Doug Meeks has sent over not one, not two, but three great reviews. Looks like he has been a busy fella, but at least he hit a run of good books. This first one is called Blood Legacy from author Marianne Morea.
A MAN TRAPPED BETWEEN LIGHT AND DARK
Freedom fighter, Carlos Salazar, lived by his sword, fighting evil in the guise of righteousness and the atrocities carried out in the name of God—until the night he met true evil. Three hundred years later, he still walks in darkness, his only solace the hope that one day he will find absolution and a purpose under heaven for his cursed existence. Can forgiveness transcend time and heal a broken soul? Even if it is no longer human?
A WOMAN CHANGED FOREVER
Trina Markham’s life was ordinary—until a chance meeting with the man of her dreams. Alarmed by the intensity of their attraction, dangerous passions ignite when she falls head over heels for this dark stranger. But when she finds herself thrust into a world she never knew existed, her life becomes a legacy of blood and lies, a nightmare where the monsters are real. Can she be saved from this nightmare, even if it means choosing death?
This story starts with just enough interest and action to keep you engaged but make no mistake, this is a romance. The fact that it is filled with action in various places do not stop the main thrust from being Carlos’ attraction to Trina. This is your usual entertaining story about love , romance and the problems that come with it. Carlos’ was turned hundreds of years ago in a violent act and has been struggling with his humanity because he promised his first love that he would remain the decent person that he was before his life was changed forever.
This is a love story that spans hundreds of years and has several nice plot twists and peaks into the past that make you feel more a part of Carlos’. Trina the girl with seemingly no real direction is working as a waitress at an old church turned nightclub which plays a part in the beginning to let Carlos’ know that Trina is more than she seems.
The story is engaging and even in the parts of introspection it stays interesting. There are a few surprises along the way which astute readers can see coming in a general sense but that does not take away from the entertainment value of this novel.
If I have any complaints it would be that the majority of the secondary characters are somewhat 2 dimensional (with a couple of notable exceptions). This small note does little to impede the enjoyment of the reader but you got the feeling there was going to be more to some of them that never really materialized.
Blood Legacy combines romance, action and character development in a good mix that results in a very satisfied feeling at the end. This is probably about 4.5 Stars (a bit more or less depending on the reader) but I consider it a highly recommended reading experience. The sexual level of this novel is probably quite a bit above YA but short of erotic, good passion and emotional involvement. This will feed your revenge junkie a bit and sooth your White Knight syndrome a bit also, got it all.
This second review is for a short book from Molly Harper called Driving Mr. Dead. It is part of the Half Moon Hollow series.
Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation.
Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog! And she has to do it without letting her passenger—the most persnickety, stuffy, devastatingly handsome vamp she’s ever met—drive her crazy. As she and Collin find disaster on the roads, they also find an undeniable spark between them.
Could Miranda have found the perfect job and the perfect guy for her?
Well I am not sure what I expected when I grabbed this title and started reading since I was just looking for something that would give me a break from the blood and violence of my normal PNR/UF reading (which I love but you need a break every now and then to maintain).
I am sure I did not expect this to be the funniest stand alone PNR book I ever read. It was all I could do not to wake “She Who Must Be Obeyed” with my laughter. It was that funny.
This is the story of Miranda who seems to have a superpower of chaos and bad luck combined with a job of ferrying Collin, an arrogant and fastidious vampire half way across the country in a vampire safe vehicle dubbed “The Batmobile”.
The chaotic events that follow combined with the hilarity of Molly Harper’s writing would be a winner in any story but the myriad subplots along the way combined with exceptional bad luck result in an exceptional novel that only the most heartless among you could dislike.
In the end it is a story of romance and perseverance in the face of unbelievable circumstances (hence the power of chaos and bad luck combined), you will love it. 5 Stars with little if any reservation, this is not a literary masterpiece, it is pure entertainment done to perfection.
And this third one is one that Doug got a very pleasant surprise from. The Nightman Cometh was written by Tony-Paul de Vissage.
In 1249, Damien La Croix willingly choses Undeath rather than perish of the Plague. Once risen as a vampire, he takes his betrothed into the dark with him, but something goes wrong and Antoinette perishes. Thus, Damien begins a solitary walk down the corridors of time in search of Antoinette’s replacement.
Beginning with Konstancza in 15th century Romania where Damien and his garde de nuit serve Voivoide Vlad Drakula, his search extends into the far future to a fateful meeting in a snow-filled Chicago. Until then, Damien meets, loves, and loses each person he thinks may be the one to replace his Antoinette—Kate in Colonial America, who avenges herself against her rapist but prefers to hang rather than become an Undead; Bess, a 21st century Goth, wanting both an Undead lover and a living one and dying for the wrong choice; Michel, a concentration camp guard where Damien and his kind are imprisoned in the human answer to the Vampire Problem; Alyss – descendant of his beloved Konstancza –lost to a rival vampire’s seduction.
All could be his but all perish, for when the Night Man Cometh, can Death be far behind…?
This novel was pretty much a gift from someone who suggested I read it, as with a lot of literary gifts I put it in my “To Be Read” stack and moved on until about 45 days later I pulled it out in my version of Kindle roulette.
It took me several chapters before I realized I had cheated myself out of one of the better literary treats of the last several months, possibly longer. This novel covers such a huge scope of around 3500 years that it boggles the mind. It is a changing genre novel of historical, horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and ending with a bit of science fiction. Never read anything like it unless you want to count HG Wells masterpiece The Time Machine.
It starts out with a young man who only wants 2 things from his existence, he wants to live (this is during the Black Plague) and he wants to be with his love Antoinette. He will get his wish and lose much more in the process. Damien became a vampire by choice, making some terrible and soul killing decisions when he did and now he must live with himself. There are some terrible things in this book but it is a more dark look at vampires.
This is not a short vampire romance novel with a great “happy ever after” this is a masterpiece of work that covers some horrible things concerning our hero Damien and tragic periods of history. Life is not all roses and happiness, far, far from it. Damien tries to retain a bit of humanity from time to time which serves to frustrate him as much as it helps him at times.
What he really wants is to find “the one”, that woman who will make him feel complete, the true love he has always wanted but seems to lose each time he comes close.
This is not a singular romance, this is a story of a vampire cut from the Dracula mold of Bram Stoker (garlic, crosses, holy relics, all hurt him) and his search through centuries for the woman he feels sure is out there if he can find her. He is at times heroic, other times tragic and many times, just the vampire he has become.
A large part of the action takes place prior to the 20 century since that is the time that shapes his persona but we are taken on a ride through history and into the yet imagined future with this novel and all of it captures the imagination.
I give this 5 Stars because I cannot think of anything to compare it to and the scope combined with the highs and lows of Damien’s life is exceptional. It felt like the author may have rushed the ending a bit but then again it was almost to the point of “you gotta stop somewhere” and the ending was very fulfilling and satisfying to me. Highly recommended but this is NOT a novel you will read in one session, it may take days to soak it in, but I loved it.
Did any of you try these titles for yourself, or do you plan to? I was eyeing the Molly Harper story, but I am trying to behave and not add to the TBR too much.