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    Not the same old paranormal gay romance

    I would rate this 3.75 stars. Holden is a half-breed in a world where pure bloods rule. Even though his fae father is the Council’s current Minister for Justice, he has cut all ties with Holden. His vampire mother died in childbirth. It would be difficult for him to be more of an outcast than he already is. Holden's only friend is his lover for the last five years, the vampire Raoul. Working as a subcontractor for the Fellowship’s Investigations Team, he is finally given a chance to take the lead in a case following a series of murders thanks to the support of his supervisor, Owens. The Fellowship maintains the treaties for and preserves the cultures of the the three supernatural communities: fae, witch, and vampire. Part of their job is to keep them secret from humans. When Holden is partnered with Valerius Blackwood, head of the Mayfair-Belgravia witches, London’s most powerful and influential coven, his life becomes more complicated than he ever imagined. This is one of those books where it's difficult to critique it without spoilers. Holden is an interesting character and having Raoul and Owens as supporting characters makes this more engaging. Val is more complicated. It is challenging to make an unlikable character likeable, and the author only partially succeeds, in my opinion. If you like your white and black hats pristine, this morally ambiguous take might not be for you. The plot makes perfect sense in the end and is well told, I was just surprised where it ended up. What didn't quite work is that not once, but twice, the lower than low halfen, as Holden is called, makes the mighty pure blood, prideful, Council members bow to his will. This really doesn't gel with the rest of the book and how Holden is treated. They could have just killed him at the end, or put him in the medieval dungeon. No one would have cared. Where this book really captured me was the world-building with the details about powers, spells, demons, and shifters. I did want to see more about witch, vampire, and fae culture. The plot is good. The characters are good. The love story is good, albeit strange. Yet, this still didn't come together for me as much as I was hoping. If you like to root for the bad guys, give this a try and tell me what you think.
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    Blood Is Forever

    when half-fae, half-vampire holden is brought into an active murder investigation in blood is forever, he's frustrated by the fact that he is unable to help the way he is expected to. these murders, how they are occurring, are stranger than usual. and his failure pushes him to work harder to solve them. when he is paired with witch royalty, val blackwood, everything breaks open. but not before he finds himself entirely taken with val and too enmeshed in the case to be considered objective anymore. this case is bigger than them. it's bigger than the council demanding they solve it. and the implications have significant consequences for them both. i enjoyed the mystery and was willing to go along with the twists and turns this story took. and i can see a future for more stories set in this universe. **blood is forever will publish on june 3, 2019. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/ninestar press in exchange for my honest review.
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    Unexploited Potential

    I am completely torn when it comes to reviewing this story. It is obvious the author put time and effort into crafting it; and, overall, I enjoyed it… but. Something was missing. Before I try putting my finger on that, I’d like to say the investigation itself was well imagined. There were quite a few twists I didn’t expect. I am not usually much of a mystery fan, but I enjoyed it. I am certain those who appreciate the genre better than I do will like BIS. Personally, I am a lot more focused on characters when I read a story. Unfortunately, Holden, the protagonist, somehow lacked depth; there was a lot of potential to exploit but I suppose the focus of the story was on the investigation, not him. Pity. The same can be said about his relationships, notably with Blackwood. I felt no real tension and I still have no idea how they fell in love. Last but not least, one thing that kept drawing me out of the story was the author’s style. Not that it is bad, objectively speaking, but it felt as that the author had tried hard to use to the most complex words to describe the most insignificant acts and got caught up in phrase construction more than storytelling skills, resulting at times in infodumps and telling more than showing. Again, it’s really too bad because I feel that the author, just like their protagonist, has a lot of potential and ill exploited talent. I’d still recommend this book, both as a mystery and an LGBT+ story.
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    Very Enjoyable

    The characters really made this story for me, they were so complex and just plain interesting. I loved how the mystery of the case pulled me in and had me questioning everything, I seriously couldn't put it down. I found this to be a very enjoyable read I wouldn't mind seeing more from this world. *voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book provided by NetGalley*
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