Blood Bathby Rachel Rawlings
Series:Maurin Kincaide #4
on February 20, 2014
A serial killer in Salem? Not for decades, but the bodies are piling up and all signs point in one direction. Rogue vampire. Except things aren’t always what they seem, especially in a murder investigation.
With her current relationship on the rocks, her father playing match-maker and her neighbor tossing his hat in the ring, the body count isn’t the only thing on the rise. Maurin is neck deep in magic, mayhem and murder.
Can she catch the killer before the killer catches her? One things for certain, when hunting vampires there will be blood.
In Blood Bath, Maurin comes back another round of beatings, both physical and emotionally. But, as usual, she perseveres and saves the day. This was a great installment to the Maurin Kincaide series. It grabbed my attention from the very beginning. It was well plotted and fast paced. I especially liked that Maurin shows her emotions in this book. She became so much more likable, because she actually shows that she cares about other people.
There’s a lot more romance in this book, but not so much as to distract from the main story goal of finding out and dealing with the person responsible for killing five young women. I really enjoyed the balance Rawlings found between the romance and the action. This story also incorporates a mixture of real history, fictional history, and mythology, which added to the intrigue of the characters, particularly the villains. If you want to know more about the infamous Countess Bathory, here is a Wikipedia link.
Some readers not like that the sex is skipped over. I don’t mind that. If you lean more toward paranormal romance than urban fantasy, you might be one of those readers. Also, some readers might not like that Maurin always has at least two or three different guys fighting over her. In a way it’s hard to believe that she’s that desirable, but it’s fiction and I just roll with it. Another thing that might bother some readers is how graphic some of the violence is. As far as I’m concerned, that’s par for the course when talking about a villain who has murdered hundreds of people.
So, even though there may be some things that will turn off some readers, I loved this book. I thought it was a great read. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes kick-ass women with hot guys falling all over them. I give Blood Bath five stars for intense conflicts, fast pacing, and likable characters.
Note: I plan to read and review book five very soon. I just ran out of time before the tour due to having so many books to read these past couple of weeks.
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