Review: Releasing the Demons by L.D. Rose

May 03, 2017

Releasing the Demons by LD RoseMy rating: 5 of 5 stars
Standalone - The Order of the Senary #1
Release - August 19, 2015
Genre - Paranormal Romance
Dual POV - 3rd person
Heat - 3.5 out of 5
Length - 332 pages

He's out to set the world on fire and she's the only one who can tame him...

Blaze Knight has been through hell and back, but the nightmares aren't over yet.

Five years after Blaze was maimed by Cyrus Chimola, a powerful vampire with a penchant for torture, he's still trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. As a genetically engineered mercenary with the ability to bend fire to his will and to see in infrared, Blaze's mission is to protect what's left of humanity. When Chimola and his crew return to the Bronx gunning for Blaze's blood, Blaze is forced to face the demons of his past. Hell-bent on revenge, he seeks the help of Valerie Medeiros, an NYPD detective who manages to steal his heart and save his life in more ways than one.

Motivated by her sister's gruesome death, Valerie has made it her life's goal to bury every vampire in the ground where they belong. When she brings in Blaze Knight for suspected murder, she discovers he's not only innocent, he isn't a man at all--he's a half-vampire hybrid working with a band of brothers for the U.S. military. Valerie has a hard time trusting anything with fangs, yet she quickly falls headlong into Blaze's life, a life full of darkness and horror she can't even begin to fathom. The bodies are stacking up, but Valerie can't seem to let go of this hybrid, a beautiful monster filled with pain, rage, and passion unlike anything she's ever known.

In a world where the line between good and evil is blurred, Blaze and Valerie will find danger at every turn, risking everything they've come to know and love, including one another.

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One of the things I love most about blogging is being introduced to an author who is new to me and falling in love with their writing. L.D. Rose has accomplished the near impossible with this book because it has catapulted her to my list of favorite PNR reads with the first book!!

Five years ago, Blaze was tortured by a powerful vampire named Cyrus. He was held and drained in order for his own power to be absorbed. He's only now getting his life back on track for the last two years, but Cyrus has returned and he's out for Blaze's blood. Why? That's because Blaze and his brothers are genetically engineered human/vampire hybrids with extraordinary powers that Cyrus wants to harness for himself. Cool, right? Blaze sees in infrared and can manipulate fire, traits that Cyrus is hungry for. Valerie is an NYPD detective and in this dystopian NY, she and her fellow cops work together to eradicate the vampire threat. She has no idea that the hybrids even exist beyond rumors until Blaze asks for her help in defeating Cyrus and the threat to humanity once and for all.

I positively loved the world building in this one. It was easy to imagine the desolate and abandoned boroughs of NY by the way it was depicted. I could picture the humans scurrying for the safety of their homes before nightfall. I also loved watching Blaze and Val fall for each other. Their wants, needs, and fears were made to feel even more powerful because of the danger that loomed around every corner. The pall of death and depravity hung heavy throughout this story and gave it a tang of darkness that was almost tangible. Each character had such depth and clarity to them that I couldn't help but clamor for more and as much as I want to learn about each and every one of them, I'm finding it hard to let go of the main ones of this story, especially Blaze. Dude totally captured my attention from start to finish! He was a remarkable human for a man who was half leech.

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