Series: Drone Vampire Chronicles

SACRIFICE AND BLOOD by Stephani Hecht

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SACRIFICE AND BLOOD by Stephani HechtSacrifice and Blood by Stephani Hecht
Series: Drone Vampire Chronicles #14
Published by eXtasy Books Genres: Gay, Paranormal
Reviewed by Shayna

Ian is a warlock hated by most of his coven, which doesn’t bother him in the slightest.  His time as an enslaved member of the Ninth, an evil, dark magic-wielding coven has left its mark on Ian.  Ian is determined not to care about anyone but his brother and cousin, which is why it surprises even him that he has fallen for quiet, kindhearted warlock Kale.  When Kale and others are threatened by a powerful evil warlock Ian sacrifices everything to save them.  Ian knows he’s going to die as a result, but that’s just fine with him since Kale is now safe.  What he doesn’t expect is Kale to turn the tables on him and risk everything to bring Ian back from the brink of death.

A snarky warlock with hidden scars finds the courage to reveal his true feelings in Sacrifice and Blood.  Ian and Kale are a good match, despite the fact that Kale goes from hate to mate in no time flat.  I admit, I was beginning to lose interest in the Drone Vampire Chronicles, but Stephani Hecht recaptured my interest in Sacrifice and Blood.  The biggest issue I had with the previous book, Vengeance Paid with Blood, was that Ian managed to defeat the “big bad” with seemingly little effort.  Ms. Hecht not only explains Ian’s power in Sacrifice and Blood, but shows the high price Ian has paid for his actions.

Sacrifice and Blood is a fast-paced story with a sweet romance that I enjoyed.  The Drone Vampire Chronicles should really be read in order for maximum impact, but Ms. Hecht provides enough information for readers new to the series to follow Ian and Kale’s journey without any difficulty.

BLOOD OF AN ANGEL by Stephani Hecht

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BLOOD OF AN ANGEL by Stephani HechtBlood of an Angel by Stephani Hecht
Series: Drone Vampire Chronicles #15
Published by eXtasy Books Genres: Gay, Paranormal
Reviewed by Shayna

Since learning of his heritage, warlock Lachlan has had trouble embracing his angel side.  Lachlan doesn’t want to have anything to do with his angel powers, but circumstances are forcing his hand; namely, the words of an oracle who claims Lachlan will be the one to end the war between his coven/clan and the evil powers of the Ninth and VRF.  When Lachlan gives into his feelings for Drone vampire Jeremy, his destiny begins to take shape.  With Jeremy at risk, Lachlan will do anything to protect him — including becoming the warlock-angel he’s always been meant to be.

There’s no arguing with fate in Blood of an Angel.  Lachlan and Jeremy’s story is one of my favorites in the Drone Vampire Chronicles.  Lachlan is a warlock wrestling with developing angel powers he neither wants nor believes he can handle well enough to do what everyone expects him to do.  But whether or not he wants to be part angel, Lachlan steps up and does what’s necessary when the time comes, earning him my respect.  As much as I liked Lachlan, my favorite character in Blood of an Angel is Jeremy.  Jeremy is sweet, awkward, and a bit geeky, making him stand out from the crowd of badass vampires.  He endeared himself to me right from the start and there’s something so energetic about him that I smile just thinking about him.  I loved how he and Lachlan are together and their love story was as engaging as the non-romance elements of the plot.

Blood of an Angel is the fifteenth book in Stephani Hecht’s Drone Vampire Chronicles.  I recommend reading the series in order because of some overarching storylines, but you won’t be lost if you read Blood of an Angel as a standalone.  I admit, the most exciting part of the book for me (yes, even overshadowing Jeremy and Lachlan) was the inclusion of past heroes and heroines from Ms. Hecht’s Archangels series.  I admit I’m biased in this regard, as the Archangels are my favorite series of Ms. Hecht’s.  I was worried the two series wouldn’t mesh together well, but Ms. Hecht handles this part of the story beautifully.  There was an inconsistency or two in the story which kept it from being a perfect read, but overall I adored Blood of an Angel.

Note: Even though the cover labels Blood of an Angel as the sixteenth book in the series, it is actually the fifteenth book.

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