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Blood and Metal (Dark Desires Book 5) Kindle Edition
"Compelling, carefully crafted, and shockingly unique (because there's no other word for the one-of-a-kindgenre amalgamation), Blood and Metal will entertain readers of manydifferent romantic sub-genres." Eleanore T.
"A mixture of myth and modern technology,Blood and Metal is a strange brew but a great read...A must read for fantasylovers." S.K. Gregory
"Expect romance but most of all expect to beentertained." Marta Cox
"Wow! What a blend of multiple genres and itworks fantastically!" Jeri
"It's a perfect blend ofscifi, paranormal, and romantic suspense, and Ms. Croft makes it workbeautifully!" Monique
- ASIN : B013B98JUY
- Publisher : Entangled: Amara (August 24, 2015)
- Publication date : August 24, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1459 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 330 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,318 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Now, he's been taken prisoner by the only people who might be able to help him find Stefan. And those same people are on a mission to destroy the one place where Fergal's intel has told him Stefan may be.
Daisy was once a genetically modified human, part plant. These days, she's a newborn vampire, and fighting a constant, sometimes losing, battle against her newly acquired blood lust. She and her colleagues-slash-friends, a motley collection of other vampires and equally bizarre, partly human creatures, are dead-set on destroying the villains who killed their friends.
Picking up Fergal along the way wasn't really part of the plan, but now that he's around, Daisy has trouble concentrating on doing her job. They were once lovers, after all, and he's still just as appetizing --- in more than one way, now --- as he used to be. But he has secrets of his own, and with their ultimate desires at odds, will they manage to reconcile?
Entangled Publishing's Select Otherworld imprint presents the newly released romance novel BLOOD AND METAL by Nina Croft.
Where to begin? I'll start by saying that my expectations of a story that incorporates elements of science fiction, space travel, the paranormal, adventure, and romance weren't particularly high to begin with, since I had no idea what to expect.
I'm delighted to report, however, that my expectations were exceeded by an astronomically high percentage I'm not sure I could fully quantify for you. Croft's work is surprisingly seamless, organically rendered, and strikingly believable within the "otherworld" she's so cleverly devised on the page. Compelling, carefully crafted, and shockingly unique (because there's no other word for the one-of-a-kind genre amalgamation), Blood and Metal will entertain readers of many different romantic sub-genres.
Ultimately, of course, the work is a romance at its core, between the unlikeliest of characters. Fergal is half human, half computer, for heaven's sake, and Daisy is a plant human turned vampire. Their interactions are equal parts smoking hot, biting, satiric, witty, sweet, and tender, promising a fascinating read apart from the fantastical world in which their story is set.
Who else but an expert author could dream up a relationship in which the hero does everything he can to cheat death and the heroine already has ... and the two are polar opposites, quite literally, from one another? Croft makes a tremendous promise to any readers who pick up and scan the back cover copy of BLOOD AND METAL, that she'll be able to assimilate all these seemingly disparate components into a working whole.
And with all the aplomb of the talented, experienced author that she is, she keeps her part of the bargain with flying colors. All that's left is for you, the readers, to devour and enjoy.
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Author: Nina Croft
Title: BLOOD AND METAL
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Select Otherworld)
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1PgpC3s
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Finally, finally Daisy is getting her own installment in the series.The youthful, genetically modified co-pilot of the Blood Hunter crew has been a fixture of all five books to date. She starts the series as a chlorophyll filled human with green skin and hair, but in book four she was saved from sure death by her mentor, vampire Rico Sanchez, and granted eternal life. Daisy is finding eternal life is not all it is cracked up to be, and the effervescent girl is not adjusting well to the darkness inherent to vampire. She is always blood-hungry, lonely, and questioning her role with the crew and in the interminable future that awaits her.
Daisy finds that life doesn't stop just because she is depressed and stewing. As the book opens, the crew is attempting a rescue of Jon, the main character of book two, from where he is being detained as a long-term political prisoner. That is when it hits you that this fifth book jumped forward 20 years and all has not gone well for the Blood Hunter compatriots. Though the first prison break attempt is botched, the crew does manage to capture a useful hostage, a prison guard. As is typical in the way Croft gets a plot to fold in on itself, the guard is not the tool the crew expected. He is a past acquaintance, particularly known to Daisy, who hides his own cellular modifications. Fergal Cain and Daisy once had a "thing" and that "thing" is about to explode again, but only if new vampire Daisy can manage to not eat him first.
What follows is intricate and involved plotting, firmly entrenched in the past books of the Dark Desires series. Croft does a good job, though, of explaining past history without bogging down the narrative. Though I have read all the previous books, I believe a newby could read this installment and love it just as much.
Fergal Cain was a refreshing new voice for the series. He has this irreverent edge that helps him fit into the crew very well. He has some interesting exchanges with Rico, who weirdly finds himself almost in a fatherly role. These people know each other so well that it just oozes through the dialogue and makes the action sequences run like a well-oiled machine. Cain's modifications keep surprising, but he has a deadly deadline hanging over him, and his anxiety about getting to the doctor who initiated his DNA alteration make him seem callous and selfish to the crew. The ultimate sacrifice will be necessary when Daisy and Fergal confront their personal and physical shortcomings, the chaos engendered by the confluence of religious and secular powerplays, and any hope of a future together.