Monday, September 13, 2010

My Book Review Is At Smexybooks-Blood On Silk by Marie Treanor

Today's review is Blood On Silk by Marie Treanor.
Blood On Silk (Awakened by Blood #1) by Marie Treanor
Scottish academic Elizabeth Silk is spending the summer in Romania researching historical superstitions for her PhD. While she is tracing local folktales, one subject in particular sparks her imagination. His name is Saloman, legend's most powerful vampire, a seductive prince staked centuries ago. Now, in the ruins of a castle crypt, Elizabeth discovers the legends are real. Her blood has awakened him. Her innocence has aroused him. But Elizabeth unleashes more than Saloman's hunger.
An army of vampire hunters has amassed to send Saloman back to hell. Sworn to help - yet fearing Saloman's deadly blood lust - Elizabeth seeks to entrap him, offering her body as bait. But something stronger than dread, more powerful than revenge, is uniting Elizabeth to her prey. Caught between desire and rage, Elizabeth must decide where her loyalties lie...and what the limits are to a yearning she can no longer control.

This is a DNF for me. I was unable to connect with this story nor her characters.
The premise was promising. Elizabeth Silk is writing her doctoral thesis on vampires myths and travels Romania for research. When her blood awakens Salomen she is both frightened and attracted to him. A centuries old vampire, Salomen was slain by betrayal and buried for over 300 years. He now rises to re secure his kingdom and wants to rule world. Since she is a descendant of his lover and betrayer; she must die. 

The beginning is slow and didn’t capture my attention. I didn’t feel any passion in the writing. Everything reads rather matter of fact. I found Saloman’s lack of humanity to be a huge turn off. I feel his character is trying to be this unbelievably handsome & passionate vampire who we will all love to hate. But I didn’t get that with him. The constant references to how much he can make Elizabeth love to die for him grated on my nerves. I didn’t feel like he loved her or even liked her. His whole attitude is, “I’m a vampire and this is what I do. Deal with it.” Elizabeth has potential but she is portrayed as being so torn between Salomen and her duty that it’s over kill. She is an emotional mess. We are led to believe that Elizabeth’s frantic switching between lust and rage is due to Salomen’s influence on her but honestly, I’m not sure what was going on. I did enjoy some of the other characters-maybe because we only see them occasionally and they are allowed to develop more naturally.

The sex scenes between Elizabeth and Salomen are hot and heavy but the chemistry’s not there. To much emotional angst; it smothers the characters and the scenes.
About halfway through I knew this was not the book for me and could not go on.
I give this a DNF.

Originally posted at Smexybooks

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