His death is her destiny.
Blood Orange, a sizzling and captivating modern retelling of Dracula from New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is now available!
Once there was a man who fell deeply in love with a woman he could never have. When their affair was uncovered she was brutally murdered in front of him, and he discovered he was cursed, doomed to live forever as a vampire.
Over the centuries, he found his love again, and lost her again, until he was so broken he gave up on love entirely, sinking into the depths of depravity, losing his humanity.
Then one day, she came back into his life. A student of music studying under him at the conservatory in Venice, Italy where he was a professor. But even though he found her beautiful and intriguing, he didn’t recognise his fated mate at all.
Because this time she had to hide her true self.
This time she came back as a witch, whose destiny wasn’t to love him…but to kill him.
Blood Orange is a modern-day Dracula retelling about the “real-life” Dracula that inspired Bram Stoker. This is a dark vampire romance with plenty of content warnings and while it is a spinoff of The Dark Eyes Duet, it is a complete standalone novel.
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My Book Review:
A good and different interpretation of Dracula here, of soul mates and reincarnation, a love that transcends time.
In this version, vampires are born as humans from vampire parents, but do not become vampires until a certain age, 21 for females and 35 for males. Valtu (Dracula) was an orphan and so never knew he was a vampire, until he turned at 35. This was when he had first met the love of his life, his soul mate, who was brutally murdered in front of him, at a time when he was incapable of saving her.
Over the years as he learned he was a vampire and what that entailed, he eventually met his soul mate yet again, only for her to be taken from him again. Heartbroken, he gave up on love.
Years later, Valtu is a professor of music in Italy when he meets Dahlia, who is to become one of his students.
Dahlia is a witch vampire hunter, trained from an early age after her parents were killed by vampires. She has been sent undercover to kill Valtu. She must get close to him, all the while keeping up a magical disguise so that he won’t recognise her as a witch, and get close enough to kill him. Of course, things don’t quite go to plan, and she ends up slowly falling for her professor. Of course with her magical disguise in place, Valtu does not know that Dahlia is his soul mate, he feels the pull towards her and feels that they may have met before, but does not recognise her as her true form is hidden. But there is an added danger of an evil presence in Venice, with portals to other dimensions opening and monsters and demons appearing.
I enjoyed this, I didn’t find it particularly dark, it was a little slow to begin with for me, as I was expecting Dahlia to have more oomph about her being a witch vampire slayer, but she seemed a little vulnerable instead. There is some gore and violence when the vampires are around, but again wasn’t that bad I thought. I am looking forward to seeing how this will play out. After the ending of this one I expect the next book to definitely hot up!
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.
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