Review: Blood of the Maple by Dana Marie Bell

4 Apr

Blood of the Maple by Dana Marie Bell
Carina Press
(April 11, 2011)
e-book: $5.99
ISBN: 9781426891441

Favorite Lines: “It was like she’d handed him Christmas, his birthday and an all-you-can-eat porn star rolled into one. From the way he swallowed, he might have started drooling.” (p. 50)

A seduction-gone-wrong leaves vampire Parker Hollis with a new vegetarian lifestyle and on the run from a vengeful witch. Moving to small-town Maggie’s Grove, Parker meets a redheaded dryad with green, leafy blood that draws him in a way he hasn’t experienced in decades. His new neighbor smells divine, and it isn’t long before craving gives in to need.

In a unique community of supernaturals, tree-loving outcast Amara Schwedler has never quite fit in. She’s scarred by a traumatic incident and feared by the local townsfolk. She’s convinced Parker will look elsewhere for a mate once he discovers she’s not one of the O-positive set, and can’t believe it when Parker finds her irresistible.

When the witch who’s been plaguing Parker’s life discovers the newfound attraction between Parker and Amara, she takes out her anger on the town. Can the supernaturals of Maggie’s Grove accept Amara and band together in time to withstand the assaults of the enraged witch?

Ok, the prologue almost made me regret my decision to read Blood of the Maple. While it was needed for the reader to completely understand the both the hero and heroine’s problems, it made me think the book was going to silly fluff. I’m pleased to say by the end of chapter one, I had discarded that thought and continued to read a very different, but extremely exciting story.

Blood of the Maple is book one in Dana Marie Bell’s Maggie’s Grove series. Maggie’s Grove is a predominately paranormal community in Maryland. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts, witches and dryads are only a few of the creatures living in Maggies Grove. The town caters to every abnormal living in the community except Amara. For an unknown reason she is shunned by most of the people in town. When Parker arrives the town welcomes him which shows it is capable of accepting those who are different, but their disdain for Amara is a puzzle.

I liked Amara from the get-go. She is a refreshing and mysterious character. We know that others fear her, but not why. My need to find out why she was treated like an outcast helped keep my flipping the pages of this ebook, but the romance was a solid second. Amara needed someone to love her and Parker had enough quirks of his own to make him worthy of her. I wanted her to find a happily ever after and that was possible with Parker.

The secondary characters almost stole the story. From the mayor to the mystic, to Parker’s best friend who happened to be a ghost and the ghost’s lover, Blood of the Maple is infused with people I’d love to know more about. I want to know their secrets and desires. I learned enough about them to want them to find love and HEAs.

One reason why you should read Blood of the Maple: The sex scenes involving a ghost. It’s a M/M relationship, so avoid this book if you dislike books which mention homosexuality.

I’m glad I read this book and would recommend others check it out. The story is 210 pages of steamy sex, funny innuendos and action. (This doesn’t include the 8 pages which included the cover, letter to the reader, dedication and acknowledgements.)

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