The Nightlife: New York by Travis Luedke


2 stars

Read from September 7 -16, this one failed to deliver despite having the beginnings of a fairly decent storyline.


The Nightlife Series is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

Vampires, strippers, escorts, night clubs, pimps and dirty cops – the Nightlife New York is never boring.

Aaron Pilan’s life is forever changed when he’s shot trying to rescue a drop-dead gorgeous woman on the streets of New York. Aaron is thrust into the shocking world of vampiric slavery when Michelle shares her blood to save his life.

Michelle’s existence as a solitary vampire is also altered when she accepts this naive young man into her life. Bound by her blood, Aaron is subject to her authority. He walks a tightrope of strictly controlled feeding regiments and intense sexual adventures while catering to the neurotic control-freak tendencies of his new master. She vows to eliminate him if he proves too difficult to control.

This story is bold and evocative, infusing blood, sex, love and turmoil in an urban drama about two vampires battling evil outside and within themselves.

Bookish things: 177 pages, this one has seen a couple of cover changes. I prefer the one above, it suits the story better.

Where to buy: Amazon currently has this one for free on Kindle or $8.09 in paperback format.

My review: Bookshelves: twitter-booksspring-challenge2-star-reviewa-lil-sexyindie-authorindie-review-copiesparanormal,romance

Read from September 07 to 16, 2013 — I own a copy, read count: 1

I didn’t love nor hate this one.

I felt that a lot of the concepts and themes had already been done, and in some cases done better. The erotic themes were pretty tame in terms of content, it really did read like a guys fantasy, lots of thrusting and grunting etc.

The rest of the story read better, the romance and thriller/crime themes were more fully formed and offered more to the reader.

Aaron – I liked Aaron at the start of the book, he seemed fairly real, someone I could imagine living in New York, he’s floating through life just being, not striving for success, but just existing. At first I thought ‘the change’ would be for the worst, but things seemed to sort themselves out between Aaron and Michelle.Aaron developed into a character that I really couldn’t relate to. He had too many powers, too many good things going for him and only one negative that I could really see, it seemed unbelievable. Where we’re left at the end of this book is a bit of a cop out, like Travis realised like I did that Aaron is too perfect/good/powerful and rushed to come up with something to make him less awesome. This didn’t really work for me.

Michelle – I didn’t like her. Aside from the constant reminder of how ‘hot’ she was, I felt like all we ever really knew of her was that she had a cute, yet annoying, french accent. Occassionally she only spoke in French instead of English (which, by the way, was kind of annoying considering I don’t speak nor read French), also, did I mention that she’s smokin’ hot?

She had some ‘real’ moments, but ultimately she was a very two dimensional character for me. She was led by her emotions, which seemed to fluctuate with the moon cycles or the direction of the wind. Rather scattered.

This blurb sounded so awesome, I was imagining a paranormal version of something akin to a diary of a sex worker or hooker, what I got was rather quick, teasers instead of full blown sex scenes. Way to get the audience in, but let them down…

Some parts were too quick, things that seemed like they should be really important (Michelle’s training and history for example) seemed really rushed, where as other parts that seemed to be thrown in for entertainment (Aaron/Michelle/Delia) seemed to drag for ages.

The Verdict:
What seems like it should be a XXX paranormal story ended up being barely a M rated romp of vampiric exploration. Quite a let down.

Things I noticed:
22% – ‘…stripped for men (insert ‘for’) the money.’

**Note: I recieved an electronic copy of this book for free.**


6 thoughts on “The Nightlife: New York by Travis Luedke

  1. Good, honest review – calling it as you see it! No one can fault you for that.
    Best wishes.

  2. The premise sounds great, but I can see where the let down comes in. Unless I can really feel for the characters and ‘care’ about them (regardless of how good or bad they are) I find it very hard to enjoy a story. Great review 😀

  3. I like the idea (although not in a story…) of someone who’s mood changes when the wind does. 🙂

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