Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Alliance in Blood
Author: Ariel Tachna
Series: Partnership in Blood #1
Heroes: Alain Magnier/Orlando St. Clair
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 235 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 11, 2008
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Can a desperate wizard and a bitter, disillusioned vampire find a way to build the partnership that could save their world?
In a world rocked by magical war, vampires are seen by many as less than human, as the stereotypical creatures of the night who prey on others. But as the war intensifies, the wizards know they need an advantage to turn the tide in their favor: the strength and edge the vampires can give them in the battle against the dark wizards who seek to destroy life as they know it.
In a dangerous move and show of good will, the wizards ask the leader of the vampires to meet with them, so that they might plead their cause. One desperate man, Alain Magnier, and one bitter, disillusioned vampire, Orlando St. Clair, meet in Paris, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance of their decision: Will the vampires join the cause and form a partnership with the wizards to win the war?
Review: I love me some hot, smexy vampires…and a vampire that’s emotionally damaged just revs my engines even more. Orlando is over two hundred years old and was turned by a sadistic rapist when he was only 23 years old. His creator may be long dead, but the pain and self-hatred lives on inside Orlando’s heart and mind, and it’s hard for him to find anything worthy about being a creature of the night…until he meets Alain.
Alain is a widow grieving over the loss of his son. The war taking place between the dark wizards and the good wizards is destroying lives, families, and if not controlled, the entire universe will suffer. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and so the wizards decided they are left with no choice but to try and form an alliance with the vampires. They need all the advantages to be gained, and the vampires are a fearsome group and one that could swing the tide of the war in their favor…if they can come to an agreement and from an alliance.
Orlando and Alain are the first paired vampire-wizard fighting team. What no one expected, including them, was they would also fall head over heels in love…and…that Alain’s magical blood would allow Orlando to walk safely in the sunshine. This was a dream come true for a creature who missed being a normal man. And a powerful weapon for the war, as well.
Alliance in Blood is the first book in a series of seven surrounding the wizards and vampires who are forming these special bonds. Not all, not even most, of the wizards are happy becoming snacks for the vampires, but the raging war requires that they put their fears and disgust aside for the better good. I was happy to see Thierry, Alain’s best friend, find a match that could help draw him out of his grief. I am very hopeful that the next book continues the growing love between Orlando and Alain, plus the kindling fire starting inside Thierry.
A word of warning: this story takes place in France, and I speak zero french. The few French words sprinkled throughout the story brought forth the authenticity, but it stumped me on more than one occasion. Also, there are a lot of characters in this world building starter book, and nearly everyone has a point of view. I enjoyed that to an extent but it was also a lot of information to digest. Fortunately, the most face time was with our love struck magical beings, Orlando and Alain, and both are truly wonderful characters, so I was able to plow ahead without too much trouble and spent a great deal of time enjoying their fast romance but slow burn sexual tension. Sounds contradictory, but because of Orlando’s horrific past, these guys move relatively slow…even though it was only a couple days. This is super hard to explain but trust me, it works.
So, if you are looking for a different kind of vampire story. A story about self discovery and recovery from a horrific past. And a super sweet, but very sexy relationship between two strong characters, than I will offer you this series. I, for one, can’t wait to read the next book.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*