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Book Review & Giveaway: Wicked Allure, by Leslie C Ferdinand

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on May 28, 2012

Book Review & Giveaway: Wicked Allure, by Leslie C Ferdinand

Multicultural Erotic Romance with Adults Only Content, explicit language and some drug use.

What Does A Man Say to the Woman He Betrayed But Never Stopped Loving?

Three years ago, Zachary Steele refused to entertain thoughts of permanency with any woman. A hedonist at heart, he didn’t want to corrupt the much younger, Madigan DeLeon, by continuing his affair with her. With the hidden scars of his past, he didn’t believe in happily-ever-after. By the time he realized how much Madigan meant to him, he’d driven her away. Then, one night, after being clean for a number of years, Zach briefly falls off the bandwagon. He believes his lovemaking to Madi is a drug-induced hallucination. The resulting consequences tell another story.

What Does A Woman Do When the Only Man She’s Ever Loved Hurt Her So Deeply She Feared She’d Never Recover?

Three years after her affair with Zach so abruptly ended, celebutante, Madigan DeLeon, is thrust back into Zach’s life by her mother’s machinations. Brought home under the false pretenses of repairing her damaged relationship with her mother, Madi instead finds herself running a private sex club called Wicked Allure. Forced to confront her anger at his betrayal and grief at the loss of what might’ve been, Madi faces the realization that she’s never stopped loving Zach.

Can Two Broken Hearts Set Aside Anger and Betrayal to Find True Love Once and For All?

Searching the deepest recesses of their hearts, in a place where pride and pain has no room, Madi and Zach must decide if their bond is strong enough to take a second chance at love. Or if resuming their sexual relationship is an irresistible wicked allure and the ghosts of their former relationship will finally, and forever, sever all ties between them.

I loved the idea of a couple that used to be together being forced to open a sex club. My mind was endless with possibilities of what could happen in this book!

Being that this story is an erotic piece, all of the sex scenes are very well written and quite descriptive. They’re sensual, loving, caring, kinky and romantic all at the same time. I hate when erotic stories just throw in sex just because, and that doesn’t happen here.

Although the book is about Madi and Zach opening Wicked Allure, a sex club, we actually only read a scene or two in the actual club itself. I was expecting more because this gives you the perfect setting for all kinds of fun. However, this didn’t take away from the story.

The only negative comment I have about this story is that it was a little slow for me. I like my stories to move quickly with an engaging story. Although this story was extremely engaging, some parts were a bit slow and bogged down with dialogue.

The best part of this book was that it was real. There are characters still being in love with their exes. Fighting new love, and old love. An accidental pregnancy. Falling in love with someone who is already married. Parents not getting along with their grown children.

And at the end of the story when you think everything will be okay, the book stays real. This is really what resonated with me about this great story.

About the Authors

Leslie C. Megahey and Shirley H. Ferdinand have been writing together since 1991. Under their Christine Holden pen name, five books were released by Berkley/Jove between 1998 and 2001. Their last book, Dearest Beloved, had a foreign edition in Dutch.

They’ve appeared in New Orleans Magazine, the Times Picayune, RT Book Reviews, the Fort Bend Herald, Fort Bend Lifestyles, and the Natchez Sun.

They were also included in Kathryn Falk’s 1998 How To Write A Romance For The New Markets and Get it Published and May McGoldrick’s Marriage of Minds: Collaborative Fiction Writing in 2000. They’ve made appearances on television stations in New Orleans, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Beaumont and Toronto.

Leslie has also made an appearance on the Rachel Ray Show and is founder of Inside Rose Rich Magazine. They currently have literary representation with D4EO Literary Agency.

This is the team’s first erotic romance.

 

Giveaway Details:

Leslie C Ferdinand has been kind enough to offer a free digital copy of Wicked Allure to one lucky winner from this blog! Be sure to enter before June 1, 2012 at midnight EST for a chance to win.

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Author Spotlight: Emma Lai

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on May 21, 2012

Author Spotlight: Emma Lai

I can sum up Emma Lai’s stories in two words: Smoking. Hot.

