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on Aug. 24, 2012 :
**This review is spoiler-free for Blood Jewel. There may be spoilers if you haven't read Blood of Anteros.**
With star-crossed lovers and captivating prose, Blood Jewel sure to win over those looking to get swept away with a romantic story.
After the way Blood of Anteros, ended, I was anxious to start reading Blood Jewel. Now that the "getting to know you" phase was over, I wanted to know what happens next. What do you do when the one you love is a fragile human, and you are timeless? Curry and Chansey have plans for a long, happy future together, but Curry's maker Marsala still hasn't given up on him. She wants Curry back, and Chansey out of the way for good. Chansey and Curry's Agape bond continues to grow stronger, changing them both in impossible and miraculous ways. Meanwhile, the Coven learns of the Blood Jewel, and what they find out may put the most unlikely person at risk. From start to finish, Blood Jewel is full of conflict and revelations.
If you're looking for a romantic super-couple, look no further than Curry and Chansey. When I first began the series, I assumed Chansey would be a meek, soft-spoken shadow to Curry. I'm happy to say that is so not the case. Chansey is a firecracker! Most girls would be afraid of a centuries old vampire hell bent on revenge. Not Chansey. When she learns what lengths Marsala will go to in order to get rid of her, she basically says "Bring it, b*tch." How awesome is that, right?
I think I mentioned in my review of Blood of Anteros that while I did like Curry, I found him to be a tiny bit creepy with the way he watched Chansey. I'm happy to say that I didn't find him to be at all creepy in Blood Jewel, just a bit overprotective and uber-romantic. And he even pokes fun of his stalker tendencies, which put a big smile on my face. Curry is definitely more vulnerable in this book, and I loved seeing that side of him.
I found Blood Jewel to be romantic, exciting and surprising. I can safely say that I did not see most of it coming! The plot twists keep coming until the very end, taking turns that I didn't fathom when I started the series. The writing is beautiful and romantic. The love story is swoon-worthy. To be honest, when I think of how long I must wait until the next story, I want to cry a little bit. If you love Paranormal Romance with a strong emphasis on the romance, Blood Jewel (and Blood of Anteros) is the book for you.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 23, 2012 :
Blood Jewel, the second installment in The Vampire Agape Series, picks up where Blood of Anteros left off. Curry and Chansey have gone to New Orleans to the compound there for Chansey's safety. Curry has proposed to Chansey and they are making wedding plans. While there, the evil Marsala uses black magic in an attempt to see through Curry's eyes and find out their location. Chansey has other plans for Marsala, and nips that in the bud in a rather entertaining way. However, due to the threat of Marsala finding them, they have to move the wedding plans up. After the wedding and the honeymoon, they go to live with Solomon at the Savannah Compound, in order to keep Chansey safe. Chansey wants Curry to change her, so they can be together for eternity, but Curry doesn't want to. Marsala continues to use black magic, and attempts to kill Chansey. This forces Curry to rethink his decision, and he is torn between keeping her human, or changing her into something he doesn't even want to be himself.
While in Savannah, a new fledgeling is taken in and she begs Solomon and Curry to save her sister, who is being held captive by another vampire cult. It is risky, but they agree to attempt to save her. What they find out is that this girl is a blood jewel. Her blood is like heroin to vampires, they just can't get enough. Solomon is forced to do something during their rescue attempt that he hasn't done in years, and he experiences intense inner turmoil afterwards because of what he has done. In the meantime, Curry and Chansey get a very unexpected surprise, one which will change things forever.
I absolutely loved this book. Georgia Cates is one of my favorite authors and she has delivered another outstanding story in Blood Jewel. The prologue to this story is so moving and just sets you up emotionally for what is to come. I fell more in love with Curry in this book. The story is told from his point of view, which I really enjoyed. He is absolutely dreamy and so hot to. I really liked Chansey also. She is just as feisty as ever. We get to know Solomon a lot better in this book to, as well as being introduced to some new characters, all of which were well written and fun to get to know. I loved the plot, and the story was fast paced and filled with romance, action, drama, and danger. Oh, did I mention that Solomon is pretty swoon-worthy himself. I really enjoyed Georgia's take on vampires. Needless to say, I am looking forward to the next book in the series, Blood Doll, and I am anxious to see where she will take the story from here. If you love vampire stories, with some romance, mystery, and drama in the mix, then Blood Jewel is one book you will want to check out.
(reviewed long after purchase)