Author: Gabrielle Bisset
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: Sept 12 2012
I am everything you seek.
I am vampire.
Blessed with the gift of telepathy, Terek always knows what a woman wants. His gift has afforded him nightly sensual pleasures and exotic treats for centuries, but beneath the surface he yearns for much more.
Ilona can give him what his soul craves, but only if he trusts his heart. One fateful choice made out of desire puts all he cares for in danger. With a civil war and the threat of Archon hunters at every turn, this Son may lose everything if he can't find the balance between heart and mind.
So we've all come to expect great writing and alluring characters from Gabrielle Bisette, thankfully Blood Spirit was no exception. It's a highly enjoyable paranormal romance with enough drama and action to keep it from being an all-out love fest.
After centuries of relying heavily on his gift of mind reading Terek is forced to remember how to communicate. Without opening himself emotionally he risks losing true love for the second time in long existence.
Ilona is not very happy about her transformation. With a sire that's used to being adored with no effort Ilona feels pulled in two directions; Embrace her new vampmiric status and her sire, or whither away by being bitter over losing her humanity.
In the meantime, the fight between the Brothers and Archons is still raging. The Archons have a new tactic of sending their assassins after the offspring of the Brothers. Countless innocents are dying and the Brothers are feeling helpless. Their only chance is to decipher the ancient prophecy to assure the Archons never take over.
The relationship between Ilona and Terek was great. There was a bit of push and pull, but not enough to be frustrating. I was a tad weary of Terek's character in the beginning. His wild ride from berieved husband, to monk, to keeper of a harmem seemed a little far fetched, but once I came to understand his rationale he became a much more likeable hero.
It seems to me that this installment of the Brother of Navarus was more highly emotionally charged than previous entries and it made for great reading. Terek's flashbacks were a joy to read.
Recommended for PNR lovers everywhere :)
Excerpt from Blood Spirit
"My blood will always be what you crave most, but no, you won't always need it as you do now."
Ilona was silent, but he could tell she had something on her mind. Once again, he attempted to read her thoughts, but heard nothing.
To find out, he'd have to do things the old-fashioned way. He'd have to ask.
"What's wrong, Ilona?"
She slid up and pressed her back against the pillows. He saw by her expression that she was concerned about something but didn't expect the question she next asked.
"Do you love all these women?"
"Yes. In my own way, I love every one of them."
A look of confusion replaced the look of concern. "Do you sleep with all of them?"
"Yes, I have."
Swinging her legs past him, she stood from the bed and looked down at him. "I have no desire to be part of a harem."
"You will if I say you will." Harem? This was his house, not a harem, he thought defensively.
"No, I won't. I don't know what the rules of being a vampire are, but unless all sires are like you, I'm guessing I don't have to be one of your concubines."
Terek stared at her in amazement. "Concubines?"
"I'm thinking you've never met a woman like me, but that doesn't matter. I don't know how long you've been a vampire, but this isn't the Stone Ages."
Any romantic notions he'd had just minutes earlier were dashed by her staring down at him with her hands on her hips and her impudent mouth firmly set. Oh, he'd met someone like her before, long ago.
Terek stood and looked down into her stubborn eyes. God, she so reminded him of that one soul in the world who'd possessed him heart, mind, and body all those centuries ago. "I see you have a typical Spanish temper. Well, don't worry. I'm patient."
As she walked off in a huff, he smiled. Yes, he'd known another Spanish beauty like her. If he didn't watch out, he'd end up just as he had with that one.
© 2012 Gabrielle Bisset
*For complete understanding of the series I highly recommend reading in order
Vampire Dreams (Sons of Navarus, #0.5)
A vampire for hundreds of years, Brandon Ridley is surrounded by others of his kind who enjoy their world to the fullest. Orgies, debauchery, and sensual delights leave him empty, though. What he wants is that one woman who will share his life.
Homeless and without any family, Arden Stephens must live on the streets of mid 19th century London, never a safe place for a young woman. One night, as she is running for her life from an attacker, she is rescued by Brandon and offered a place in his home as his maid. Brandon is enchanted by Arden from the moment they meet and yearns to make her one of his kind.
Nightly, he visits her in her sleep, preparing her for the night he will finally make her his own. For Arden, the wanton dreams she has about her handsome employer seduce her and each day when she wakes up, she finds herself more drawn to him. But love and desire aren't enough for Brandon to sire her. He must first obtain the approval of his own sire, an ancient vampire named Vasilije who has thwarted his chance for happiness before.
But if Brandon can convince him, he may finally find the love he's been without for centuries
Blood Avenged (Sons of Navarus, #1)
Powerful and manipulative, Vasilije does as he pleases. A vampire beholden to no one, he takes what he desires, drinking deeply the pleasures this life has to offer.
When one of his own is staked, Vasilije must travel to New Orleans to exact his revenge. There he meets Sasa, a beautiful woman who arouses him like no other has for centuries. Vasilije's need for vengeance is equaled only by his passion for her, but what he finds in his revenge is just the beginning...
Blood Betrayed (Sons of Navarus, #2)
Haunted by betrayal, Saint hides in the human world, giving his heart to no one and finding the only solace from his past in the arms of human women. Now as the Archons begin their takeover of the vampire world, this Son of Navarus has been marked for death.
Summoned to defeat the Archons by the world that shunned him, Saint must face his past and Solenne, the woman he loved and lost a century ago, for only in accepting her will his body and soul finally find salvation.