Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Blood in the Water
Author: Tami Veldura
Series: An Act of Piracy #1
Heroes: Kyros Vindex/Eric Deumont
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 101 pages
Publisher: Oldwolff Alternascents
Release Date: December 19, 2014
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Kyros Vindex, treasure-hunter, has a problem. He’s carrying a torch for a fellow pirate with the sexual awareness of a teaspoon. Rumors say the man has killed hundreds. He’s determined to knock some sense into the work-a-holic that captains the Midnight Sun, but damned if he knows how.
Eric Deumont has more pressing concerns than the treasure-obsessed Kyros. There’s a creature inked into his chest that no witch in the seas will lay hands on for all the gold in the world. He knows it gives the Midnight Sun a cursed reputation and that doesn’t make living any easier. He has heard stories of spirits trapped for lifetimes inside spelled puzzle jars. Eric tracked down three of the pieces for such a jar with a lead number four. The fifth is still out there.
Even then, the spirit of vengeance that lives in Eric’s skin has no intention of giving up such easy access to the mortal realm. It craves blood and the light of the moon allows it to wreak unchecked havoc. Cursed is an insult. This is madness.
Hmm, well this was different! I usually avoid paranormal books that are this short but the blurb really intrigued me.
Blood in the Water tells the story of two somewhat enemy pirate captains and their journey to find the pieces of a puzzle jar to save Eric’s life. Eric is haunted by Ghalil, a spirit demon who lives inside Eric’s chest only to escape by the light of the moon and kill everyone in sight. Kyros is obsessed with the other captain and sets his course on the treasures Eric seeks…willing to do anything to get another encounter with him. Soon, Kyros finds himself in the middle of Eric’s hunt…and fighting for his own life.
Okay, there were things I liked about this book and things I didn’t.
For one, I was REALLY confused in the beginning and it wasn’t interesting me at all until about 30%. Then I stuck with because I wanted to see how it ended. Plus, the ship names were not italicized so it took some time for me recognize when it was referring to a boat and not a person or something else. Maybe the review copy I received was badly formatted?
Second, it was a really good “idea” and unique to other things I’ve read, but the overall story lacked a lot of development. I think this could have been really great expanded into a longer book, although I believe this actually is the expanded version.
Third, I think the romance did okay and the sex scenes were decently intense and hot. It’s not at all a HEA, but it appears this is only the first part of a series.
I’m actually looking forward to what happens next since it ends with a bit of a cliffhanger.
Overall Impression: I Was Good
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*