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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Damned by Blood by Evie Byrne

Damned by Blood by Evie Byrne
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (128 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Fern

Power play…or duel to the death.

Faustin Brothers, Book 3

Mikhail Faustin is the prince of New York. His authority is absolute, his power unquestioned—and his heart is empty. The pain he carries inside leaves him with nothing to offer a mate. When he discovers that Alya Adad is not only his destined bride but also the source of his misery, his fate is sealed. He must claim the woman he despises most. Or die trying.

Alya Adad is the most powerful of her kind born in generations and a prince in her own right. She’s accountable to no man, certainly not to her first lover, Mikhail. Now he has the gall to not only invade her territory, but threaten to take her by force—for a prophecy she doesn’t believe in? She’ll kill him first.

Their battle for the upper hand is no-holds-barred…until she discovers the one thing his pride didn’t want her to know. That she still holds the key to his heart—and his innermost desires. And when a rival vampire clan strikes, letting her guard down is the only way to save him.

Warning: Contains explicit sex and violence, including violence between the hero and heroine. The sexual content includes but is not limited to bondage, blood play, and some rather creative uses for cling wrap. The author and her attorneys caution readers that the use of a taser to resolve relationship issues is a strategy best left in the realm of fiction.

If you like vampires with bite, you’ll love Damned by Blood, a story that manages to offer a unique twist on the paranormal. There is a deep and rich history here, and I enjoyed exploring it. This is the third in the Faustin Brothers series, but you’ll have no problem reading it as a standalone. Just be forewarned, you’ll want to explore the other brothers when you’ve finished with this one!

The hero, Mikhail, is as sexy as he is scary. A force so strong and powerful he is referred to as the Iceman. I enjoyed the battle waged within when he learns that the woman who ruined him years ago is his intended mate. Alya, on the other hand, is a heroine you’ll love to hate. She has her reasons for being so cold and detached, but it will take something other than force to snare her heart. The tension between them is the crux of the story, and takes center stage. But it should be said that this isn’t your average romance. The revulsion and animosity is very real, and the protagonists tear into one another on more than one occasion. That is the very reason the resolution is so important, and in my opinion, works beautifully.

The material itself is well written, and the plot fast-paced. You’ll finish this in one sitting easily. If you like your vampires tortured and your heroes hot, check out Damned by Blood.

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