Title: Blood Divine
Cooper Causey spent a lifetime eluding the demons of his youth and suppressing the destructive power inside him. But a disconcerting voicemail lures Cooper back home to the coast of South Carolina and to Warfield—the deserted plantation where his darkness first awakened. While searching for his missing grandmother, Cooper uncovers the truth about his ancestry and becomes a pawn in an ancient war between two supernatural races. In order to protect the only man he’s ever loved, Cooper must embrace the dark power threatening to consume him and choose sides in a deadly war between the righteous and the fallen.
Author: Greg Howard
Published by Wilde City Press Source: Publisher
Published: August 31, 2016
Genres: M/M Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal
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You know what the problem is with a short enticing blurb of a book you really enjoyed. You want to share the story, talk about what was so great about it but then you realize you can’t, not without revealed a bunch of spoilers. There in lays my problem with Greg Howard’s debut novel Blood Divine. A great read with a short blurb. This is going to be a tough review to put together without spoiling anything. I apologize now if I say too much.
Judging from the cover I assumed this was going to be a story set in the south (-ish) and from the blurb a paranormal romance. Well, I got two out of three right. Set in South Carolina this paranormal story has some romantic ties, but is not a true romance. Let’s face it, Cooper acts to protect the only man he’s ever loved does not a romance this make. However, what it lacks in the romance field is made up for in dark, sinister complications. Does that sound confusing? Good, because it was meant to be.
Now, let’s start with Cooper since he is the focal point of the whole story. A bad experience in his past and a bit of lost love has made him quite the bed-hopper. His only family left is his Aunt Lillie Mae. While being the man-whore that he is, he receives a whole slew of calls from her saying to stay away. Of course, he doesn’t listen and when he can’t get hold of her to find out what’s wrong he goes running back home. Now things get very interesting! There’s quite a bit of mystery around him that he is unaware of and all of it is about to be revealed. However, don’t expect fast answers. There’s quite a bit of layers to this story – the people in Cooper’s life, the darkness in him and the deserted Warfield plantation.
The one thing I could definitely say about Blood Divine is it was very unpredictable. There are quite a few twisting turning mysteries to unravel none that I saw coming. The ancient war between the supernatural races, actually offers up a fresh idea. I’ve read more than my share of PNRs and instead of being very old hat, I found Mr. Howard has produced a plot I haven’t encountered before. The ending isn’t quite a HEA and does offer a possibility of more to come. I actually hope there will be another book. I’d love to see what comes next for Cooper.