Here are blurbs from two of Emma Lai’s steamy works:

Blurb for Riding Rodeo: The last person Amanda Goodson expected to walk into her bakery was Sean Cassidy, the bareback bronc rider who rode her hard one night and left without a good-bye the next day. Since then, she’d sworn off one-night stands and cowboys, but one look at the man she called Rodeo leaves her hankering for another ride. A nasty injury ended Sean’s career and left him with nothing but time to contemplate past sins, especially the most damning one…walking out on Amanda, the one woman he couldn’t forget. Eager to right the biggest mistake of his life, he finds Amanda–and learns he has competition. Never one to back down from a challenge, he offers to fulfill her darkest fantasy–taking two cowboys for a ride.

Blurb for Tempting Terms: Sabrina MacKenzie needs someone ruthless to help her maintain control of her father’s company. Who better for the job than self-made millionaire William Fitzpatrick. Too bad she left him without a word five years ago. But to gain William’s assistance, Sabrina is willing to do anything–even if it means playing the submissive. Will William be tempted by her terms?

Emma Lai’s stories are not only sexy, but fun and witty. Her characters are real and truly heartfelt.

Even in her short stories, Emma Lai creates in depth characters like I’ve never read before. Usually in short stories an author doesn’t have enough time to truly develop a character. Emma Lai not only develops them, she creates worlds around them. When the stories end, you’re left begging for more.

The sex scenes are hot and wicked… and gloriously descriptive ; )

If you’re a fan of erotica, you must read stories by Emma Lai.

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One of my favorite parts about being a blogger is being able to meet amazing people. Emma Lai is one of the sweetest, funniest people I have ever had the pleasure of talking to.

Emma was kind enough to do an interview for my blog. So read on and enjoy!

Obscured Vixen: How long have you been writing?
Emma Lai:
I’ve been writing romance since the summer of 2008, so going on four years. But, I’ve been writing something, either school papers or business documents, and enjoying it, all my life. 🙂

OV: What made you want to start writing erotica?
EL:
I’m an avid reader of spicy and erotic romance. After selling a sweet, I moved to spicy and then erotic. Gotta keep challenging myself and writing erotica really teaches an author the importance of sensory details.

OB: Have you written any scenes based on personal experiences? Or is it all fantasies?
EL:
I’ve written quite a few scenes based on personal experiences. I’ll leave it up to readers’ imaginations on whether those scenes involved s-e-x or not.

OV: Have you ever wrote a scene, reread it, and thought, “Wow. That was great.”
EL:
Yes, especially in later pieces I’ve written. Many times I’ll open a w.i.p. and be like, “Did I write that?” and be intimidated. Pretty funny stuff.

OV: Have you ever had issues with publishers trying to edit your work?
EL:
Yep. I’ve definitely made a few concessions to get my work published. However, the scenes that have been cut are just waiting for their moment. They will be published.

OV: What work are you most proud of?
EL:
I am, of course, proud of all my work. I’m pretty proud of the sequel to Twice is Not Enough. It’s in edits with The Wild Rose Press and I can’t wait for release day, as yet to be determined. I’m also working on a full-length multi-racial that I’m pretty proud of.

OV: What genres do you enjoy reading?
EL:
I pretty much read anything with an enjoyable plot and characters. Generally, the genre I read depends on my mood. I mostly enjoy stories that cross genres for that very reason.

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Book Review and Author Interview: Bloodstorm, by Amber Kallyn

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on May 17, 2012

Book Review, Author Interview, Giveaway: Bloodstorm, by Amber Kallyn

A vampire must choose between love… or her revenge.

When duty forces a shaman to stop a vampire from her revenge, love doesn’t just burn… it bites.

For two hundred years, Niki DeVeraux has been tracking the monster who murdered her family and made her a vampire. She finally catches up to him only to face more than she bargained for in a too-sexy sheriff who makes her remember she’s still a woman. With duties as Keeper of the peace and Sheriff, Shane Spencer must protect humanity and stop the friction between the local Arcaine races before it turns into an all out blood war.

