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Being left for dead sure has a way of changing a man. All West wanted was one night of fun. He’d taken on the responsibility of raising his younger siblings after their parents died, had done so out of love, but he was a young man and he just wanted a chance to live like one for a few hours. It almost cost him his life. It certainly meant his life was changed forever, and al Being left for dead sure has a way of changing a man. All West wanted was one night of fun. He’d taken on the responsibility of raising his younger siblings after their parents died, had done so out of love, but he was a young man and he just wanted a chance to live like one for a few hours. It almost cost him his life. It certainly meant his life was changed forever, and along with his life, the lives of his siblings. They were all exposed to a secret world they’d never known existed. Vampires. Human children living alongside vampires…seemed unusual. Claude, the coven leader who saved West and his brothers and sisters, doesn’t have accommodations for kids. He finds one coven in the country that does, and sets about making a home there for West and his family. Before he sends West away, West meets an intriguing man, Axel, whom he encounters again months later. The attraction between them is strong, but there is more to consider than just how sexy Axel is. Nothing in life is easy, whether you’re a vampire or a human. Reader Advisory: This book contains references to sexual assault and violence. Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released on the author's blog. General Release Date: 17th November 2015


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Being left for dead sure has a way of changing a man. All West wanted was one night of fun. He’d taken on the responsibility of raising his younger siblings after their parents died, had done so out of love, but he was a young man and he just wanted a chance to live like one for a few hours. It almost cost him his life. It certainly meant his life was changed forever, and al Being left for dead sure has a way of changing a man. All West wanted was one night of fun. He’d taken on the responsibility of raising his younger siblings after their parents died, had done so out of love, but he was a young man and he just wanted a chance to live like one for a few hours. It almost cost him his life. It certainly meant his life was changed forever, and along with his life, the lives of his siblings. They were all exposed to a secret world they’d never known existed. Vampires. Human children living alongside vampires…seemed unusual. Claude, the coven leader who saved West and his brothers and sisters, doesn’t have accommodations for kids. He finds one coven in the country that does, and sets about making a home there for West and his family. Before he sends West away, West meets an intriguing man, Axel, whom he encounters again months later. The attraction between them is strong, but there is more to consider than just how sexy Axel is. Nothing in life is easy, whether you’re a vampire or a human. Reader Advisory: This book contains references to sexual assault and violence. Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released on the author's blog. General Release Date: 17th November 2015

30 review for Don't Drink the Holy Water

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Book 4 in this series, which I adore, takes off right where book 3 left off - with West turning into a vampire after Claude bites him and gives him his blood. West wakes up a bloodsucker and isn't too pleased about it. As newly made vampires also tend to sort of fall in love with their maker, and West has a bunch of siblings to take care of, Claude decides that it's best for West (and for Claude's peace of mind) to send West and the kids off to live with another coven. Except before they leave, C Book 4 in this series, which I adore, takes off right where book 3 left off - with West turning into a vampire after Claude bites him and gives him his blood. West wakes up a bloodsucker and isn't too pleased about it. As newly made vampires also tend to sort of fall in love with their maker, and West has a bunch of siblings to take care of, Claude decides that it's best for West (and for Claude's peace of mind) to send West and the kids off to live with another coven. Except before they leave, Claude takes West out into the desert, where West stumbles upon Alex, lost and confused, and falls. Hard. But they move before he can figure out what's happening, and he and the kids start to acclimate in the new coven, when West runs across Alex again. From there, this story unfolds as a sweet romance between a vampire and his human. Out of the 4 books published so far (where's the next one, Bailey?), this is probably the sweetest and most romantic. See, West tries to woo Alex, tries to do right by him, tries to be the man he wishes he had met when he was still human, and of course, there are the kids to consider, who also have to approve of West's beloved. Alex helps West work his way through the shame and guilt - West blames himself for being stupid and getting himself into this bloodsucking predicament. These two men really worked as a couple - they are neither perfect, but perfect for each other nonetheless. Alex deals well with the vampire and kids thing, not perturbed at all that his boyfriend drinks blood, and while having kids may not have been on his radar quite so soon, he jumps in with both feet anyway. I loved them both, and I was super happy that they got their happy ending. As I said, I adore this series. There wasn't as much irreverence and snark in this book because West isn't that kind of guy, but we got to visit a bit with the members of Claude's coven, and it's all good. I need more of this series, though. Soon, I hope! ** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **

