This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.A Fire in the Blood by Amanda Ashley
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Format: ARC, E-book
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-A master of her craft.- --Maggie Shayne -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
A Fire in the Blood was a book that I was sure I was going to love, not just like. I was not in love with Andrei Dinescu’s character at the start of this story. This was mainly due to the fact that he was actually quite deceptive with Tessa. He led her to believe he was a regular man who was interested in dating her. Not that he was a vampire interested in tasting her. He wanted to know what all the “fuss” was about. Tessa was at the center of a publicity storm as rumors had been started that her blood had qualities that would do great things for young vampires. Due to the rumors, there was a large number of newly turned vampires looking for Tessa and this had catastrophic results for the small town she inhabits as they had a hard time controlling themselves.
For the first third of the book I went from dislike to mistrust for Andrei. Once things became clear that despite his actions to the contrary Andrei truly did want a relationship with Tessa, I still did not trust his character at all. I kept expecting deception. So, it is hard to find the main character all sorts of swoony when you are waiting for the metaphorical other shoe to drop. There is a point in this story when I accepted the romance that was taking place but the heat factor between the characters was not steamy.
I did enjoy the character of Andrei’s maker, now there is a vampire worthy of ire. She gave off a whole Queen of the Damned vibe and played a great part! She kept the story interesting, albeit predictable. There were also shape-shifters involved in this story as supporting characters and that was wonderful. I could have had more involvement of the shifters. Overall I enjoyed parts of this story but felt that I wanted more.
*Thank you to NetGalley & Kensington Books for this eARC of A Fire in the Blood*