Blood in the Sand

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Title: Blood in the Sand  Book 2 – sequel to Blood Howl
Author: Robin Saxon and Alex Kidwell
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Buy Link:Blood in the Sand
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance / Adventure
Length: 350 pages
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 rating stars

A Guest Review by Raine

Summary Review: Explosive Egyptian adventures for audacious Jed and the delightful Redford who light up the book to the detriment of other characters.

Blurb:

Sanguis Noctis Book Two

When David, an old contact and sometimes friend, hires Jed Walker to look into a series of seemingly unrelated disappearances in Cairo, Jed jumps at the chance to show his partner, Redford Reed, more of the world he’s been missing. David’s boyfriend, supernatural expert and resident stuffy professor Victor Rathbone, joins them in their journey to Egypt, which holds many more dangers and mysteries than Jed ever expected. Hidden natures resurface, relationships collide, and instincts are stretched to their breaking point. What seems to be a simple case turns out to be anything but.

David may have called for help, but he has his own suspicions about who’s behind the kidnappings—suspicions that, along with clashing personalities, make getting to the bottom of the mystery difficult. While Jed and Redford grow more intimate and trusting with each new obstacle in their path, David and Victor struggle not to lose their trust in each other in the face of their differences. As the four close in on the kidnappers, David is forced to face the one thing more dangerous than the mastermind behind the disappearances: himself.

Review:

The main characters, crazy mercenary soldier Jed and the sweet werewolf Redford, make this book work for me. I loved the first story of how they met- Blood Howl, which I happily reviewed. However the strengths and weaknesses there, were I felt repeated to some extent here. Nevertheless I enjoyed the development of this somewhat incongruous relationship. The details of their oddly domestic life amidst the chaos of a soldier of fortune lifestyle complete with guns, grenades and a spoilt rotten cat were very appealing.

The ever growing tenderness and, to be honest, occasional downright sentimentality, is balanced by some good tension as Red tries to understand his new hybrid wolf instincts and how they manifest themselves. He is a gorgeous character, his naive lack of world experience is still used to add some humour, as when he has his head stuck out of the car window enthusiastically following his nose. His strong protective and growingly possessive adoration of Jed is totally believable. Likewise Jed has been understandably changed by his love for Redford, even while remaining essentially the same outrageous extrovert which makes him such in your face fun. Together they have sexual heat and playfulness but also real intimacy.

Occasionally, Redford would just press himself close and hook his chin over Jed’s shoulder, like he was reassuring himself that Jed was still whole and alive.

When this Egyptian jaunt concentrated on them I thought the book came alive. I found the paranormal adventure plot less successful, it felt rather dragged out and not very convincing. This may have come from David as I didn’t feel he added any originality to his role. His companion Victor was more interesting, but he also felt rather a stereotype as a tweed wearing, tea drinking academic. I wasn’t convinced that their relationship was merely that of fondness, at some moments it felt rather dramatically like more. The juxtaposition of the two dissimilar relationships in the closeness of the shared hotel suite served to cleverly highlight the changes that were happening. Consequently the conclusions that were reached, both with David and Victor’s relationship and that of the main plot seemed unconvincing to me. However that might also be because I’m not thrilled at the thought of another book concentrating on the vagaries of David’s past, present and future love life. Once again I found the villain rather lacking anything but self importance.

I enjoyed this full blooded romp in the sand of Egypt, but only when I could concentrate on Jed and Redford, I was much less engaged by David and his problems. I am looking forward to the next instalment in the series, which hopefully will leave David with a less prominent part.

12 thoughts on “Blood in the Sand

  1. Sirius

    Oooooo I liked the first one too because of your recommendation. Should I get this one?

    1. Raine Post author

      The answer to that depends on how much you like the guys…….there are other considerations too which to avoid spoilers I will email you……… :grin:

  2. jax

    I really adore these MCs and how they relate to each other. Love all that tenderness and sentimentality! I will likely read a third installment (if there is one) and yet I found the first book kind of dull and the second was repetitive and I ended up skimming bits. Jed and Redford are THAT appealing that I’ll wade through whatever story they are in. I just wish the authors could tighten up the narrative and make it as good as the character development.

    1. Raine Post author

      Hi Jax

      I agree with what you say, except that I did really enjoy the first book, this one is less successful in my opinion. The guys are just special together and a joy to read about!

    2. EM Lynley

      I wasn’t sure after the mixed review for book 2, but your comments actually make me want to give the series a shot, even with Raine’s reservations. If the couple is this good… thanks for your comments.

  3. EM Lynley

    Great review. I’ve been drooling over this cover since it came out but hadn’t bought it yet. I didn’t realize there was an earlier book in the series. I love ancient settings, so I’m going to give this series a shot. Thank you!

    1. Raine Post author

      Thank you. Hope you enjoy the guys, Redford is one of my favourite werewolves and Jed is just huge fun. :grin:

  4. Lisa Sullivan

    Thanks for the review! I really love Red & Jed. David- not so much. This is why I didn’t buy it when it first came out I still don’t know if I should get this one. Help!

    1. Raine Post author

      Hey Lisa,
      the guys do get a lot of page time, but the plot revolves around David, I agree he is less appealing. I’m glad I read it even though it isn’t perfect….and that’s all the help I can give. :grin:

  5. Lisa Sullivan

    Okay Raine! Thank you again. I read it, and I was not sorry because I really enjoyed spending more time in R & J’s world. The plot could’ve been better; I didn’t really get why we are supposed to care about David’s world, etc. I myself only care about the real M.C.’s-Red & Jed. The author’s should dump the floss and keep the gold!

    1. Raine Post author

      Big thanks for letting me know what you thought Lisa, seems we agree about David as well as the guys! I do love this relationship. :grin:

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