About Desire by Blood: A man with a secret.
Nicodemus Blackburn has seen the best and worst of mankind. Five hundred years of dealing with them teaches the vampire to be very wary of the creatures. Unfortunately, alarming events leave him no choice but to enter the world of the ton to hunt a villain. He must find a rogue vampire, one who is making his own army of bloodthirsty vampires. Searching for the villain is not the worst of his troubles. That can be laid at the feet of bluestocking Lady Cordelia Collingsworth.
A woman on a mission.
Cordelia has always been an outcast, even in her own family. She has forged her way in the world with her ability to write, and Nico Blackburn is the focus of her next article. Before she can obtain any information about the mysterious man, she is pulled headlong into a scandal that leaves her with no choice but to marry Nico—a man with dangerous secrets.
A passion that consumes them both.
Thrust into a world she knows nothing of, Cordelia finds herself falling in love with a man who claims to be a vampire. As their passion grows, so does the danger around them and Nico will have to call on all of his powers to protect the one thing he has realized he cannot live without: his opinionated, infuriating, and thoroughly delectable wife.
Read for Review
Overall Rating 4.50
Story Rating 4.25
Character Rating 4.75
First Thought when Finished: Desire by Blood contains a wonderfully rich leading lady in Lady Cordelia Collingsworth. She is one of my favorite all time leading ladies! She was classy, smart, and strong.
What I Thought of the Story: Desire by Blood is set during the time of expectations, flourish, and the beauty of the Ton. This is one of my favorite historical times to read about and explore through new characters. Melissa did a wonderful job of weaving in the richness of the era with a truly good mystery. At the heart of Desire by Blood is the hunt for a very bad man doing very bad things. The romance was well-balanced with the mystery, action, and suspense. This is a romance story though and you will be completely fulfilled by that element. The romance is steamy, sexy, and for those of us that blush easily pink cheek inducing. I think you will truly be amazed at how much you like the mystery element too. Overall, it was just downright good storytelling y’all!
What I Thought of the Characters: Lady Cordelia Collingsworth hands down is one fantastic character. Her independent nature coupled with her natural curiosity is a great mix for a character that is a writer at heart. She lives in a time where none of these things are looked on kindly if possessed by women and she just doesn’t seem to care. In fact, she seems to thrive. She has gumption and I LOVE that in my leading ladies. Nicodemus Blackburn (Nico) is a great match for her! I think having a strong mother (Adelaide) prepped him for having a very strong wife. Can I also say that I loved the marriage plot use? I thought this gave them great confines of getting to know each other and incentive to work it out. Cordelia and Nico didn’t have a smooth road but they had a hot, steamy, tough road that they both traveled. It made the characters stronger in my mind!
Final Thought: If you like historical romances with a paranormal twist then you don’t want to miss this wonderful story of romance, love, and adventure!
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