BURNING BLOOD (Bonds of Blood #2) by Daniel De Lorne-a review
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 25, 2015
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.
REVIEW: BURNING BLOOD is the second installment in Daniel De Lorne’s adult, Bonds of Blood paranormal, thriller/suspense series.
NOTE: BURNING BLOOD is a storyline with graphic violence, M/M sexual situations, and demonic possession. The previous storyline focused on vampire brothers Thierry and Olivier d’Arjou. BURNING BLOOD follows their sister Aurelia as she is tasked with abolishing the demon that devastated their earlier lives. But first Aurelia must locate the key and the portal back to the other realm.
Told from several third person perspectives, following three separate timelines spanning over six hundred years beginning in 1390, BURNING BLOOD follows Aurelia D’Arjou, a powerful witch who has endured violent abuse at the hands of her father. When the time came to destroy the man who had caused so much pain and bloodshed, Aurelia had no idea that she was about to unleash a demon into the world of man. For six hundred years Aurelia will seek out the demon known as Xadrak, in all of his incarnations and disguises, in the hopes of pushing the monster back through to the other realm.
The events in BURNING BLOOD run parallel to book one BECKONING BLOOD and some of the timeline overlaps wherein we will catch a glimpse of Thierry and Olivier D’Arjou (Aurelia’s vampire brothers) destructive natures as they travel through Europe and beyond. I suspect the two storylines will eventually merge as the brothers and Aurelia seek vengeance for a six hundred year old betrayal and abuse at the hands of their demon-possessed father.
BURNING BLOOD is an ensemble storyline with several interconnected and interwoven plots relevant to the action and build up of the suspense and horror. Hame is an oracle, whose mentor was killed by the demon, and in this, Hame will become the oracle to Aurelia D’Arjou. Aurelia’s love for Hame will be challenged when Carn, a male witch who has yet to come into his powers, catches Hame’s heart. Centuries will pass; bonds will be made; lovers will come and go, but through it all Aurelia’s love for Hame remains; and Hame’s love for Carn is ever lasting. Our leading characters will struggle with their wants and desires; jealous rivals; and a dangerous demonic evil. Immortality, magic and the ability to wield its’ power is central to the plot as the storyline unfolds.
Daniel DeLorne’s grasp of the dark and dangerous world of the demon, witches and magic is filled with passion, colorful and magnetic characters, and a love that spans centuries and time. The destructive nature of jealousy will force friends apart; the intimate love scenes are intense and dramatic; no one is safe when the demon demands entry into the body and mind. BURNING BLOOD is graphic in its presentation; impassioned in its friendship; burning with the immortality of love.
Copy supplied by the author through Netgalley.
Reviewed by Sandy
by Daniel de Lorne
Release Date: May 1, 2014
Genre: paranormal, vampire, M/M,
Click HERE for Sandy’s review of BECKONING BLOOD
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 2014
A gripping, blood‐drenched saga about twin brothers, the men they love, and the enduring truth that true love never dies — no matter how many times you kill it.
Thierry d’Arjou has but one escape from the daily misery of his work at a medieval abattoir — Etienne de Balthas. But keeping their love a secret triggers a bloody chain of events that condemns Thierry to a monstrous immortality. Thierry quickly learns that to survive his timeless exile, he must hide his sensitive heart from the man who both eases and ensures his loneliness…his twin brother.
Shaped by the fists of a brutal father, Olivier d’Arjou cares for only two things: his own pleasure and his twin. But their sadistic path through centuries is littered with old rivals and new foes, and Olivier must fight for what is rightfully his – Thierry, made immortal just for him.
Daniel de Lorne writes mostly about the loves and trials of hot and sexy paranormal men – and creatures. He grew up in Perth, Western Australia, and developed a fascination for the mythical and magical early on. Daniel wrote stories from a young age but it was high school biology class he remembers fondly as providing an excellent cover for writing stories that were filled with teen angst and fantastical creatures. He now lives in Canada with his partner. It was while in this great northern frontier that Escape Publishing accepted his first book, Beckoning Blood, for publication.
For a free read, introducing you to the “heroes” of Daniel’s book, head to his website at Daniel de Lorne