Tuesday, August 19, 2014

~Blog Tour & Review: Blood & Roses by Cozie W. Harmon~

Caught in a cycle of life, death and rebirth…

Cursed with immortality, Nicolei believes the vampire blood coursing through his veins means he will forever be alone. As he prowls through the countryside, draining peasants one after another, his hatred for his existence only grows. Until one night fate shows him a life of possibilities with a beauty that deserved more than a dingy tavern. Claiming Katarina was easy; taming her was more of a challenge. She would be the life or death of him with her mischief, but her bewitching ways would keep him chasing her for centuries.

Is it merely Déjà vu or fate that brings us together?

Rispa takes refuge in New Orleans during a desperate attempt to escape a treacherous life with her sadistic husband, Thorn. Drawn to the Big Easy by an unknown force, she prays the spirits said to haunt the city will protect her. Her senses come alive while walking the streets of the French Quarter, and an intriguingly familiar woman named Onyx enters her life. As their passions rise, whispered voices and memories of the past help unlock the secrets of their souls…

Immortal or mortal, can love truly last the ages?

Overall Rating:  4 Rockin’ ★★★★

Rispa is running from an abusive husband and she is trying to hide from him in New Orleans.  Hiding in plain sight seemed like a good idea and the Big Easy was the perfect place to do that with the large crowds of diverse people.   On her first day there she stumbles across an unusual bar and she decides to visit it again that evening.  The bar gives off a powerful vibe that pulls her and the same time repels her.  After being frightened by the unusual woman she meets while trying to find the wine bar, Rispa leaves quickly.  The next day she comes across a small boutique called Aunt Tee’s Attic and when she touches the door knob she hears a voice saying her name, the clerk’s name is Onyx.

A feeling of familiarity surrounds Rispa as Onyx introduces herself and kisses Rispa’s hand. Onyx realizes that this is the woman she has been dreaming about for and waiting on.  There is an electric current that flows between the two of them and it feels super charged.  Onyx ask her out to dinner and Rispa accepts the invitation.  Onyx tells her that the hotel she is staying is said to be haunted.  She continues to tell Rispa about the dark side of New Orleans; the cemetery tours, the vampire tours, the ghost tours and of course the street performers. Onyx feels the fear that is rolling through Rispa and wonders what has such a hold on her.

The two women talk about the store and how it sells some of the seedier items needed for the BDSM lifestyle.  Rispa admits that she is unfamiliar with that lifestyle and knows nothing about it. Onyx has the ability to read people and she cannot understand how Rispa’s emotions are blocked from her.  Something or someone is after Rispa and she is determined to find out the secrets that are being hidden.  Read this book to find out where the voices are coming from that Rispa is hearing and what happens between the two women!

Heroine –Onyx: 4 stars
Heroine –Rispa: 4 stars
Steam: 4 stars 
Plot: 4 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! This is a spellbinding book that will take you on a torrid ride through the backstreets of New Orleans on an unexpected trip filled with blood, lust and magic.

Would I recommend this author: Yes! Ms. Harmon weaves an unusual tale of life cycles and writes it in way enthrall and capture your attention!

***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***

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