Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★★
Reading Time: 3 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Appetite for Blood by Amber Anthony in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher’s generosity. You can’t fake these stars, baby!
A revolution is roaring into the 1920s! Vampires, who previously killed to feed, now thrill to feed. The revolution is led by four-hundred-year-old vampire, Rick Hiatt, and his newly turned ward, Matt Brenner. This is not the first time Rick has encountered the brutal treachery of the Moreau family of vampires, but he and Matt seek to make it the last.
Los Angelinos mortal and immortal are under attack by the entitled, remorseless Moreaus. Dragon-shifter Adam Lachlan and seductresses Venus and Luna, team up with Rick and Matt to put an end to the siege. Brute strength won’t take these hellions down, but they might be hoodwinked into exposing themselves.
Read about the origins of the fast friendship between Matt, Rick, and Adam, and see how their BDSM empire grew from humble beginnings to an international conglomerate.
First Line: “‘Dateline, August 1, 1922. Listen to this!’ Matt Brenner, perennially twenty-eight years old, startlingly handsome and a fledgling vampire, snapped open the Los Angeles Times newspaper. ‘They hid the report in the back of the A section. It’s not even with the crime beat.'”
How does one start a BDSM empire?…
Rick Hiatt stole my heart the first time I read Blood Emerald. For being over four hundred years old, this man seriously knows how to make me blush. Being able to dive into his past and understand why he’s this devious hunk o’ man was intoxicating!
I’m eternally thrilled that Amber Anthony wrote a prequel to the Blood Trilogy. (Eternally, get it? Hee hee.) I’m not sure if I’d call this a “prequel,” though. For me, it was like a saucy epilogue of sorts. I guess it doesn’t matter what you call it. I binge read everything from Amber Anthony regardless of the recommended order. I’ll be obsessed either way.
In Appetite for Blood, we are first introduced to the contrasting personalities of Matt Brenner and Rick Hiatt. Again, Rick is LIFE. I’m going to say it again: Rick. Is. Life.
He can drain my virgin blood and bathe in a pool of it for all I care. Then he can use the ladder of his abs to climb out.
Matt Brenner…le sigh. Matt is a little softer than Rick which is why the pair complement each other so well.
“Matt Brenner disrobed and headed for his cool morning shower before going to ground. Even subterranean, he could feel the circadian pull of the sunrise. As a fledgling vampire, it pained him to surrender to sunlight. Gone were the days of twenty-four-hour manhunts. Who would have imagined vampires of his age were more restricted than mortal teenagers? It was like having an adolescent curfew with the universe’s burning discipline.”
Good God, even the way Matt is described is swoony. Brilliance.
Let’s not forget Adam from Blood Dragon. Don’t even get me started on the paranormal excellence of this dream boat. He isn’t introduced until about chapter nine here, but man oh man. Amber Anthony knows how to close all open ends. I sat on the edge of my seat waiting for Adam to show up!
Appetite for Blood is the full circle I’ve been waiting for. These three men have been thrust upon each other during desperate times and, of course, all three leave me breathless. This novella only makes me want to re-read the trilogy all over again.