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Subject: Vamps, Vamps, Vamps
Date Posted: 6/11/2009 10:45 PM ET
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I really enjoy vampire stories, but I'm looking for NON-sexually explicit/erotic reads. I've read the Twilight series. Any other suggestions?

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 10:50 PM ET
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The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. The first book is called Dead Until Dark. I can't say it's not erotic because I am only starting the first novel, but someone else may be able to help you with that. It's a great read so far.



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Anissa (WVgrrl) - ,
Date Posted: 6/11/2009 11:04 PM ET
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There are a few scenes in the Sookie books that might be considered "very sexy" but not erotic IMO. The books in the Hollows series aren't heavy on sex. Same for the Mercy Thompson series. Those two are not exclusively vamps though.

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 11:34 PM ET
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Rob Thurman's series.  It is about brothers.  There are vampires as side characters.

But are you looking for books that are erotic but not sexual explicit or neither erotic nor explicit.  Your slash is confusing me.  For one I'd mention the slew of YA vamps.  For the other I'd mention Sunshine by Robin McKinley and Rob Thurman.

 

Rachel Caine's Morganville series.  Another YA series with the lead in a romantic relationship but not having sex.



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Date Posted: 6/12/2009 12:10 AM ET
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I second the Sookie Stackhouse books.

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 12:15 AM ET
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But it is very clear in the Sookie books that her brother is a sex horndog.  So there is sex.  Just not front center and focused on.  And there is more as the books go on.

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 7:10 AM ET
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Richelle Mead's Vampire Acadamy is excellent.  Another good YA selection is the Morganville Vampires.  I agree... if you stick with the YA selections you won't get a lot of sex... maybe a hint, but nothinig explicit.

Edie

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 9:52 AM ET
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Do what I do, just skip over the sex parts. I never read them.

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 10:58 AM ET
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Sunshine Sunshine Sunshine!  (yes, still my very favorite vampire book)

The Jaz Parks series involves a vampire main character and it's much more action/adventure than anything else.  There's love tension, but no real sex scenes.

I really liked Evernight, which is a stand-alone YA book about vampires.

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 11:41 AM ET
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Wow, there are so many out there that I didn't know about. Sorry my slash was confusing...I'm interested in neither explicit nor erotic. If we were talking movies, I'd be a PG to PG-13 kinda gal on sexual content. You guys have definitely given me some options to consider. Thanks for your time.

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 9:38 PM ET
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I love the Sookie series, but there is some sex -- nothing explicit - but it is there.

Jaz Parks --  tension, but nothing so far

All the YA books -- vampire Academy, Morganville -- ditto those

Jeanne Steins series- Anna Strong -- good, not alot sex, love interest, but nothing explicit

Jeannine Frost -  Night Huntress -

Tate Hallaway - witch/ vamp -- love interest, but nothing explicit

 

Date Posted: 6/13/2009 8:24 AM ET
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Anne Rice's vampires don't have sex.

Date Posted: 6/13/2009 8:03 PM ET
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I'm not big on sex in my books either.  Sometimes it's written well, but most of the time I just get bored, so I usually find myself skimming over those parts.  Usually I just skim to the end of the chapter and go on to the next. 

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 3:27 PM ET
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I really liked Evernight, which is a stand-alone YA book about vampires.

Evernight is NOT a stand-alone book. There is a sequel currently available called Stargazer. Another book is set to come out within the next year. I do not know the title.

Anne Rice's vampires don't have sex. Do you mean to tell me that I totally imagined that scene between Lestat and the nun in Memnoch the Devil? Or is it just because you agree with former President Clinton and that oral sex doesn't count as sex? *grins*

Date Posted: 6/15/2009 5:31 PM ET
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It is funny, but I don't remember any sex in Anne Rice's vampire books.....but somehow they were unbelievably erotic just the same.  (I haven't read Memnoch the Devil.)

Date Posted: 6/15/2009 6:02 PM ET
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Oh, it's there. I remember it very clearly. If you want gory details on what happened, PM me. But I would definitely consider it sex.

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 2:11 AM ET
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I stopped before Memnoch.  But Anne Rice's books felt very lush and erotic.  It was more from the fabric and landscape than from sex.  As if everyone went around smoothing their own velvet clothing.  Quite bold at the time they were written.

Date Posted: 6/17/2009 9:26 PM ET
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That's great news, Jennifer, and another book to add to my WL.  I'm always glad to be corrected when it's to discover there's another book in a series that I enjoyed!  Thanks so much! :-)

Date Posted: 6/17/2009 9:46 PM ET
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If it were intended to be just a stand alone book, I think I would totally freak out. "Evernight" can't just end that!

Date Posted: 6/19/2009 5:14 PM ET
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Ok...I'm starting with "Marked" by P.C. & Kristin Cast. Have any of you tried this series? I thought it was the vampire academy, but after looking back I see I was wrong. It's a House of Night series.

Date Posted: 6/19/2009 5:19 PM ET
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I don't like the House of Night series. I made it 50 pages into the series and decided it was utter crap. The characters are not likable, the writing is horrible, and the portrayal of teenagers is insulting. There is also a totally gratuitous oral sex scene within the first 50 pages. A lot of people enjoy these books. I seem to be in the minority for disliking them.

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Date Posted: 6/19/2009 6:09 PM ET
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P N Elrod has at least three vampire series going.  I've only read one of them so far.  The first book is Bloodlist (Vampire Files #1).

From the Amazon product description:

Jack Fleming, ace reporter, always had a weak spot for strange ladies. And he certainly should have listened to the one who said she was a vampire! Because when a thug blasts several bullets through Jack's back, he does not die--and discovers that he is a vampire as well! First in an exciting new vampire adventure series. Original.

There is no sex in the book other than to say that when Jack and the lady were having relations (that's the way it's said) she ocassionally bit him and he liked it.  He didn't immediately become a vampire.  The lady disappears and Jack goes looking - gets shot and he's a vampire.

It takes place in Chicago in the late 1930's.  Jusrt a quick scan at Amazon shows 11 books in the series.

She also has Jonathan Barrett the Gentleman Vampire series going.  I haven't read them but they have been recommended to me.

Date Posted: 6/21/2009 2:35 AM ET
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I'll third Sunshine by Robin McKinley. There is one scene that I would say goes past PG-13 to rated R, but it's about ten seconds of the story and maybe 30 words. There are waaaaaaaaaaay more reallly mouth-watering descriptions of baked goods. :)

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 12:33 PM ET
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Okay...I'm halfway through "Marked" and I simply can't force myself any further. Jennifer, your description was dead on for me. I will join the minority with you. I don't even care what happens to these characters, not enough to read another page. This is not quality writing. Anyway, someone will be pleased. I just posted it & there were 244 wish listers.

I consider Stephenie Meyer's books quality writing, as well as Anne Rice's. Emily, your description of Anne Rice's books...As if everyone went around smoothing their own velvet clothing...cracked me up! I haven't read any Anne Rice since the early 90s. Pamela, I agree with you. I remember not specific sex, but they were definitely...lush.

I tried the first Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse book, but couldn't finish that either.

Yes, I'm a picky reader. I've made a list of the book suggestions here & I'll just start pluggin' my way through them & see if anything sticks.

Next up...Evernight, Morganville, or Sunshine?



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Date Posted: 6/22/2009 1:00 PM ET
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Just a warning, the Morganville tend to end in cliffhangers.

Sunshine is a stand alone.

Maybe Tate Hallaway?  She does goes more toward PG-13. 

Nancy Haddock.  I'm trying to remember if there was any sex.  Don't think so.

 

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