- File Size: 669 KB
- Print Length: 164 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611249368
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Margaret L. Carter (August 18, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 18, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KP2SQ4Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,483,069 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Ardent Blood Kindle Edition
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Review by Barbara Custer
Title: Ardent Blood Collection
Author: Margaret L. Carter
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, LLC
Available at: Amazon
Cost: $4.99, 175 pages
Rating: 5 balloons
I had the pleasure of reading Margaret L. Carter’s Ardent Blood Collection, a trilogy of romances between human and nonhuman species. The first tale, “Aquatic Ardor” features Melia, a lovelorn undine fighting to save her lake from development. She hasn’t counted on gaining a human soul, and that was the last thing she wanted.
“Aquatic Ardor” was my personal favorite because it gave me a new perspective on fantasy. I’d never read any tales about undines before, and I couldn’t stop reading this one until I’d finished the story. Other things demanded my attention, but Carter’s compelling style of writing kept my eyes on the page. In particular, the realistic, but sympathetic way she draws her characters, especially Adam, the target of Melia’s affections. In real life, most people would have a hard time accepting Melia’s behavior, and Adam’s initial assumptions about Melia were believable. He takes the time to accept her story so that when the romance happens, the reader can accept it.
The second one, "Allure of the Beast," features Marcia, a reluctant werewolf-human hybrid who must pose as a lone wolf's mate to infiltrate the pack and seek justice for her father's murder. She hadn’t expected to fall for Raoul, her wolf companion, but things happen. Again, Carter’s superb characterization comes through. Her multi-faceted characters will keep you entertained; this reader wasn’t surprised when at first she rebuffed Raoul’s approaches. But before anything can happen, they must both stay alive.
The last was “Blood Hostage,” a tale about a vampire and a vampire hunter who join forces to rescue two humans from a renegade vampire. They can only fulfill this mission by sharing a union neither of them wants. Carter’s excellent skills at characterization are at play here, for the story opens with vampire Monique being furious with the hunter, Hal, for holding her hostage. After a lengthy discussion, the two of them agree to work together to rescue the two people, with “lengthy” being the operative word. Because Monique started out being so angry, Carter had to orchestrate the dialogue/behavior to take time, in a way that when she finally works along with Hal, the reader believes it. If two characters hate each other on page one, then make an 180o change to love or even accept someone on page two, it may shatter the reader’s suspension of disbelief. But Carter navigates the changes in their attitudes carefully, executing a great story. Where does this change take our the respective characters in each story? You’ll have to read the book to find out.