From the author of the romantic horror debut Beckoning Blood comes the gripping sequel that mixes blood, sex, and magic. 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.From the author of the romantic horror debut Beckoning Blood comes the gripping sequel that mixes blood, sex, and magic. 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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Burning Blood Reviews
2.5 Hearts--Bloody witches!Daniel de Lorne is back with his follow up to Beckoning Blood. This book focuses on Aurelia, the younger sister to the deadly vampire twins, her parents, and ginger haired oracle, Hame and his witch lover. This must be read after Beckoning Blood, book #1 in the Bonds of Blood series. Trigger warnings: off page child rape & cheatingWe travel to different planes, go back in history in Europe and jump to present day in this book. The blurb prior to reading made it seem like it might've been MMF (which I think would have made a better story) but the story has only on page MM relationships. This has multiple characters' POV and spans many years (don't worry it jumps to the events like book #1). We learn more about Aurelia in Burning Blood. How hard her life was after her mother left home. It was very sad and was hinted in book #1. She gets to rise to power thanks to a surprising factor and through that factor, she meets Hame, the big red haired oracle who she fancies. Hame doesn't return the favor because he likes men. And While she understands this, she continues to carry a torch and Hame doesn't discourage her affections...for centuries. This story tries to encompass a lot, action, horror, fantasy, demon mythology, war...a bit too much, in my opinion.I nearly DNF'd numerous times throughout this story. It wasn't as strong as the previous book for me. Too many plot lines, that paralleled book #1. While on one hand, the grand scale storytelling can be awesome...it's better when the plot and characters are well balanced, developed and not bogged down by convolution. There was a great chance to explain why Hame made the choices he did especially in lovers but it fell off because there were demons to fight, vampires to track and power hungry witches to double cross.I kept asking myself throughout the story...why? What was the purpose of all of this? We go from book #1 where it had badass twins, to witches and demons and ether jumping and so much stuff about withholding powers, what?It's so many ideas, good ideas, but too many.Because why?How did Hame's lover make the deal? Why?For example, if immortality is so hard to attain, how did the rest of them get it? Aurelia's is explained...the others: lost in the sauce. Aurelia went from a bad ass witch in book #1 to a petulant immortal teenager in this book who is power hungry because why? And why string her along for over seven centuries? She pines for a man she knows she can't have for 700+ years...and no one else will do? So she has to suffer and be without love so Hame can have his cake and eat it too? Hame tells her that he loves her and can't live without her love, knowing he won't return her feelings.Cruel.Hame's love interest did nothing to prove he was worthy of Hame or anyone. Especially after his need to "feel" that one time, that plot point wasn't explained clearly enough. I'm basing this off of Hame's initial reaction which was total disbelief and absolute 'he's going to dump the ass' attitude to him begging for crumbs of affection. He's a mighty oracle...why go through all of that? WHY?If Aurelia and Hame and the other witch had a love triangle, that could have maybe made more sense as to why these three adults would stick around for this pain. Even the romance (?) thread suffered for the burdensome plot. I read the entire novel and I am left with questions, trepidation for the next book and where this series is going. If it stuck to vampires and not get as convoluted as this book, which was going for the cliffhanger but did that and left loose ends, I might've have enjoyed it more.This is what I deduced after reading: Aurelia: basically did nothing but temper tantrum a lotHame: started off sort of strong, then became a doormatHame's love interest, the power hungry witch: continues to be untrustworthy and greedyAs is, I disliked just about every character especially the main characters.Because their purpose just didn't do enough for me, their development as characters weren't strong enough. All the power and age in the world and their story read like a bad soap opera. With all the years that they've lived, they still acted like...teens. Every time I felt like DNF-ing, something would happen that made me curious in between the dull parts that dragged. And then question the decision. Because after reading, nothing really happened. The first book came off as if it was going to be twincest, and it didn't happen. This book seemed like maybe there would be MMF action and nothing doing...I'm not really convinced to try the next one.But I'd read something else from this author. The ideas were cool enough, the execution/editing for this book was questionable. I'd prefer reading something separate from this series though. Because the first book had something going for it before the witches and demons and centuries war got thrown in.This book...not as much.A copy provided via Netgalley for an honest review.
