Thursday, July 1, 2021

NEW REVIEW: The Blood is Love by Karina Halle



You know what's awesome? A beach vacation. You know what makes that even better? Having Karina Halle's The Blood is Love as a reading companion while enjoying the beach. I've been eager for this follow up to Black Sunshine and it did not disappoint.

In The Blood is Love, the first part is Lenore exploring what it means to inhabit the world as part witch, part vampire. It's, as one can only imagine, a completely mind altering exploration --thinking of living forever, of knowing that different factions want you dead or to use you for your power, to realizing that life as you knew it doesn't really exist to you the way it did before. She takes it about as well as one can expect: it's messy and confusing. Solon being the gentleman vampire he is, gives her the time and space to explore her emotions, never pushing her or really even guiding her, just letting her feel her way through it.

It's during this time that THE INCITING INCIDENT occurs and everything goes from a seemingly 'normal' existential crisis to OMG WTF with a heaping dose of dad's who have issues (among others, as we come to find out). This kicks off the last part of the novel. Lots of action, intrigue, blood, and things of that nature that end with us holding our breath to see if that HEA is coming the way we want it to or if something quite unexpected is going to happen. There were lots of tremulous sighs and holding of breaths.

The Blood is Love is a fun, modern vampire novel complete with moody vamps, hot af sexy times, and a love that endures all. This novel was the perfect beach read and I'm super excited to see what will happen in the spin-off novels!.

True love never dies

The Blood is Love by Karina Halle is now live!

From the fog-shrouded bay of San Francisco to the dark cobblestone streets of Helsinki and all the hidden places in-between, The Blood is Love takes the reader on a sensual and twisted journey deep into Lenore and Solon's lush vampire world in this thrilling sequel to Black Sunshine.

When Lenore Warwick turned twenty-one, she expected lots of bar-hopping, parties with friends, and the occasional hookup. What she got was the realization that she's both a witch and a vampire, and that there are things in this world that want her dead. Thank god she has her enigmatic vampire lover, Absolon Stavig, to help show her the ropes. But while Lenore struggles to fit into her new topsy turvy world, full of blood, sex, and magic, she also has to contend with her messy and complicated love for a vampire who isn't always what he seems.
To make matters worse, her real father, Jeremias, a powerful warlock from the dark side, has professed an interest in her, while Solon's father, the depraved vampire king Skarde, is intent on destroying everything she loves. When Solon and Lenore have to travel to Finland to work alongside Solon's charming and vicious brother, Kaleid, in an attempt to defeat Skarde once and for all, the two of them enter a bloody new world that neither of them are prepared for. Even if their love survives the carnage to come, the chances of them getting out of there alive are slim. Good thing they like to take their chances.


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Meet Karina

Karina Halle is a former travel writer, music journalist & screenwriter, and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling author of over 55 bestselling novels, ranging from horror and suspense to contemporary romance. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband, and her adopted pitbull Bruce, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster, Hachette & Montlake. Her work has been translated and published in 20 languages.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorhalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

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