When wolves start turning up dead, the tension between the races grows and suspicion falls on Niki. Shane knows she’s not to blame, and it has nothing to do with the primal urges she stirs within him. Working together, they must stop the hostilities from going over the edge. Trouble is, the desires raging between them might prove more dangerous than the surrounding threats.

This book was awesome! The story was fast paced and action packed, just how I like it. It also had characters that were realistic; characters that felt like real people you would want to hang out with.

Niki DeVeraux shows up in town and immediately knows she isn’t wanted: the humans don’t want her around because she’s a vampire, and the vampires don’t want her around because she’s not part of their clan.

So when dead bodies start turning up, all eyes turn towards the newest person in town: Niki.

The local sheriff, Shane Spencer, investigates these murders and runs into Niki. He has this compulsion to be near and protect her that he’s never felt before. Unsure what to do, he ignores it for the time being.

Besides being the sheriff in town, Shane is also a Keeper for the Magic Council. He must keep the local werewolves and vampires in check. Being a Keeper, Shane has supernatural abilities and pulls energy from nature.

When Shane meets Niki and gets this intense feeling for her, he eventually realizes that she is his soul mate.

Between trying to catch rogue killers in his town and trying to keep tabs on Niki who keeps getting into trouble, Shane has his hands full.

Niki feels drawn towards Shane, but convinces herself that she can’t fall for him because he’s human. Niki has to focus on her main agenda for coming to this town: revenge on the vampire that killed her family.

You’ll have to read the book for all the awesome twists and turns along the way (don’t want to give any spoilers!), and find out how things turn out for both Niki and Shane.

I would definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for a great suspense paranormal romance with some steamy sex on the side ; )

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Amber Kallyn was awesome enough to do an interview for my blog to go along with this book review. Hope you enjoy it!

Interview with Amber Kallyn

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One of those rare breeds, Amber Kallyn is an Arizona native who can trace her family’s history through six generations in the state. She lives with her sexy husband, and their four very active children. Included in the menagerie are two cats (though there’s always room for more) and two dogs. We won’t count all the fish.

Amber loves the paranormal, from dragons to werewolves to vampires. She’s currently at work on her next book, probably running around the house acting out a fight scene with her collection of swords and daggers. Or maybe, wishing she had claws to practice the other fight scenes.

A voracious lover of the written word, Amber found at an early age that she could read fast. Really fast. She devours novels by the day, novellas by the hour, and is always looking to get her hands on more.

Obscured Vixen: How long have you been writing?
Amber Kallyn:
I’m the cliché writer in that I’ve been doing it since I was little, LOL. But I didn’t become ‘serious’ about it and think, hey, maybe I could get published, until about 5 years ago. I’m so glad I had that thought : )

OV: I loved the idea of Shane Spencer being a Keeper of the peace for the Magic Council. Where did that idea come from?
AK:
It’s my own take on the worldbuilding of books and movies I love. With any major world-wide magical community, there has to be a ruling body. That’s where the council comes in : ) Gotta keep all the creatures in line.

OV: Bloodstorm is the first book in the Heart of a Vampire series. When will the next book be released?
AK:
Hungerstorm, book 2, will be released this summer.

OV: Can you give us a sneak peek of what will happen in the next book?
AK:
Sure. Book 2 is Jordan’s book. As King of the local vampire clan, he doesn’t have time to deal with fate or love, especially not with a woman who might be a traitor.

OV: Can’t wait! Which of your works are you most proud of?
AK:
All of them : ) But really, I love all my books. I enjoyed writing them, slogged through editing them, and love rereading them. I think that’s probably a good thing.

OV: Have you ever wrote something, reread it and thought, “Wow! That was awesome!”
AK:
I never get to the wow part until after a ton of edits. But my favorite parts are those that make me feel, whether I cry with my characters or laugh with them.

Thanks for the awesome interview, Amber!

