Title: Blood Divine
Author: Greg Howard
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Date of publication: August 31st, 2016
Genre: LGBTQIA, Horror, Fantasy, Paranormal
Number of pages: 271
POV: 3rd person
Where you can find this book: Amazon
Cooper Causey spent a lifetime eluding the demons of his youth and suppressing the destructive power inside him. But a disconcerting voicemail lures Cooper back home to the coast of South Carolina and to Warfield—the deserted plantation where his darkness first awakened. While searching for his missing grandmother, Cooper uncovers the truth about his ancestry and becomes a pawn in an ancient war between two supernatural races. In order to protect the only man he’s ever loved, Cooper must embrace the dark power threatening to consume him and choose sides in a deadly war between the righteous and the fallen.
Cooper Causey is a love them and leave them type of guy. He is unable to form any type of long-lasting relationship after a disastrous one in high school that ended with the guy, Trevor, in a coma and Cooper blaming himself. So he took off and eventually landed in Nashville….where the story begins.
Well, it actually begins 20 years previously, when Cooper was 8. On a dare, his older brother, his older brother’s friends and Cooper go to an abandoned, haunted manor called Warfield. While they were there, the boys are spooked and all leave. Well, all but Cooper..who ends up crashing his bicycle into a tree and loses his glasses. He ends up seeing a ghost called Blue. Blue corners Cooper when he falls on top of his bicycle and holds his head and shoots energy into Cooper’s head. Then Cooper passes out.
When Cooper was with his latest one-night stand, his grandmother, Lillie Mae, calls him and leaves a cryptic voice mail. Panicking (like anyone would when their grandmother doesn’t answer the phone) he heads back to Georgetown, SC to check on her.
What ends up happening once he gets there, though, is something he doesn’t expect. He calls the police to report Lillie Mae missing and the officer that shows up is none other than his deceased brother’s best friend and Cooper’s old crush, Randy. After filing the report and Randy leaves, Cooper decides to head to the one place that terrifies him. Warfield.
It is there that his world kinda gets turned upside down and I am not going to get into it. Let’s just say……read the book!!!!
I loved the fantasy and paranormal aspect of this book. The author put a great spin on Biblical stories and I really enjoyed reading that. I also really liked the spin on vampires/witches that the author did too. He didn’t release all the information on either of them at once. Instead, it was leaked, slowly, throughout the book and that was more than enough to keep my attention.
The ending was great and I loved that Cooper finally found happiness. The way it ended, though, suggested at a book 2. If so, I will be eagerly awaiting it!!
How many stars will I give Blood Divine: 4
Why: I really liked this book. Like I said above, the way the author released the information really kept me glued to the book.
Will I reread: Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes
Age range: Adult
Why: No sex (implied sex at the beginning of the book, kissing in the middle and promise of sex at the end) but violence and language.
**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**