Burning Blood (Bonds of Blood #2) by Daniel De Lorne ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

burningbloodTitle: Burning Blood (Bonds of Blood #2)

Author: Daniel De Lorne

Publisher: Escape publishing

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 05/22/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Drama, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Historical, M/M Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

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.

My View:

Beckoning Blood was the story of Thierry and Olivier. Burning Blood is the story of their sister Aurelia and gives the background to Thierry and Olivier’s tale and answers a lot of the questions left open at the end of their book. This world is expanded upon greatly and the events in book 1 are painted in a completely different light. The magic was fascinating and the demons were well done.

However, this book left me with so many questions and I didn’t feel satisfied at all. The odd love triangle didn’t make any sense to me and really only had a minor role in the plot’s outcome. This side of the story was definitely needed for this series to make sense, but the way this was executed left me confused and disappointed.

I never formed an attachment to Aurelia or Carn, and was only mildly interested in Hame. I thought Aurelia was petulant and needed to get over herself and her unrequited love for a gay man. I didn’t like Carn and the way he felt “owed” power and the way he mistreated Hame. I never understood Hame’s love for Carn and hated that Aurelia “loved” Hame but never told him so. And then she just expected him to know she loved him and threw fits when Hame decided he wanted Carn instead. It was all very childish and turned me off to a lot of this book.

Finally, I really did not like that fact that the story ended the way it did. The story felt unfinished. This entire book was about Aurelia setting things in motion to find the key, but it never happened. The story just ended in parallel to the first and I am assuming there will be a third to tie it all together. For its great length, this story felt like it got this series nowhere other than to explain the confusing items in book 1. I personally think both books could have been shortened and made into one story.

I will most likely read book 3 whenever it comes out, because this mystery is a good one and the writing is well done. But book 2 bordered on being boring for me because I did not connect with the characters and was not invested in their romance. I am interested in the story ARC outcome, but if book 3 leaves me as empty as book 2 did, I may have to give up on this series.

Links

Burning Blood (Bonds of Blood #2) on Goodreads
Escape publishing
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.

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