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May Mystery Envelope Giveaway

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on May 13, 2012

May Mystery Envelope Giveaway

Congratulations to Ashley for winning
an autographed copy of The Visions of Random Lake by Marcia Lynn McClure, JD Robb promotional pamphlet, and Beyonders A World Without Heroes bookmark.

It’s time for May’s Mystery Envelope Giveaway! The winner of this giveaway will choose one of the books listed below, as well as any other items added before the giveaway is over.

For every ten entries, I will add another mystery item to this giveaway. It could be another book, magnet, bookmark, swag, etc. Best of luck to all who enter!

Item 1:
Book of winners choice:
– Shaedes of Gray, Amanda Bonilla
– Audrey and the Maverick, Elaine Levine
– The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf, Molly Harper
– Shadow’s Lure, Jon Sprunk
– Marked, PC & Kristen Cast
– Dead Reckoning, Charlaine Harris
– The Visions of Ransom Lake, Marcia Lynn McClure
– Winter House, Carol O’Connell
– The Twilight Companion, Lois H Gresh
– The Fox Inheritance, Mary E Pearson
– The Last Olympian, Rick Riordan
– Another Broken Wizard, Colin DoddsItem 2: (10 entries)
JD Robb ____________

Item 3: (20 entries)
_________ bookmark

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TV Review: The Vampire Diaries S3E22 Season Finale – The Departed

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on May 11, 2012

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Finale Episode 22: The Departed

Original air date: May 10, 2012

Elena wakes up and puts on her cheerleader outfit (placating the guy audience) and walks downstairs for breakfast. Her parents and aunt are there cooking in her kitchen.

I understand why they did all the flashbacks in this episode, but it was a little strange sometimes. Just my opinion.

Then Elena wakes up for real and is in the hospital. Jeremy called 911 when he found Elena passed out on the floor bleeding from her nose. Meredith tells Jeremy that Elena will be alright.

Jeremy calls Damon and Stefan to tell them what happened. They both agree that Jeremy has to get Elena out of the hospital ASAP. She’s a sitting duck in the hospital and anyone can get to her there.

When Meredith goes to her office, Alaric is sitting there. He claims that he’s Elena’s legal guardian and is surprised that he didn’t get a call when she was admitted to the hospital.

Alaric goes to Meredith’s personal fridge and dumps out her vampire blood that she was using to save lives. Alaric tells her that the mayor and sheriff are being relieved of their duties and he’s putting this town back in order. Alaric says that Meredith will release Elena into his custody and leaves her office. When he gets to Elena’s room, she’s already gone.

Jeremy, Caroline, Tyler and Matt bring Elena home and look after her. As Caroline gets Elena tea with vodka (cause that’s what high schoolers do!), Elena has another flashback.

Elena dreams of herself in her cheerleader outfit with Bonnie and Matt outside high school. Matt and Elena were still dating at the time, but Bonnie could tell that Elena didn’t really love Matt.

When Elena wakes up, Matt is watching her sleep (creepy!). Elena feels bad for stringing Matt along when they were dating, and knows that she is now doing the same to Stefan and Damon.

Jeremy goes to get Elena food at The Grill and Alaric shows up. Alaric demands to know where Klaus’s body is, but Jeremy doesn’t know. Alaric admits that he needs Jeremy’s help to kill all of the vampires. Jeremy admits that he will never help Alaric and leaves.

Elijah suddenly shows up at Elena’s. Elijah wants to discuss a plan on how to bring back Klaus so that he can kill him. Matt and Stefan are there and don’t like Elijah’s plan. Neither does Damon, who is hilarious on speakerphone. Elena has always trusted Elijah, and agrees to help him.

Jeremy and Matt want to take Elena away from Mystic Falls and never look back. Jeremy tells Matt that even if he wanted to help Alaric, he doesn’t know where Klaus’s body is. Matt admits that he does.

