EMBRACE THE DARK
Book one in the Blood Rose series
Available in Both Digital and Print at Amazon
Enter a world of blood-starved mastyr vampires and the rare women who can satisfy their deepest needs…
How can he resist his blood rose…
Gerrod, mastyr vampire of the Merhaine Realm, never thought to have his blood-needs satisfied by a mere human. But Abigail is no ordinary woman. She stuns him with her telepathy as well as the richness of her blood. However, her human DNA makes her an unacceptable mate. Yet how can Gerrod turn her away when she alone has satisfied his blood-starvation for the first time in a hundred-and-fifty-years?
Will she fall to temptation and give herself to a vampire…
When the dreaded enemy of all realm-folk, the Invictus, attacks at a fae wedding, Abigail’s simple human life gets turned upside down. She doesn’t know if she has the courage to pursue a path that means giving herself body and soul to a mastyr vampire. Will she return to her normal existence in Flagstaff, Arizona? Or will she embrace the dark…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Caris Roane has published nine paranormal novels and novellas and writing as Valerie King, fifty Regency works. In 2005, Romantic Times gave her a Career Achievement award in Regency Romance. As Caris Roane, she currently writes paranormal romance for St. Martin’s Press and also self-publishes the continuing stories for her Guardians of Ascension series as well as stories set in other worlds.
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I fell in love with Caris Roane when I read the first book from her Guardians of Ascension series. I immediately loved her gritty writing style and her alpha heroes.
So it was easy peasy to say yes to review her novella, Embrace The Dark, the beginning of another series--The Blood Rose.
Gerrod is a Mastyr vampire and leads one of the Nine Realms--a parallel dimension to the human world where paranormal creatures live.
He has a strange yet undeniable attraction to Abigail, a human woman who runs a bakery along with an elf. It seems some of the paranormal creatures has a sweet tooth.
But Gerrod has spent the last year fighting his attraction and comes across as moody, stern, and Abigail thinks he doesn't like her very much. But Abigail has noticed him. And she sees how much Gerrod gives to his people. He is loyal, protective and fierce to those in his realm.
However, there are dangers lurking in the realm. A red misted danger that is called the Invictus. They hunt on the innocent, human and paranormal creatures are not safe from the wrath. It is during a wedding when the Invictus strike against the castle, swarming in a large unheard of number. Gerrod protects those around him, but has been hurt. And the blood starvation that constantly plagues him is at its peak.
Abigail is touched by how Gerrod always seems to take care of others and never himself. So, she offers her body and her blood to the sexy Mastyr. It seems that Abigail has something that she can give more freely than no other. She has a medical condition where her body produces too much blood, which causes her heart to work harder. Usually she donates her blood, but she offers it to Gerrod as a one time gift. She wants to take care of him with no strings attached for just one night.
But a strange connection has been formed the minute Abigail and Gerrod touch. The frequency that flows through Gerrod easily flows over to Abigail. They can talk to each other telepathically. And Abigail's blood sates Gerrod like no other.
There is something more going on than they can fathom.
Overall, Embrace the Blood is a adequate start to a new series. There just wasn't enough of a connection for me to Gerrod and Abigail as a couple. But Roane's world is built solid and with a few quirky and entertaining characters. I love the trolls that Roane has created in this world. After reading the Guardians of the Ascension, I found Embrace The Dark a bit weaker as a novella.
The other point of issue for me were the Invictus. I wasn't quite clear on their creation and what their goal was. Even after reading it a few times.
Embrace The Blood has promise to be a good paranormal read for those who have an addiction to vampires.
Caris is giving away the following prizes at the end of her tour. There are two types of prizes: The Tour Grand Prize and 1 Prize at Each Stop
TOUR GRAND PRIZE: $25.00 Amazon e-Card, signed copy of ASCENSION, e-Copy of EMBRACE THE DARK, versatile calendar, notepad, note cards, sticky notes and romance trading cards!
1 WINNER at each stop receives: an e-Copy of EMBRACE THE DARK and an e-Copy of THE DARKENING
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