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review 2017-05-14 17:37
A Fire in the Blood by Amanda Ashley
A Fire in the Blood - Amanda Ashley

 

 

-I see a man. He is old. Very old. He will come into your life in a moment of danger. He will watch over you and protect you.- The gypsy's hand gripped Tessa's tighter. -He will bring you death, - she whispered, her voice like the rustle of dry leaves. -And life.-

Ten years later, when Andrei Dinescu saves Tessa from a vicious attacker, she has no idea that the handsome stranger the gypsy fortune teller predicted is not a hunter but a seven-hundred-year-old vampire. Darkly powerful, unbelievably compelling, he is obviously pursuing Tessa, but is it her love he's after or her blood?

-A classic vampire tale of sensual, spine-tingling suspense.- --Christine Feehan on Desire After Dark

-Sexy, fast-paced, gritty, this is Amanda Ashley at her best! A must read!- --Ronda Thompson on Dead Sexy.

 

 

 

 

To be honest the beginning reminded me a little of True Blood, which is not bad because I liked True Blood. But that was just the very beginning with Vampires coming out of the coffin and such. Though Andrei did also remind me a little of Bill. You know the “nice’ vampire wanting to protect the poor innocent human.

I must say I was not a huge fan of Andrei and his behavior. I really didn’t care for that he just kept the lie up and even later when it all came to light. I just never could really trust him anymore and was just waiting to see what else he is lying about.

I however did enjoy Tessa. She was likeable and seemed real. She was also funny and fast thinking and give up.

There was a rather big cast of side characters, which where a big part of the story and way more than side characters.

The overall story was enjoyable. Though some parts were very predictable and sometimes it just seemed very long and had some page fillers.  A little shorter book would not have been a bad idea in this case.  But as mentioned overall I enjoyed the book.

I rate it at 3 ★

 

 

 

*I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

 

 

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Amanda Ashley is one of those rare birds - a California native. She’s lived in Southern California her whole life and loves it (except for the earthquakes). She and her husband share a home with a fluffy Pomeranian named Lady, a tortoise named Buddy, and a wild sparrow named Tweety.

Amanda and her alter ego, Madeline Baker, have written over 50 books, many of which have appeared on various bestseller lists, including the New York Times List, the Waldenbooks Bestseller list, and the USA Today list. Not bad for someone who started writing just for the fun of it.

 

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review 2017-04-30 13:52
Great Story and Characters
A Fire in the Blood - Amanda Ashley

Gradually stories of people drained of their blood and people disappearing was getting closer to Cutter’s Corner. The citizens began to pay attention to the news. Tessa worked in a bank and her coworker Jileen and friend had started the same day Tessa did, Tessa worked in the loan department and Jileen was a teller. Speculation was appearing in local blogs, on Facebook and Twitter. Then a bold reporter said Cutter’s Corner had a vampire problem. But Vampires were a myth everyone knew that. Tessa had moved to town three years ago and Mrs Kowalski had been the first person Tessa had met. Now Mrs Kowalski was the latest victim. According to the paper. Lately Tessa had the eerie feeling she was being watched. The vampire paused outside the woman’s house . there was word going around that a woman in Cutter’s Corner  whose blood made new vampires stronger. It had been heard from a gypsy fortune teller the same woman Tessa had went with her cousin to see so many years ago.  There had been five mysterious death in as many months in Cutter’s corner. A Vampire had went after tessa but a man in black had killed him. When Tessa asked who he was he said he was a concerned citizen. Andrei was hovered outside Tessa’s window eavesdropping  as Tessa calmly and slowly told the police what had happened. Andrei wondered what was there that attracted vampires from all over the country to his city Without his intervention several times she would have been dead weeks ago. When Tessa went to work Monday she told Jillian what happened then Andrei showed up at the bank and asked if she was ok and introduced himself. Then Andrei asked Tessa to go out with him Friday night. Tessa said she didn’t really want to go out at night so they settled for a movie at two in the afternoon The smell of Tessa’s blood lingered in Andrei’s nose. Never in his  seven hundred years had Andrei smelled anything like it. The Crypt - a club- a goth hang out that drew those who was fascinated by the undead or death itself. There was where Andrei headed Tessa felt drawn to Andrei and he had saved her life. But it does come out she is a vampire when Joleen  and her hunter boyfriend Luke go on a double date with Tessa and Andrei. But the did all promise to keep Andrei’s secret. Tessa wants some time to think all this over . But she does miss Andrei and she was happy when he showed up again.