Jeremy calls Alaric and tells him where Damon is about to bury Klaus’s body. When Jeremy hangs up, we realize he’s lying just to throw Alaric off. All the crazy supernatural peeps are going to be there waiting to surprise Alaric. Stefan makes Elena feel better by saying there are safety in numbers and that they’ll all come back safe. Before leaving, he gives Elena a pretty steamy goodbye kiss “just in case there is no later.”

Caroline and Tyler go to visit their mothers. The mayor admits that the council knows what the two of them are and that the council is after them. Caroline doesn’t want to leave, but Tyler says that he can protect her. Caroline knows that, and will go anywhere with Tyler once she knows that their friends are safe. They agree to meet at the cave in 2 hours.

Bonnie and Damon go to a warehouse filled with storage lockers where Damon hid Klaus’s body. Klaus is immobile and half dead lying in a coffin bound in chains. Bonnie is going to perform a locator spell on Klaus so that everyone knows where his body is. Before she does, she asks Damon if she could have a minute alone with the man who ruined her life.

Damon coordinated with Rebecca to pick up Klaus’s body. As Damon is waiting for her to show, Alaric turns the corner and snaps Damon’s neck.

Alaric is opening every locker until he finds Klaus. He suddenly hears Rebecca calling for Damon, and turns heading towards her. Damon sneaks up behind Rebecca and covers her mouth silencing her.

Damon and Rebecca are wheeling Klaus’s body out of the warehouse when Alaric shows up and stabs Klaus with the white oak dagger. Klaus bursts into flames.

Damon calls Stefan and tells him that Klaus is dead. They both admit that they feel fine, but know it took Sage an hour before she started feeling the effects. They both don’t know whether or not they are part of Klaus’s bloodline or not.

Matt stays with Elena and they talk boys. Awkward! Elena admits that after the car accident with her parents, she didn’t know how to live anymore.

Then she met Stefan and he made her life have meaning. But Damon consumes her and makes her feel alive. She can’t choose one brother because she doesn’t want to lose the other.

This whole story line is getting old and way too sappy. Move it along!

Matt drugged Elena’s tea to get her out of the house. He puts her in his car and is driving her out of town when she has another flashback talking with her mother.

When she wakes up, Matt gets a call from Jeremy filling them in on what happened with Klaus. When Matt asks where Elena wants to go, back home to Stefan or to the storage locker to Damon, she chooses home. She tells herself that it’s because Caroline, Tyler, and everyone else is there too. Damon puts her on the spot and asks if it was just him and Stefan, who would she choose.

She chose Stefan.

Don’t worry Damon. I’ll comfort you, baby doll!

Caroline runs to the caves and tells Tyler that Klaus is dead. They both know that Tyler will be dead within the hour. Tyler asks Caroline to tell his mom that he left like he was supposed to. Tyler starts having bad chest pains and tells Caroline to leave. Tyler starts turning into a werewolf, and Caroline is forced to leave.

Rebecca escapes the warehouse and runs to Elijah in the woods. They’re trying to figure out how everyone is still alive since Klaus is dead. Rebecca knows she didn’t turn them, Elijah knows he didn’t. They have no explanation.

Bonnie shows up at the cave and speaks to Tyler. He’s not dead! Bonnie did some kind of spell that tricked everyone.

I was a little confused by this part, and wasn’t sure where they were going. So either one of two things happened with Bonnie, Klaus, and Tyler:
1) Bonnie placed a spell on Klaus so that he wouldn’t actually die. Alaric closes the lid of the coffin before we see Klaus die, so he very well could be alive.
2) Bonnie switched Klaus into Tyler’s body, just like Ester did with Rebecca.

It would have to be one of these scenarios because Damon and Stefan are still alive.

Matt is driving Elena over the bridge that her parents died at, and sees Rebecca standing in the middle of the road. He swerves and crashes the car plunging them right into the water.

Elena passes out and has another flashback. She’s back in the car the night of the car accident with her parents.

Somewhere outside of Mystic Falls, Alaric is kicking Damon’s ass at the warehouse. When Damon passes out, it’s his turn for a flashback. We learn that Damon actually met Elena before Stefan.

