Blood Sin by Kimberly Zant
New Concepts Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60394-168-6
Reviewed by Patrice F.




Nicole won't let a little thing like infertility stand in her way.   The fact that she is unable to conceive is just a minor setback that can be easily remedied now that she has a solution.   All she needs is an Elumi male and presto she's knocked up.  It worked for her mother, she's living proof.  But first, she has to sidestep a group of religious fanatics and convince the arrogant so-and-so to give up the goods.  For all her efforts, Nicole isn't taking "no" for an answer!

Gideon is an Elumi warrior who's gotten into a nasty situation with a local cult.  His initial encounter with Nicole assaults his dignity in more ways than one.  The tables are turned when this tough-talking, abrasive woman takes charge!  Everyone knows that humans are no match for Elumi, so why is this hellcat sizzling his circuits?  

Gideon is about to get his feathers singed.   Nicole gets her steel-toed socks burned off.  The Universe just doesn't want to play fair.

Talk about baby-momma-drama!  Blood Sin rushes in with an over the top action scene that had me wondering if Nicole was just plain crazy.  I didn't like her any less because I favor self-sufficient female protagonists.  Nicole describes herself as having dominatrix tendencies.   That is putting it mildly.  Her love dynamic with Gideon is rough and tumble, like the boy/girl playground scenario minus the awkwardness.  Still, mutual respect forms between this ornery pair.  Nicole's observations are cynical and insightful but you aren't lost on the fact that she's lonely and so is Gideon.    She's resigned without becoming bitter.

What I enjoyed most about Blood Sin is its contemporary angst without the usual melodrama.  Nicole's character is pragmatic while at the same time she's fair and generous when it comes to Gideon.   Gideon for the most part is straightforward.  To say he's gorgeous is an understatement since he's all Elumi warrior which ups his "yum" points.  

Who says that love has to be gentle or traditional?  If that's what you're looking for, then you may want to side-step Blood Sin.  However, if you're in the mood for racy high jinks and paranormal fun then this is the story to meet all your needs.  I Joyfully Recommend it.

This is a reissue previously released in the anthology the Fallen.


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