  2. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    This books starts right after the last in the series. It tells how West who has been turned against his will into a vampire learns to start coping with all the changes in his life. And boy, things are not easy for him. Not only is he taking care of his younger siblings, but now add the vampire stuff to it all. West has to deal with his guilt and shame about how he became a vampire. He truly blames himself for it. West really is a sweetheart and so is Axel. There was a good amount of angst through This books starts right after the last in the series. It tells how West who has been turned against his will into a vampire learns to start coping with all the changes in his life. And boy, things are not easy for him. Not only is he taking care of his younger siblings, but now add the vampire stuff to it all. West has to deal with his guilt and shame about how he became a vampire. He truly blames himself for it. West really is a sweetheart and so is Axel. There was a good amount of angst throughout for both of them. But they fit so well with each other and just seem to click perfectly. Axel really helps West with coming to terms with himself. Axel also deals pretty well with learning about vampires and the kids. This was fast paced, with good writing, and pretty hot sex. I liked and enjoyed both West and Axel as main characters. I really felt for both of them as they dealt with the troubles. All in all a very nice addition to the series. * I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    I thought this story was cute and another really good addition to this series.. You don't really see a lot of characters from the other books in this series in this one but you do see West a younger vampire who was turned against is will in the last book after being attacked. He feels like he is a monster so in this book he goes through a lot to wrap his mind around what he is. Axel was so sweet and you could feel how much he really cared about West. You do get angst in this book, you also get s I thought this story was cute and another really good addition to this series.. You don't really see a lot of characters from the other books in this series in this one but you do see West a younger vampire who was turned against is will in the last book after being attacked. He feels like he is a monster so in this book he goes through a lot to wrap his mind around what he is. Axel was so sweet and you could feel how much he really cared about West. You do get angst in this book, you also get sweet and steam in this book which was perfect for this couple. All together I loved this book! I would recommend this series! I received this book free in exchange for an honest review from Inked Rainbow Reads.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eva Millien

    He took on the responsibility of raising his siblings after their parents died and the one night West decided to have some fun almost cost him his life and exposed him and his siblings to the secret world of the vampires in this captivating paranormal romance. There was no way that I could put West’s story down once I started reading it because his story reached out and caught a hold my heart and I just had to know how things would work out for him. As for the series, Bailey Bradford’s introduce He took on the responsibility of raising his siblings after their parents died and the one night West decided to have some fun almost cost him his life and exposed him and his siblings to the secret world of the vampires in this captivating paranormal romance. There was no way that I could put West’s story down once I started reading it because his story reached out and caught a hold my heart and I just had to know how things would work out for him. As for the series, Bailey Bradford’s introduced new intriguing characters in a new coven which has promising possibilities for future books in the series and I can’t wait. See my full review at: http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/vie...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Emily

    This was kinda adorable and still sexy and hot and fun to read about. I really loved West, and I thought that he and Axel were so sweet and romantic together. And I even liked West's siblings! I think I like this one best of the whole series so far, it was just a sweet romance, not so much snark and humor like the others. I'm interested in knowing more about the new coven that West is with, and I look forward to future books.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    3.5 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angela Goodrich

