Blood and Loss (Cassandra Myles, Witch #1) by Electa Graham
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Adult, Paranormal, Romance
If you lost everything that made you who you are could you recover? Would you be stronger than before or would you crumble under the mountain of grief? When Cassandra Myles is faced with this question her answer is to do what ever it takes to move on. She rebuilds her life and finds happiness once again. She doesn't do it alone, she has two very special men in her life, who have been there for her while she has recovered. One is her boss. His name is Quintus and he is a very old and very powerful vampire. He took her under his wing when she needed someone and now she would do anything to repay that debt. The other is her roommate Declan. He is caring, charming, gorgeous and in her eyes perfect in every way except one. Cassandra feels they are meant for each other and Declan feels he is meant for every woman who walks in his bar. Life might not be perfect, but it was filled with possibilities and she was going to meet them with strength, courage and when all else fails a huge dose of sarcasm. Then Quintus comes to her and tells her what was once lost can now be restored. A painful part of her past can be undone. Will this make her life complete or should some things remain buried. Electa Graham has received numerous rave reviews and her series has been compared to those of Laurell K Hamilton and Charlaine Harris. This novel contains several erotic scenes that may cause an increased heart rate and other more pleasant side effects. This novel is not meant for a younger reader. 18 +
3 out of 5 (good)
The positives of this book are plentiful in number - the storyline is a good one, the pace is fast and punchy, the characters are well rounded and mostly likeable. You are kept guessing at various points ABOUT various things which all in all makes it into a page turner.
The biggest negative for me was the 'relationships' that Cass had, and not just the male ones. When all the drama happens at the beginning of the book, it is her best friend, Lena, that is the one that stays by her, comforts her and basically saves her life. Now, I know that it was Lena who herself predicted that Cass wouldn't see her for a while but I wasn't expecting Cass to completely FORGET about her! Which, in my book, basically sucks! And then there is the relationship between Cass and the males in her life - Quintus, Lucius and Declan. To put it bluntly, I was getting whiplash over which one of these guys she was in love/lust with.
And although I like a good steamy section as much as the next person, I was actually getting a bit bored with it. She would literally walk away from Lucius and Quintus and then be having sex with Declan. The ending felt quite rushed too. The whole book builds up to this big climax (pardon the pun) and it's over and done with in a couple of pages and off you have to pop to buy the next book. I like cliffhanger endings but not when you feel like you're pushed over the edge instead of being allowed to teeter on it for a while.
On the whole an enjoyable read with some funny moments. Add a bit of steam and there you go. Not sure about getting the rest though.
* Verified Purchase - November 2012 *
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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