Monday, February 12, 2018

Review: Releasing the Demons by L.D. Rose

Title: Releasing the Demons
Author: L.D. Rose
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Adult
Series: The Order of the Senary (Book One)
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisBlaze Knight has been through hell and back, but the nightmares aren't over yet. 

Five years after Blaze was maimed by Cyrus Chimola, a powerful vampire with a penchant for torture, he's still trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. As a genetically engineered mercenary with the ability to bend fire to his will and to see in infrared, Blaze's mission is to protect what's left of humanity. When Chimola and his crew return to the Bronx gunning for Blaze's blood, Blaze is forced to face the demons of his past. Hell-bent on revenge, he seeks the help of Valerie Medeiros, an NYPD detective who manages to steal his heart and save his life in more ways than one.

Motivated by her sister's gruesome death, Valerie has made it her life's goal to bury every vampire in the ground where they belong. When she brings in Blaze Knight for suspected murder, she discovers he's not only innocent, he isn't a man at all-he's a half-vampire hybrid working with a band of brothers for the U.S. military. Valerie has a hard time trusting anything with fangs, yet she quickly falls headlong into Blaze's life, a life full of darkness and horror she can't even begin to fathom. The bodies are stacking up, but Valerie can't seem to let go of this hybrid, a beautiful monster filled with pain, rage, and passion unlike anything she's ever known.

In a world where the line between good and evil is blurred, Blaze and Valerie will find danger at every turn, risking everything they've come to know and love, including one another.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Two people learning to work kill vamps!

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Valerie hates vampires and she has good reason to. Her own sister was killed by the leeches and her family was never the same after that. Having devoted her life and career to hunting down the creatures, she never expects to come across a hybrid vamp-human who stirs emotions in her that she never knew existed. His world, however, is much more complicated and dangerous than she could have predicted.

Blaze is just trying to survive each day while taking out as many vampires as possible. After being held hostage and tortured to the brink of death by a cruel army of vamps, he has made tremendous strides to control his urges and anger. And when he gets mad, it's explosive. Quite literally, since he has the ability to make fire just with his hands. Except, it's a certain detective who sets him ablaze.

When a murder points straight to Blaze as the culprit, Valerie is determined to bring him to justice. He will have to convince her of his innocence and earn her trust if he hopes she will help him to find the real killer before someone else is harmed. And just when the pair's relationship begins to heat up, a ghost from Blaze's past returns for another round.

It took me longer to finish this book than I had anticipated. My work kept getting in the way of my reading time, which is always a bummer. But one thing I liked about this book was how easy it was to pick it back up and continue reading without any trouble. It was well-written and engaging. I had no problem getting back into the story each time I had to start again.

Our characters were complex and nicely fleshed out. Valerie had a tragic past and was a little spitfire of a heroine. I liked her from the start. Blaze was a rougher character with an even more tragic history. It was hard to stomach what had been done to him at times. Poor guy. I thought the pair were a good match and I could see them kicking vampire butt together in the future.

The plot had some mystery and a few twists I didn't see coming. We do see things from the villain's point-of-view here so it's not an entire mystery who the bad guy is. Though, there is still enough left unsaid so it never became predictable. I do wish that there had been a little more explanation about why Rome's 'power' didn't work on Valerie. Did he choose not to use it on her or did it just not work on her for some reason? It was something I wondered about.

I think the sheer number of characters with all of their unique powers and one already with a significant other did make the story a bit more complex than I anticipated, especially with it being the first book of the series. I'm still not entirely sure what happened in the scene with Jon and Valerie, though her reaction to seeing him sure was entertaining. I expect his history will be more explained in the next book, which is his story.

In closing...
A paranormal romance with vampires, supernatural abilities, and a feisty heroine. Four suns!

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