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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Blood Dance by J. L. Oiler

Blood Dance by J. L. Oiler
Publisher: Wild Horse Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (142 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

The Crimson Erotica is Pittsburgh’s hottest night club. Even in the middle of the week patrons clamor to get through the door. But no one would ever imagine it is something far different or that the shapely dancer who owns the club with her two sisters is far from an ordinary human.

Named for the god of war, Ares has always lived up to the reputation. Born to be the bloodmate of Kaden, one of the leaders of an ancient race of vampire’s who have sworn to protect mankind from their predatory counterparts, she is torn between her promise to reunite her siblings and her desire for the one man who makes her pulse race.

Can she surrender to her destiny and help protect mankind from the evil that stalks them? Or will she just continue to sway in the denial of the Blood Dance.

Blood Dance: Seeds Of Oden Book One, is the start of a promising series, offering a few new twists and turns in the genre, as well as a new slant on warring vampires.

When the story begins, you are introduced to the sisters created with vampire DNA who are destined to become mates to the Nicaean – vampires who battle for the greater good. Twelve total until their home was attacked and their maker was murdered, they were forced to scatter to survive. Now, the three who escaped together are living in the tri-state area, their club, Crimson Erotica, fronting as a place to dance and mingle.

In a must have encounter to bring our hero and heroine together, Ares and Kaden meet while stalking the same targets. They recognize their connection as bloodmates immediately, but while Kaden is thrilled with the news, Ares is less than perceptive. If she drinks from him, he will become the only source of sustenance that can nourish her. And worse still, if he dies, she will slowly starve to death. As the story unfolds, and Ares denies her needs and urges, the Clage vampires who have a plan to destroy her sisters, the Nicaean, and anyone or anything that attempts to bar their path continue getting closer to their goal.

Let me just say that I enjoyed this story immensely. The characters are fantastic, the story is exciting, and the author’s voice is entertaining. The problem I encountered was the notable lack of editing. It’s unfortunate because the story is a good one. Although some of the elements have been used before, several of them have not, and the new material is something paranormal enthusiasts will adore. I snickered at the witty banter between the characters, fell in love with the sexy hunks of the Nicaean, and loved the author’s choice to name the sisters after Greek Gods. But as a reviewer, I felt it only fair to mention the manuscript could benefit from another round of edits to clean things up and make the work shine.

I would recommend Blood Dance: Seeds Of Oden Book One to those who love vampire stories with bite. You get a kick-ass heroine, a hard-as-nails hero, and enough tension and turmoil to keep you turning those pages to see what happens next. J. L. Oiler has created a visual world people will want to revisit time and again.