May 16, 2012

Review: Blood Lust Rising by Fayth Devlin

Title: Blood Lust Rising
Author: Fayth Devlin
Series: The Vampire Queen Trilogy #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Erotica
Publisher: Fayth Devlin
Format: eBook
Release Date: May 4th 2012
Pages: 198
Source: Provided by Author

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Overall Rating: 5 Bad Boys – Absolutely Loved It!!!!!
Reviewer: Kat

Author Summary
Vampire Queen and Demon son – Together they will wreak havoc and total destruction. Or at least, that’s what the prophecy says. When a sex-seething succubus focuses in on Ella Grey, a half-breed vampire and her Shadow Hunting partner, Micah McGregor, a power is released neither can control or comprehend.

A chain of events is triggered, forcing Ella and Micah down a shadowed path riddled with unrestrained passion, violence and betrayal. The truth of Micah’s demonic origins will reveal a heart-breaking conspiracy within the Shadow Agency that once swore to protect humanity from vampires and demons. Ella and Micah are proof that nothing is as it appears.

My Thoughts

First off, I have to say this novel just flat out did it for me!  From the very start, the chemistry between Ella and Micah jumps off the page.  There is an intensity and completely impassioned feel to this novel.  A great love story and a solid engaging plot, this is a novel that a Paranormal Romance fan will not want to miss out on.

About the story…

For 500 years, the Shadow Agency has been protecting humanity from vampires and demons.  Ella and Micah are both Shadow Hunters sworn to uphold and protect.  One problem…Ella is now a half-vampire.  Her ex-lover is a vampire and he tried to turn her when she was gravely injured.  However, the attempt wasn’t successful and Ella ended up somewhere in between.  She has a vampire’s fangs and lust for blood, however she refuses to give into the temptation. She promised the Shadow Agency she never would otherwise they would kill her outright.  Micah is Ella’s hunting partner sent to watch and report back to the head of the Agency (his father) on whether Ella is a threat. 

There is a demon prophecy that foretells of a Vampire Queen and Demon Son who will cause mayhem and destruction on the world that will lead to total destruction.  During one of Ella and Micah’s hunts, the intensity of their lust attracted the attention of a succubus demon. The succubus believed Ella and Micah to be the prophesied Vampire Queen and Demon Son and enchanted them to fulfill a demon mating ritual.   

To avoid any spoilers, I must stop there. This first novel in the trilogy introduces the story world and unfolds a sequence of events that lead to a resolution. However, there’s still a lot of story left to tell. I am really looking forward to where the author is going to take us in this trilogy.

About the Characters…

Fayth Devlin is a genius when it comes to character development.  I became invested in the heroine and hero of this story within the first few pages and found myself really caring for Ella and Micah and fretting through their moments of conflict.

Ella is a compelling and realistic character. While fearless as a hunter, she also showed very feminine qualities. This short sentence from the novel completely endeared me to Ella and had me laughing out loud because I can totally relate…

“Left alone in a man’s apartment, when he didn’t want me here in the first place, what was a girl to do? I snooped.”

Ever under the watchful and suspicious eye of the Agency’s leader, Ella consistently showed her dedication. Our heroine goes through a lot in this novel and it’s obvious that the author has taken the time to consider how a person would react in certain situations. Ella’s reactions are realistic. She shows bravery when needed yet cried when things became too much.  One of my pet peeves in novels is when the heroine never cries.  It’s ok to cry, as it’s a true to life reaction.

Micah’s character is developed with the same finesse showing many sides to his personality.  Initially, the author portrays him as a player and rather arrogant.  This quote is Ella describing his reaction to her lapse when smelling fresh blood…

“A gentleman would have overlooked my bloodlust, would have looked away and let me compose myself without snide remarks about fangs and cages. Not Micah. He loved two things: himself and throwing my flaws in my face. I’m not sure which was number one on his list.”

Micah is totally alpha male but then we see his caring side. Devastated at the thought he had hurt Ella during their 4 day ‘tryst’, he was in agony.  He tried to stay away from her thinking to protect her, even though their being apart made him ill and there was a possibility he would die.

On their relationship:
From page 1, the chemistry between Ella and Micah jumps off the page. It’s intense, uncontrollable and completely impassioned.  The sex scenes are explicit in this novel – very titillating and very well written.

