Check out my review for PRINCE OF BLOOD AND STEEL by Nazarea Andrews and AJ Elmore, and enter the giveaway!
Seth Morgan has returned home after two years spent building an alliance that will take his family’s crime syndicate to a new level in New York City’s black collar society. He expects a warm welcome as heir of the Morgan empire. He hopes to finally marry Nicolette, the woman he’s loved his whole life.
What he finds is a different world, one where his family’s legacy is in ruins. His big brother, Caleb, has changed into someone cold and bitter, plotting to overthrow their patriarch. And Nicolette, daughter of the criminal banking industry, has left the family entirely.
When a vicious misunderstanding leaves Caleb dead, Seth is left reeling. Desperate for truth, Seth is forced to turn to his only remaining cousin, Emma, for support. As he tries to mend his relationship with Nicolette, he begins a search for answers that will take him from the dirty streets to the highest reaches of their illicit empire.
Torn between the desire to protect those who mean the most to him, and a need to learn more about Caleb’s death, he grows distant to protect them. As each secret surfaces, he realizes that the only way to restore his family is to take his place at its head, and fully embrace the brutal way they live.
After having read and LOVED a previous book by Nazarea Andrews, and then reading the synopsis (after I managed to pull myself away from the smoking hot cover) for PRINCE OF BLOOD AND STEEL, I was definitely excited to get the chance to read this book. But my thoughts on finishing it, are mixed.
Seth Morgan is the prince of his family’s crime syndicate. After being away for two years, he returns home to find his legacy on the brink of ruin. The empire that his father died protecting, is now being run on greed, betrayal, and lies. As Seth searches for the truths that lead to the murder of his brother Caleb, he unearths secrets that will force the family to embrace a new order. His order.
Books told in third person are not my favourite type to read. It can at times be confusing as to who the narrator is talking about until their name is mentioned so I often found myself skimming until I found a name, and then going back to the beginning of the chapter. The plus for third person narrative is that we get to know information about a variety of the characters, so the reader is let in on secrets and problems that the other characters will encounter at a later stage which definitely helped to keep things interesting.
For me, the first half of the book was pretty slow going. Not enough happened to truly hold my attention, and it wasn’t until around 60% that I felt like the story really picked up, and the drama started to unfold. And once it did, I was hooked. I loved pretty much everything about the last half of the book.
I wasn’t a fan of Nic at all, even from the very beginning. There was just something about her that I didn’t like so I really hoping that Seth wouldn’t marry her like he was hoping to on his return. Emma was a completely different story though. I LOVED her. I could list all the reasons why I liked her but I won’t, because there’s honestly no way that you could not like her. And then of course we have Seth, and also Rama who I actually loved equally.
Romance wise, I’m not really sure how this series will play out. Part of me wants Seth and Emma to get together, but like I said, I love Rama just as much as Seth, so I’d also be happy if Emma and Rama ended up together. And as far as the storyline is concerned, I’m very excited to see where AJ and Nazarea take us in the next installment in the series due out in the Summer of 2014.
After a slow start, PRINCE OF BLOOD AND STEEL turned out to be a great book with lots of unexpected twists, backstabbing and one heck of an explosive ending! I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for the sequel.
★★★☆☆ 3.5 Stars
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*
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AJ and Nazarea became friends in a writers group. Drawn together by a love of fictional bad boys and good wine, they are best kept several states apart but rack up a ton of emails and text messages arguing plot points.
Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.
Aj has seven tattoos, two dogs, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She enjoys live music, and a diverse range of writing styles and genres. She has been writing creatively and therapeutically since childhood. She also supports artist collaboration and cross-media projects. She is an advocate of experience as inspiration. She lives and works in southern West Virginia as a bartender novelist.