Damon sees Elena calling her parents after having a fight with Matt before the car accident. Damon walks up to Elena and calls her Katherine. They talk for a while, but Damon erases her memory. Elena has no recollection of ever meeting him that night.

Elena and Matt are in his flooded car on the bottom of the water, and Elena keeps flashing back to the night her parents died. Stefan shows up to save her, just like the did that night.

Matt is out cold so Elena tells Stefan to save Matt. Elena’s father did the same thing to her years before, saving her life.

What I cannot understand is why Elena didn’t climb out through the open door once Stefan pulls Matt out! She was still coherent for a while afterwards. Anyway…

Alaric suddenly starts to die, and Damon knows that Elena must be dying. Then Alaric is at Jeremy’s saying that he’ll always be around to look after him so that Jeremy will never have to be alone. Jeremy then realizes that Alaric is a ghost and realizes that Elena must be dead.

Elena is in the hospital morgue with Stefan watching over her. Damon shows up at the hospital and asks Meredith where Elena is. Meredith admits that when Elena was in the hospital earlier, Elena was more sick than Meredith let on. Elena was having a brain hemorrhage and the only way to save her was with vampire blood.

We then see Elena open her eyes in the morgue. Welcome vampire Elena!

I kinda figured at some point they would make Elena a vampire, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it then or like that! Total craziness.

I think Matt is literally the ONLY human left in all of Mystic Falls.

I really hope that Tyler and Alaric aren’t really ‘dead.’ I really liked their characters, and the actors are awesome!

Overall, a great season as usual… and now, as usual, I cannot wait until next season!

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The Obscured Vixen Etsy Shop is LIVE!

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on May 6, 2012

It’s official!

The Obscured Vixen shop on Etsy is now live! I’ve been planning on setting up a shop on Etsy for about a year, and it’s finally started. I will be adding items as they are created.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ObscuredVixen

Currently on the shop is personalized bookmarks, personalized trading cards, Black Dagger Brotherhood bookmark and baby clothes. Check it out if you’d like some!

If you are an author and would like a bookmark or character trading card based on your series, please contact me on Twitter (@obscuredvixen) or through my Etsy shop. I would love to work with you!

I would greatly appreciate if you spread the word about my shop, and provided any feedback. I would like to know what you think and what you would like to see there in the future. It’s all personalized!

Enjoy : )

 

 

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TV Review: The Vampire Diaries S3E21 – Before Sunset

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on May 5, 2012

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 21: Before Sunset

Original Air date: May 3, 2012

This episode starts with Alaric undead and well in his classroom with the white oak stake.

Caroline is also at the school and finds Rebecca in the cafeteria cleaning up after the dance. Rebecca runs into Alaric on her way to the gym and he tries to stab her with the stake. Rebecca wrestles the stake away from him and knocks him into the wall. Caroline shows up and the two of them manage to stake Alaric in the stomach.

When Caroline runs out of the school and tries to get into her car, Alaric shows up behind her snapping her neck. As he’s burning from the sun, he grabs Caroline’s arm and drags her back inside.

Elena and Jeremy are painting Alaric’s old room when Stefan shows up. He asks how they are, and Jeremy snaps. He yells at Stefan telling him to leave because he wants one day without vampires in his life.

The doorbell rings and Damon shows up with Bonnie who is weak from blood loss after feeding Alaric. Bonnie is trying to figure out how to kill Alaric, but cannot think of a way.

Elena’s phone rings, and she’s confused when she sees Alaric’s name. She doesn’t believe it’s him until she hears him speak. Alaric claims that he has Caroline, and if Elena wants her to live she has to get to the school without telling anyone.

Rebecca goes to Klaus and tells him that Alaric isn’t dead and is trapped in the school until night fall. Klaus says that he’s going to get Elena and get out of town. Rebecca yells at him for choosing more hybrids over his own family. Rebecca leaves town without him.

