Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Dark Blood
Author: Caleb James
Series: Dark Blood Saga #1
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 294 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Handsome, brilliant, and surrounded by good friends, twenty-three-year-old medical student Miles Fox has a secret—and it’s not that he’s gay. Though he harbors a crush on his straight best friend, Luke. Miles, like his grandmother, Anna, possesses the healing gift, an ability she’s made him swear never to use or divulge, lest horrible things befall those he loves. It happened to her when Nazis butchered her family.
But it all goes to hell when Miles heals a terminally ill man on a New Orleans cancer ward and wakes locked in the psych unit. Worse, news of the healing miracle spreads. For millennia, its carriers have been hunted by those who would steal it. Dr. Gerald Stangl and his teenage son, Calvin, know what Miles possesses. They, like their predecessors, will stop at nothing to take it, including kidnapping, torture, and murder. As the Stangls’ noose tightens, Miles and Luke are trapped in a death match with stakes higher than they could ever imagine.
Review: What an amazingly horrific read. One would think that a person who has the ability to lay hands upon a diseased or injured person and heal them would be something to celebrate. But no, Dr. Stangl and his poor, but totally screwed up son, Calvin, want to find out how they do this. When you can’t figure it out, why not just cut off the head and look inside. What’s a little murder when it comes to science and one twisted man’s attempt at immortality?
Miles and Luke have a secondary (to the plot), long, drawn out and quite distant romance going on while, at the same time, Miles is hunted, kidnapped and experimented on for his unique gift. Their story is the only part that sheds some much needed levity on this otherwise horror show of fear, death, and human suffering. Miles is raised by his concentration camp victim grandmother, Anna, to believe that his gift is more a curse, and something to hide. She is not wrong, nor is she right. She is integral to the entire story, and her experiences as a child shape Miles’ future.
I have to admit that I was a little concerned about how this would all end. It was well written and captivated me. I love horror and I love gay romance. You get both, and I look forward to reading more from this author. So, if this sounds like something you could handle, then by all means, I highly recommend you give it a try.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*