Flora Reviews… Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Blood and Sand by Elizabeth Hunter. The second novel in her new spin-off series, Elemental World.
…So what’s this book about?
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Title: Blood and Sand by Elizabeth Hunter
Series: Elemental World #2
Published by Self-Published on 28 May, 2013
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
Narrator: Dina Pearlman
Length: 11 hours 52 minutes
No. of Pages: 309
Dead women are showing up in the desert east of San Diego, and no one understands why. When the story comes to the attention of reporter Natalie Ellis, she can't help but make comparisons to the tragic deaths she'd investigated years ago. Are these women the victims of a serial killer, or something even more insidious?
Bodies may be piling up in his sire's territory, but water vampire and feared enforcer, Baojia, is stuck entertaining the rich and clueless at a club in San Diego. He's taken his exile with all the grace he could muster, but his patience is starting to thin.
Sparks fly when mortal and immortal are thrown together, and Natalie comes face to face with a reality that was lurking in the corners of her life. Pursuing the truth could cost Baojia everything, including the mortal woman who has earned his grudging respect.
BLOOD AND SAND is the second novel in the expanded Elemental World series by Elizabeth Hunter, author of the best-selling Elemental Mysteries.
Review Format: eBook, Audiobook
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We read this story through the eyes of water vampire Baojia and human journalist Natalie Ellis. I think that if you read the Mysteries quartet first it will add an obvious dimension of knowing some of the supporting characters in this book and their relationships/histories as well as the “Elixir” story build up. However, I don’t think that it is essential to enjoy this book.
…So, what did I like about it?
I am already a big fan of Elizabeth Hunter’s writing style. The clever way she creates characters of such depth and weaves her tale with such believability. I’ve come to expect Ms Hunter’s lead female characters to have strength, intelligence, wit and resilience. Natalie Ellis certainly didn’t let me down. I enjoyed the way that the relationship between Natalie and Baojia developed. Loving that we got to finally see behind the stony façade that Baojia projected in the Elemental Mysteries series.
Blood and Sand held me from start to finish.
I found it a real page turner – couldn’t put it down! I laughed and yes, a few tears did fall on a number of occasions too plus the thriller element to this story had me gripped and on the edge of my seat, the plot’s unexpected twists and turns kept me guessing right to the bitter end! Fantastic!
…So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
No, not a thing! 😉
…So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really loved this book! I was already intrigued by Baojia and loved finding out what made him tick. Anyone who has already read and enjoyed Giovanni & Beatrice’s story in the Elemental Mysteries series will love Blood and Sand too.
Keep reading to find out more about the series and its author.
Elemental World by Elizabeth Hunter
Continue reading in the expanded universe of the Elemental Mysteries. Read the romance stories of Carwyn and Brigid, Terry and Gemma, Baojia and Natalie, Murphy and Anne, Lucien and Makeda. As well as Tenzin’s origin story.
Books in the Series
- Building From Ashes (Elemental World #1) (2012)
- Waterlocked (Elemental World #1.5) (2013)
- Blood and Sand (Elemental World #2) (2013)
- The Bronze Blade (Elemental World #2.5) (2014)
- The Scarlet Deep (Elemental World #3) (2015)
- A Very Proper Monster (Elemental World #3.5) (2017)
- A Stone-Kissed Sea (Elemental World #4) (2016)
- Valley of the Shadow (Elemental World #4.5) (2019)
Buy these stories in print, ebook or audiobook.
Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts about Blood and Sand. Have you read it yet?
Elizabeth Hunter is one of my favourite authors. I’ve been known to auto-buy her books. Before you leave, check out the other amazing authors I also auto-buy.
Bye for now,