Dani Reviews: Blood Vine by Amber Belldene

Blood Vine - Amber BelldeneIn Blood Vine, bites are an inconvenient bliss, exiled vampires are wasting away, and the fate of their kind depends on the perfect PR campaign. When public relations pro Zoey Porter arrives at an enchanting California winery, she discovers her sexy new client is the almost one-night stand she can’t forget. After her husband’s suicide, Zoey has vowed never to risk her heart again. But can she walk away from the intriguing winemaker a second time? Driven from Croatia by his ancient foes, vampire Andre Maras has finally made a blood-like wine to cure his fellow refugees. Now he needs Zoey’s PR expertise to reach them. After his wife’s death, Andre has a vow of his own-never to risk another painful blood bond. And one taste of the tempting Zoey would bind him to her eternally. His secrets stall her PR plans. Her jealousy is stoked by the blissed-out beauties leaving his bedroom. At every turn, he utterly fails to resist her. When she discovers he is a vampire, will she be lost to the golden-eyed Hunters, or lose herself to the emptiness in her heart, before she can help him save his kind?
  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Omnific Publishing; 1ST edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623420040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623420048
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This book ended up being a pleasant surprise.  It was labeled “Vampire Romance”, which I was afraid was going to be a fluffy romance novel, with a little biting – especially after I found out that the book is written by a Christian Minister.
Blood Vine has all of the elements that make a successful story for me.  There are strong characters, a beautiful setting, vampires, hot sex, danger and conflict.  Andre, the hero of the story is tall, dark, and handsome, as well as very inviting, drawing you into his world with the promise of heat.  Zoey, the heroine is a strong woman with a “take no crap” attitude that endears the reader to her.  Though I did get annoyed with her a few times, she still managed to keep me on her side.
However, there are some flaws, and they are big ones for me.  One of my biggest pet peeves is spelling errors, and this book has several.  I’m not sure if it was a formatting problem, but the name Marasovi is continuously spelled with a question mark at the end of it.  Every single time.  Extremely annoying. Spelling, grammar, continuity, and formatting errors are huge red marks on a book for me, so I was disappointed to find so many in this one.
Aside from the peeves, I did quite enjoy this book.  It ends in such a way that a book two could very well be coming, and if it does, I’ll read it without hesitation.

3.5 Stars

  • Ali February 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    This is by an author I haven’t tried… I’ll have to check it out. Thanks 🙂

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