Saturday, December 7, 2013

Book Review - Bleeding Hearts by Ash Krafton

Bleeding Hearts (Demimonde, #1)
by Ash Krafton
Published 2012
372 Pages

When Sophie Galen meets Merek Thurzo at the museum she is immediately drawn to this handsome man with eyes like gemstones and long, dark hair, carrying a notepad and a fountain pen. Sophie is curious about Merek, pondering what he is researching, and wondering what he does for a living. She doesn't ask a lot of questions, sensing Merek's apprehension, but their chemistry is evident. And soon, this chance meeting with a man who shares her love of ancient cultures and antiquities will evolve into something more. But what Sophie discovers about Merek, and herself, will change both of their lives forever.

Welcome to a world of vampires and werewolves, who live amongst the human populations, and whose ancient origins are both interconnected and contemptuous. I had a tough time with Sophie early on, as she seemed to trust Merek too easily, despite the red flags. But soon I realized this was part of Sophie's character, and her story, and something she recognized and acknowledged in herself. Sophie's been on her own for a long time. She knows Merek could be dangerous, but she doesn't believe harm will come to her. Instead, she focuses on Marek's charms, and is swept off her feet and into a world of vampires, demo-vampires, werewolves, and more. 

Danger is lurking, as the demi-vampires are seeking out the one soul who can save them from eternal damnation. The last one was killed during the Salem Witch Trials. Finding herself in the middle of something powerful, Sophie can't help but wonder if she's in over her heads. But she's been lost for so long, and with Merek she finally feels a sense of belonging. Unsure of Marek's true intentions, she pushes forward, and discovers that what's hidden beneath the surface is indeed much more than she bargained for. 

This was a great story with awesome characters! I really loved Merek--loyal, fearsome, and powerful in his world. As for Sophie, she grew on me as the story unfolded, and by the end I was totally rooting for her! I could feel the chemistry between them, which is why I was disappointed with the behind-closed-doors love scenes. Sharing all aspects of their relationship would have added to the story, and without it I definitely felt like something was missing. But I enjoyed this fascinating tale, and look forward to seeing what will happen in the next book! 

Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Stephanie


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