ARC Review: A Fire in the Blood by Amanda Ashley

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Flora Reviews… A Fire in the Blood by Amanda Ashley. My thanks to the publisher, Kensington Books (via in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: A Fire in the Blood by Amanda AshleyMy Rating:
Title: A Fire in the Blood by Amanda Ashley
Series: Standalone Novel
Published by Zebra Books on 25 April, 2017
Genres: Young Adult (YA), Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Action & Adventure, Fantasy
No. of Pages: 400

“I see a man. He is old. Very old. He will come into your life in a moment of danger. He will watch over you and protect you.” The gypsy’s hand gripped Tessa’s tighter. “He will bring you death,” she whispered, her voice like the rustle of dry leaves. “And life.”

Ten years later, when Andrei Dinescu saves Tessa from a vicious attacker, she has no idea that the handsome stranger the gypsy fortune teller predicted is not a hunter but a seven-hundred-year-old vampire. Darkly powerful, unbelievably compelling, he is obviously pursuing Tessa, but is it her love he's after or her blood?

Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: eBook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link

Read: 18th– 19th April 2015

A Fire in the Blood is a standalone novel that feels like a classic paranormal romance and would happily sit in the young adult genre due to the lack of 18+ content. 

What did I like about A Fire in the Blood?

Amanda Ashley is a new-to-me author and I enjoyed her easy to read, writing style. I never felt lost in this story; the first chapter sets up the world, introduces our leading lady, Tessa Blackburn, and the relevant background for the story.

The pace of this tale isn’t fast or frantic and it’s definitely not dark or gritty. However, it does have suspense and oodles of romantic gestures. The suspense comes from never knowing when or where Tessa will be attacked by vampires; her blood calls to them. I should mention that the scenes in the book where killings, fighting and hunting take place are never explicit or described using vivid imagery.

The romance element starts very soon after our romantic couple meet. Some reviews have frowned on this but don’t we hear about people who experience life-threatening incidents forming instant attachments? I think so. Where this book differs from so many others is the fact that our main character, Tessa, believes in (and practices) the Christian value of no sex before marriage. It was a refreshing change to see the sexual relationship between her and Andrei, being allowed to develop over the chapters. I enjoy it when the physical side of a relationship is allowed to bloom gently, prolonging the sexual anticipation of when they will finally do the deed.

Was there anything I didn’t like?

I understand that this book is first and foremost a romance novel, focussing on the evolving relationship between Tessa and Andrei. However, I am disappointed that there wasn’t more made within the story about the mystery of Tessa’s blood. I would have loved them to research it more; why is it so special? Surely all the vampire hunters in town could be tapped for information, the internet maybe or a trusted witch, gypsy or shaman? I just found it a bit frustrating; researching the mystery could have added an extra dimension to the story.  

Basically, what I’m saying is…

This is a good paranormal romance and I enjoyed it.  I would recommend this book if you like books in the young adult (YA) genre or sweet paranormal romances. If, however, you are looking for a dark and gritty vampire romance, then this isn’t for you.

So, has my review of A FIRE IN THE BLOOD sparked your interest? Just click on any of the links to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the author.

About Amanda Ashley

Author - Amanda Ashley

Amanda Ashley is the pen name for Madeline Ruth.  She was born in 1963 in California. She married her high school sweetheart and they have three sons, all handsome enough to be cover models.

After writing several Westerns, under the pen name of Madeline Baker, she decided to try her hand at something else and wrote her first vampire romance. It was a short story titled "Masquerade" for an anthology. She loved writing that so much that she wrote her first full-length vampire romance, Embrace the Night, and thus Amanda Ashley was born.

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Bye for now,

Flora x

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About Me

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
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(8) Comments

  1. I'm tempted just by the author's last name—Ashley—which is my maiden name.

  2. I'm not familiar with the author but this does sound like a good PN romance, particularly when you want something on the lighter side.

  3. I think I too would be frustrated with not knowing/not being given information on why her blood was so special. At least with Buffy we know it is because she is the Slayer! 🙂

  4. She wrote:Dear Dwayne, with Love.

  5. Glad you didn't get lost in the novel. It's sometimes hard to pick up new authors and I'm glad you made a go of it. Might I recommend Eliza Gordon who I feel like I personally know. She wrote a book that ties in the Rock:Dwayne Johnson.

  6. Happy to hear you enjoyed the story. I do like a slow burn romance with a good foundation. 🙂

  7. It's unusual to see an emotional connection being allowed to blossom before the physical side! It sounds like this story could have benefited from more depth, but I'm glad it was still a pleasing read

  8. I enjoy when the physical aspect of a romance develops slowly and gently as well. The anticipation it so much better. Great Review Flora!!!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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