Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever #2
Genre: Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: October 16, 2007
Publisher: Delacorte Press
In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh – a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the world of the Fae and of Man. Pursued by Fae assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and irresistible men: V’lane, the insatiable Fae who can turn sensual arousal into an obsession for any woman, and the ever-inscrutable Jericho Barrons, a man as alluring as he is mysterious.
For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted, with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them…
First Sentence: All of us have our little problems and insecurities.
After reading Darkfever awhile ago and feeling okay about it, but curious enough to want to read more, I decided to also check out the next book in the Fever series, Bloodfever. Darkfever might not be a completely awesome read, but Bloodfever is sure to be better right? I mean, there must be a good reason why the Fever series is so popular right?
Bloodfever starts off with a short prologue, which pretty much gives readers an entire recap of what had happened in Darkfever, down to the tiniest important detail. From then on, the rest of Bloodfever has a few passages where Mac reflects on what has happened and what she has learned from the past book. Those passages are incorporated well into the book so that it doesn’t feel like a recap, even though it was meant to be one.
I hate pity. Sympathy isn’t quite as bad. Sympathy says, I know how it feels, doesn’t it just suck? Pity means they think you’re defeated. (18)
Mac is a totally different person than the one we saw in Darkfever. She’s a little more smart, more tough, and cares a lot less about her looks. Yes, she even ignores the fact that she broke her freshly painted pink nails. The best thing of all is that Mac acknowledged she changed and that there were two sides to her: the girly side that just wants to deny everything and run away and the tough side that wants to knock down everything standing in her way. I like this tough Mac a lot better than I liked the old girly Mac.
I would wear pink because I knew my future was anything but rosy. I would accessorize myself to the hilt, and I would wear flirty shoes because my world needed more beauty to counter all the ugliness in it. I would wear pink because I hated gray, I didn’t deserve white, and I was sick of black. (291)
The chemistry between Mac and Barrons is sizzling. Karen Marie Moning sure knows how to write scenes with tons of sexual tension; most of the time, Barrons is bluntly flirting with Mac while Mac is obviously clueless about his intentions and trying to deny everything happening between them. Their sexual tension got so hot that they made out, accidentally shared one of their deepest darkest memories, then bickered and ignored everything that had happened. I can’t wait to see what direction their relationship is headed towards in the next book.
“I couldn’t breathe with him kissing me.”
“One day you may kiss a man you can’t breathe without, and find breath is of little consequence.”
“Right, and one day my prince might come.”
“I doubt he’ll be a prince, Ms. Lane. Men rarely are.” (95)
As for Barrons, I like him a little better than I did in Darkfever. He’s less abusive, less in-your-face, and less cocky. The Barrons in Bloodfever also saves Mac, again, and when he does, we see a really soft side to him. I’m still not sure what to think of him because everything about him is a mystery, but I’m reading on to find out more about him and his mysterious past.
Thankfully I’m not most women. I don’t get off on danger. I get off on a man with strong moral fiber. The closest Barrons ever gets to fiber is walking down the cereal aisle at the grocery store. (15)
In Bloodfever, we finally meet the famous Dani O’Malley who has her own personal spin-off series. We don’t know much about her yet, but it’s obvious that she would be dear to Mac because Mac constantly thinks and worries about her.