Thursday, February 15, 2024

2 Bloggers 1 Series - Beneath a Blood Red Moon


I'm not sure how she did it but Stormi roped me into ANOTHER series by Heather Graham (under the name Shannon Drake).  Actually, she didn't have to try too hard because all I heard was vampires and I was in.  So read on to see what I thought about the first book in the series and then hop over to Stormi's at Storm Reads to see hers. 

TITLE: Beneath a Blood Red Moon (Alliance Vampires)
AUTHOR: Shannon Drake (Heather Graham)
PUBLISHING DATE: October 1, 1999
PAGES: 384   

FROM GOODREADS: A tale that sweeps the reader from the antebellum South to contemporary New Orleans, the dark, sensuous world of love and immortality of the beauty and the beast whom some call vampire... 
Maggie Montgomery, the owner of Magdalena's an elegant New Orleans boutique, gasped when she learned about the mysterious beheading of a local street person, and the trail of blood that led from the corpse to her building. Her shock turned to turmoil when she met Sean Canady, the police officer who arrived to question her...and inspired a dangerous desire.
Something powerful--and beyond reason--had brought Maggie and Sean together. Something that spoke of an interwoven past, and a passionate torment that began generations before under a blood red moon. For on that night of erotic seduction, Magdalena Montgomery became a vampire, and began a century-long quest to find the one man whose love was pure enough, strong enough to save her from the darkness within...

MY THOUGHTS: I will admit that at first, I found this book kind of slow.  I wasn't that invested in the story or the characters and may have secretly thought, "What did I get myself into?"  However, after about 75 pages, it picked up and the last 50 or so pages were so action-packed, and the ending was very satisfying.

Maggie runs a boutique in New Orleans and meets Sean, a detective, and his partner, Jack, when there is a pimp murdered outside her headquarters.  Someone is killing the seedier characters of New Orleans in very disturbing manners, reminiscent of Jack the Ripper.  Maggie and Sean grow closer as the mystery unravels and slowly, both seem to realize Maggie may know more about the killer than even she initially realizes.  Oh, and did I mention Maggie is a centuries-old vampire and in order for the killer to be stopped, Sean and Jack may just have to believe in something they always considered to be a myth. 

This book is told in current-day time as well as historical flashbacks where we get to learn more about what make Maggie such an unusual vampire.  Sean and Maggie cannot fight their attraction and as the book progresses, the reader learns how destined to be together the couple really is.  If you enjoy paranormal romance, which is a bit heavy on some thriller aspects, then this might be something you want to check out.


1 comment:

  1. I'm glad this worked out for you in the end. I often struggle with books that start slowly, I'm not sure why authors do that?