First Blood

Anthology - Susan Sizemore, Erin McCarthy, Chris Marie Green, Meljean Brook

First Blood is an anthology by four of today's great writers and their Vampire worlds that will have you thirsting for more of their stories. Susan Sizemore starts you off with 'Cave Canem', a short story that ties in with her Laws of the Blood series and is sure to intrigue the reader into reading more about her series if you haven't already. Dan Conover is the Enforcer of the Laws for his people and caretaker to a Hellhound and the pups that she has. He is the one to decide who is strong enough to bond with these animals and has to keep them out of the hands of demons that would turn them into bloodthirsty killers. When two of the pups are stolen, he sets off after the culprit in hopes of saving the animals from a death he must deliver in they fall into demonic hands. Tess is Guardian for her clan of werewolves and her job is to kill demons and hellhounds if need be. Magic sends her onto the same trail that Conover is on and when those two meet, an overwhelming desire makes them partners in this mission and in passion. Can Dan and Tess find the pups before evil taints them forever? Susan Sizemore pens a great tale of supernatural beings and a passion that crosses the line between those races.

Erin McCarthy brings us to New Orleans with 'Russian Roulette'. Alistair is enjoying his vampire nightlife in the French Quarter while playing in a band and running a bar that caters to his vampire community. When he hears of a vampire being held to be sold to the slayers, he is compelled to rescue her from the torture he knows will eventually end in her death. Sasha is thankful for Alistair's help but her past has left her unable to trust in anyone, least of all another vampire even though he insists he is merely trying to help her. Can Alistair prove to her that he can keep her safe and that he is worthy of her trust? Erin McCarthy writes a heart-warming tale of one woman's struggle to overcome her past and deal with new emotions that arise from her relationship with one special vampire.

In 'Double The Bite', Chris Marie Green story is set during the seventies, where decadence and unknown horrors come from within the famous Studio 54 and where Ben Tyree's investigation into the murder of his brother brings him into the mayhem of a vampire world. Ginny and Geneva are twin vampires devoted to each other and intend to never be separated. Ben stirs up conflicting feeling within the twins. Ginny is drawn to the goodness inside Ben and feels compelled to help him. But Geneva becomes viscous with the threatening attraction that her sister is showing toward Ben. Will Ben be able to handle to truth behind his brother's death and survive the emotional battle between Ginny and Geneva? Ms. Green writes of the dark bond between these twins and the consequences of that bond when threatened by an outsider like Ben.

Meljean Brook pens an enthralling story with 'Thicker Than Blood' with a great plot and mesmerizing love story that even death couldn't destroy. Annie Gallagher was turned vampire and in the space of a few days, found herself abandoned by her family and believed dead by everyone else including the one man who she loved. Now her job is to stop any vampire that threatens to expose their community. When a missing human girl brings her back to her hometown, she finds all the vampires gone and a demon roaming her town. Out of desperation, she is drawn back into Jacks life and must deal with the unresolved emotions between them and the emotional connection she still tries to keep with her family. After six years, can Jack accept who she is now, help her find the missing girl and find a way to survive in Annie's world of Demons, Guardians, and Vampires? 'Thicker Than Blood' is well written with a fast moving plot and a sizzling romance that will grab you from the beginning and hold you until the end.

First Blood gives you a taste of four different vampire worlds and will have you searching for more from theses authors. These are all good stories and have their own unique premise with characters you'll love. I hope you enjoy the short journeys through the creative minds of these great authors as much as I did and maybe find yourself some new books to add to your reading library.

Book Blurb for First Blood

Four all-new stories of forbidden passion and dark desire. You never forget your first blood...Susan Sizemore returns to the universe of her Laws of the Blood novels with a sizzling story of the relationship between a vampire enforcer and a werewolf. Erin McCarthy's Sasha Checkikov flees the bright lights and dangerous slayers of Vegas for New Orleans, where she is saved by a vampire haunted by his past—and hungry for passion. Set in the Vampire Babylon world, Chris Marie Green's story puts the bond between twin female vampires to the test when one of them falls for her prey. Meljean Brook's vampire Annie Gallagher needs help to save a young human girl, but she doesn't expect the help to come from the FBI agent she loved—and had to give up— when she was transformed.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2008 4.00