Blood Is Forever Asta Idonea

Blog Tour Review – Blood Is Forever by Asta Idonea

Title:Blood Is Forever

Author:Asta Idonea

Genre:Gay Paranormal Romance, Mystery

Length:Novel

Publisher:NineStar Press

Have I got an interesting read for you! Freshly released Blood is Forever by Asta Idonea is a riveting mix of a gay paranormal romance and a murder mystery. I read through it in no time and enjoyed the premise, the characters and all the twists. So, not that I’ve enticed you, let me tell you more about the book

Blood is Forever by Asta Idonea

Sometimes catching a murderer means risking one’s heart.

As a fae-vampire hybrid, scorned by all, Holden’s life has never been easy. The one bright spot is his job testing blood at supernatural crime scenes. It’s routine work, until the day he finds a victim he can’t read.

When one murder becomes two, and then three, it’s clear there’s a serial killer on the loose—one with a penchant for collecting hearts. Finding the bad guy could cement Holden’s career, but he’s drawing a blank. And it doesn’t help that the expert his boss calls in to assist him is the man Holden’s been crushing on for years.

With lives hanging in the balance, Holden and Val must solve the case before the killer strikes again. But will they come out with their hearts still intact?

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Review: Blood Is Forever by Asta Idonea

While I read almost everything Asta Idonea published, this was her first book with a mystery plot and I was more than curious to read it. It helped that there were vampires and magic involved, because I am a sucker for paranormal romance. I have to say I didn’t guess who did it until very late in the game and that is a huge plus in my book. The pacing was great, it kept me reading the book even when I shouldn’t have, and I loved the characters.

Holden is a very interesting main character, as his status of a hybrid makes everyone loathe him. Yet he tries his best to be useful and fit into a society that treats dirt on their shoes a little better than they treat Holden. Val was a great choice for a love interest, the two men so different on the surface, it makes you wonder if they’ll ever find their way to each other. Yet they do work as an investigative team.

I can’t go into the plot without spoiling things for your, so I won’t. I will tell you that Asta Idonea made some very interesting choices with her plot, characters, and atmosphere. I loved every one of them and was delighted by the twists she sprinkled in. Definitely a great read that I wholeheartedly recommend.

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Excerpt:  Blood Is Forever by Asta Idonea

Owens cleared her throat, and Holden remembered why he was here: the blood. He knelt beside the woman and collected a sample. Then he licked the blood from his finger and closed his eyes.

There was something this time, but it was vague. Random childhood recollections mingled with glimpses of what he assumed was the time of the murder. Through the confusion, he saw a dark shadow and the flash of a blade. The latter bore engravings, but Holden couldn’t ascertain what they said before the vision vanished.

The pictures grew ever fainter. In the last, a head loomed toward him, and he scrunched his eyes tighter, concentrating his efforts on making out the features. For a second, he caught sight of lips pulled into a grimace. Then there was only darkness.

Holden opened his eyes and rose. “She saw her attacker, and I’m convinced she knew him, trusted him. I sensed initial calm in his presence. The spike of fear only came when she suddenly found she couldn’t move—complete paralysis. That’s why she didn’t fight. She couldn’t. I imagine the same is true of our previous victim.”

Owens nodded. “Good work. See Campbell to put together a likeness of our suspect.”

“I can’t. I didn’t see his face.”

“It was definitely a man though? Did he wear a mask?”

“No, no mask. At least, I don’t believe so. I think it was a man, but…” Holden tried to remember what he’d seen. “No, I can’t be completely certain of that. Sorry. The blood was already heavily degraded.” He paused, feeling the weight of a roomful of stares. “I did the best I could with it.”

“Fucking hell! Degraded? Philips said she’s only been dead for a couple of hours, same as the last vic. It’s impossible.”

“I got what I could, Captain.”

What else was he supposed to say? He couldn’t create memories where there were none. Anything else would be lying, and he would never mislead Owens, or risk the integrity of the investigation, simply to save face.

Meet Asta Idonea

Author Asta IdoneaAsta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!

As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.

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