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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Blood Avenged by Gabrielle Bisset

Blood Avenged by Gabrielle Bisset
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full length (224 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Review by: Plumeria

I am everything you desire.
I am everything you fear.
I am lust and appetite.
I am vampire.

Powerful and manipulative, Vasilije does as he pleases. A vampire beholden to no one, he takes what he desires, drinking deeply the pleasures this life has to offer.

When one of his own is staked, Vasilije must travel to New Orleans to exact his revenge. There he meets Sasa, a beautiful woman who arouses him like no other has for centuries. Vasilije's need for vengeance is equaled only by his passion for her, but what he finds in his revenge is just the beginning...

Take a drop dead, sexy vampire, add one feisty New Orleans native with a special talent and mix it with a vengeful villain and you know what you get? A story spicier than a pot full of gumbo!

Vasilije is a four hundred year old vampire who basically wanders the earth doing as he pleases, which includes creating more vampires. Thing is, he’s above most vampire laws because he doesn’t have a maker to keep him in line when it comes to making more of his kind. With each creation, a tiny piece of his soul attached itself to his new vampires. After their change, Vasilije would keep them to help them deal with their new life. He was very content in his life until he felt the loss of one of his vampires. Instantly outraged, he flees to New Orleans to investigate.

Upon arriving he meets Sasa. She’s a native to the area and tells Vasilije that she was his vampire's girlfriend. But what Vasilije doesn’t know is that Sasa isn’t exactly ordinary and has a special gift. A gift that she uses to receive aid for her ailing mother. Of course when that aid comes from a voodoo priestess with unsavory clients, Sasa gets pulled into a plot by an old enemy of his to destroy Vasilije . Sasa is reluctant to help but when the ultimate opportunity to keep her mother healthy forever arises, she’ll do anything to make that happen. Her mother is the only person Sasa cares for and will swallow her pride and morals to save her. What Sasa wasn’t expecting was the overwhelming attraction to her target.

This story was attractive for a few reasons. One is that fact that despite Vasilije feeling guilty, he and Sasa give into their attraction right away. There was no dance of ‘we shouldn’t but we want too’ nonsense. I prefer their ‘hey, I’m hot for you and I don’t feel bad about it’ approach.

Another reason was Vasilije himself. He was such a complex character, more so then Sasa. He was just so lonely yet convinced himself he preferred it that way. Again here is another tale of love being taken away too early so this broken man secluded himself. Except every time he created a vampire and felt that rush you were able to see something he didn’t even really understand. Vasilije craved the warmth and affection he felt when he would turn a vampire. It made him feel alive, even if only for a short time. That’s what drew Sasa and Vasilije together. They found what they needed with each other and didn’t even realize it.

And the last reason was the ending. I won’t spoil it for good reason, but I didn’t see this particular turn of events coming. However, it left me hungry for more and I’m very excited to see what else Gabrielle Bisset has for the readers.

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