A clever blend of authentic police procedural and paranormal romance, Stacy Eaton’s My Blood Runs Blue tells a fascinating tale with excellent timing and a truly intriguing use of different points of view. The plot is pleasingly complex—no simple romance or simple mystery here. And the strange backstory is introduced in nicely manageable pauses for memory. Telling the tale from three different points of view provides a satisfying feel for the characters’ complexity and adds depth to their emotions and decisions. There are lots of different takes on vampire lore on the bookshelves today, and Stacy Eaton’s nicely different approach fits well, neither adding too much to nor breaking too many traditional strands. The story builds a pleasing sense of a secret vampire community. Tackling good and evil, love and lust, with equal honesty, the author creates a novel with surprising depth. The end of the story feels a little rushed but brings a pleasing completion to the tale. I’m hoping to read the sequel soon, but My Blood Runs Blue stands alone as an enjoyable story raising fascinating questions and adding some interesting twists to cross-genre fiction.
Disclosure: I learned from the author when this book was being offered free and was lucky enough to get a free ecopy.