Thursday, December 27, 2012

Natalie Gibson reviews Blood Spirit by Gabrielle Bisset for Satin Sheets Romance Reviews

Blood Spirit (Sons of Navarus #3)
by Gabrielle Bisset

ebook, 205 pages
Genre: Paranormal (vampire) Erotic Romance

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I am everything you seek. I am vampire.

Blessed with the gift of telepathy, Terek always knows what a woman wants. His gift has afforded him nightly sensual pleasures and exotic treats for centuries, but beneath the surface he yearns for much more.

Ilona can give him what his soul craves, but only if he trusts his heart. One fateful choice made out of desire puts all he cares for in danger. With a civil war and the threat of Archon hunters at every turn, this Son may lose everything if he can't find the balance between heart and mind.

Natalie Gibson's review:
This is the best of the three.  That may be because Terek is the most reasonable and understandable hero.  He is a sympathetic character.  He is a good man and a good sire.  He is misunderstood because of the way he chooses, makes and keeps his vampires.  He only turns females and he has them housed together in his places all over the world.  Other vampires call them Terek's harems but he does not see them that way.  He has a near partnership with his first few turned, but while he loves them all, he gives his heart to none.  He loved completely in his human past and it nearly killed him.  He is not ready to commit to one woman because that would make him weak and easy to attack.  His 'harem' talk constantly about 'the one' who will come along and change all that.  They recognize this in Ilona way before he can see that she is perfect for him.  Ilona resists him at every turn.  She is not happy with her conversion.  She never asked for it, but was turned as an alternative to dying.  Though Terek is a telepath, Ilona is completely blank.  He cannot read her and so she must overcome her own hangups before he can give her what she needs to come to terms with her new life.  What she wants is Terek - 100% of him.  She cannot share.  Their romance is realistic and their chemistry is genuine. 
Ilona has difficulty reconciling the man man he is with her, so sweet and patient, and the killer he has been and easily slips back into.  Terek was a monk who after being turned devoted his life to loving all women.  He faught wars against humans set on ending his kind.  He has many kills to his name and easily does what is needed to protect those he loves.  She has difficulty understanding how so much good and so much bad can reside in one soul.  She is afraid that the man she fears will replace the one she loves.
The overall story arc of the Sons vs. Archon advances slowly.  The Archon score some points but believe they are much further ahead than they are in reality.  They kill a vampire named Sampson, thinking he was a Son.  They attack Terek's vampires because they think the vampires belonged to Sampson.  The Sons make headway with the prophesy and the bad guy from book 2 moves up the Archon ranks.  His character is a little more flushed out and the reader is exposed to the Archons as a whole, who are much greater in number and power than we have previously been led to believe.  This is building to quite the showdown.

Blood Spirit is awarded 5 satin pillows.  It was a great read that not only fans of vampire romance but also fans of good old fashioned romance will enjoy.

It earned 3 candle flames from me.   Blood Spirit had graphic adult scenes and themes but was not as explicit nor as arousing as the first two in the series.

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