Book Review: Blood and Metal (A Dark Desires Novel) by Nina Croft

Posted August 24, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Blood and Metal (A Dark Desires Novel) by Nina CroftBlood and Metal (Entangled Select Otherworld) by Nina Croft
Series: Dark Desires,
Published by Entangled: Select Otherworld on August 24th 2015
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Space Opera, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 268 Pages
Format: eBook
Source: Entangled Publishing
ISBN: 1622661222
ASIN: B013B98JUY
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four-half-stars
four-flames

She's his last chance for redemption...if she doesn't kill him first.

Copilot of the Blood Hunter, Daisy is a newly-turned vampire, and she's hungry. Really hungry and it's interfering with her plans for revenge. Unfortunately, the only thing that can distract her from said hunger is sex...which is a problem when she can barely refrain from draining any man dry within moments. But old flame Fergal Cain might just be the sexy-assed solution to her problem.

Part human, part cyborg, and with a poison coursing through his system, Fergal's running out of time to find the scientist who has the cure. Unfortunately for him, the misfit crew of the Blood Hunter put a serious kink in his plans. And if the poison doesn't kill him, the hot little vamp he can't resist might do the honors herself...

The Good…

Blood and Metal is the fifth book in author Nina Croft’s Blood Hunter and Dark Desires series. In this book, Daisy, one of the crew members of “The Blood Hunter,” gets a second chance at love when her old flame Fergal staggers into her life. This is the first novel I’ve read in this series, but my understanding is that Daisy has been a part of the series since book 1. Originally, Daisy was altered to be part plant, and had green skin. When we meet her again in this novel she’s become a vampire and devoid of color.

I loved that Nina Croft wrote this novel as a standalone, despite the fact it’s the fifth book in a series. Through the characters’ dialogue, she managed to catch new readers up to past events, without detracting from the story. Daisy and Fergal met earlier in the series (book 1, I think), and having them be the main romance seemed to make sense. The two have history, and Daisy isn’t the only one who has changed. When the two first met, Daisy was green and alive. Now she’s a white skinned vampire with silver hair, but she’s not the only one who’s different. Since they last parted ways, Fergal has undergone some changes as well. Their relationship had a nicely weird dichotomy of being new acquaintances and old lovers. I also enjoyed the other crew members aboard the “Blood Hunter” enough that I may end up checking out the other books in the series to learn more about them.

Another aspect of the plot I loved was how the big battle with the “Big Bad” was handled. Throughout the book there is a slow build towards the resolution, and I loved how it was handled. I’ve read a few books this summer where there was a lot of build up  towards a big battle with the villain, and then in a few paragraphs everything was resolved and just hunky dory. This wasn’t the case here, and I was pleased.

Do I Recommend?

I really enjoyed this book from the very first page. Nina Croft snags the reader with a gripping opening chapter, that sets the tone for the rest of the novel. The characters were well-written, and despite not having read the other four books in the series, I found them highly complex. In fact, this book kind of made me think of Joss Whedon’s space opera, the now defunct series, Firefly. Paranormal romance, space pirates, and dystopian worlds all wrapped up in one. I couldn’t ask for more.

Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Overall: 4.8

About Nina Croft

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

Nina’s writing mixes romance with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

@Angelized_1st

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2 responses to “Book Review: Blood and Metal (A Dark Desires Novel) by Nina Croft

  1. Christy

    I was mulling over the name Fergal – it’s … interesting. Then you described Daisy … originality for sure. This sounds like a VERY interesting book.

    • Sorry for the late reply. I must have missed it.

      It was pretty interesting. I want to go back and read the first four books, because I actually enjoyed this series, and want to know more about what happened.

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