A Fire in the Blood

Amanda Ashley
A Fire in the Blood
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Release Date
April 2017
Action/Adventure Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

"I see a man. He is old. Very old. He will come into your life in a moment of danger. He will watch over you and protect you." The gypsy's hand gripped Tessa's tighter. "He will bring you death," she whispered, her voice like the rustle of dry leaves. "And life."

Ten years later, when Andrei Dinescu saves Tessa from a vicious attacker, she has no idea that the handsome stranger the gypsy fortune teller predicted is not a hunter but a seven-hundred-year-old vampire. Darkly powerful, unbelievably compelling, he is obviously pursuing Tessa, but is it her love he's after or her blood?

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
May 10, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
150 people found the following review helpful
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Small town girl with an idyllic life meets ancient vampire when he saves her life. Readers who enjoy grand gestures of romance when an alpha male courts an independent female, this book is for you.

Tessa grew up in a confines of a small town where everyone had their place and there was no way to re-invent oneself. Whilst she likes the support of a small town, she wanted to break away and grow into her own person. She successfully does this in the cozy town of Cutter's Corner. This little town of friendly people is perfect for her. This lovely life she set out to have is destroyed when there are five murders one after another. The murders themselves are odd with blood drained and scared towns people whispering of vampires.

Tessa is a sweet character who is an average gal. She is relate-able in her job and her choice of best friends. There is nothing that makes her standout. This is the plot device which makes the story interesting as the reader learns why the vampires are in Cutter's Corner. Tessa's near death experience at the hands of vampires could have turned her into a sniveling victim. Instead, she is smart about it and tries to figure it out. When Andrei reveals his past to her, Tessa is a bit skeptical which fits her character. Her caution and mixed feelings is refreshing because she does it with an open mind.

The romance between Andrei and Tessa is slow and simmering. For those who expect this to be an erotic novel with several graphic sex scenes, this is not the book for you. This is a teasing romance with erotic foreplay and a bit of suspense which finally ends in a bit of sexy time. By focusing on the plot instead of the sexual relationship, the story builds out the supernatural world as well as give the characters more depth.

The addition of other supernatural creatures feels rushed in this story. It started out slow and picked up the pace in a secondary character. Near the end, it moved a bit faster than expected. Not sure if this is because this book supposed to be a standalone or if it is a hook for a follow up to feature the secondary characters in their own book. My vote is for the latter option. The pace of this book moves in a nice steady speed and ends with a happily ever after. This paranormal romance is recommended to readers who like alpha male vampires and other creatures that go bump in the night.
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Book Review by Administrator (author,reviewer)
May 18, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
141 people found the following review helpful
Originally posted by catloverggma at Reading Alley:

Tessa Blackburn was born and raised in a small town, but moved away after she graduated from college. She wanted to be her own person, to learn what she liked and didn't, what future she wanted. Tessa ended up in Cutter's Corner three years ago, another small town where everyone knew everyone else. She liked the closeness without the expectations she felt her parents had for her. Tessa works at the local bank as a loan officer.

Jaleen Hix is Tessa's best friend and works in the same bank as a teller. That's where she met Luke Moran...and fell in love...again. Jilly seems to fall in love whenever she first meets a guy.

Luke Moran is an inexperienced vampire hunter-slayer, come to Cutter's Corner because of the $1000 bounty on the vampires who seem to be gathering in the small town. Though nobody seems to know why, they do know people are disappearing, some found dead later.

The Crypt is a goth hangout for tourists and vampire pretenders...there are also a few real vampires hanging out, looking for donors. These vamps don't kill, they just take a few sips here and there when nothing else can be found elsewhere.

Andrei Dinescu is a 700-year-old vampire who has lived in Cutter's Corner for fifteen years. He buys and sells antiques to a select few. He's tall, handsome, with an Old World charm that Tessa loves. They meet when he saves her from a vampire attack one night. Hears that it's Tessa that the young vampires are coming to Cutter's Corner for. Something about her blood...

Katerina Glinin is a vampire older than Andrei. In fact, she's his sire and has come to America looking for him...has also heard the rumors about someone's blood, but has not been able to find out who the person is. Katerina lives for the hunt...and the kill.

Bailey, a were-panther, is a sixteen-year-old runaway from her abusive foster home. She finds Andrei wounded, dying and helps him get to Tessa's apartment. Tessa "adopts" Bailey after she finds out that Bailey has nowhere to go.

Tristan has been following Bailey's life for years...

Tessa and Andrei make a believable couple, without all of the over-the-top angst so many vampire stories seem to have now. Of course, Jilly and Luke have their own little story and we can see their struggle in believing not all vampires are bad, or killers. As with all of Amanda Ashley's vampire books, there is a great romance, some suspense and a very bad baddie. I have been reading, and enjoying, her books for years and A FIRE IN THE BLOOD is no exception. If you like gorgeous vampires, sweet, but strong ladies and a little humor, this is the book for you.
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Book Review by Administrator (author,reviewer)
Jun 14, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
124 people found the following review helpful
Originally posted by member_48467976 at Reading Alley:

A FIRE IN THE BLOOD immediately reminded me of PNRs I read a good 25 years ago. The hero is a know-it-all, mildly deceptive alpha type, the heroine passive. There's instant chemistry/instamate, not just with the main couple, but two other secondary couples. It's also a "clean" romance with one non-descriptive sex scene almost at the end of the book.

I don't think this book is part of a series, if not, the author needed to add some more details and up the world building because questions kept popping up for me:

1. Apparently, people just learned there are vampires, yet no one is super concerned nor is the government doing much about the dead bodies piling up.

2. Cutter's Corner is described as small townish, yet it has a theater which puts on big show type performances getting big time stars to come to the premieres.

3. Someone tells vamps that Tessa has special blood. Why? Good guy/bad guy? Why not tell/warn Tessa if good?

4. Andrei is 700 years old, the reason why he doesn't take care of a problem that pops up didn't ring true especially after he's enhanced.

5. Luke is a newbie vamp hunter and can't find/stake a vamp, then, suddenly, he's super hunter. There's a small explanation as to how he can sense them eventually, but him suddenly having skills despite no training is left unexplained.

Andrei always wears all black, like that won't put a target on his back. Nothing says vamp (or old time country singer) like all black, except for hairy hands apparently. Who knew? I thought that was werewolves.

I would recommend this book to PNR readers looking for a cleaner, less gory PNR. After so many years, I am much more a fan of the kick butt female heroine who fights arm in arm with her alpha hero.
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