“Micah was too close for me to sense anything other than him. The way my body reacted to his was unsettling. The man didn’t occupy space; he claimed it. The heat from his too-hot body lined my back and set my nerves on an edge in a way that was both unnatural and wholly unwanted…I needed to step forward and put some distance between us. Thinking became impossible when Micah’s hot breath fanned across the back of my neck.  My bloodlust was shoved aside with ruthless abandon. All that remained was an overwhelming surge of sexual lust…My galloping heart chased away my self-control. When my hands began to tremble, I shoved them into the front pockets of my tight leather jacket and hugged the lapels around me as if it would protect me. Micah took one more step. My body hummed with the restraint it took not to turn around and nuzzle his throat. The closer he got, the more erratic his thunderous heartbeat became. The rushing sound of blood was gasoline on a fire that was rapidly surging out of control.”

That blurb is from Chapter 1.  Just saying.  The rest of the novel is just as amazing!

Other Characters:
Most authors focus on developing the main characters so thoroughly, the supporting characters are sometimes neglected. Not Fayth Devlin. The other characters are expertly introduced and developed. Ella’s uncle Roy and sister Hannah, Micah’s father Richard and brother Eli, Julian (Ella’s sire), Lizbeth (villain) to name a few are very memorable and compelling.

Bottom Line

This is a novel that a lover of steamy Paranormal Romance will not want to miss out on!  The author shows her expertise at creating multi-faceted characters (both main and supporting), and integrating them into an exciting storyworld and plot.  This is a great introduction to the trilogy and I highly recommend you add this one to the top of your To Be Read list!

Happy Reading!!

5 Bad Boys – Absolutely Loved It!!!!!

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Blood Lust Rising (The Vampire Queen Trilogy #1)


  1. Wow, it's so obvious that you really loved this book. It's great when you can find a good read that you are so excited to talk about.

    1. I know! I love PNR anyway but this one was great. everything resonated with me. its short so i read it twice actually. lol!

    2. LOL. I'll have to get you some different material to read!!

  2. My reading list is growing so fast, i may never get my family a decent meal again!!! Great review Kat! I can't wait to read it!

    1. if you start this one, there will be no meals until you're done. but it is a short one so they won't go hungry for long. lol!

    2. I'm reading it now and you are sooooo right about the instant chemistry. I'm only 2 chapters in and I'm loving it!!

    3. Awesome Donna! Fayth's blog tour starts tomorrow and she'll be stopping by here on Wednesday so make sure you come back and check out all her secrets she'll reveal to us! lol!

    4. *Grin* I can't wait!! And yes, Donna come back and let me know how you liked it!! ((Hugs)) Can't wait to come back on Wednesday!

  3. Kat you blow me away!! Seriously, one of the *best* reviews I've read... and it happens to be MINE!! ((Hugs)) I'm so very excited that you loved it and that you really connected with the story and the characters. I poured everything I had into this book, so I'm glad it was well received. And, isn't it funny how quick 75k can go??? I think first person novels tend to be quicker reads for whatever reason. But, I did design it to be read in one sitting :) So yes, order out and sit down with a good book (if that book is my book...I won't complain ;)!)

    Thank you again!!


    Fayth Devlin - One VERY happy author.

    1. Thanks Fayth luv! I love first person POV novels. they do read faster than third. and yes..more please… LOL! huggs!

  4. Well, Kat, I have to tell you I like your style! The review is nicely done. You picked blurbs that definitely have me wanting to read the book. Heading to Amazon. Thanks!!

    1. awesome Johanna! thanks for the complement. and i'm sure Fayth will be thrilled!

    2. I'm very thrilled!!! Thank you Johanna. I was away from my computer and just got these lovely emails :) I hope you enjoy the book as much as Kat did!! Let me know (either way) if you feel inclined!!!

  5. You are very welcome. Got the book and hope to read it in the next couple of days. Will definitely give you feedback. Have a blessed day!

    1. you too Johanna! its a long weekend here in Canada and the weather is beautiful. Happy reading!

  6. Oh man, I can't wait to read this. And it is even more incredible that this is Fayth's first book. What a debut! Awesoe review hon. Micah sounds to die for. I haven't even read the book and I want him now LOL! Huge thanks to you and Donna for recommending this to me. You guys are awesome :)