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"First Blood is a vampire anthology from four of today's top paranormal authors."

Cave Canem by Susan Sizemore
A Laws of the Blood novella

Dan Conover is a former Gladiator, turned strigoi. But he's not just any strigoi, he's also an Enforcer -- one of the few strigoi entrusted to police those that break the rules of the Strigoi Council. After making a promise a thousand years ago to his maker, he now raises and protects hellhounds -- terrifying beasts if left to their own nature.

Tess Sirella is a werewolf witch whose psychic warnings have let her know there are monsters on the loose. She's hot on the trail of a demon who has stolen a hellhound from Dan. Her pack is descended from the one who originally bred with a hellhound and it's now their job to protect or defend against the hellhounds.

When Dan and Tess end up working together, sparks fly. Can these two overcome thousands of years of mistrust and prejudice to not only take down a demon and a hellhound before any more human deaths occur, but to also find a chance of love?

Russian Roulette by Erin McCarthy
A Fallen novella

Alistair Kirk is a 400+ year old British vampire living in modern day New Orleans. When he hears of a woman being held prisoner, he feels compelled to help her -- even though he's sure he's just setting himself up for trouble.

Sasha Checkikov is a beautiful, ex-slayer turned fledgling vampire who has been kidnapped and is going to be sold to the slayers. She's been betrayed by everyone she loves her whole life and she no longer has any use for love or friendship. That is, until she is rescued by a strange, but handsome vampire.

Can Sasha overcome years of abuse and mistrust to take a chance to see where this unwanted attraction will take her and Alistair?

Double the Bite by Chris Marie Green
A Vampire Babylon novella

Ben Tyree is a small town cop on the trail of his brother's killer. It's 1978 and that trail has led him to New York City's Studio 54 -- the place to be seen and the epitome of true debauchery.

Ginny and Geneva are gorgeous Liz Taylor look-alike twin vamps living it up in New York City. When Ginny meets Ben in the infamous Studio 54, there is an instant attraction and a connection that she cannot explain. Gen's humanity has been slowly slipping away from her for years and has grown fiercer in her possession of the one thing left from her mortal life -- her twin sister, Ginny.

When Gen realizes that Ben may be the one to finally come between her and Ginny, she decides once and for all that Ben must go. Will Ginny choose her own flesh and blood -- or the mortal whom she has come to love?

Thicker Than Blood by Meljean Brook
A novella of the Guardians (Book 6)

Annie Gallagher is a one- time doctor-turned-vampire and now the Enforcer for Philadelphia. She longs for the love of the family that has denounced her and her lost lover whom she had to abandon. She's also on the search for her young mortal charge, Cricket Snow, who just happens to be on the run from a nephilim, or demon.

Jack Harrington is the ex-FBI agent who resigned after orders from above told him to back off a case that he shouldn't be chasing. Problem is, people are missing and things just aren't adding up for Jack. After having lost Annie to what he believed was a car accident six years ago, Jack has been living a shell of a life. When he turns the tables on an uninvited guest in his home one night, he finds the intruder isn't so unwanted, after all.

When Jack jumps at the chance to help Annie save Cricket, he decides that this time, he won't be letting Annie get away. Terrified of having the man she loves turn away from her just as her own family did, Annie tries to keep a cold distance from Jack. But Annie slowly begins to realize that her heart may not be so cold, after all. Can Jack prove to Annie that their love is worth fighting for and that their love truly is ... thicker than blood?

These four novellas were truly enjoyable reads. I always enjoy revisiting the various worlds that authors create and this is a perfect anthology for doing that. I particularly enjoyed going back to Susan Sizemore's Laws of the Blood universe, since it has been over 10 years since her last book from that series. If you are looking for quick, but thoroughly entertaining vampire stories, I highly recommend the First Blood anthology.

Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted July 15, 2008

SUMMARY

Four All-New Stories of Forbidden Passion and Dark Desire

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.

Thicker Than Blood by Meljean Brook
A novella of The Guardians

Annie Gallagher is the only survivor of a demon attack that exterminated every other vampire in her city. But she can't leave before she finds Cricket, a young human girl whose vampire guardians have been killed. Annie needs help, but the rules of her kind demand that she operate in secrecy.

And when help comes, it's from the one man she never expected...

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Anthology, Urban Fantasy

 

First Blood
by Susan Sizemore, Erin McCarthy, Meljean Brook, Chris Marie Green

Berkley Pub Group
August 1, 2008
Available: August 5, 2008
ISBN #0425224007
EAN #9780425224007
336 pages
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Other Books by
Susan Sizemore

Primal Instincts
Dark Stranger
Primal Needs
Moon Fever
Primal Desires
Primal Heat
I Burn for You
Master of Darkness
Walking on the Moon
I Hunger for You
The Shadows Of Christmas Past
I Thirst For You
Moon's Dancing
Moons' Dreaming
Moons' Dancing
Moons' Dreaming
I Burn For You
Heroes
Captured Innocence
Deceptions
Too Wicked To Marry
Companions
Partners
Gates Of Hell
Heaven and Hell
The Hunt
A Dangerous Magic
Wings of the Storm
Wings Of The Storm


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