Review: Release by Annie Nicholas

Release by Annie Nicholas
Series:  Angler Series (# 3)
Date Released:  October 21, 2013
Publisher:  Annie Nicholas
Source:  book provided by the author for review
Pages:  159

Nosferatu rule from the shadow and keep order over their blood-thirsty people. Bald with pointed ears, they give vampires something to fear. If a law is broken, they have only one punishment. Death. They are the most powerful clan in the Vampire Nation and the most monstrous.  Only a male vampire can be transformed into a Nosferatu, but not all survive.

Connie Bence is on the run with her two lovers, Rurik and Tane.  As leader of the Nosferatu, Tane’s only threat is his own clansmen, and they want all three of them dead. When Rurik began to lose his hair, rumors spread, and the Nosferatu accuse Tane of trying to transform Rurik into one of them illegally.

With the Nosferatu on their heels, Connie tries to figure out what’s changing Rurik and cure him before she loses him to blood lust.


Review:  Just want to say before I start that to me Nosferatu is a beer… (Highly hopped imperial red ale rich with flavor, yet remarkably balanced) by Great Lakes Brewery in Cleveland Ohio.  With that said it was hard to get used to thinking of Nosferatu as Vampires.  Although I did know that is what Nosferatu was.

Well, what to say about a ménage that deals with two vampires…one being Nosferatu, and a human; makes for an interesting ménage.  Along with their shifter bodyguard (whom I liked more than the actual Vampires) are on the run from the Nosferatu nation.  This is a little on the dark side, not at all for those expecting a light Vampire read.  It is well written giving a whole new look at the workings within vampire nations everywhere.  It brings a different hierarchy to light.  Most vampire stories show that there are the royal ones that rule and those that are subservient to the ruling class.  In this the third installment of the Angler series, we find that there is a higher hierarchy that each clan so to speak answers to and that is the Nosferatu.

Tane is Nosferatu, in love with Rurik who is vampire with something that has happen to start changing him Nosferatu which is not allowed as you must follow a certain order of things and their human Connie who loves both of them in her own way; find themselves running from the Nosferatu in order to find out what is happening to Rurik.  Tane didn’t change Rurik but he is turning.

Ms. Nicholas delves in the darker side bringing many things to the forefront that makes you start to think differently about what you thought you knew about the vampire nation.  She did a really nice job with the sex/ménage scenes making them (while a little explicit) seem almost sensual.  Because of the love they all have for each other it shows or actually you can feel it while understanding what each of them brings to the relationship and what they need from each other.  Ms. Nicholas descriptions are spot on and very easy to visualize.

For anyone wanting a different twist, something a little darker perhaps/is not afraid to think outside the box, will enjoy the take on Vampires as seen through the eyes of Ms. Nicholas.

I enjoyed reading about the Nosferatu but…I think I am going to actually go grab a bottle of ‘Nosferatu’ along with another book in this series as I missed the first two.


One thought on “Review: Release by Annie Nicholas

  1. Tina B says:

    Great review, Robin. I have not read this series, but have read her Vanguards series and really enjoyed the characters. There is a Nosferatu vampire in it, but has many different types of characters, mainly shifters.
    I enjoy the different worlds that authors build, so I will be checking this one out. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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