Thursday, April 28, 2011

Review of Love Bleeds by Maggie James

Title: Love Bleeds
Author: Maggie James
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance - Vampires
Format: ebook - 309 pages
Release Date: March 6th 2011
Author's Website


There’s no such thing as vampires…

Straight-laced Katarina Renót is well educated, logical and doesn’t believe vampires truly exist. But when a well deserved holiday in Europe turns into a torrid game of cat and mouse with a handsome stranger and her best friend is exhibiting signs of being allergic to daylight-Kat doesn’t think her life can get any stranger.

Every man has a weakness…Even an immortal…
Joseph Markus is an arrogant, wealthy entrepreneur who spends his free time as the raspy lead singer for the rock band “Slang” and seducing beautiful women. After decades of mourning the tragic death of the only woman he ever loved, vying to save his best friend from an unrelenting death wish- now he is accused of being a murderer.

An undeniable twist of fate…
Kat learns her Prince Charming is actually the “Prince of Darkness” and though she can’t resist falling for this sultry vampire, she still lives in denial. But when the lines are drawn, and Kat finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly plot for revenge she has only one choice--trust the seductive vampire who has captured her heart.

Despite his own arrogance, Joe finds himself inexplicably drawn to Kat. Her stubborn will to resist his seductive charms coupled with her endearing naiveté prove to be more than he bargained for and Joe soon realizes he is in way over his head.

But will love be enough to save their immortal souls from the grips of a twisted obsession?

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My Review

When I read the synopsis that this book is about vampires playing in a rock band wearing black leather pants and speaking with a British accent I was excited to read it. I couldn't wait to read all the enticing details that this image conjured up in my mind. Though I enjoyed the premise of the book and the whole rock and roll thing I felt at times something was missing.

I loved how the author described some of the vampires and mortal males in the story as drop-dead sexy who could make you melt with their eyes. However I did have problems with the inconsistent and irrational behavior of the leading females in the story, Kat and Nina. Without spoiling the plot I found myself confused by Kat's reaction to the situations around her. One moment she fears the vampire before her and in the next moment she wants him and then gets angry when he turns away from her at one point. This was just one example of how Kat's behavior didn't flow smoothly and how some of the scenes had holes in terms of transition.

There were points in the story that I wondered who was the lead character as at times the secondary characters took center stage. It made it difficult to really get into the characters' mind and develop a connection with them. Yes the characters "did" alot in terms of situations in the story but I never got the sense of "who" they were and "why" they behaved the way they did.

Kat and Nina are two females who at the start of the novel were quite independent and capable of handing any situation, but later on loose that strength in their personality. I never really got to know them. I knew their background and what they did, but beyond that I didn't know what they thought and felt. Their were times they reacted in a knee-jerk fashion to situations that didn't resonate with their earlier image at the beginning of the story.

Joe and Philip are the two sexy, British vampires that front the rock band and gain the attention and affection of Kat and Nina. While I loved the sex scenes that each couple had I couldn't help feel that something was still missing. The way that both Kat and Nina fell for the vampires just seemed to fast and and lacked substance in understanding the development of their attraction. A particular situation between Philip and Nina confused me. In the story we are introduced to Philip's "need" for this mysterious woman in his dreams that he must find in order to help him gain his strength and for his survival. Why Nina, what is the connection and how they have that connection is never explained. It would have been interesting to know the how and why of this connection since we find out a little later on that Nina has been having the same dreams of Philip. Again how and why?

Despite the flaws in the story I do hope the author continues with this series, but puts more emphasis of developing the characters and allowing them to grow and to tell their story.

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2 comments:

  1. Hi Ollie...
    Thanks so much for the review!!
    Just wanted to say that I do see your points as far as the main characters go and understand where there might be a bit of confusion since their lives are intertwined so closely...they all play important roles in the plot of the story.
    As far as Nina and Kat go, there are pretty capable, independent women in the begininng but their demeanor changes simply by being around such strong, seductive vamps like Joe & Phillip, and as you stated, "could melt you with their eyes"--that's exactly how I wanted them to affect both women. Kat & Nina are so enthralled by the mystique and passion these men/vampires possess that they fall fast and hard.
    As far as Nina & Phillip (not Julian..lol) are concerned, my intention was to create an unspoken, metaphysical and undeniable attraction between them. As far as what their connection is based on and why? I plan to delve into that in the second installment of the series which centers around Nina & Phillip. Book Two will tell their story, as well as introduce an element of conflict that will threaten to turn their immortal world upsidedown.

    Thank you so much for your honesty and helpful critique, I truly appreciate and value your opinion and will make sure to keep it in mind while writing and editing the follow-up to Love Bleeds.
    I'm so glad you enjoyed it and hope you will be gracious enough to consider reading & reviewing Book Two in the series!

    Best,
    MAGGIE

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  2. Hi Maggie!

    Thank you for pointing out my mistake and I corrected it. I really don't why I replaced Philip's name with Julian's so please accept my apologizes.

    I am looking forward to reading book 2 as there is so much that can be explored with these characters (British vampires in black leather are my favorite types).

    Looking forward to seeing the connection between Nina and Philip as I know it will answer questions that I had about the mystical force between them.

    I will be honored to read book 2 and continue the journey with these characters. :)

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