    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. If you read Sunshine is Overrated, then you met West briefly as he was the young man that Claude had to turn into a vampire after his maker and “brother” tortured him nearly to death. In Don’t Drink the Holy Water we find that West is having a hard time with his transition from human to vampire and if it were not for his brothers and sisters, he would likely find a way to end his existence. While Claude tolerates West’s self I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. If you read Sunshine is Overrated, then you met West briefly as he was the young man that Claude had to turn into a vampire after his maker and “brother” tortured him nearly to death. In Don’t Drink the Holy Water we find that West is having a hard time with his transition from human to vampire and if it were not for his brothers and sisters, he would likely find a way to end his existence. While Claude tolerates West’s self-pity for a while, he refuses to allow the young man to ignore his need for blood and they set out for the desert so that Claude can teach West the finer points of being a vampire. Amusingly, I’m not sure which encounter surprised West more – the zombies or meeting a local star athlete. Although the brief encounter with the human brings a little light into his life, West is still too traumatized to consider a relationship with a mate – assuming he even knew where to start or believed that someone like Axel would be interested in an instant family. Fast forward a few months and we find that Claude has located a nearby vampire coven that already has children living within it and is located close to a school system – a necessity for West’s four siblings – and West and the kids are now living there. Well, living might be too strong of a term for what West is doing and unfortunately, that’s not meant as a vampire pun. Because of the brutally violent way that West was turned, he still hates what he is and continues to fight his nature, feeding only when he must and doing so begrudgingly. In essence, West is surviving – barely – but not living and this is beginning to put a strain on his relationship with the other members of the coven. But when a fellow coven member learns of West’s connection to Axel, he finds himself practically dragged to the hotel where Axel is staying and the two men finally get a chance to talk. Talking leads to a date complete with a seriously hot movie theater scene and more time spent together, which means even more fretting on West’s part as he tries to figure out if he wants more with Axel and how to tell him the truth about what he is. But when West accidentally outs himself to Axel, his new coven leader gives them a week to decide if Axel will become West’s mate or if his memory will need to be wiped to hide the existence of vampires. I enjoyed West’s week long courtship of Axel. It was sweet to see the inexperienced young man who had spent the past few years taking care of his siblings and living his life for them, find someone he wanted for himself, someone who made him happy, and finally start living his life for himself again. That Axel wanted the full week that Herve gave them before making a decision that would affect the rest of his life was quite impressive because of why he did it. Once Axel got over the shock of learning West was a vampire, he was quick to resolve his feelings about West. But Axel knew that West was a package deal and he wanted to make sure that West’s siblings would be accepting of him because he cared for West enough not to want to cause strife within their fragile family. As always, the sex scenes were hot and balanced out the sweetness of the fledgling relationship. I really liked seeing that Herve and his coven was just as welcoming as Claude’s was, doing what they could to make the transition for West, his siblings, and Axel as successful as possible. Don’t Drink the Holy Water is yet another great addition to The Vamp for Me series and now the wait begins for the next installment.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Skye

    West is 27 and the sole parent of his siblings who are a decade or more younger than him. He’s been doing the best he can to provide a safe and secure family for them and that doesn’t leave a lot of time for a love life. He’s decided it’s time to shed his virginity and goes out one night seeking company. Instead of finding Mr Right or even Mr Right Now, he finds himself being attacked and left for dead. Luckily, Claude, a vampire, finds him and converts him to save his life. When West wakes up he West is 27 and the sole parent of his siblings who are a decade or more younger than him. He’s been doing the best he can to provide a safe and secure family for them and that doesn’t leave a lot of time for a love life. He’s decided it’s time to shed his virginity and goes out one night seeking company. Instead of finding Mr Right or even Mr Right Now, he finds himself being attacked and left for dead. Luckily, Claude, a vampire, finds him and converts him to save his life. When West wakes up he doesn’t know if he’s happy to be “alive” or wishes he were dead. If it weren’t for his brothers and sisters, he knows he might not do what it takes to survive. The whole blood thing is hard for him to adapt to. After several months, he’s finally ready to leave his maker and join a more “family friendly” coven in Portland. But before he goes, he meets Axel – a pro Sand Racer – while fending off zombies! Axel doesn’t know what to make of West. He’s shy, but brave; odd, but he doesn’t quite know why he thinks that; hot, but humble. What he does know he likes and he wants to know more. The first obstacle between Axel and West is geography- they don’t live in the same town. Then there’s West’s shyness and awkwardness – West has to believe in himself enough to let Axel in. Finally there’s the whole vampire thing… well that’s pretty big. Eventually Axel has to choose – commit forever to West or forget him entirely. That’s a lot to decide in a week! ** Bailey Bradford is a delight! I love her paranormal worlds. She’s a master at giving us creative characters, interesting world building and super-hot sex scenes. Her vampires are pretty traditional, though not monsters. There isn’t an “insta-love/mate” thing but once you’ve found your mate, all the same rules apply. West is freaking adorable. He’s a shy virgin on one hand, but so eager to experience the world that he lets himself go. Axel is a great compliment to his personality and they make a great couple. I really enjoyed this and highly recommend it, the series and the author. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but the series has overlapping characters for added depth. 4.5 of 5 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Poor West. I met him at the end of book three when he'd been violently assaulted and mauled by a vampire, and Claude had no choice but to turn him. Well, Claude could've let him die, but West has four younger siblings that he is responsible for, and Claude felt their lives were valuable, also. West isn't happy to wake up and find himself a vampire, the very creatures he was so stupid to follow that one night. But Claude begins to train him in what he needs to know, if for no other reason than to Poor West. I met him at the end of book three when he'd been violently assaulted and mauled by a vampire, and Claude had no choice but to turn him. Well, Claude could've let him die, but West has four younger siblings that he is responsible for, and Claude felt their lives were valuable, also. West isn't happy to wake up and find himself a vampire, the very creatures he was so stupid to follow that one night. But Claude begins to train him in what he needs to know, if for no other reason than to continue to care for his siblings. Three months later, West and his sibling have joined a coven in Portland, one that is bigger with more humans, and with children. A much better location for them to be. West is still struggling with accepting his new reality when he's given the opportunity to apologize to Axel, a young man whom West and Claude saved out in the desert from a zombie attack. West feels bad about brushing Axel off that night, but truly, what was he to do? He'd been a vampire for four days at that time, he didn't want or need the distraction of the gorgeous sandboarder. I really liked the fact that this book centered on a brand-new vampire with all of his fears, his shame, his self-loathing, and doubts; it made the story more real to me. West and Axel, together were more than I thought they would be. Especially Axel, as I had been afraid he'd come across a little immature in that grunge way that extreme sports people can be. Instead, Axel was amazing and exactly perfect for West. Another fantastic addition to a series I'm really loving. Thank you, Bailey, for writing such wonderful men. NOTE: This book was provided by Pride Publishing for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa The Novel Approach