Klaus shows up at Elena’s to take her away, but Stefan and Damon slam the door in his face. Klaus throws a newspaper through the window to try and get them to let him in. When that doesn’t work, he throws a soccer ball through the front door and starts throwing fence posts at them. When Klaus shows up with a gas can and lit newspaper, Stefan steps outside to talk to him. I must say that I loved this scene because it was absolutely hilarious.

Stefan admits that he just got a call from Alaric saying that Alaric wants Klaus to show up at the school. When Klaus meets Alaric, he will turn over Caroline and Elena.

Bonnie remembers that her mom used a spell on the original vampire father that bound him for 15 years. If she can get the spell they can use it on Alaric, but she’s going to need everyone’s help.

Bonnie called her mother for the spell, but she is hesitant to help. Her mother says that its a dark spell and something she doesn’t want Bonnie dealing with this. The spell will stop a vampire heart, but a human heart must be stopped as payment.

Jeremy is going to be the human sacrifice since he can’t die while wearing his ring. Even if his heart stops, he’ll come back to life.

Alaric is torturing Caroline when Elena shows up at the school. Alaric wants Elena to kill Carline claiming this is what she wanted to learn: how to kill vampires. Alaric hands Elena the white oak stake and tells her to stab Caroline.

Elena tries to stab Alaric with the stake instead. He catches her hand, then she slams a bottle of vervain into his face. Caroline runs out of the room with Alaric distracted, and straight into Klaus. Klaus tells her to run straight home.

Alaric is holding Elena by the throat when Damon and Stefan grab his arms. Alaric quickly snaps both their necks. Klaus then shows up and tries to make the connection that Bonnie needs to perform the spell, but it quickly breaks.

Alaric has the stake to Klaus’ chest when Elena threatens to slit her own throat. Alaric stops immediately, and Elena realizes that Alaric needs her alive. He’s connected to her bloodline since he drank her blood when he turned. Elena begins to stab the scalpel into her neck and Alaric jumps up to stop her. Klaus grabs Elena and they disappear.

Klaus takes Elena back to his house and begins draining her of all her blood. Tyler walks in and Klaus demands he get more blood bags. Tyler is torn about what to do, but must make sure Klaus believes that the sire bond is still there.

When Klaus leaves, Tyler unties Elena and stops her blood from draining. Klaus shows up and realizes that the sire bond is broken.

Klaus is attacking Tyler when Stefan and Damon show up to help take Klaus down. Stefan makes the blood connection Bonnie needs for the spell since it didn’t work with Alaric.

Klaus’ heart stops the same time as Jeremy does. Jeremy comes back within a few moments because of his ring, but Klaus collapses to the floor frozen as a dead vampire.

Stefan and Damon walk Elena all the way to her front door just to make sure she gets there all right. Elena knows that she’s being selfish and feels like she’s stringing the two of them along. She feels that she can’t choose between the Salvatore brothers because she’ll lose whoever she doesn’t choose. Elena’s lost so many people that she doesn’t want to lose any more.

If it were up to me, they would just have a threesome and get out all of their sexual frustration. But I guess that would only happen if the show was on HBO.

Damon and Stefan leave Mystic Falls, and make a pact that whoever Elena ends up choosing, the other will leave town so the other can be happy.

Carol calls an emergency council meeting on behalf of Alaric. He outs the sheriff’s daughter as a vampire and the mayor’s son as a hybrid. Alaric claims that these women cannot be in control of the council anymore because they are protecting their children’s terrible actions. As the sheriff turns to leave, Alaric moves with his super vampire speed so that the entire council knows he’s a vampire.

When Elena is finishing painting Alaric’s bedroom, she collapses and starts bleeding from her nose. I have no clue what is wrong with her or why she collapsed, but I can’t wait to find out next week during the season finale.

It’s very bittersweet because I want to find out what happens, but I don’t want this season to end. I think this season has been the best by far.

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TV Review: The Vampire Diaries S3E20 – Do Not Go Gentle

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on May 3, 2012

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 20: Do Not Go Gentle

Rebecca/Ester shows up at Klaus’ mansion with the final white oak stake she took from Alaric. Klaus throws it in the fire and is relieved that the final stake is burning.