4.5 starsABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 25, 2015No-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.•••••••REVIEW: 4.5 stars BURNING BLOOD is the second installment in Daniel De Lorne’s adult, Bonds of Blood paranormal, thriller/suspense series. NOTE: BURNING BLOOD is a storyline with graphic violence, M/M sexual situations, and demonic possession. The previous storyline focused on vampire brothers Thierry and Olivier d’Arjou. BURNING BLOOD follows their sister Aurelia as she is tasked with abolishing the demon that devastated their earlier lives. But first Aurelia must locate the key and the portal back to the other realm.Told from several third person perspectives, following three separate timelines spanning over six hundred years beginning in 1390, BURNING BLOOD follows Aurelia D’Arjou, a powerful witch who has endured violent abuse at the hands of her father. When the time came to destroy the man who had caused so much pain and bloodshed, Aurelia had no idea that she was about to unleash a demon into the world of man. For six hundred years Aurelia will seek out the demon known as Xadrak, in all of his incarnations and disguises, in the hopes of pushing the monster back through to the other realm.The events in BURNING BLOOD run parallel to book one BECKONING BLOOD and some of the timeline overlaps wherein we will catch a glimpse of Thierry and Olivier D’Arjou (Aurelia’s vampire brothers) destructive natures as they travel through Europe and beyond. I suspect the two storylines will eventually merge as the brothers and Aurelia seek vengeance for a six hundred year old betrayal and abuse at the hands of their demon-possessed father.BURNING BLOOD is an ensemble storyline with several interconnected and interwoven plots relevant to the action and build up of the suspense and horror. Hame is an oracle, whose mentor was killed by the demon, and in this, Hame will become the oracle to Aurelia D’Arjou. Aurelia’s love for Hame will be challenged when Carn, a male witch who has yet to come into his powers, catches Hame’s heart. Centuries will pass; bonds will be made; lovers will come and go, but through it all Aurelia’s love for Hame remains; and Hame’s love for Carn is ever lasting. Our leading characters will struggle with their wants and desires; jealous rivals; and a dangerous demonic evil. Immortality, magic and the ability to wield its’ power is central to the plot as the storyline unfolds.Daniel DeLorne’s grasp of the dark and dangerous world of the demon, witches and magic is filled with passion, colorful and magnetic characters, and a love that spans centuries and time. The destructive nature of jealousy will force friends apart; the intimate love scenes are intense and dramatic; no one is safe when the demon demands entry into the body and mind. BURNING BLOOD is graphic in its presentation; impassioned in its friendship; burning with the immortality of love.Copy supplied by the author through Netgalley.www.thereadingcafe.com
See more reviews like this one at www.readplayreview.comWhat’d I think?Daniel DeLorne’s debut novel "Beckoning Blood” was a sexy, blood soaked romp and one of my top reads of 2014. It came out of nowhere and blew me away with fabulous world building and characterisation, delivered in a skilfully crafted prose that rang true to the time periods throughout the story. Olivier and Thierry’s journey was a beautiful yet tragic love story, and the end of that book came far too soon for my liking. Thankfully it was only the first in a series, and the sequel Burning Blood was released in May.Interestingly, Burning Blood is a story focused on Aurelia, sister to Olivier and Thierry, and powerful witch in her own right. It tells the sorrowful tale of Aurelia’s immortal life, one full of abuse at the hand of her father Henri, and frustration at having to keep her vampire brothers in line. She is also a woman who has been denied love at every turn, from being abandoned by her mother as a child, a ruthless father, and an unrequited love of a man who prefers the company of other men.Burning Blood fills in and fleshes out a host of specifics surrounding these characters and some of the plotting was completely unexpected in a delightful way. It seems there is far more at stake here than just the d’Arjou family and this sequel opens up the world, completely changing the scope of the series, and it would be a disservice for me to spoil the experience with any further detail or specifics.One of the highlights of the book was a magic system that felt truly magical and is not weighed down by attempts to explain power sources and limitations. These are characters who can do many incredible things with the right training, and I really enjoyed this aspect. Throughout the book we meet other magic users, and they each have their individual take on the practice of the arts, some to deadly consequence.Slightly disappointing was the very few mentions of the original vampire brothers, though they do appear at pivotal moments. Considering what this story is trying to achieve, it makes sense to have it focus so closely on Aurelia, but it would have been nice to spend just a touch more time with the brothers I fell in love with so much the first time around. Thankfully there is an easy lead into a third book and I am curious to see who this book features as the main character. Perhaps one of the villains this time?What's the Verdict?Burning Blood is easy to recommend for fans of paranormal romance, and I will sing Daniel DeLorne’s praises to all that will listen. He has lovingly crafted an addictive cast of characters, and I cannot wait to see where this is all leading. Now where is that third book?
Took a chapter or two but well worth it.I started reading expecting it to pick up from where the other left off, but that's not the case. It took a chapter or two (or more) to realize that it was the same as the 1st book from a different point of view. I was also looking for more of a m/m romance of sorts. In a way I got that , but had hopes of more. Once I got into the story it was difficult to put down. It turned out to be an awesome book. I can't wait to read on. I hope the next one is about Oliver. It was his story I was hoping for here, but this book filled in all the holes left from the 1st book. So it was good.