A MelanieM Release Day Review: Blood and Eternity (Blood #3) by Shira Anthony

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Rating: 5 stars out of 5

 

 

Sequel to Blood and Ghosts and the final installment in the Blood Trilogy

Vampire hunter Adrien Gilbert never dreamed he’d fall for his prey or that his love, Nicolas Lambert, would give him the gift of immortality. But when a hunter bent on destroying the truce between vampires and hunters throws the gauntlet at Adrien’s feet, Adrien must travel through time to save Nicolas, and with him, the entire vampire race.

The time has come to make a choice—one they will live with for eternity.

In this final installment in the Blood Trilogy, Adrien and Nicolas must face their greatest enemy in a deadly last confrontation. But to prevail, they’ll need to master the enemies within.

When Adrien awakens to a future he doesn’t recognize, he faces an impossible decision: live a perfect life with Nicolas in a shattered world, or risk everything to repair a broken past. But before he can challenge vampire hunter Verel Pelletier, he must master the demon who lives in his own mind—and learn to control his ability to travel through time. With Nicolas by his side, he prepares for a final battle against a powerful adversary who likes to play games with the past and future.

But the price of ensuring a future for their loved ones may be an eternity spent alone.

I always find it so hard to return to a series when it’s been a while since the last story.  In this  case, Blood and Ghosts, was released in 2015, and I’ve read a ton of books since then, including many by this author.  Another factor here?  Shira Anthony’s overall arc for her characters and plot for the trilogy.  Labyrinthine barely covers it.  It involves multiple time times, different eras, alternate universes even for these characters lives, yes time travel that continually changes both the people, the relationships, warping both past, future and present around all involved.  It ended on a cliffhanger of sorts.

Yes, the mind boggled even as the author kept us heavily invested in the outcome for not only the main characters but many of those also in close support.

Now three years later, the last novel is released and I need to remember everything?  Yikes!

Luckily for all, Shira Anthony has us covered.  She included a cast of characters, their relationships to each other as well as a series recap at the beginning of the story.  Neither of which weighs down the story  but acts more like a springboard, providing the narrative energy for us to jump into the action once more.  It’s a quick refresher course that brought everything immediately back to mind.  These are marvelous characters and I didn’t need much to bring them and their situations vividly back to memory.

Having left Adrien waking to Nico/Nicholas in a future that came with a warning from their despicable enemy and a dire choice to be made, I couldn’t wait to see how Anthony now resolved all the time lines and this amazing complicated romance.  I can now say I have never been happier with the finale novel of a trilogy.

Without giving away any spoilers, and they are so many ways to do that here, Anthony managed to tie all up the couples, all the convoluted timelines, bring them all full circle, and yet still, logically, bring her trilogy to an outstanding, heartwarming, sniffle- inducing conclusion.

Yes, the villains get theirs too!  That’s a must with me.

But what’s more, Anthony does it by keeping the integrity of her characters, their timelines she has created for them, their various histories and relationships intact.  That’s no small feat considering the various Councils and politics also involved.  Did I say complicated?

I don’t know how the author manages to keep all these threads organized and flowing as she does but the story remains compelling at all times,  The various Nicholas, no matter where they are in history or time, pull at your heart.  The consequences of time and their actions heartbreaking.  I think that’s another reason why that ending resonated with me so greatly.  Because I connected so deeply with these characters through all three stories.  The villains had to have their comeuppance and the heroes (all of them) had to have their forever loves.

The author gave me that.  How I love this story and this trilogy.

Shira Anthony’s writing is fluid and so well done it keeps you glued to the text! Her story and series complicated, compelling and exciting and her characters memorable and ones to keep close to your heart.  If you haven’t found this series yet, now is the time to start.  Begin with book one, Blood and Rain, and read through until you get here.  I highly recommend them all.

Cover art: Reese Dante.  That’s Adrien, a perfect portrait of the man in my brain.  I love it.

Sales Links:   Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 214 pages
Expected publication: July 31st 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781640807426
Edition LanguageEnglish
Series Blood :

Blood and Rain

Blood and Ghosts

Blood and Eternity

An Ali Review: Blind Spot (The Stonebridge Mysteries #3) by Maggie Kavanagh

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
 
Blind SpotLiving together is bliss for Sam Flynn and Nathan Walker, but things never stay quiet for long in Stonebridge. On the night of Sam’s twenty-ninth birthday, the much-hated mayor of Stonebridge is found dead at his home. Sam suspects foul play, but just as he starts investigating the list of possible culprits, Nathan gets word of a new undercover assignment—one that includes a mysterious, sexy new partner. Though Sam struggles to trust Nathan and control his jealousy during Nathan’s absence, the stress makes a return to the bottle seem not only tempting, but inevitable—especially when Nathan starts avoiding his calls. 

Yet Nathan’s fidelity isn’t the only thing on Sam’s mind. A visit from the mayor’s ex-assistant puts Sam in the line of fire, and he’s drawn into a complex web of duplicity spanning back to the night of his parents’ accident. Sam’s journey to uncover the truth about what really happened threatens to unravel long-held beliefs about his parents and puts his relationship with Nathan to the ultimate test.
 
 
This was a fast paced and sexy conclusion to Sam and Nathan’s story.  The book starts off with them in a good place.  That is quickly uprooted when Nathan is sent back to undercover work.  Sam can’t find peace with it and his sobriety is put to the test.  These two go through a rough patch but I liked how it was handled and I thought it felt realistic.  Part of the story is a mystery but it doesn’t overshadow the romance.  We see all the side characters in parts of the story and everything ends in a good place for everyone.  There are two new characters who are introduced and I have to say I would love to see them have their own spinoff series.  All in all I really enjoyed this trilogy and I definitely recommend it.
 
Cover art by Maria FanningI thought this was a lovely cover and probably the nicest of the three.  The only draw back is the model looks a little young for Sam in my opinion.  Still, really nice.

Sales Links:   Dreamspinner Press | All Romance (ARe) | Amazon | Buy It Here

Book Details:

ebook, 206 pages
Published January 4th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
Original TitleBlind Spot
ISBN 1634767462 (ISBN13: 9781634767460)
Edition LanguageEnglish

SeriesThe Stonebridge Mysteries #3