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Ascent of Blood
(Book #1 in the Red Veil series)
Amazon | BN
Author: Cassia Leo
Publisher: Self Published (October 26,2012)
Genre: PNR, 195 pages
ASIN: B009YN23K4
My Copy: eBook


Sometimes, love is conceived in the mind of a man long before it is ever realized.

1990, Cardiff, Wales.  Vampire prince, Sebastian Pearce, has waited six-hundred years for the right human mate. His own beloved mother was a mortal capable of carrying immortal offspring. While vampires no longer require live donors for sustenance, Mother Nature has played a cruel trick on them making breeders a rare commodity. As numbers in Sebastian’s Imperial House continue to dwindle, his virgin bride eludes him. That is, until he happens upon a young woman searching for information about a sacred vampire text, the Book of Descent. Sebastian’s desire for her is more potent than anything he’s felt for another woman, but Everleigh Marbut isn’t innocent. She’s an American with a mind of her own, and worst of all, she’s already carrying an immortal being. As Sebastian and Everleigh fight their attraction to each other, they don’t realize they’re being lured into a battle pitting medieval myth against the power of modern science to recreate life until it’s too late.

The destiny of his lineage, and the bond forged between them, now rests in their acceptance of each other as they are.

Is there such thing as a typical vampire book anymore? There are so many twists and turns in these vampy stories, that I can't really pin point what is different and what falls back on the original. Ascent of Blood has all it's bloody goodness that all vamp books possess, but it's also got its little details that set it apart from other vampire books you've probably read.

Sebastian Pearce is a really old vampire who's been waiting for his mate to come along. But not just any mate, nope, never that. He's been waiting for a human mate. And when Everleigh Marbut makes an appearance in a book store looking for the Book of Ascent, Sebastian knows she is the one he's been waiting for. How? Because he can't get a whiff of her blood and he can't help but be drawn to her. Oh, not to mention the sparks (seriously) that fly between them when they touch.

But, he doesn't get her all that easy. What's the fun in that? Once Sebastian escapes from being captured by the Nosferatu, he takes Everleigh with him and is bound to make her his mate and the mother to his unborn children. The vampire race is dying out and Everleigh is the salvation to this race. The only human who can breed vampire children and live through it. But, he'll have to wait for her to breed any of his children, because she is already pregnant.

Once Everleigh is shacked up at Casa de Sebastian—though house would be a major lie, more like the castle of all castles. Yup, that just about does it—Everleigh gives Sebastian a little taste of what he's in for. If he thought he was going to get a woman who was going to comply to his every whim, then he better think again. Everleigh Marbut might be a tiny little thing, but a push around and a weak woman she is not.

As months and Everleigh's pregnancy go on, Sebastian is finding it more and more hard to stay away from her. Though he despises the child growing in her, he has made a deal that he will not harm the child and take Everleigh as his mate. All the while trying to find information about why Everleigh's blood type is what it is and who was behind the murder of her family when she was younger.

Ascent of Blood was really hard for me to get into. Though the world was wonderfully written and wasn't that hard to follow, I found it oddly "hard" for me to get into the book at all. Once I hit the half way mark is when things starting picking up for me. Characters start to "click" in my head and the story itself became more intriguing. Though I'm still confused with this whole story, I thought it was a great introduction to a series and will be looking forward to reading the next installment.


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Windy City writer, Elizabeth Marx, brings cosmopolitan life alive in her fiction—a blend of romance, fast-paced Chicago living, and a sprinkle of magical realism. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who’ve spelled everyone into believing they’re really dogs. She grew up in the city, has traveled extensively, and still says there’s no town like Chi-Town.

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