Wednesday, January 25, 2017

4 Wine Glass #Review of Until Dawn by Erin Kellison

31276883Title: Until Dawn
Series: Dragons of Bloodfire #2.5
Author: Erin Kellison
Format: Kindle, 78 Pages
Published: January 9, 2017 (Fire Flower Publishing, LLC)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Amazon (Originally included in the Taming the Vampire anthology)
Rating:4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

A witch reality television show, a deadly curse, and a vampire on a mission—a perfect brew for love.

During the live end-of-season Tell All episode of the reality television show, Witching Wild, cast member Judith Kress opens fan mail expecting the usual personal questions, but gets cursed instead. Vampire Calvin Blake is charged with saving her life and discovering the source of the curse, but ends up in deeper trouble than he thought possible. Survival is going to be a dangerous affair until dawn.

Linda's Thoughts:
“One night. May the best witch win.”

Until Dawn by Erin Kellison is a novella in the Bloodkin world of the author’s fabulous Dragons of Bloodfire series! I read it as part of the Taming the Vampire boxed set. Now it’s available on its own! Even though it’s labeled as #2.5 in the series, it can be fully enjoyed as a standalone read, if that is your preference.

This is the story of vampire Calvin Blake and of rookie witch Judith Kress. Calvin serves Bloodkin Lady Evangeline Marguerite Beatrice Fane. As a vampire, his choices are limited within the Bloodkin universe; to serve or to prey; He elects to serve Lady Fane, an elderly dragon who sustains him with her powerful blood.

Lady Fane and Calvin are fans of a reality television show, Witching Wild, in which Judith is one of a trio of the show’s newbie witch stars. While watching the latest installment, Lady Fane and Calvin witness a devious act of magic committed against Judith, their favorite cast member. Worried about Judith, Lady Fane tasks Calvin with saving her and taking out whoever had targeted her. Of course, things are never that simple.

I loved Calvin and Juidth both! Calvin is a knight-in-shining-armor to Judith’s up-and-coming witch. I enjoyed watching them learn, trust and grow individually - and as a couple - as they worked through multiple life-threatening crises.  Their off-the-wall sex scene was something I won’t soon forget! LOL! I think I’ll go read that part again!

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from Until Dawn:

“Oh, the envelope did contain magic,” a strange, low voice said from the doorway.
Judith looked over. She forgot her cut and her coffee. And how to breathe.
The tall, broad man filling up the door frame looked like a warrior angel with gold hair falling into his eyes, a pale-gold undertone to his skin, and ‘heartbreaking’ green eyes….
“Any magic that involves blood is a grave threat,” he continued. “And death by paper cut would be a long and tedious way to go. I can help.”

Apparently, she was going to visit an evil witch with a scary poet vampire.

“Vampires aren’t noble?”
“No. We serve or we prey.”
“Like monks?”
He frowned, confused, and then gave a soft chuckle. “Prey, as in hunt. No God would hear our prayers.”

I loved this story! It was everything I have come to expect from Erin’s Bloodfire books except the primary characters are not dragons. Vampires and witches with dragons on the side totally work for me! This tale was hot, quick, funny and highly entertaining. I would highly recommend Until Dawn to anyone who enjoys imaginative, fast-paced, action-packed paranormal romances!

Suggested Reading Order: 
Tempted by Fire (Book #1)
Awakened by Fire (Book #2)
Until Dawn (Book #2.5)
Seduced by Fire (Book #3) – coming soon!

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