I really liked this book, I read the first book in the series and it seemed to drag a little in places, but I thought this one was much better. The characters were much more compelling and the plot moved quickly. I suppose it is good as a stand-alone, but I do however recommend reading the first in the series (A Charmed Sphere) to learn some more about the history of the countries and better understand the magical aspects. There is also a short story in the anthology Charmed Destinies that inlvolves some of the characters in the series.
I very much enjoyed Miss Dayton's new book, New Blood. It is quite different from her previous Rose series but I think fans of that series will enjoy this as well. Amanusa lives a solitary life in the woods, only having contact with others when they need her healing magic, when a strange man (Jax) appears. She is literally unable to get rid of him and begins to believe his tale that she is a blood sorceress and he is her servant; a claim that is very dangerous in a land filled with magic hating Inquisitors. On top of this, Amanusa harbors a dislike of all men based on her past and Jax has suffered plenty at the hands of his last owner. What follows is their tale as they flee the law, explore her new powers and re-introduce blood magic to society. The setting is 1600s in Europe but with a magical twist. It was interesting to see how the author incorporated magic into this society and its rigid rules, especially in regards to women. The magic itself is fascinating and Dayton splits it into unique specialties. My favorite aspect of the story was the development of the relationship between Jax and Amanusa. Both have been abused in the past and learn to trust and eventually love each other. There are many other books with damaged heroes/heroines but often they tend to over react in almost stereotypical ways (anybody who reads romance knows what I mean). Not so here, both characters seemed very real to me and their reactions reasonable given their histories and society. I loved Jax; he never pushed Amanusa around but took charge when he needed to. Amanusa is a strong female but never feisty. There are also several secondary characters I enjoyed and I am looking forward to the next book in the series not only to, hopefully, read their stories but to see how a larger plot issue is solved.
Warning: there are references to rape in this book; nothing graphic but I know some people like to be forewarned
I loved the first couple of books in this series but my attention has been waning on the last couple of ones. I feel like this one got back on track. I was never intrigued by Jamie but I liked her character here. We also see a side of Jeremy we haven't seen before; including a couple of very hot scenes.
I got this book because I'm a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon, but her story was the one I liked least. I find that while I'm a huge fan of her Dark Hunter series, the BAD series isn't to my taste. I really enjoyed the Kresley Cole story and will be looking for more from her. I also liked the Jaid Black story.
Third book in a trilogy, wraps up the saga by showing the Anari army blending with the Bozandari's and marching to meet Ardred. Although I enjoyed the first and second book, this one seemed to drag. There were too many descriptions about the army (formations, tactics, etc) for me. Also seemed a little too preachy. War is bad, I get it. I don't mind books with a message but this one keeps pounding you over the head with it.
Jane travels to Bath to escape a bad relationship & discovers the ghost of a murdered man in her hotel room. When she travels back to his time, she decides to save him. A very quick but good read. The characters are well drawn and the plot moves along. I would especially recommend if you like time travel.