Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Bloodgate Warrior by Joely Sue Burkhart

Title: The Bloodgate Warrior 
Author: Joely Sue Burkhart 
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Series: The Maya Bloodgates #2 
Publisher: Carina Press
Number of pages: 185
Source: Netgalley 

As the Mayan hero Técun lay dying, a sorceress cast a spell tying her bloodline to him, so that one day he could return and avenge their people... Following a near-death experience, Cassandra Gonzales is haunted by erotic dreams of a mysterious man. As the dreams intensify, she is compelled to travel to Guatemala in search of him. There she learns that her blood has opened a gate—and she is the only one who can bring the great warrior back from the afterlife. Once faced with Técun in the flesh, Cassie fears the need he stirs within her. She aches to submit to the pleasure he promises, but first she must learn to trust in him, and in her own desires. Their time for sensual exploration is brief—Técun's killer has escaped, intent on sacrificing Cassie and wreaking havoc on the world. Now, only Cassie's complete and willing surrender to Técun will give him the power to defeat the demon once and for all.

This is one of the few books in a series that works well as a stand alone.  I had a much easier time getting into this book then I did the first one. I think it's because the world building was much easier, and I connected with the hero and heroine much earlier in this book then I did the second one. 

I love how Cassie loved her dreams with Tecun, but wasn't sure what to do with him once he became real.  Once she learns to trust him again, they worked really well together as a team trying to stop the person who killed Tecun all those years ago from getting something that would make him all powerful. 

The one problem I had with this book was the zombie factor. Try as I might, I just can't get into it.  I was in love with the book right up until the zombies, then I just had a hard time getting into the rest of the story. 

While I did have problems with the zombie factor, I love Joely Sue Burkharts writing style. It flows nicely and her love scenes are sizzling hot and always mesh nicely with the story going on and don't seem out of place.   I just wish I could have gotten more into the zombie storyline otherwise this was a really good novella.