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Blood Winter by S.J. Coles

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The Blood Winter series by S. J. Coles

Publisher:
Pride Publishing
Published:
29 December 2020
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71,797
Pages:
266
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Synopsis

Vampires are attempting to integrate into human society.

When Alec MacCarthy first meets a ‘haemophile’ in the flesh, it’s not the obvious dangers that frighten him.

Alec MacCarthy, Lord of Aviemore and largely-forgotten descendent of a once-proud family line, keeps the wolf from the door of the crumbling family mansion by restoring classic cars.

He leaves the real world alone and wishes nothing more than for it to return the favor. But in a reality where haemophiles—still colloquially known as vampires, despite the publicity campaigns—have come out of hiding and are attempting to integrate into human society, the real world is rapidly becoming a disrupted and conflicted mess that threatens to trouble even Alec in his remote Scottish hideaway.

When he unwittingly attends a Blood Party to please a friend, he has his first meeting with one of these mysterious and dangerous beings. Terje is like nothing he has ever encountered before…literally. His reactions are as troublesome as they are undeniable.

Alec’s snap decision to help the haemophile rather than sample his sense-heightening and addictive blood sets them both on a path that will lead them into a tangled web of intrigue with consequences that will change their lives—and the world—forever.

Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of violence, murder, kidnapping, blood stealing, drug use, addiction and blood drinking.

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Review

Reviewed By: Josh Dale

5/5

There are so many paranormal vampire books out there.  And I have read my fair share of them.  If you think that there can not be a freshly written Vampire story?  Think again.

Blood Winter is a fresh and exciting read.

We have Haemophiles (vampires) living alongside each other.  Though the tension between the two species is quite hostile.  And what is fresh about this story is the way that it is the humans that are the bad guys.

You see vampire blood is addictive to humans, and the Rich as with drugs can afford to pay vampires for their blood, but some just take vampires and hold them sedated, so they have a source of their blood on tap.

Alec MacCarthy, Lord of Aviemore, is a recluse who spends most of his days restoring classic cars on his estate in Scotland.   He hides from society after a bad relationship.  To get Alec out in the big wide world she begs him to go to a work-related party with her.

After the party Alec is persuaded to a second party!

Soon after arriving at the party everyone is led down to the basement and to Alec and Megs horror there is a vampire restrained and sedated with tubes connected to his veins.   The host then fills shot glasses with the blood from the vampire, who looks like he is fading from being drained of his blood.

Alec can’t stand by and allow the abuse to continue, so sneaks back down to the vampire and naively feeds the vampire with some human blood. Which sets of a chain of events, that include kidnapping, murder, escapes and a whole manor of events.

When Terje the vampire regains his power after drinking the blood Alec gave him.  He kills one of the guests and takes Alec as protection as he escapes the party.

With snowstorms ravaging the area they end up snowed in for several days. This is where their attraction for one another starts.  Of course, the sense of mistrust is high, especially for Alec until Terje not only saves his life but cares for him.

The bond between the two grows slowly through the book and does not just happen overnight.  Both Alec and Terje seem to be surviving and not living at the start of the book, but they seem to show each other what they are missing and are kind of each other’s wakeup call.

You really do get a feeling that they are fated mates, and they are each prepared to risk their lives to save the other.

You truly relate and connect to both Characters and I am absolutely in love with Terje who is so protective of Alec.

The descriptive writing is superb, both characters whom you really get to feel their emotions and their growing bond.  And the harsh Scottish Winter along with the thrill and suspense of the plot.

I really really hope we get to see these two characters again sometime soon.  And I am now hunting down S.J. Coles other books to read!

Excerpt

“You have questions.” He sat and uncorked the bottle. The electric lantern made his pale skin glow. It shone off his high cheekbones and the lines of his neck. His mouth was soft, his lips slightly curved, even at rest. I remembered it open, redder than blood, the teeth shockingly white and sharp. I remembered his hands, strong enough to crack the wood of the basement door, strong enough to break Brody’s bones. But now he sat easily in my kitchen chair, regarding me steadily with calm, entrancing eyes. He was terrifying, but he was beautiful, like a freezing winter morning in the very heart of the mountains. I bridled at the thought and dropped my gaze to the tabletop.

“How old are you?” I heard myself ask.

“Not old enough to have known Jacob More,” he said, with something like amusement in his voice.

“That’s not an answer.”

He still didn’t smile but something like humor flickered in the dark depths of his eyes. “I don’t know exactly. Over eighty, less than a hundred.”

“How do you not know how old you are?”

He lifted a shoulder in a half-shrug. “You stop counting after a while.” I narrowed my eyes and his mouth twitched. “And, well…at the time, it wasn’t considered important where I’m from.” His brow creased slightly, his eyes far away. “I remember the Second World War but not the first. Do I get to ask a question now?”

I chewed on the inside of my cheek, regarding him closely and trying not to think about the fluttering in my belly. “What question?”

“Is this really your home?”

“Why?”

He tilted his chin slightly. “I knew you must live here when we arrived. I could smell it. But the place looks like it belongs to someone else.”

Something prickled over the skin of my back. “Again, why do you care?”

“Just curious, like you.”

“I’m not curious about you,” I said in tight voice. “That’s not what this is.”

He inclined his head. “Very well. You don’t have to answer. Next question?”

I picked at a splinter on the table, not looking at him. “Daylight…”

“What about it?”

“Does it kill you?”

“No.”

“Then why—?”

“The cellar?” He sipped his wine. His mouth was stained slightly pink. I hurriedly lifted my gaze. “We have to sleep, just like you do.”

“During the day?”

“We’re sensitive to sunlight,” he said slowly, factually. “We don’t produce melanin in the same way, so we burn easily. And it’s hard to see.”

“So you just…sleep?”

He frowned at his glass. “Not the way you sleep. The Blood requires us to…offline. Recharge.”

“Could you stay awake if you wanted? During the day?”

“Yes, though it’s hard. But the Blood wakes us if there’s a threat. Is it my turn now?”

I hesitated and reached for the other glass. “I thought you said you were supposed to answer my questions.”

“Polite conversation normally goes both ways.”

I fought a scowl. “We’re not exactly meeting at a dinner party here.”

“No,” he said softly, looking into the fire. “But that’s not my fault, is it?”

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S.J. Coles

Tales Of Love And Darkness.

Biography

S.J. Coles is a Romance writer originally from Shropshire, UK. She has been writing stories for as long as she has been able to read them. Her biggest passion is exploring narratives through character relationships.

She finds writing LGBT/paranormal romance provides many unique and fulfilling opportunities to explore many (often neglected or under-represented) aspects of human experience, expectation, emotion and sexuality.

Among her biggest influences are LGBT Romance authors K J Charles and Josh Lanyon and Vampire Chronicles author Anne Rice.

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