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The second book in the series is disappointing. I found the plot very annoying, didn't hold my attention. I think the narrative dido' chelps too much. In the end the book until it is for a brief moment a little interesting, but then gets monotonous. Unfortunately, this is not a book I would recommend.
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In Circle of Blood book 1, the series premise is established that six vampires working together to stop great evil will meet the reincarnations of lovers they lost long ago. The books change locations as horrible events happen on a global scale. Book 1 is in New Orleans and focuses on the lovers Tre and Della. Book 2 brings us to Cyprus and Eris.
I enjoyed several things in book 2, including the chance to get closer to both Eris and Snag as established characters. I have a soft spot for Snag and am eagerly waiting for his book, especially as I joked to one of the authors that his love interest HAD to be a dentist. I’ve got to see if the authors fulfill that comic promise. In any case, it was good to know these characters better because for me as a listener, I confused the male vampires Eris and Xander and female vampires Oksana and Duchess for each other quite a lot in the first book. When I wasn’t doing that, I was wondering if Eris and Snag were lovers.
That is obviously not the case since Trynn is the love interest for Eris in this book. Trynn is a savvy computer hacker. Eris finds her while he is helping to calm a horrible situation where she is held hostage by a potential suicide bomber in a bank. When they touch by accident as the situation is diffused, sparks literally fly. One situation might be calmed, but a completely new problem is presented: how to find each other and save as many innocent people as possible from some coordinated terror attacks.
The book is fast paced, and I think it could be read as a stand-alone. It would be better enjoyed in order after book 1. The action here amps up and flows into the 3rd book. There are several instances of cool vampire hijinks and Trynn, who seems afraid of nothing, daring to confront Snag. The rest of the group shows up at the end to help save Eris from his predicament.
As to the narration, Gwendolyn Druyor is the sound of RA Steffan. This works for me as a listener because she’s an excellent voice actress. She’s using a variety of accents, speaking slow/fast, and using a variety of professional tricks to create a quality listening experience. In this book, she used the kind of skill in narration that made it so that I wasn’t thinking about her performer at all, but I was thinking about the story.
Enjoyable book. Recommended to vampire fans, hacker lovers, readers who enjoy an ensemble series where one character gets to shine in each book, paranormal readers, and romance fans.