- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Kensington; Original edition (Oct. 1 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0758228678
- ISBN-13: 978-0758228673
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.6 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #945,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Blood and Fire Paperback – Oct 1 2011
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About the Author
Shannon McKenna is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous romantic thrillers and several novellas. After a bizarre assortment of jobs, from singing cocktail waitress to medical secretary to strolling madrigal singer, she decided that writing hot romantic suspense suits her best. She lives with her husband and family in a small seaside town in southern Italy. Write to Shannon at her website www.shannonmckenna.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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However, I did not love it because too many pages are devoted to the villians, and interaction with other characters. I wanted more interaction between hero and heroine.
Lastly, I AM SO GRATEFUL, AERO THE JERK made an appearace. I am so not buying his story!!!!!! I will never understand why so many women find an abusive, abnoxious, rude, man, irresistable. Again look at Lisa Marie Rice's heroes, they are strong, dangerous, sexy and in total control, without resorting to demeaning behavior toward the heroine. In any event meeting this idiot, in this book saved me time, money and aggrivation. THANK YOU!!!!!!
Bruno is a fun hero, but he loses quite a lot of his "fun" in the adventure - he becomes as grim as most of the McCloud men. As I said, I love them, but I find it interesting how many authors seem to create distinctive secondary characters, but homogenize them into a particular pattern when it comes time for them to star in their own story.
So, this was an enjoyable episode in the McCloud series, but not one of my absolute favorites.
Several previous books were about the McCloud Brothers. In one of them, Bruno was a best friend to Kev McCloud. This book is Bruno's story. His mother Magda was killed when Bruno was 12. He lived with his Uncle Tony and Great Aunt Rosa after that. He never knew who his father was.
Lily's mother died giving birth to Lily. She was raised by her father Howard who was an in-vitro fertility specialist. When Lily was in her teens, her father became mentally unstable. He drank too much and tried to commit suicide. Lily dropped out of college and earns big bucks by researching and writing papers for rich college students. With that she is able to pay $11,000 per month to keep Howard in an institution with enough guarding so he cannot commit suicide. On one of her visits to Howard, he tells her "They're always listening. They'll kill both of us. Magda Ranieri warned me. They killed her. We were trying to get proof. Find her son, and tell him. He has to lock it. With the key. Her son will know when he sees it." Nurse Miriam shows up and forces Lily to leave the building. Then Miriam kills Howard making it look like suicide. Other bad guys follow Lily and attack her, but she escapes. Lily finds Bruno, Magda's son. They are attracted to each other. Bad guys attack them, and they go on the run. Bruno and Lily don't know who is after them or why.
King is a wealthy scientist-megalomaniac. He breeds humans, and then uses drugs and psychological programming to turn them into fighting drones who do whatever he commands. Those who aren't strong enough are killed off before they reach adulthood. He calls this culling. He has listening devices that current day bug sweeping technology cannot detect. These listening devices are planted in the homes, cars, and work locations of Bruno. They are also in Howard's room and the McCloud vehicles. Bruno's great aunt Rosa is spending time with the McClouds. King's drones plant a listening device in Rosa's purse, so King hears everything the McClouds say when Rosa is around, which is most of the time.
I loved most of the books published by this author from 2001 to 2008. But sadly her last book (Fade to Midnight - Kev's story, 2010) and this book are weak.
The McClouds have cameos in this book. Kev is getting married. The others are either pregnant or have little kids running around. I'm not sure why Rosa is there. She's living with them, acting like everyone's grandmother, doting on the little ones, nagging others to have babies, and cooking lots of food for everyone. This was ok in a holday-reunion-reminiscing way, but I think the author should consider taking a break from the McClouds and create some new characters and plots.
The Bruno and Lily story was mostly being on the run and hiding, but the bad guys keep finding them because everything is bugged. So they have to fight and flee repeatedly. This was fun for a chase story, but there was nothing special. No new thinking. It felt like a formulaic copy of her previous books including the typical bad guy monologue at the end where he tells all the evil things he's been doing. There was nothing creative, special, or different in the plot and events. It felt TV-ish.
I was annoyed with Rosa's stupid and pushy ways. She trusts a stranger to give her a bugged phone. But someone's got to be stupid to help the plot along, so in this case it's her.
I don't want my heroes and heroines (h/h) doing stupid things to cause conflicts. And the author complies by having listening devices everywhere. This way h/h can avoid stupidity, but the bad guy continues to find them. That was too easy. I would rather have more interesting reasons for finding the h/h. I also would like some interesting or clever things being done by the h/h. Although, Lily did do something neat with red dots on a card (drugs).
I found the bad guy's motives inconsistent. Howard knew what King was doing, so why would King allow him to live for so long? King's explanation was he's not into killing people. Yet he killed off many of his drones over the years. And, as soon as Howard tells Lily about Magda, he has Howard killed. That didn't fit.
I was annoyed with Lily's weak reason for breaking up with Bruno. King told a lie to Bruno which Bruno believed. But Lily was mad because she felt Bruno should have trusted her rather than King. They had just met. I have trouble with the concept of demanding immediate trust. It was an excuse to have argument, separation, and some make-up sex. I was also disappointed in the lack of relationship development. Bruno says I love you way too soon. He had been on a magazine cover as most eligible bachelor. Why does he fall in love with Lily? Why so quickly? Why does she fall for him?
I will say the author writes excellent sex scenes. There were two that were very entertaining with fun and different dialogue. My favorites started on pages 193 and 265.
Story length: 503 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 10. Estimated number of sex scene pages: 23. Setting: current day Oregon and New York. Copyright: 2011. Genre: romantic suspense.