I loved this story I could find nothing to criticize in any way and I was happy about that. The plot was great, the writing was great and the pace was just right.  Then we meet Bailey who I also loved. I loved how Bailey stood up to her foster father and told him if he ever hurt or touched another foster child she would be back.. I also loved Tristan and how he is willing to teach Bailey the were shifters way. . I loved how Tessa and Andrei were together as well as Joleen and Luke as well as Bailey and Tristan. All fit together and each had their . romance. I just loved this story and all it said. It was an easy read. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I highly recommend.

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review 2017-04-25 22:40
'A Fire in the Blood' by Amanda Ashley
A Fire in the Blood - Amanda Ashley

3.5 Stars
'A Fire in the Blood' by Amanda Ashley is the story of Andrei and Tessa.
Andrei is wondering why vampires are trying to attack Tessa. Andrei unknown to Tessa at first has saved her a few times. Andrei moves forward to meet her and find out what is going on with Tessa. This leads Andrei to be drawn to her too. Tessa friend when she was younger talked her into seeing a fortune teller who predicted that Tessa would meet a man that would kill and save her. Is that mane turning out to be Andrei? Also Andrei has a big secret too...will Tessa get past that?
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review 2017-04-17 23:18
Fire in Her Blood (Death Witch # 2) by Rachel Graves
Fire in Her Blood (The Death Witch Series Book 2) - Rachel Graves

There’s an arsonist in the city – an arsonist wielding lethal magical fire

 

But the fire witches in the city seem to be losing their power – except for the Fire Mage she has to work with who seems connected to her boyfriend Jakob – who Mallory has to work with despite the awkwardness.

 

Throw in some lethal vampire politics, friend issues and Jakob being determined to buy Mallory a car and she’s got a lot on her plate.

 

 

 

This book had many of the elements of the last book Iloved – especially the detective work. We have the twist, we have the distraction, we have the chasing down of various leads, coming up with theories, discounting them, coming back to them, then not finding evidence and having to go back to the drawing board.


And having more than one case! Even if they are related. How many police shows/books/etc have the character get to focus all of their attention on one case like there’s absolutely nothing else on their case load?

 

I really do like the police work and investigation in this series so far. I don’t think I was quite as much a fan of the police work in this book because I guessed what had happened rather a lot before I was supposed to which meant a lot of the red herrings felt more like distractions. I was almost frustrated with Mallory for not seeing what seemed to be pretty obvious

 

I do really love the idea that you can build all of these super elaborate theories about a criminal’s motives but how often do people do things for such petty, minor reasons? I like that a lot –I like the humanness of it, even when it’s so banal. I think this works so well because it both makes it very real but it also is a nice contrast from so many other books where the scale and stakes are always so high. Seriously you can have an interesting story without the entire world being in balance, or the city about to be eaten by sea serpents or something. I really like that, the closeness of it –but it still mattering because people were dying, people were hurting. It still matted without the spectre of apocalypse.

 

I also really like Mallory and her friends interacting. They’re really good together, great fun – and lo a protagonist with friends, a protagonist with a social life, a protagonist with a life outside of work.

 

This should not be a rare thing. Really, it shouldn’t be a rare thing, Really. But sadly it is – and her having a circle of so many female friends who are all awesome in their own way is really rare. A woman who doesn’t live for her work and who even has friends who *gasp* care about silly female things and fripperies? Yes we have it here

 

 

I also like the explorations of the different gods and the witches as well as how this bleeds over into social issues and society (like he Fire witches, their insular nature, wealth and class biases as well as how they regard family members without magic). Or spirit witches and how their senses change how they react to different things is also really excellently done


I also admire how the author restrains themselves from using ALL THE THINGS. We’ve already established that there are many many shiny magical creatures in this world. And though we see a lot of them we see them briefly and the whole book isn’t swamped by a gazillion creatures and details. Instead we have a nice, slow, build as more and more of this world is introduced as and when it becomes relevant. And, just like not needing to use epic events to keep the story interesting, it equally doesn’t need to use every creature and power to make the world interesting.

