Title: Burning Blood
Series: Bonds of Blood, #2
Author: Daniel De Lorne
Length: Novel (183 pages)
Publisher: Escape Publishing (22 May 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: No one gets to choose who they spend eternity with.
Aurelia d’Arjou has vampires for brothers, but it is as a witch that she comes into her own power, keeping balance and control, using her strength to mitigate the death and pain that her brothers bring.
When she is forced to take on the centuries long task of keeping the world safe from the brutal demon that wore her father’s skin, duty dominates her life. But rare happiness comes in the form of a beguiling, flame-haired oracle who makes the perfect companion…but for one thing.
Hame doesn’t want to be an oracle, but when a demon destroys the closest thing to a father he has, he has little choice but to aid Aurelia with his visions. Unable to love her as she would wish, their centuries-old friendship comes under attack when a handsome Welsh witch enters his life – and his heart.
As treachery and betrayal push Hame to choose between his closest friend and his lover, it becomes clear that when it comes to war, love doesn’t always conquer all, and happy endings are never guaranteed.
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Review: This is an interesting type of mystical story, which is book 2 in a series. Admittedly, I have not read book 1 but I had no problems understanding what was happening here. Although, I will say that it would probably be best to have some prior knowledge when you get to the epilogue of this book or else you will be like me, a tad bit confused but able to put the pieces together eventually.
This seems reminiscent of Sara Douglass’s Troy Games series, although the characters do not die and reincarnate. We follow two main characters, Aurelia the witch and Hame the oracle through three different periods of time – 1300s, 1700s and present day.
I’m not really sure what to say about this one. The characters are all interesting and engaging, the storyline is easy to follow. But for some reason this one just did not grab my attention.
I’m trying to find reasons and although I often enjoy books lacking romance, I might rate it as a bit of a factor because the main characters aren’t actually a couple but two people who end up being friends and fighting evil – one of them, Aurelia, obviously being the female while we do get a look into Hame’s love life with his boyfriend/partner/whatever you want to call it.
Anyone who likes a sweeping saga will probably like this one. It’s a rather condensed saga with a lot going on within the pages, so you need to make sure you pay attention.
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