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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ink in the Blood by Chandra Ryan

Ink in the Blood by Chandra Ryan
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short (45 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

In their world, ink is thicker than blood.

Isabella Rathe’s past of excess and indulgence is the least of her problems. Although clean for seven years, she fights a constant battle with her asura nature. But that battle pales in comparison to the complications of keeping a human alive in her world of magic, mythology and drugs.

When the D.E.A. offered Isabella the chance at justice, she'd jumped at it. Evening the score with her half-brother was too great a temptation to resist. But what she hadn't counted on was falling for the agent assigned to her case.

Can an asura, keep a human alive and continue down the road of sobriety?

You can’t have him, but he’s the object of your obsession. He doesn’t understand you, but he can’t get you out of his head.

Sound intriguing? It was to me. So I read Ink in the Blood.

Chandra Ryan writes a new twist on the angel/demon story. The angels aren’t necessarily sent by God—they have their own wills and make their own choices. I also liked the back story in this eBook. Everything isn’t shiny and pretty and glossy. The heroine is a recovering addict and that sways her thoughts and actions.

Although the story moves fast, I couldn’t help but be swept away until the last page. I liked Isabella. She’s a tough cookie who doesn’t back down easily. I liked that she had flaws. Too many times, the heroines are perky and perfect. Her rough edges made me relate to her. Things aren’t perfect, but she makes the best of it.

And Jacob? He’s a smokin’ hot hero. He knows his place as her protector, but he also realizes the sensibility in working with her. I loved seeing him realize her special gifts and come to terms with her. Yes, he could freak and run, but how he deals is much sweeter.

This story also has a wicked mean antagonist that I hated on sight, but I understood why he was the way he was. In a sad way, I felt sorry for him and wanted to see him redeem himself. But really... the way things played out was even better.

If you want a story with a strong plot, scintillating love scenes, and a pair of lovers you won’t forget, then you need to read Ink in the Blood.