-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?
-A classic vampire tale of sensual, spine-tingling suspense.- --Christine Feehan on Desire After Dark
-Sexy, fast-paced, gritty, this is Amanda Ashley at her best! A must read!- --Ronda Thompson on Dead Sexy
I discovered Amanda Ashley several years so and enjoy her Vampire romances. Fire in the Blood though, unfortunately kind of stumped me initially and I nearly gave up, but I'm glad I persevered. Not exactly a dark heated romance story but more a sweet one, however it utilized the almost instant love scenario which personally isn't my preferred trope. Now that comment aside, this story actually has all the elements I enjoy yet it's the overall story arc and assorted characters that really kept me reading. Yes, we get not one, but three relationships forming here and those supporting characters brought the depth I initially found lacking.
I did say there's a sweetness to this and it centres around Tessa. Actually, she's hard to describe, loyal, full of empathy for others, and yet I didn't truly understand her. I applaud the author for giving us a heroine with strong morals, but to my mind Tessa just didn't seem to be the strongest character. Andrei, funnily enough, I found easier to understand and I must commend his patience!
My final thoughts are perhaps I'm jaded and this book would suit someone younger and still idealistic. Definitely not for those who seek dark pulsating romance stories but nevertheless an interesting paranormal story with a satisfying end.
A Fire in the Blood was provided for me with no requirement to review. I voluntarily read it and my thoughts and opinions are my own.