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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Of Wolf’s Blood by Charisma Knight

Of Wolf’s Blood by Charisma Knight
Publisher: Amira Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Interracial
Length: Short Story (69 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, menage, Anal Play
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Verbena

In an effort to escape her sister's sadistic lust for power and her clan's dark family curse, Simone retreats into the world of the vampire for survival purposes. While dwelling within the coven, she meets her vampire mates Sax and Lucius. Eventually, coven law requires them to turn her vampire. There's just one little problem. Her mates are unaware of Simone's true nature. How will Simone survive the vampires discovering her identity--especially when others of her kind have been enemies of Steeleheart Coven for centuries? Furthermore, can she escape her sister's clutches and avoid embracing the dark destiny of her clan?

A new take on sleeping with the enemy, one with a paranormal twist…

Simone is desperate to escape her murdering sister, Selena. She knew her sister had embraced her inner evil, but she had no idea how deep her betrayal went. Most wolf shifters were harmless. But once they took allegiance with the dark side and murdered one of their own kind, they became a Hrothega, a vicious killing machine hell bent on power and control over everything around them. Knowing the only way to escape either being killed by her twin or embracing the same evil, Simone elicits the help of a dear friend. It seems as though she jumps from the pan into the fire when her plan takes an unexpected turn. She’ll have to reach deep within to face the trials ahead.

Lucian and Sax have been friends for many years. They share just about everything, including their mate. Unknowing of the dark secrets she’s kept hidden from them, they don’t understand why Simone continues to defy their coven leader’s wish that she be turned into a vampire like them. When they find out what she’s been hiding, both men have to decide if love can overcome centuries of hatred and misunderstanding between their species. For Lucian, it also means choosing between a mate and his own flesh and blood. He’ll need some honest answers from his brother before he can decide. Perhaps it’s time for a change in the way things are done. But is he up for the task?

Of Wolf’s Blood offers an interesting twist to the typical werewolf/vampire tales. While there have been many versions of such forbidden love, this one is new and refreshing. The dilemma for Simone is intriguing, and left me wondering if the author had made up the term Hrothega, or if she had just introduced me to another paranormal creature described in folklore. While the story certainly posed an appealing plot, it lacked enough character development to make it memorable. The content felt rushed. Grammar usage and punctuation were handled well enough, and there were only a few editing errors and point-of-view violations that caught my eye. Probably the most limiting aspect to this tale is its length. Had some pertinent scenes been played out more, and perhaps some additional time spent on Lucian and Sax, it would have felt more complete at the end.

Still, fr a refreshingingly new twist to the forbidden love between werewolves and vampires, grab a copy of Charisma Knight’s Of Wolf’s Blood. It’s a fast paced story with enough hot sex and thrilling danger to keep you on edge of your seat, curious to see what happens next.

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