Klaus is ready to leave Mystic Falls since there is nothing keeping him there. Rebecca convinces him to stay to go to a high school dance… cause, yeah, like that would really happen.

Alaric calls Damon and says that he keeps blacking out and has to get out of town until he knows that they can all be safe. He doesn’t want his alter ego killing anyone.

When Alaric hangs up, Rebecca/Ester walks into the room and tells Alaric that Klaus bought her lie about the stake she brought him being the last white oak stake. Alaric still has the real stake and stabs Rebecca/Ester in the chest it so that she could return to her original body.

Now back in her real body, Ester takes Alaric to the Salvatore crypt. Turns out this is where Klaus ripped her heart out and the ground is forever marked.

Ester needs Alaric’s ring to make the final white oak stake indestructible. She drops his ring in a chalice and chants a spell. The ring melts and she stirs the melted metal with the stake, creating the ultimate weapon: a stake made of white oak that cannot be destroyed.

Elena calls Stefan and asks him if he would like to go to the high school dance with her. He is surprised, and accepts her offer. Elena dresses for the dance and she just happens to have an outfit that resembles the 1920’s! How Mystic-Falls-ish of her.

Elena tries to talk to Stefan about what happened between her and Damon in Denver, but Stefan says he doesn’t want to know. His face says otherwise, but Elena doesn’t say any more.

Bonnie is at the dance with Jamie, and they both seem very happy. Jeremy sees them dancing and freezes. Bonnie sees him and freezes as well. She then realizes that Jeremy is still wearing his ring and becomes worried. Jeremy storms off and tells her not to worry about him.

Tyler shows up to the dance looking quite fabulous, if I don’t say so myself! Caroline is dancing with Tyler, when Klaus shows up and cuts in.

Klaus tells Caroline that he’s leaving town tomorrow and wants her to come with him, but knows she won’t. Klaus says that he knows that eventually the small town life will not be enough for Caroline, and she’ll come looking for him. This seems to really shake Caroline.

Damon shows up at the dance and tells Elena and Stefan that Alaric isn’t taking his herbal medication. They realize that his alter ego is able to appear at any time. Damon says that they should ‘put him out of his misery.’ Jeremy over hears and freaks out.

Elena follows after Jeremy when he walks away and runs into Ester. Elena tells Jeremy to go get Damon and Stefan, but there’s a problem. There is a spell surrounding the school so only humans can leave. Damon quickly finds Bonnie and asks her to break the boundary spell.

Ester takes Elena to the Salvatore crypt where Alaric is. Ester says she’s going to ‘recreate’ Alaric as a true vampire hunter that is as strong as her children. Alaric would become an original. Ester wants to do this because whenever Alaric ‘died’ while wearing the ring, Ester was on the other side looking out for him.

Ester also wants Alaric to kill all vampires and create a world where humans can live happily ever after. Alaric wants to become an original and embrace his darker side becoming the ultimate vampire hunter. He drinks Elena’s blood and Ester stabs him in the chest with the white oak stake to kill him.

Jeremy and Matt show up to the crypt with weapons that they aim on Ester. Ester mentally controls the weapons so they are pointed at each other. All of a sudden Alaric comes out of the crypt and stabs Ester with the white oak stake.

Alaric then asks everyone what happened. He doesn’t know where his ring is and can’t remember a thing.

Alaric decides not to go through with the transition to become a vampire. He doesn’t want to let his dark side out because he can’t control it. He wants them to lock him in the crypt and leave him to die.

Ester comes to Bonnie in a dream and tells her that she needs to finish what’s been started. Bonnie shows up to the crypt possessed by Ester and Damon cannot shake her out of it. Bonnie takes Damon to the ground and steals the white oak stake from him. She stabs herself in the hand and offers her blood to Alaric.

Alaric is not officially an original vampire.

Needless to say, next weeks episode is going to be badass! This season is getting even more awesome, and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

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