Sanguine Shadows

Erzabet Bishop
Sanguine Shadows
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Publisher
NNP
Release Date
January 2017
ISBN
9781926514666
Series
Book 1 of Curse Workers
Genre
Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, Horror Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

SUMMARY
Ball gowns and bite marks…
Mari Di Bartolo was a witch coming back to her roots in Salem. Juggling work and school, she is a woman on a mission until she is attacked one night after work and left for dead. When Mari is about to step through the veil, she is given a choice-become a vampire or fade away. She chooses life. Nevertheless, it's not her new Sire that holds Mari's attention, but the strange and enigmatic Fae with the golden green eyes. Full of mischief and mayhem, the night of the Vampire Ball is upon her and all that glitters may just be her teeth in the moonlight.

Darkness lurks in the shadows…
Fenris is the Captain of the Guard for the Queen of the Dark Court. For centuries he's secured the barrier between the human world and Faery, part of a Protectorate that keeps humans blissfully ignorant of the beings hidden in their midst. But when another rogue wolf attack brings him to a crime scene, he remembers another girl with long dark hair and eyes that spoke to his soul. On a night filled with wild magic, there will be blood and some of it might just be given willingly.

*Includes Bonus: Map Of Bones, a prequel short story to Malediction.

Book Review by LiaL (reviewer)
May 17, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
65 people found the following review helpful
What would you be willing to do to get another chance at life? Mari is a witch who chooses to become a vampire after a brutal attack. It gives her another chance but it has its costs. She is expected to live as a vampire princess and marry another vampire to benefit her sire who saved her from death. Mari has no desire for that kind of life. She wants a man like Fenris. He is the focus of her passion and she is not ready to give up yet. The night of the Vampire Ball is her chance to have the life she wants if she is willing to risk it all again.

Mari was brutally attacked in a rogue wolf attack. She was given the chance for a new life when she was found still clinging to life. Her vampire sire gives her life but it is his friend who was also there the night of the attack that holds her heart in his hands. Mari wants nothing more than for Fenris to see her as the woman for him. She is not willing to settle for anyone else.

Fenris is a man who serves to protect others. He is the Captain of the Guard for the Queen of the Dark Court and is stationed in the human world to protect humans from those who would harm them. He has served his Queen loyally but prefers the human world to being with her. Mari caught his eye from the very beginning but he is reluctant to pursue her attention. His life is not his own. When she makes her desires clear, he has to make a difficult choice.

Novellas can make it difficult for an author to develop the characters and offer a compelling storyline that really hooks the reader into the story. I was impressed by the author's ability to develop both characters in such a short amount of time and really convey just how strong their connection is with just one major scene together. Mari and Fenris feel like fated mates that belong together and have been given a chance at love. The erotic scene between them demonstrates how deep their connection is and will leave you wanting more. It is a brief interlude that captures the intensity and heat that often is missing from other books that have much more time to develop a relationship.

This is a very short novella that was originally released as part of the Vampire Bites Box Set. It packs quite a punch in those pages. The author is able to introduce you to these two characters and demonstrate just how strong the connection is between them in an erotically charged scene. It leaves you wanting more but without feeling you were cheated which is the sign of a well-written novella. The author offers more stories in the Curse Workers universe so you can check them out as well to feed your new addiction.
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