Blood Rage by Tory Michaels

Blood Rage (The Dream-Walker War, #1)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #1 in The Dream-Walker War: Published 4/23/12 (not currently available)

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review

Author’s Site

Book Synopsis:

For eighty years since the Great Awakening, humans and non-humans have lived in relative peace together. That peace is threatened when three bodies turn up less than a mile from the Bureau of Non-Human Affairs in Tampa bearing the signature of vampires who once terrorized Europe.

The Bureau’s chief liaison to the vampires, Dara MacKechnie, learns that the Tampa victims are not alone when her ex-lover, and head of the vampire’s Great Council, Anthony Caldwell comes calling.

The pair discover the lie that separated them two centuries ago only banked their passion, not extinguished it. Dara must decide whether she can trust Anthony with her heart a second time as they try to head off the war that threatens all they hold dear.

My Review:

Last month I reviewed this author’s recently published book, Locked in Stone, afterward the author asked if I would be interested in reading some earlier books she had written.  I loved Locked in Stone, so I was more than happy to accept these three other titles that are currently not available to review and provide feedback.  I’ve only read the first book so far, but I’m delighted to say the author’s talent at weaving an intriguing story still holds true.

This book was quite different in tone from the other book of her’s I’ve read. This one was darker and had a lot more adult situations in it, violence and sex.  The chemistry between characters was great, you could feel the heat between Dara and Anthony.  Their past was both a wall and a chain between them and it was well worth it to sit back and watch the sparks fly.  I was rooting from Anthony from the beginning, even though he came off as a bit of a stick-in-the-mud control-freak at times.  Somehow his pomp and prissiness just added to his appeal.  The smoking hot sex scenes in the beginning of the book didn’t hurt either.

The supporting cast of players in this story were well-developed too.  I loved Sarah and Chris was a hoot, so glad she is the heroine in the next book.  Emily and Ronnie took a bit to grow on me, but I hope they come back for the next book.  Jordan, wow.  I am all mixed up about him.  I know he is going to be the hero in the next book, but I kinda want to hate him right now.  I so look forward to seeing how Ms. Micheals redeems his sorry psychotic ass.  He is a toss-up between being a brilliant socially challenged mad-man or a completely crazy monster.  Should make for an interesting read in the next book.

Like I said this book was very dark at times, the plot revolves around some pretty gruesome murders, despite this there was some fun scenes too.  The chemistry and quirks of the characters made for some light-hearted moments and some funny dialog.  I also already mentioned the steamy parts, fans of 50 Shades might find this one appealing.  Not as much sex, but enough with a better plot.

My only critique that I can come up with is the end felt a little rushed, but the author already mentioned the three books take place over the same time period.  I’m thinking more details might be on the way for what might have been missing.  Sometimes the story also felt a bit like Jekyll and Hyde-ish.  Just that there was a wide swing from light to dark, quite dark at times, that it almost felt like different books.  This isn’t huge though and I did think it led to an interesting look at how a character can morph and grow depending on the circumstances thrown in their path.  But it was just a bit jarring a times.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to read this.  I’m looking forward to the next one, but am going to have to wait a bit to continue.  Alas life has gotten in the way and I have a couple of other reading commitments to squeeze in this month yet.  Rest assured I will continue though, and will be back to dish on the details of book two soon enough.

My Rating: 4 Stars



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