sneaks over to the land of a family enemy and falls into a tunnel. Scottish Rose by Elizabeth Rose is about the betrothal of a Scottish lady and an English Lord who has just won a castle that belonged to his uncle. She is upset because his uncle had kidnapped her and her sister and placed them in cages.
A Knight Amid Thorns A Highland anthology all concerning the legend of the Blue Rose The following authors and their stories: Caroline Kean's story A Knight and His Rose is about a young lady who sneaks over to the land of a family enemy and falls into a tunnel. A Knight Amid Thorns by Laurel O'Donnell is about a young lady who is miserable because her brother had been murdered by a man who comes home from the French wars with her older brother.
Highland Knight of Dreams by Any Jarecki is about a young man who spots a young lady fleeing into a forest and disappears. She is the last of a clan wiped out by his clan. A Rose Amount Thistles by BY Scott is about two feuding clans the first attacks the second and they in turn kidnap that Laird's daughter for revenge. A Rose for a Rogue by Collette Cameron is about a Lord who goes home after many years to celebrate his birthday.
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He meets a young lady who is a daughter of his father's enemy and she drives him home because his horse went lame. On the way the bridge breaks sending them into the water so he takes her to his home before she freezes. The last is The Gentleman's Seduction by Lauren Smith is about a young man who seeks revenge Up in another man who was responsible for the death of his mother and father.
The second man owes him a lot of money so he takes the man's daughter instead. Sep 27, Diana Aden rated it it was amazing. This is a very good, value-priced set of novellas by seven talented authors. Each offering is a standalone work, yet all incorporate the legend of the blue rose, whose premise is that when it blooms, enemies will become lovers. Each story spans a different time period, from Medieval through Regency.
They run the gamut from intrigue to adventure, to battles, to deceit, to scandal, and a lot more. I can say each story is romantic and they range from sweet, to mild or moderately sensual, to steamy. I highly recommend this bargain-priced boxed set. The reasons why I enjoyed this book: it had wonderful characters, was entertaining, easy to read, immensely romantic, and had a happily ever after. Sep 11, Nicole Laverdure rated it it was amazing. A must to read, if you have a romantic soul! If you want to read some wonderful short novellas filled with romance, just choose your favorite reading chair, make yourself a good cup of coffee and begin to read 'Rogues to Lovers' an excellent collection by seven talented authors such as Collette Cameron, Catherine Kean, Elizabeth Rose, Laurel O'Donnell, Amy Jarecki, BJ Scott and Lauren Smith.
You won't be disappointed! Rogues to Lovers: Legend of the Blue Rose is a real-page turner! I just b A must to read, if you have a romantic soul! I just bought this collection this morning, so I only had time to read Collette Cameron's novella 'A Rose for a Rogue' which tells the sweet and charming love story between Chester and Eden. So so romantic! Sep 11, Kat Wiley rated it it was amazing. Collette does it again!! I love that she has included great animal characters as well which Collette is famous for and also a blue rose. This is a standalone story and what a story it is.
It is a page turner! This story is sad and cruel but has a HEA. This story has enemies Collette does it again!! Sep 14, Mary King rated it it was amazing. In each of these stories the story plot is around a enemy that happen to get together and they find love that is forbidden and the trip that they travel to get the happy ever after is full of adventure that will take you along for the ride, this book is a most read if you love adventure and love winning over hate.
Very cool collection 7 authors write stories using the Legend of the Blue Rose which is apparently that when this very rare rose blooms, enemies become lovers. All were very good and some authors were new to me. Family feuds were nothing the Blue Rose couldn't handle. Sep 11, Patricia rated it it was amazing. According to the legend, when the rare blue rose blooms, enemies will become lovers.
Seven authors take this legend and each one creates a story based upon it. The stories span time from Medieval times thru the regency, and they are filled with romance, intrigue, and some battles. Very much enjoyed each author's unique take on the theme. I have enjoyed reading every one of these stories, each one is special, unique and wonderful. Whether or not there is a legend of a blue rose, I'd like to think there is. This wonderful group of authors has brought magic to the pages. I've never read an anthology that I'd give 5 stars to every story in it, but this one I do!
I received an ARC and choose to leave my honest review. Many tories This final in a group of stories deals. With harm and revenge that lead s to love. All of the books deal with a Blue rose. Enjoy ed not of the books. Awesome book This read has everything you want in a book. It has happy moments and sad moments and a little mystery mixed in. A very good read.
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Good deal Great authors, great stories all in one place. What more can you ask for. A big bang for your money. GOOD stories Fantastic set of books. Enjoyed all the books. Love the stories of the genre and pitied together by the blue rose. Oct 14, Jackie rated it it was amazing. An amazing collection of love stories to make your day brighter. Loved each and every one of these stories. The Blue Rose Each of the stories had a blue rose thst bloomed for love and passio. Love it! I love every single stories in this book. I would recommend this to all the readers.
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It was very short but I like it that way. Sep 11, Kari Maass rated it really liked it. I loved each story in this book. Some of the authors were new to me and I enjoyed their work and will definitely be reading more. The premise of this joint collaboration is that when the rare blue rose blooms, enemies become lovers. Each story covers this and each in a different way! I loved this book! Aug 07, Suzannah rated it it was amazing. This is a great group of stories. He is enchanted by the beautiful lady that is gazing at the stars.
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Kean spins a romantic tale of enemy This is a great group of stories. Kean spins a romantic tale of enemy to lover. This is a sweet and clean romance and very heart warming. If she sneezed on a book, I would probably buy it. Her stories are generally witty, creative and have some spicy romance in them.