Blood Divine by Greg Howard #mm #review @gshowardauthor


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Cooper Causey spent a lifetime eluding the demons of his youth and suppressing the destructive power inside him. But a disconcerting voicemail lures Cooper back home to the coast of South Carolina and to Warfield—the deserted plantation where his darkness first awakened. While searching for his missing grandmother, Cooper uncovers the truth about his ancestry and becomes a pawn in an ancient war between two supernatural races. In order to protect the only man he’s ever loved, Cooper must embrace the dark power threatening to consume him and choose sides in a deadly war between the righteous and the fallen.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14Double TimeTAGListening to Andrea LeeTAG

Two things, one this is not a romance. The two MC’s have romantic motivations and notions but in no way shape or form can you describe this as such.   And second, it’s been a long time that an ending has aggravated me so much as this ending, that after finishing it almost two weeks after writing this review and reading 3-4 more bks in between. I’m still, well pissed.

So I’ll talk about the ending first.

Really, you stand there and let this guy turn your love into a vamp w/o doing anything? You have all this power and nothing! He was turned against his will or free choice. And now on the run and we are left with a cliffy.

To start, Cooper learns some very hard lessons fast. Including the fact that thing he did to put his BF in a coma all those years ago is really a big part of him and his Grandmother has been sheltering him from the truth. As the world comes crashing down around him, the one man that has always been his friend, his rock, Randy, will stand by his side again, if Cooper will let him.

As the story unfolds, Randy, Cooper and a whole host of characters fight the bad “guys” to save the world as we know it.  And during this fight we discover the truth of the way the world was set up, the truth of magic.

It’s a marvelous tale, very detailed. Although, I did think the end was rushed and not played out well. The laying of hands on the BF and he just wakes up, all is forgiving. Really, he’s been wasting away for 10 years. Seems a little unfair to me, Cooper has been living a life, half life and Trevor in this coma. And of course the final fight scene.  All the detail and build up to get us to that point was amazing. The family history, the connections the good v’s evil how the intersected. Well thought out.

Again, we are left with a cliffy but a sort of HFN so I guess you can’t ask for more.

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Blood Divine is one of those reads that fits in with the Halloween holiday. It was very easy to fall into the spookiness of the story, as if I was watching a horror flick, which included the moments were a character runs up the stairs instead of beating a hasty retreat out of the scary house. It was equally fascinating and annoying, all of the “WTF are you doing” moments when I was sure that the main character, Cooper, was going to get everybody killed.

 

This is a hard book to rate because I wasn’t a fan of Cooper. There was a distinct lack of inner thoughts from him to explain why he did some of the stupid things he did. He is a reactionary character. He doesn’t think things through. (i.e. Going into an underground nest without weapons or lighting) Or have a plan for anything. Or any idea how he’s going accomplish finding and saving his grandmother. His whole idea was to charge in… and get caught. On top of that, information was fed to me with an eyedropper, instead of making me want to read further to gather more morsels of information that broaden the picture and shed light on what Cooper’s motivations were, I would get frustrated and put the book down. There are many people who will love Cooper’s flawed character. He is imperfect, which makes him more real in some ways, but that doesn’t always mean he’ll be likeable. My problem was the lack of explanation of why he acted/reacted the way he did. What was fed to me seemed illogical, unless he had a death wish.

 

Also, the resolution with Trevor was unsatisfying. I was excited because I thought I would get a deeper look into Cooper and this incident with Trevor that was eluded to a dozen times but never explained. What happened was I was told the resolution instead of shown, which was a huge bummer with all of the buildup.

 

What this story did get right for me was the spookiness and the sense of horror that was laced throughout the story. What kept me reading, other than to see who all Cooper got killed, was the unique origin story for vampires. It was different and interesting and the characters that were attached to it were intriguing, although I was disappointed in Betsy at the end. This is not the type of story that can end with an HEA but had a satisfactory HFN which left the storyline open for a sequel.  Blood Divine was a nice, spooky story with a heavy dose of frustration.

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