Authors: Carrie Clevenger and Nerine Dorman.
Publisher: Dark Continents Publishing (January 1, 2012)
File Size: 205 KB
Bassist and all-round slacker Xan Marcelles spends his nights at a remote tavern in Pinecliffe, Colorado. But there’s something else, he’s also a vampire, and although he reckons he has a handle on this secret, he’s not prepared for the day when people he thinks are the FBI drug him and haul him away.
Ashton Kennedy isn’t human anymore and, as a member of a race of beings known simply as Inkarna, exists through the aeons by stealing bodies. At first his mission seems simple enough: break into the stronghold of a rival Inkarna House and liberate an artifact. He doesn’t bank on discovering a vampire, bound and tucked away neatly in a sarcophagus.
The two unlikely allies are thrown together in a house of mysteries, and have to battle overwhelming odds against an implacable enemy. The question is, can they overcome their differences long enough to make it out alive, or undead?
In Blood and Fire, we are first introduced to Carrie Clevenger's sexy, smartass bass player, Xan Marcelles, who also happens to be the most likable vampire ever. Xan exists by flying just under the radar while playing covers with his band, Crooked Fang, at an out of the way Colorado tavern.
Enter Nerine Dorman's mysterious body stealing, magic wielding Inkarna, Ashton Kennedy. He just needs to retrieve that darned amulet and be on his way back to Inkarna House.
In order to accomplish their respective goals, Xan and Ash find common ground and drag the reader on a most unique adventure filled with twists and turns. The dialogue between them is sharp and witty and the fight sequences made the hair stand up on my neck. I literally white knuckled my Kindle during the entirety of this read. Told from alternating perspectives of the laid back Xan and the more articulate Ash, the reader is bounced back and forth between the two (and, let me tell you, I wouldn't mind being the birdie in a game of badminton between these two paranormal hotties *smiles*) which keeps the story moving at an amazing pace.
I very much enjoyed Blood and Fire and am looking forward to more from these authors. Keep your eyes open for the independent stories of both Xan (Crooked Fang) and Ash (Inkarna), both slated for release later this year from Lyrical Press. This is the second collaboration between Carrie Clevenger and Nerine Dorman. If you haven't picked up "Just My Blood Type," go get it now! IT'S FREE!
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To learn more about Carrie Clevenger, follow her on Twitter @CarrieClevenger
and check out her website http://www.carrieclevengerstories.com/
To learn more about Nerine Dorman, follow her on Twitter @NerineDorman
and her blog http://nerinedorman.blogspot.com/
And, don't forget to follow Xan on Twitter @CrookedFang
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