Brimstone Blues by Lesli Richardson

Brimstone Blues is the sequel to Love & Brimstone and the second book in the Brimstone series. It should not be read as a standalone book.

Anastazia (Taz) Proctor has had a difficult couple of weeks. She accepted a dream job to serve as legal representative and personal assistant to the wealthy Matthias Hawthorne but, after an incident in the board room, discovered that not only did demons exist, but they were out to kill her. That, however, was not the greatest shock. She also learned that not only did vampires exist and her new boss and the man who raised her were vampires, but she was one also. All her Hollywood preconceived ideas about vampires were thrown out the window. Vampires are born, not made, due to genetics. She came from vampire lines on both sides of her family, making her (possibly) one of the strongest among them.

Matthias had hoped to break the news to her gently, but the demon attack ruined those plans. It became vital to move Taz to a place she would be safe and could learn to use her new found powers. Taz found herself falling in love with Matthias but, when she meets his cousin, Rafael Collins, she is torn between the two. On top of struggling with all the new knowledge and unstable powers, she is pushed over the edge when Rafe is killed. Somehow, Matthias must help her to survive all the emotional blows and the attacks on her life and help her to learn and control her enormous powers. And there is the question of her sanity. She keeps hearing a voice in her head that sounds like Rafe. There is an even greater threat to be met, and she has to be strong, sane and stable to overcome it.

The Brimstone series presents a different version of vampires. These vampires don’t drink blood (except in extreme emergency), have no powers in common with each other and are vampires by genetics only. Although they are long-lived, they are not impervious to injury or death. I didn’t find this “tamed” vampire scenario particularly intriguing or engaging, but that’s a matter of personal choice. The characters were rather insipid and the heroine, Taz, was particularly whiny. Granted, she had a lot on her plate to handle, but she did so without any grace or resolve. The male heroes were caricatures, patient and rather fawning. It was hard to see what she did to deserve such unquestioning devotion from two hot hunky intelligent men. The storyline revolves around greed and danger, and the author did a good job of building the tension and throwing in surprising twists and turns. Although I didn’t like the characters, I did enjoy the story.

Book Stats:

  • e-book, digital format
  • Publisher: Amira Press
  • Book Length: Novel
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1-935348-21-4

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Books in the Brimstone series in the order they should be read:
Love and Brimstone
Brimstone Blues

Brimstone Blues is the sequel to Love & Brimstone and the second book in the Brimstone series. It should not be read as a standalone book. Anastazia (Taz) Proctor has had a difficult couple of weeks. She accepted a dream job to serve as legal representative and personal assistant to the wealthy Matthias Hawthorne but, …

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About Storm

Storm Reyes has been reading paranormal, science fiction and fantasy books for over 50 years and writing reviews for 3 years. She recently retired from her position as Executive Assistant for the Pierce County Library System and now spends her time doing whatever the heck she wants to do. She's a Puyallup Indian, living on an urban reservation and so has the best of both worlds. Storm also spent 40 years as a human rights activist and public speaker. Her future plans include learning Tai Chi and making a dent in her stack of books to-be-read.

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