Title: The Blood Bar Chronicles Book 1: The Alphas
Author: Jorja Lovett, Cherie Nicholls, Doris O'Connor, Arya Grey
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance - Vampires, Shifters, Time-Travellers, Elementals
Release Date: April 6th 2012
Ana Chapman is ready for a little excitement in her life. She gets more than she bargains for when she steps foot in the Blood Bar in Edinburgh to meet her writer friends. Spontaneous orgies and the supernatural are nothing compared to one ex-Fire Elemental, Zanaan, who stops at nothing to show her the time of her life. When a surprise visit from his father, Djin, predicts an all-out supernatural war, it has him wondering how can he prevent it now he’s a human?
'The Alpha’s Vixen' By Cherie Nicholls
Dora "Dizzy" Williamson is a busy lady, but she finally made time to meet some of her writing group in a new bar. Surely a couple of hours with the ladies wouldn't be too bad, right? Xander Di Rista is CEO and Alpha to his pack, so being drawn to a new bar that prickled his fur didn't sit too well with him. Tonight felt different, there were too many Supernatural’s in one place, but only one human stood out to him. One he intends to claim and protect because hell wasn’t just breaking loose, it was coming to town.
'Saving Hope' By Doris O'Connor
Noelle has only one thing on her mind — how to save her sick daughter from a mysterious illness. The night out with the girls ought to be a distraction, but it turns out to change her life forever. Fate is not something Henri, a two thousand year old vampire, takes lightly. When he steps into the bar teeming with Supernaturals, there is only one scent he finds. Noelle was the one woman he’d never forgotten. She held a secret that could cause a war. With time finally ticking in his ear, there is only one decision he can make — he has to protect her or die trying.
'Perfect Timing' By Arya Grey
Josie McNair may be all fire on the outside, but her lack of self confidence had her insides twisted over meeting her writing group. She begins to realize there are more creatures in the world than she first suspected and finds herself thrown into a life where time has no meaning. Time Traveling peace-keeper David Malm could never believe in love again. When a future Henri instructed him to look in at the Blood Bar on this particular night, he didn’t envision it turning into a Supernatural disaster let alone be in the throws of passion with a beautiful stranger. Josie re-ignited something in him he'd thought he lost forever and he would do anything to keep her safe.
My Review -
When I first read the blurb about this book I had the impression that it was four separate stories dealing with supernatural beings, but it turned out to be four different points of view of the same chain of events that happens one night when a group of female romance writers decide to go out for a girls night out. Little did they know that the evening would change their lives forever and the fate of the world would rest in their hands.
The women always meet up once a month for a get together and this time they have chosen the Blood Bar, which unknown to them is a supernatural meeting ground for vampires, shifters, time-travellers, elementals and other supernaturals. Each story starts from each woman's point of view (the four women are Ana, Noelle, Dizzy and Josie) and starts from when they arrive at the bar to the unusual circumstances that they find themselves in including some very hot encounters with the supernatural kind.
Reading they story a lot of scenes were repeated, primarily surrounding the supernaturals seeing the human female of their destiny and their conversation surrounding their encounters. I have to say at first it was a little confusing, but once I saw how the previous story ties in it started to make sense and made me wonder where is this all leading to. Just like a big jigsaw puzzles the little pieces that are first put together really don't seem to make sense. but as more pieces are put into place then you are able to see what the picture is eluding to.
The Blood Bar Chronicles brings together these four young women and their destined mates together for more then some incredibly hot, sexy time, but to protect one of the women's child (Noelle's child Hope) from being part of a prophesied supernatural war that will only see the world in bloodshed. As to what happens it will be interesting to see how they plan an protecting her,
but most of all from whom. Paranormal romance and urban fantasy readers will enjoy this book as long as you look past the redundancy in some of the scenes.