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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Blood and Destiny by Kaye Chambers

Blood and Destiny by Kaye Chambers
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (144 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Holly

When the past bites, bite back.

Ladies of St. George, Book 1

For Destiny St. George, shapeshifting lioness and private investigator, her best friend’s looming wedding is little more than a reminder of her failed relationship with vampire king Marcus Smythe. Tired of being only one of many mistresses—and dinner entrees—she’s stayed away from the vampire scene altogether. Until a missing-person case forces her to seek his help.

Knowing that pressing Destiny is not the way to convince her to give their relationship another try, Marcus has been waiting her out—and his patience is rewarded when she steps into his nightclub. Now is his chance to lure her back into his arms. This time, he plans to keep her there.

Destiny’s not sure which is worse: working with Marcus, or trying to remember all the reasons she called it off with him. And when it becomes clear the case is an elaborate trap to avenge a millennia-old grudge, she finds herself caught between love and instinct—while the clock ticks down on an innocent victim’s life…

Destiny St. George is a private investigator, and a good one. She also happens to be a lioness shifter, which can be a help in her profession. When a man comes to her for help finding his missing wife, she is drawn into a world she knows all to well: the vampire community. It seems that the wife disappeared with a man claiming to be a vampire. This means Destiny will have to work with her former lover, Marcus Smythe, owner of the vampire club the wife frequented before she vanished. Can Destiny keep things from heating up between Marcus and her? Does she want to? And what about the mysterious lion shifter in town for her best friend’s wedding? Who is behind all of the mysterious happenings, and what is the real agenda?

Kaye Chambers write such strong female characters. Despite growing up with no family, Destiny knows who and what she is. She takes nonsense from no one, and refuses to compromise her principles for anyone. She breaks off her relationship with Marcus rather than be one of many. When she realizes she has to ask Marcus for help, she strikes up a truce, and maintains her stance that they are no longer a couple.

Like all vampires, Marcus is handsome, self assured and oh so sexy. He is determined to win Destiny back to his side, and is determined to find a compromise they can both live with. Into this mix comes Luke, a lion from out of town. Luke is handsome, sexy and appears interested in Destiny.

But this is a story of mysteries and hidden agendas, and not everything is what, or who, it appears to be. I like that in a story, the unpredictable outcome. Kaye Chambers has written a thriller, with secrets and twists to treat the best mystery lover in all of us.

I like Destiny, and I admit I was rooting for Marcus to win her back throughout the story. Is there a happy ever after for Destiny and Marcus? You will have to read this marvelous story to find out.