Tuesday, April 16, 2024

#Review - The Order of Blood and Ruin by K.M. Shea #Paranormal #Fantasy

 Magic on Main Street # 3
Format: Kindle, 495 pages
Release Date: April 5, 2024
Publisher: K.M. Shea
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Genre: Urban Fantasy

They used to be enemies. Now they’re partners.

I never imagined Considine Maledictus—one of the most powerful vampires alive—would go from ruling the streets at night to joining the supernatural task force just to become my partner, but here we are.

Considine claims he “fancies” me. He also used to hide his identity and pose as my charming next-door neighbor, so forgive me if I don’t believe him.

As bad as that is, my work life is worse.

My slayer identity—kept a secret since a lone slayer is an easy target—has been leaked by a suspect from a previous case. This brings a new level of danger to my job, especially since the suspect is obviously holding a grudge against me.

But I’m more worried about my city. Bad things are going down, and whatever is stirring in the shadows is more than I can handle alone. Can I trust Considine to watch my back when he used to be the biggest threat to my life?

And why is it that despite everything that has happened, a part of me wonders if it’s possible for a slayer and vampire to be together…

The Order of Blood and Ruin is the final book in the Magic on Main Street urban fantasy trilogy and is part of the Magiford Supernatural City world. This series is packed with humor, magical fights, and a sweet, slow-burn romance between a slayer who battles social anxiety and a vampire who is sick of his immortality. The story alternates between Jade O'Neill, a vampire slayer nicknamed Blood, and Considine Maledictus, a vampire elder nicknamed Ruin.

Considine is so powerful that even his own people, as well as slayers, stay as far as they can away from him. Jade, meanwhile, joined the Magical Response Task Force because she wanted to prove to other supernaturals as well as her own family of slayers that she could protect, not just kill. Jade has tried so very hard to become a solid member of the team and has slowly earned the position of leader of her own Team Blood which seems to always get the most dangerous jobs possible including standing in the way of a Fae war. 

At the end of the previous installment, Jade and Considine were named as permanent partners because of the dangerous threats posed by dragon shifter Gisila who now knows Jade's real identity without her mask after a violent confrontation. Meanwhile, Considine has made it his mission to impress upon Jade that she is his, no matter what her issues with her social anxiety, or her own family have to say, and she will not go anywhere without his protection since nobody would be foolish to attack her with him around. 

After Gisila does make her much-anticipated move thanks to an oracles' prophecy, Considine finds himself captured and taken off the playing field leaving Jade unprotected. Jade has no choice but to call for a Slayer Stake to find Considine and stop Gisila. This is the first time that Jade's entire family, as well as other slayers from around the country, will show up and follow Jade's directions. This puts Jade in a powerful position where she can either rise to the top or fall hard and fail owing favors to anyone who responds to her call.

This book has plenty of action, and there are lots of humorous moments as Jade finds herself in such uncomfortable positions like meeting the vampires Considine swore to protect, as well Killian Drake's One, Hazel Medeis, who has been trying to get rid of House Tellier after all the trouble they've been causing, as well as Jade's own neighbors who are thrilled that Jade has finally found someone. Considine's careless attitude about what others think of what he's doing, paired with Jade's extremely disciplined military-like mannerisms is so endearingly amusing. 

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