I voluntarily received an ARC of Releasing the Demons by L.D. Rose in exchange for an honest review.
Blaze Knight has been through hell and back, but the nightmares aren’t over yet.
Five years after Blaze was maimed by Cyrus Chimola, a powerful vampire with a penchant for torture, he’s still trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. As a genetically engineered mercenary with the ability to bend fire to his will and to see in infrared, Blaze’s mission is to protect what’s left of humanity. When Chimola and his crew return to the Bronx gunning for Blaze’s blood, Blaze is forced to face the demons of his past. Hell-bent on revenge, he seeks the help of Valerie Medeiros, an NYPD detective who manages to steal his heart and save his life in more ways than one.
Motivated by her sister’s gruesome death, Valerie has made it her life’s goal to bury every vampire in the ground where they belong. When she brings in Blaze Knight for suspected murder, she discovers he’s not only innocent, he isn’t a man at all–he’s a half-vampire hybrid working with a band of brothers for the U.S. military. Valerie has a hard time trusting anything with fangs, yet she quickly falls headlong into Blaze’s life, a life full of darkness and horror she can’t even begin to fathom. The bodies are stacking up, but Valerie can’t seem to let go of this hybrid, a beautiful monster filled with pain, rage, and passion unlike anything she’s ever known.
In a world where the line between good and evil is blurred, Blaze and Valerie will find danger at every turn, risking everything they’ve come to know and love, including one another.
Ever since the sparkling vampires of Stephanie Myer’s Twilight Saga, vampires seem to be a controversial subject when it comes to books. Personally, I enjoyed the Twilight Saga and sparkling vampires, but I prefer the more mature paranormal characters that are in adult stories, like Sookie Stackhouse novels. The mature bad ass vampires that I enjoy are exactly the type that L.D. Rose has written into The Order of the Senary series. Releasing the Demons combines just the right amounts of paranormal action with hot and steamy romance.
Rose’s characters are well developed, easy to connect with, and each have their own demons to battle. Damaged doesn’t even begin to describe Blaze after the 7 months he spent being tortured in so many different and unimaginable ways. Knowing the type of pain Blaze has endured made me enjoy watching him heal Valerie and find some peace himself with their new relationship even more.
I was a little confused at first about some things, but as the story progressed everything was well explained and my initial confusion did not distract me from enjoying the book. The most confusing thing for me was understanding Blaze’s infrared vision. I was confused about how he distinguished so many small details in his surroundings, such as colors and facial expressions. Once I learned more about his abilities and Rome’s abilities, I was able to better understand these things.