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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Blood and Fire by Mychael Black

Blood and Fire by Mychael Black
Publisher: Audio Minx (Changeling Press)
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Novella (1 hour 38 minutes)
Other: M/M, anal sex, masturbation, Multiple Partners, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Jason Summerfield is a lead singer of a local metal band and an all-around, love ‘em and leave ‘em type of guy.

He’s also pyrokinetic. Strong emotions can literally start a fire with him, so he’s always struggled to hold emotions back, unwilling to let his “gift” harm anyone. So far, one-night stands have been the answer.

Then along comes Julian Kristados, a man who turns Jason’s world upside down. When he’s with Julian, Jason finds it impossible to control his fire. When the truth comes out as to why Julian remains unscathed, Jason doesn’t know whether to run… or let the man into his heart.

Until he opens his heart to his gift, he can’t open his heart to the one he loves. Are you intrigued? I was. So I listened to the audio book of Blood and Fire by Mychael Black.

Now I have to admit, when I saw this one on the list, I had to nab it. I’m a Mychael Black fan-girl. This story didn’t disappoint. Mr. Black has a way with words that draws the reader in from page one. Hearing this story read aloud made it even more powerful. I felt like I was right there with Jason and Julian seeing and feeling them find each other in the midst of the chaos of Jason’s life.

I liked the idea that Jason had a gift he really didn’t want, but needed. All those metal/industrial/Goth type bands who pay oodles for pyrotechnics and Jason can do them all on his own. How cool. But I liked that he retained his humanity—he didn’t let the gift define him, even when he could’ve. And although I wasn’t a fan of his destructive behavior, I felt that it made him more realistic as a character. How many guys in popular bands aren’t promiscuous? It made the whole story more believable.

Julian was a conundrum, though. I liked his dark mystique, but I wanted him to show up more fully a tad earlier. I felt like he was almost left out, and forced to watch as a penance, but I understood why he held back. The guy, though a vampire, has been hurt in the past and like all of us, is a tad cautious. Who could fault him that? Not me.

If you want a book that will, pardon the pun, suck you in from the first page, then you need to read or listen to Blood and Fire. I give this story 4.5 cherries.