Blood, Breath, and Desire

Nadine Mutas
Blood, Breath, and Desire
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Publisher
Nadine Mutas
Release Date
June 2016
Series
Book 2 of Tales of Blood and Magic
Genre
Paranormal Romance

SUMMARY
He'll show her that the dark side has more to offer than just cookies...

An attack with mysterious dark magic turns young witch Lily Murray into the very being she's been fighting all her life--a demon. While struggling with her new dark instincts--and desperately trying not to kill her loved ones--she unwittingly earns the protection of a male of her demon species. He's more than happy to help her out and show her the ropes. He's also decidedly too gorgeous to handle.

Alek Kuznetsov has finally found the perfect mate: beautiful, smart, funny, and of course a pranagraha demon like him. The only problem: She wants to become a witch again, and if she does, they can't mate. Solution: While he offers her help in finding the reversion spell, he in fact sets out to convince her that staying on the dark side has more perks than just cookies.

Warning: Includes a kick-ass heroine who loves to snark and curse, a demon hero who is as stubbornly determined to win his female as he is heart-stoppingly hot, and lots of laugh-out-loud moments and sexy action. Proceed with caution and a cold drink at hand.

Book Review by Elizabeth Ramsay (reviewer)
Aug 11, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
111 people found the following review helpful
Lily and Alek discover the meaning of love.

Lily Murray is a witch. She was raised to one day take over as the head of her family line. Lily is the last witch of her line and believes that without her the Murray power will end. She's been taught that all demons are evil and have to be killed to protect humanity.

Alek is a demon. He is one of Arawn's enforcers and has been watching Lily as a side effect of his job. His job is to watch Maeve MacKenna for his boss and to ensure her protection until Arawn is ready to claim her. Maeve happens to live with Lily, whom Alek has developed a mad crush on, in spite of the fact that he can only mate with another pranagraha.

Then Lily is attacked and everything changes. Suddenly, Lily is a pranagraha just like Alek. Alek offers to teach her how to adjust to being a demon. He shows her how to find prey that deserve death and how to harvest prana. Alek also starts courting her, so that she'll agree to be his mate. Lily is afraid of commitment after seeing how love kept her mother in an abusive relationship. Yet, Alek is slowly breaking down her walls. She already realizes he is a good man and that she is attracted to him. Yet, someone turned her into a demon and they didn't do it so she could mate with Alek. What will happen when they catch up with her?

Nadine Mutas creates an urban fantasy world where witches and demons wage a secret war right under the noses of unsuspecting humans. It is a world in turmoil as the witches are beginning to realize that not all demons are bad and the lines are being redrawn. Ms. Mutas uses different species to explore issues of class. The witches are rich, upper class, and privileged. The demons tend to be lower and middle class, and they walk in the sewers to avoid detection. An interesting commentary on class warfare.

Alek's family and Lily's both appear in the novel. Unlike in Romeo and Juliet and similar feud stories, both families are supportive of their relationship and only want their loved ones to be happy. Alek does get attacked a few times by Lily's friends but they leave him alone once they realize the nature of his relationship with Lily. The supporting characters are well-developed and have their own motivations. This development leads to a well-rounded story and hints of other novels to come.

The only sour note in a stunning novel is the title. BLOOD, BREATH, AND DESIRE, while descriptive of Alex and Lily's relationship, doesn't capture the novel as a whole. Titles are often the hardest part of writing, yet they are also the most important. The title is what draws a reader into a novel. This title is only understandable after reading the novel and does little to attract new readers. This is a pity because it is a great novel.

In fact, if you like urban fantasy at all you should put this on your to be read pile. BLOOD, BREATH, AND DESIRE examines the meaning of love and the importance of equality in a relationship.
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