Tears of Blood

Drone Vampires, #12

The Drone Vampire Chronicles continues with Stephani Hecht’s newest book in the series is called Tears of Blood. As with all of Ms. Hecht’s books, Tears of Blood has everything I’ve come to expect when I read one of her novels. Between her trademark humor, fast-paced storyline and intriguingly sexy characters, I was quickly pulled into Toby and Blaine’s story, and I read Tears of Blood in one fast setting.

Ever since Toby was turned into a Vampire he’s had a problem. He can’t stand the sight,taste and smell of blood. Even though there are willing donors to help him out, Toby can’t bring himself to drink from someone other than his mate, the Warlock Blaine. Unfortunately for Toby, Blaine insists on keeping Toby at arm’s length at all times, which not only confuses the sweet Toby, but becomes a problem for his health too. Blaine is finding it harder and harder to keep away from his mate, Toby. He knows that if he bonds with Toby, it will put his mate’s life in peril and that’s a chance he does not want to take. But, when he sees that Toby’s good health is starting to fade, will he push aside all of his worries and take a chance and give Toby what they both really need?

I really liked this latest installment in the Drone Vampire series. I thought that both Toby and Blaine’s chemistry together was so sizzling hot, I swear my computer screen fogged up a little. I really liked the intense connection between the heroes and I understood why Blaine felt the need to keep Toby away from him like he did. I do wish that there had been more to their story though. There is a backstory about the ongoing war between the Pure Born government and the Drones that take up almost half of the storyline. Although I do find the war fascinating, I would have liked to have had more about the main characters. I feel like this book could have been longer, but on the positive side, it definitely sets it up for the next book, and couple, in the series.

Tears of Blood is the twelfth book in the Drone Vampire Chronicles. Ms. Hecht is very clear about what is going on with the backstory as well as how Toby and Blaine’s relationship has evolved so, Tears of Blood, could be read as a stand-alone book. But, to fully understand the dynamics of war and the other characters in the book, I highly recommend the series be read in order. 

Here is the Drone Vampire Chronicles books in series order:

Blood Fever (Prequel), Blood Lust, Blood and Holly (short), Mad Blood, Blood and Magic, In Passion and in Blood, Saved by Love’s Blood, A Cherished Christmas, Bound by Blood, Reborn by Blood, Retribution in Blood, Enslaved by Blood, Blood and Alchemy and Tears of Blood.

Ms. Hecht also has a very interesting and informative website that talks about this series and all of her other series as well. Here is the link to check it out: http://www.stephanihecht.com

Book Blurb for Tears of Blood

WARNING: this book contains male homoerotica.

Times have never been more perilous for the Drone Vampires and their allied coven. The war against the Pure Born government continues to take heavy casualties and the Drones are in danger of losing what little bit of freedom they have remaining. At the cusp of a major battle that could very well change the tide of the war, it isn’t a good idea to fall in love. Now try telling that to a certain warlock and vampire.

From the very first day he came to live with the Drones, Toby has been infatuated with a warlock named Blaine. Not wanting to be rejected by the brooding, yet handsome man, Toby keeps his attraction to himself. Then one fateful day he and Blaine share an intimate encounter and Toby blurts out his attraction only to have Blaine push him away.

Blaine cares deeply for the shy, sexy Drone, but he knows that they can never be together. Haunted by a tragic mistake in his past, Blaine doesn’t believe he deserves any kind of happiness, let alone someone as wonderful as Toby. Even though it nearly destroys him, he vows to never claim Toby as his.

When a turn of events leads the Drones and the coven on the brink of annihilation, Blaine realizes he could lose Toby. Will Blaine be able to overcome the shadows of his past? Or will his doubts put not only himself, but Toby in mortal jeopardy? 

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2011 4.00