Blood & Stone: Venom Valley Book 3 by Hank Edwards ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

BloodStone_100dpi_cvrTitle: Blood & Stone: Venom Valley Book 3

Author: Hank Edwards

Publisher: Wilde City

Cover Artist: Wilde City Press

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/05/2014

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Action/Adventure, Gay Fiction, Historical, Horror, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Thriller

Blurb:

Josh Stanton’s mother has been held prisoner by the vampire Balthazar for fifteen years. As Balthazar has turned the residents of Belkin’s Pass into vampires under his control, Josh, his lover Dex, former saloon girl Glory, and US Army Sergeant Walker Maxwell fight to contain the undead uprising. As Josh struggles to control his power to raise the dead, the group is pursued to the abandoned Fort Emmerick. There they make plans to take the battle to Balthazar’s cave, but will all of them live to see the light of day ever again?

My View:

Note: You need to read the first two books to understand this one.

Venom Valley book 3 was fantastic and so entertaining. Hand Edwards wraps up most things nicely while leaving things open should he decide there is more later. I like that. I felt totally satisfied should this be the last book, but I can envision more to come. Fantastic.

I really loved the action in this one. The battle was fierce and multifaceted. The good guys were constantly having to fight and watch their backs. I spent so much of time on pins and needles not seeing how they could possibly win against Balthazar and his ever growing vampire minions. Then Walker’s true nature emerged and Josh lost his power. OMG! Things were so tense until the end. And I loved that the end was not obvious or easy. The end of the battle was not a letdown, it fit with the story and the action thus far.

Again, Hank Edwards pulled me into this dark and fierce world. I loved learning more about the characters and the world and why things were happening as they were. I loved that the Apache finally had a more active role and “Whoohoo!!!” Glory’s spirit guardian was made flesh! I loved learning about Walker, though I wish it would have happened earlier so the author would have had more time to explore his nature. I think he could have a great story, and maybe he does or will.

My biggest issue, and I’ve mentioned it before, was the romance. I think it was totally unnecessary to the story and the love triangle element actually took away from the characters. I started to almost hate Dex because he really didn’t trust Josh. I almost wanted Josh to leave him for Walker just to prove a point, and I don’t think that is what the author intended. The fact that the jealousy was there took away from my enjoyment of the story as a whole. I would have rathered Glory and her spirit guardian have a love story because at least they had a connection I could feel. Josh and Dex felt forced to me and once again, I don’t think it added much to the overall tale.

Links

Blood & Stone: Venom Valley Book 3 on Goodreads
Wilde City
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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