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Longing for You, by Jenny Frame

felixfelicis's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

ws_uds's review against another edition

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3.0

wish this weren't such a slow burn. I'm just not in mood for slow burn right now lol

zefrien's review against another edition

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fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.25

motaki's review

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dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0


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mgncpr's review against another edition

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Meh.

To be quite honest, I read the first book in this series some time ago and it made me waver on continuing to read this author's paranormal books. I was surprised that I actually didn't mind this one, and found it better than the previous book. That being said - don't read this one if you haven't read the first or you will likely end up a bit confused without the context of events and characters. And this is the second in a series with what will surely be a third on the way - so there isn't a pat ending and Ms Frame has given enough leads to set up the third.

A lot of the issues I've had with Ms Frame's previous paranormal romances were still present, but I did actually enjoy the characters of Alexis and Katie more than the first book's pairing of Byron and Amelia (who are pretty major secondary characters in this one).

This one might be it for me when it comes to Ms Frame's paranormal books. I'm too cranky these days to suspend my disbelief enough to fully commit my to the world and characters.

Once again, I am in the minority - so if you enjoy Ms Frame's other paranormal books this will be a welcome addition to your reading list. If you haven't enjoyed those books, you probably won't be looking at this one anyways. :)

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4.0

Longing for You was a fun, flowery jaunt into lesbian vampire romance that follows the vampire/human – first love trope.
I really enjoyed the story of Alexis and Katie. In fact, I had to fight the urge not to skip chapters and get to the “good parts” that focus on those two. It was just as you would expect of a vampire/human love story and followed the trope well with hot love scenes, a reasonable amount of angst, and more than a few swoony moments.

I enjoyed this book but there were a few things that I didn’t enjoy as much. First, this is the second book in a series full of drama and action. While Frame does drop a lot of background info here and there in the beginning, I was confused about a few things. It took quite a bit for me to understand the world and what was going on in it – something I don’t think would have happened if I’d read book 1 first – so I recommend doing that.
I also think the book would have benefited from a Terms Used section with words and definitions and, maybe, a sort of family tree or something since relationships among family are brought up. The definitions would have really helped me early on since I thought Duca might be a last name and not a title for a while and then realized I was wrong.

If you’re interested in a short lesbian vampire romance with some witch/vampire action in the background – AND have read book 1 – you will likely enjoy Longing for You.

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3.0

Content warnings: a lot of blood, murder, pregnancy, light BDSM, sexism, brief indications of homophobia/homomisia

Disclaimer: I haven’t read the first book Hunger for You, but Frame wrote Longing for You in a way that made the story completely understandable. However, I do recommend reading book one because there is a fascinating paranormal rivalry storyline going on that I surely have missed parts of.

Longing for You opened with the jovial wedding of Byron Debrek and Amelia Honey, whose story is featured in the previous book. Duca Alexis Villiers (b. 1792) is scarred by her fiancée’s violent death more than a century ago and is not ready to fall in love again, but it is practically impossible to not think about the head housekeeper Katie Brekman. When Alexis keeps acting mean, Katie believes that her crush hates her. Meanwhile, Victorija’s Dred clan is teaming up with dark witch Anka and working to destroy the Debrek clan.

Love was meant to be joyful, and yet [Alexis] was in torment.


In the beginning, I disliked Alexis for her rudeness to Katie while acting like she belonged to her. But throughout the book, I slowly warmed up to her; she still isn’t my favorite person, but I feel like her actions were really justified, despite the fact that their communication could have been better. I enjoyed the sort of hate-to-love romance between the pair, even though they were in fact both deeply in love with each other before either of them said anything.

The paranormal world conflicts were what kept me reading non-stop. In this book, Alexis and Katie’s romance isn’t the sole focus. We follow Amelia’s journey of becoming a witch after learning that her biological mother (I had a bit of issue with the word choice “real parent” even though her adoptive parents were awful) was a witch all the while getting glimpses of Victorija struggling to be the powerful villain she was before some blood mania overtook her.

There were many POVs, and by many I mean a lot. During some scenes, the POVs shift and I picked up on a total of seven different ones: Alexis, Katie, Victorija, Byron, Amelia, Drasas, and Anka. I like that we also get the thoughts of the Dreds, but I would love to see more of the Debreks.

I really love that feeding is a very sexual thing in this book and that the sex scenes involve having sex while feeding. It feels very powerful and intense. I also love that in the Debrek clan, feeding is always consensual.

Frame’s Longing for You is a very solid paranormal story, and with it ending on a slight cliffhanger, I cannot wait to find out what happens next.

I received an e-ARC from Bold Strokes Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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