    3.5 Stars I’ve really enjoyed Bailey Bradford’s work in the Vamp for Me series, up until this point. It’s light-hearted and fun, a different take on the vampire genre. The ending of the previous book left the characters up in the air, and I was eager to see where the author was going with the series. I was intrigued by West’s involvement at the end of the last book, too, considering his circumstances, but Bradford chose to gloss over West’s situation in favor of a super sweet love story. Don’t D 3.5 Stars I’ve really enjoyed Bailey Bradford’s work in the Vamp for Me series, up until this point. It’s light-hearted and fun, a different take on the vampire genre. The ending of the previous book left the characters up in the air, and I was eager to see where the author was going with the series. I was intrigued by West’s involvement at the end of the last book, too, considering his circumstances, but Bradford chose to gloss over West’s situation in favor of a super sweet love story. Don’t Drink the Holy Water fell kinda flat for me. There are some tough issues mentioned in the book, and Bradford only deals with them superficially in how they affect the main characters. I was a bit disappointed in this, as she has handled delicate subject matters in the past to an amazing degree. West and Axel just didn’t seem to connect with me, or I with them, I guess. This story is simple and sweet, overall, but I have enjoyed other books by her better. Reviewed by Angel for The Novel Approach http://www.thenovelapproachreviews.co...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ro Dubose

    West is a new vampire still in training when he first meets Axel, even though the circumstances were ominous at the time, the attraction was immediate and long lasting. Don’t Drink the Holy Water is the fourth book in The Vamp for Me series. In this episode, West is a victim of a cruel vampire attack. Coven leader Claude’s only option was to turn West into a vampire. West is the sole provider of his four siblings, which is the main reason Claude chose to save West’s life. When West had adjusted t West is a new vampire still in training when he first meets Axel, even though the circumstances were ominous at the time, the attraction was immediate and long lasting. Don’t Drink the Holy Water is the fourth book in The Vamp for Me series. In this episode, West is a victim of a cruel vampire attack. Coven leader Claude’s only option was to turn West into a vampire. West is the sole provider of his four siblings, which is the main reason Claude chose to save West’s life. When West had adjusted to being a vampire, with the help of Claude, West moved to Portland, a larger coven with more humans to help care for the children while the vampires slept. Axel has some notoriety as a sand boarder and was in Portland for a competition when he and West met for a second time. Again the attraction between them was immediate, but both men had issues, delaying their chance to really get to know each other before their budding relationship was lost forever. Don’t Drink the Holy Water is an enjoyable installment, I am curious to see where this series is headed since the location has changed as well as a different coven leader is featured.

  12. 5 out of 5

    The TBR Pile *Book review site*

    This story is sweet, fun with well written sex scenes. Full Review: http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/reviews/... This story is sweet, fun with well written sex scenes. Full Review: http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/reviews/...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    Super sweet story that rounds out the series nicely. Not much world building as the others, and I didn't quite enjoy the MCs like I did in the other books.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Jane

  15. 5 out of 5

    Megan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sunnie

  17. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  18. 4 out of 5

    Misty

  19. 4 out of 5

    Keyrala

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elodie

  21. 4 out of 5

    jean

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chet

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aya Garcia

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Spence

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

  27. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dana

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julie

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