I have some exciting reviews coming up this month for L.D. Rose. I was contacted and asked to review not one but two of her books. So today I have the first book!
Blaze Knight has been through hell and back, but the nightmares aren't over yet.
Five years after Blaze was maimed by Cyrus Chimola, a powerful vampire with a penchant for torture, he's still trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. As a genetically engineered mercenary with the ability to bend fire to his will and to see in infrared, Blaze's mission is to protect what's left of humanity. When Chimola and his crew return to the Bronx gunning for Blaze's blood, Blaze is forced to face the demons of his past. Hell-bent on revenge, he seeks the help of Valerie Medeiros, an NYPD detective who manages to steal his heart and save his life in more ways than one.
Motivated by her sister's gruesome death, Valerie has made it her life's goal to bury every vampire in the ground where they belong. When she brings in Blaze Knight for suspected murder, she discovers he's not only innocent, he isn't a man at all-he's a half-vampire hybrid working with a band of brothers for the U.S. military. Valerie has a hard time trusting anything with fangs, yet she quickly falls headlong into Blaze's life, a life full of darkness and horror she can't even begin to fathom. The bodies are stacking up, but Valerie can't seem to let go of this hybrid, a beautiful monster filled with pain, rage, and passion unlike anything she's ever known.
In a world where the line between good and evil is blurred, Blaze and Valerie will find danger at every turn, risking everything they've come to know and love, including one another.
Now this cover doesn't really do anything for me. It's not something I would normally be drawn to in the shops. Thankfully I read the blurb first which drew me in instantly and got me to accept a free copy of this book to review.
Releasing the Demons is a paranormal romance that mixes in different aspects from a dystopian and it works. The worldbuilding pulls you in right from the start and it's easy to think that this could be a real place. However, it does fall short of the backstory of the world only mentioning events that have happened and not ful explaining them. I am hoping this gets explained as the books go on.
There's a lot of action in this book which jumps from scene to scene and is constantly unfolding before you. It's a dark and twisted story, yet filled with so many different emotions I'm pretty sure I got emotion whiplash. Plus, when you're left wanting more the book has to be great right?
The entire cast is pretty great throughout this book, well developed and easily liked/disliked depending on their role in the story. I loved that there was some element of mystery about them as there are some grey areas, but I'm sure these get cleared up in the next book.
The romance was pretty faced paced, but then I think that can happen in day to day life. Blaze and Cyrus are both extremely complex characters, which, I am sure, took a while to create, but their unique traits make them very fun to read about. And that chemistry though!
Overall, this book is a solid four stars and honestly a great read! Definitely, read this book if you like paranormal romance, you will not be disappointed! Bring on book two!
I'd also like to thank the author for probiding me with a free copy of the book in exchange for a review. This has not influenced my opinion in any way.