Author: Greg Howard
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Cooper Causey spent a lifetime eluding the demons of his youth and suppressing the destructive power inside him. But a disconcerting voicemail lures Cooper back home to the coast of South Carolina and to Warfield—the deserted plantation where his darkness first awakened. While searching for his missing grandmother, Cooper uncovers the truth about his ancestry and becomes a pawn in an ancient war between two supernatural races. In order to protect the only man he’s ever loved, Cooper must embrace the dark power threatening to consume him and choose sides in a deadly war between the righteous and the fallen.
Review: Cooper has avoided his hometown for years. When he was younger he had a terrifying encounter with a ghost on an abandoned plantation that has a history of tragedy. Ever since that day he’s been different. There’s something inside him. Something that can harm those around him if he doesn’t control himself. A frantic call from his grandma warning him to stay away forces him to return. His grandma is missing and Cooper knows something is wrong. When he calls the police the guy that shows up is his childhood crush. Cooper knows the haunted plantation has something to do with the disappearance of his grandma. While searching for her he learns about the history of their family his grandma has obviously kept hidden from him. A world of magic, ghosts and vampires. And death.
This book was super intense and creepy. I loved it! Cooper has lost his entire family so he’s determined to get his grandmother back home safe. He has no idea she’s being held hostage by evil vampires hell bent on ruling the world. To do it they need Cooper’s blood. This brings him into contact with a team of magical good guys. They share a common interest in not letting the evil vamps get their hands on Cooper. There’s so many fascinating characters and dynamics between them all in this book. The story is a bit of a paranormal mystery at first. The rest of the book is pretty much the good guys vs the bad guys in a battle to save Cooper and the world of humans. There’s a lot of history weaved together to get to the trouble they’ve been drawn into. I loved how the relationships are all intermingled and complicated. This made for some compelling plot lines to go with all the action going on.
This book is not a romance but there is a love story. Cooper and his crush have to work their way through a lifetime of repressed feelings and regret all while dealing with an army of vampire zombies and their master trying to kill them. I was totally invested in them as a couple. It’s evident they’ve been pining for each other their entire lives. If they don’t make it out of this alive they’ll never get a chance to be together. So yes there’s romance but the focus of the story is on defeating the bad guys. The only complaint I had in this book was the MC was continuously getting them into trouble. It became frustrating and questionable at points but on the other hand the battle scenes getting them out of the situations were sit up in bed and bite your nails intense. If you’re looking for an intense and scary read this is one to pick up. I love a good vampire book and this one also has magic wielders! Ghosts hell bent on revenge and a really good love story. Blood Divine is hard to put down once you start it so clear some time to get lost in it. There’s also a promise of another book as some things are left open at the end of the book. I’ll definitely be reading it and checking out other books by this author. I was very pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. Great read!!!