by Hannah Howell, Lynsay Sands

September 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7582-2042-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Kensington Publishing
Trade Paperback

I have never read anything by these authors prior to this book and more than likely, I will not read anything by them ever again.

In 1511, cousins Heming MacNachton and Tearlach MacAdie are taken prisoner by men determined to discover the secrets of Heming and Tearlach's life longevity.

In Blood Feud by Hannah Howell, Heming encounters Brona Kerr, cousin to the man who kidnapped Heming. She does not understand her cousin's sadistic behavior towards Heming and cannot believe the tales that Heming is a demon and drinks blood. She is determined to set him free but in the process, learns that some myths are more real than she ever thought possible. As Brona helps him escape, will she find the courage to escape into a better, though different, life?

Lynsay Sands introduces readers to Tearlach and his courageous woman, Lady Lucy Blytheswood, in The Capture. Lucy's brother has been murdered by Wymon Carbonnel, the same man who took Tearlach captive. Now they are both locked in the dungeon with little hope of escaping. Tearlach is weak with hunger. He needs blood. They will only make it to safety if Lucy is willing to help Tearlach, if she is willing to perhaps, fall a bit in love with him. But Wymon is on the hunt and won't be satisfied until he has Lucy as his bride and Tearlach dead.

These stories have similar characters, similar situations, and even rather similar writing styles. There is unfortunately nothing in this collection to make a reader stand up and take notice. Nothing new has been examined in the vampire mythology, and while I will say Lucy and Brona were definitely brave women, capable of handling the tough situations thrown at them, they are still rather bland. In fact, this entire collection is bland and fades into the myriad of other paranormal romances currently on the market.

Reviewed in August 2007 by Sarah.