Book Review: Blood Rush (Demimonde #2) by Ash Krafton
Blood Rush was a story about hurt and longing, resignation and despair. Krafton’s Demimonde series continues to pull out all the stops with fantastic writing, unforgettable characters, and a unique story line. Blood Rush is a Must-Read!
Sophie is a modern-day Dear Abby for a local magazine and Demi Vampire population. She’s lost her soul-mate Marek, who was on the cusp of transitioning from Demi Vampire to the full out scariness of complete Vampire, and has been cut off by his family as well as the rest of the Demi Vamp population. Blood Rush is a transitional story for the character Sophie. She’s at a point in her life where it’s been turned upside down and there’s no way to climb out.
The day the letter from Rodrian arrives, Sophie is hurtled back into the Demi Vamp world. Rodrian, Marek’s younger brother, is model gorgeous, is an insane business man, and has always been an extreme flirt. His daughter Shiloh is having a problem transitioning to a full Demi Vamp and the treatment to force the turn is extremely dangerous and has asked Sophie to be there for it. Rodrian also lets Sophie know that she is now the proud owner of Marek’s country manor, the last place she spent time with him before he was taken from her, which will also serve as the place for Shiloh’s treatment.
After Sophie moves in to the manor, she begins to feel more herself and not as lost from spending so much time with Rodrian and Shiloh. But as she spends more time with Rodrian the lines of their relationship begin to blur. Confused as ever, Sophie battles with herself over whether she can move on with Rodrian, if she should move on at all and letting go of the man that holds her heart and soul.
Blood Rush was definitely a great read. Though not as fast paced and action-infused as its predecessor, the story packed a strong emotional punch. The continual character, story, and world development is fantastic as well as the unique weaving of vampire lore with Egyptian mythology. I also particularly enjoyed the macabre introduction of the new supe, the Unseen.
“I am darkness. I am the Anti-Life. I am an ending. I collect screams of pain. I bring dreams of despair. I am the agony of childbirth. I am the grief of death. I am the pleas of the forsaken. I take where fools are doomed to give and give again. I am the moment between life and death. I am Truth.”
A hell of a first kiss…
”Haven’t I paid enough attention to you, Rodrian?”
“No.” He shook his head, his hair tumbling from behind his ear, spilling over his eyes. “You haven’t.”
“Poor baby! Why was I so neglectful? Oh, that’s right, you abandoned me. Keeps coming back to that, doesn’t it.”
“You want to know why?” He turned fully toward me, his head lowered so he had to look up at me. His eyes were completely alight, the brightness so sharp against the locks of hair that hung down. “You weren’t safe from me.”
I should have been alarmed at the predator seething back at me, but I was surging with anger and getting reckless. “Well, sorry to inform you, but Marek didn’t leave enough for seconds.”
“Yes, he did.”
He grabbed my shoulders again and descended. Too fast. I didn’t even have time to worry. His face was so close. His mouth was so close. His teeth – My throat wasn’t the target.
A heady conversation with intense Oedipean flavoring
“Stop saying that, like I’m just another blood date. I’m more than that and you know it.”
“That’s the problem. If it was only blood, or only sex, I’d have no problem taking what I want. But you’re more to me than that.” He pushed to his feet and paced to the fireplace and back. “I love you, Soph. I love you in so many ways. You’re my mother, my sister, my lover, my best friend. You’re my fucking goddess. But no matter how I love you, it feels wrong.”
If you liked Blood Rush…
If you liked Blood Rush and haven’t read the rest of the Demimonde series, definitely check out Bleeding Hearts (Demimonde #1), the beginning of Sophie and Marek’s story. Also, Wolf’s Bane (Demimonde #3) , the continued story of Sophie and her entanglement with the king of Werekind, is due to be released 2014.
For another vampire series just as incredible, check out the Blackthorn series by Lindsay J. Pryor, an extremely dark world of warring factions of humans, vampires, and lychens and the love they find in the least likely places. Start with Blood Shadows (Blackthorn #1) and continue with the newly released Blood Roses (Blackthorn #2).
Blood Rush is…