Blood and Absinthe series by Chloe Hart
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
I am completely and utterly blown away by these novellas!! Since they are short narratives, I have combined them in one review.
Book #1: Taming the Vampire (released August 5, 2011)
An unlikely partnership…
Demon hunter Liz Marlowe and vampire Jack Morgan have hated each other from the moment they met. But when a powerful enemy threatens their beloved city of Boston, they form a reluctant alliance. It’s supposed to be temporary—just one night, in fact. But as the tension between them builds to the breaking point, neither is prepared for what happens next.
I admit I am a big fan of novellas. It’s incredibly difficult to create a good backstory, develop characters and establish an interesting plot in such a limited amount of pages. A lot of authors will end up overwhelming readers with too much detail or underwhelming them with too few. It’s hard to get the balance just right. I think it’s a true test of an author’s skill to point out all we need to know and successfully deliver a story that resonates with us.
Chloe Hart is one of those skilled authors. This novella had me from the first couple of pages. We meet Liz who’s full of anger and fury and Jack who’s seemingly her archenemy. To quote his reaction to seeing her:
“Well, well, well. If it isn’t my favorite little ball of hate.”
That amused me and intrigued me to read on and find out what is behind that comment and why they hate each other so much.
In this novella, there’s a new crazy demon in town, an alliance between the Fae and vampires to rid Boston of bad demons, a very bewildering relationship between the hero and heroine, friendships, introductions to characters that show up in the next novel, and the backstory as to why Liz is so angry and why her and Jack seemingly hate each other and a resolution. And this novel conveys all this and more concisely and effectively while not inundating us with too much information.
This novella has the makings of a great series. I just hope that Ms. Hart continues in this direction and bestows us with full-length novels.
5 Bad Boys – Absolute Must Read!!!!!
Book #2: Bound by the Vampire (released November 20, 2011)
Celia Albright, an eighth-blood Fae and a spellcaster, is having a very bad day. She’s being targeted by an unknown assassin, and with most of her friends out of the city fighting demons; she goes to the only other person in Boston who might be powerful enough to help her.
Evan Grant is a vampire who prides himself on his survival instincts. He’s avoided the Fae ever since they killed his maker years ago, and he knows he’d be crazy to take a Faery girl under his protection—especially since it might be the Fae themselves who want Celia dead.
If he were smart, he’d send her away. But when he saves her life instead, Celia and Evan find themselves caught up in an adventure neither of them expected—and an attraction neither of them is prepared for.
These two main characters couldn’t be more different. Evan is living life looking out for number one and Celia lives her life looking for ways she can help others and make a difference. When they first meet, it certainly isn’t love at first sight. He thinks she is incredibly naïve, fashion-impaired and kind of demented. (She wears a sweatshirt, sneakers and a fanny-pack to see a vampire, really?) Celia starts correcting him on his poor grammar. Not a good start. But something about her endears her to him and he finds her attractive despite her attire.
This novel reveals more about the source of Fae power, absinthe, and the impact that Celia’s ideas could have on their world, not to mention her own well-being. We see characters grow, relationships build, assassins hired, and a great lead-in for future tales. Again, so effectively written, you are right there with the characters in their world.
In my opinion, this series has the makings of a great Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy story. If Ms. Hart can achieve what she has in a novella, I am sure eager to see what she can do with a full-length novel.
5 Bad Boys – Absolute Must Read!!!!!