Only Vampires Cry Blood

Trina M. Lee
Only Vampires Cry Blood
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Publisher
Liquid Silver Books
Release Date
October 2010
ISBN
9781456324834
Series
Book 3 of Alexa O'Brien Huntress
Genre
Erotic Romance, Ménage or more, Urban Fantasy, Vamps & Shifters Romance

SUMMARY
Power. Werewolf Alexa O'Brien has more power than she can handle. Learning how to control and use it effectively is at the top of her priority list. The one man who has the knowledge she needs is the vampire she loathes, Harley Kayson. He just so happens to be the sire of her vampire lover, Arys Knight.

Alexa's wolf mate, Shaz, wants her to feel secure with the power she commands, especially with unwelcome new werewolves in town. Despite sharing some steamy encounters with Alexa, Arys and Shaz rarely see eye to eye. This time is no different.

Arys doesn't want Alexa anywhere near Harley. When desperation drives Alexa to make a deal with Harley, Arys is livid. Conflict threatens to destroy Alexa's relationship with Arys, but due to their eternal bond, they can never truly walk free of each other.

When Arys teams up with his sire to revisit their sordid past, the pain he and Alexa inflict on one another rises to a scathing boil. Alexa comes to realize that her only solution is to fulfill Arys' greatest wish and worst nightmare, regardless of the consequences.

Book Review by DH Starr (author)
Nov 08, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
165 people found the following review helpful
Only Vampires Cry Blood is a story packed with emotion and angst. Add in a ménage between a vampire, a werewolf, and a human/werewolf/vampire hybrid, and Trina M. Lee has set the stage for a steamy love story that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Alexa is a werewolf who has bonded with Arys, a vampire. The combination of her werewolf blood and his vampire blood has infused her with a power stronger than any encountered before. The problem is she can't control this power. Seeking to learn how to control this ability, she seeks the help of Harley, the vampire who sired Arys. Intense jealousy causes him to warn Alexa to stay away from Harley, but she doesn't heed his warning, creating a rift between the two of them.

Along with wanting to learn how to control her power, a group of werewolves have come into her territory looking for Zoey, the daughter of her dead lover Raoul. Zoey had actually killed Raoul. This leaves Alexa with an internal struggle, determining whether she should allow the trespassing pack to have Zoey or whether she should claim Zoey as her own. This brings up old ghosts from her past and forces her to reconcile the love/hate relationship she had with Raoul.

The entire time, her wolf lover Shaz, stands by her side, loyally supporting her as she struggles with the various troubles that she faces over the course of the book.

The deepest theme examined in this book is the nature of love. In so many romance stories, two main characters meet, fall in love, hit a road block, and then work through it, falling more deeply in love than ever before. That is the formula for most romance novels; a formula Ms Lee abandons. The result is a story that raises the bar in this genre, forcing authors and readers alike to rethink the neat packages of so many stories.

In Only Vampires Cry Blood, Ms Lee forces the reader to contemplate how love changes, its ebb and flow, over the course of time and through the various experiences we encounter along the way. After losing Raoul, Alexa ends up with Shaz and Arys. She loves them both, but there is a part of her that withholds from totally giving herself over emotionally. Both provide something she needs, but neither gives her everything she needs.

In following the three of them, I found myself thinking about how no one person can encapsulate everything for any one person. Yet they manage to provide just the right combination of what each needs as a trio. While there were several subplots, each with their own lessons and messages, this was the overarching theme of the book.

One thing that I found challenging while reading was that this was Book 3 of a trilogy. Book 1: Once Bitten and Book 2: The Wicked Kiss, contain the back story which led to the events of Book 3: Only Vampires Cry Blood. While Ms Lee makes ample reference to the past stories, enough to give a sense of what had transpired in the earlier stories, it wasn't until half way through this book that the plot turned into its own story.

I believe that when an author writes a series, each subsequent story should be able to be read as a standalone, the plot having enough uniqueness to make it separate and individual from the books preceding it. References and allusion to previous events is a natural part of sequel writing, but in this particular story, I felt that I would have been more engaged right from the beginning if I had read Books 1 & 2 first. It was sort of like watching a TV series starting in Season 3. I could follow the story line, but it was clear to me that there were things I didn't know that would have made the story easier to follow.

Overall, an enjoyable read. I certainly intend on reading the first two books to learn about the history of the characters.
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