 

I still don’t like Jakob or Mallory’s relationship with him. I like his cooking – but I don’t like that nearly every interaction between them is basically sex. They’re together? Sex tends to happen

 

Here we do have the introduction of E, an old friend/family member of Jakob’s which makes things even worse. Because now we have this shallow relationship with extra jealousy – which keeps happening over and over again even when it’s long since clear that there’s no reason to feel that way. I also wish we’d explore more of brutal vampire society and how Mallory feels about that. Instead we have a kind of studied denial – she’s not going to look too hard at the bad stuff in case, well, she seems to deliberately avoid the whole thing.

 

This book has a mix of approaching diversity and prejudice. Witches are shown to be facing prejudiced which has issues with the supernatural being conflated with real world prejudice (remember, actual real world prejudice would be vastly different if marginalised people could throw fire around) but at the same time addressing real world prejudice, not just the overt and the vicious but also the banal and daily macroaggression POC often face to conflating of different ethnicities.

 

I also have to say while it is not an ideal to compare magical prejudices to real life ones, the way they deal with Mallory and her PTSD over werewolves is interesting: because she knows she has to deal with werewolves despite the trauma she’s suffered. She recognises that judging all wolves because of these experiences she had is wrong. She has issues with them, she needs help – and equally recognises this is something she has to deal with and fix within herself: not that all werewolves need to stay away from her or how it’s totally ok for her to hate them

 

We have decent racial diversity among the side characters: Ben is a native Hawaiian and taking more of an involved role in the book and being closer to Mallory’s friends. Her friends are different figures, but all considered attractive at their different weights, one is Jewish, one is Latina. We also have Mallory’s boss who is a Black man and Indigo who is a Latino man. Along with this we have bit characters like Djinn and Yuki-Onnna. This is one of the books where we do have several POC but when you look at the focus – Mallory, Jakob, Danny, Mark – are White

 

 

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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/03/fire-in-her-blood-death-witch-2-by.html
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review 2017-01-21 00:00
Fire in His Blood
Fire in His Blood - Ruby Dixon Fire in His Blood - Ruby Dixon *sigh* I could have loved this. But Claudia was a hard character to like. It took me nearly 60% of the book to warm up to her. Mainly because she kept doing that thing I hate. I dunno if it's a trope, but it happens often enough that it should be. She kept trying to escape a "not so bad" situation to run back to an "absolutely awful" situation. I shall explain without spoiling things, as most of this happens in chapter one.

Claudia is arrested for scavenging - which Ruby Dixon explains a dozen times in one chapter as being the only way to survive without whoring yourself - and is sentenced to be exiled, which is basically a death sentence. Instead of being exiled, she is offered to a dragon as "bait". The dragon proceeds to feed her, pamper her, and make sure she's comfy and happy. Does Claudia accept this? No. She repeatedly tries to escape to go back to the city she was exiled from. Like they're going to welcome her back with open arms or something? Her best case scenario is being exiled again. Which is, like I said, a death sentence.

This is a trope (maybe) that I fucking hate. I have raged long and hard over heroines trying to escape situations in which they are basically doing just fine. IE: Trying to escape a space ship in the middle of nowhere. It really makes me hate the character because I gotta say, it's fucking dumb.

So I did NOT like Claudia for a while. And even in the end, she still wasn't all that likable, but I skimmed from about 65-100% so I honestly didn't read enough to continue disliking her. Also, if your options for survival are whoring or scavenging, how do the men survive?

Am I interested in reading the rest of this series? Nope. Ruby Dixon blew her load with this story and the way things are set up, she can't possibly write 3 more stories that are unique enough to keep me interested. They're all gonna be carbon copies of each other like her Ice Planet Barbarian series and I didn't like this story enough to reread 3 slight variations of it.

I doubt I'd recommend this one, but I ain't your mama so you do you and read it if you want.
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