Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Review: Bloodlust by Michelle Rowen

Paperback, 283 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Berkley Sensation
ISBN 13: 9780425242131
Source: Purchased for self
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Nightshade #2
Best read in order: yes
Stars: 2
Flames: 2

It has been two weeks since Jill has been injected with the Nightshade that made her a vampire’s favorite flavor, a flavor that has the harmful side effect of death. She is on the road with an emotionless Declan and they are searching for a cure or reversal or any piece of hope to her current situation.

With the minimal romance this book felt more urban fantasy than paranormal romance. The spine clearly lists this book as a paranormal romance. I was intrigued by the idea of a hero that could not feel the emotions that would allow him to fall in love with his heroine. This seems like a trait that could really amp up the sexual tension in a book. There are so many potential hurdles for them to overcome as a couple. Declan’s lack of emotions made him a cruel jerk for the most part. The attraction and desires seem one sided for the majority of the book.

Jill seemed overall weak and completely defenseless. Her only strength is the fact that her blood is poison to vampires. Even though she is continually physically harmed by vampires she is very optimistic in trying to find good qualities and traits in them. She is extremely strong willed and has an immense desire to live.

I did not enjoy Bloodlust nearly as much as I did Nightshade. The first half moved at a slower pace than I would have preferred. The plot seemed like it was all over the place to me. I thought Bloodlust was weighed down by having too much going on. There were too many schemes and ploys to the big climatic ending. The experiments also became tiresome. I was pleased with where the numerous ploys and schemes ended. Everything did come together in the end.

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