Sunday, July 10, 2011

Review: Ancient Blood by Barbara Edwards

Ancient Blood by Barbara Edwards

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Heat Rating: 2



Finding Rhodes End Book Two

After narrowly escaping a stalker’s vicious attack, Lily Alban is left with the ability to see human auras. After moving to the tiny hamlet of Rhodes End, she finally feels safe, and against her better judgment, falls in love. But she soon discovers the man she loves is not a man at all.

As a botanist, werewolf Cole Benedict has dedicated his life to researching healing herbs to find a cure for Lycanthropy. He resists his attraction to Lily to protect her from the beast inside him. But when Lily’s stalker threatens her again, he’s determined to do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Even if that means embracing the instincts of his wolf.

Together they must use extraordinary gifts to catch Lily's stalker before he attacks again. But will revealing their inner-most secrets to one another destroy their growing love or save them both?

Clare C’s Review

Ancient Blood refers to the bloodlines of the werewolves in a small New England town. The novel follows three couples as they navigate the varying effects of these bloodlines on their relationships. Steve is a scientist who has accidentally given himself vampiric appetites. He needs to cure himself so he can be with Mel. Cole had a bad experience with a wife decades before, so he’s reluctant to claim Lily as his mate. Mike and Jane must combat her brother’s prejudice and borderline insanity.

There’s a lot going on here for one novel. The change in character point of view every few pages isn’t confusing, but it doesn’t let the reader get much insight into each person as they’re introduced and their respective stories unfold. The plot is predictable and the writing moves at a sedate pace. Events and emotions are told rather than shown. Lily has the ability to see auras, but that special ability doesn’t seem particularly helpful in finding the bad guy. In places, the writing is disjointed. Some sentences seemed to come out of nowhere, as if a sentence or two had been removed and nothing was smoothed over to bridge the gap.

The idea behind Ancient Blood and the town of Rhodes End is interesting and the plot has merit. Perhaps if the novel had focused on one set of characters, the author would have been able to develop the story and characters a little better.

2 ½ Tea Cups!


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