Wednesday 3 July 2024

Book Review: Bloodlust Bites (Charley Underwood #2) by Luanne Bennett (Urban Fantasy)

Bloodlust Bites
Luanne Bennett
Second Sky
9 August 2024
eBook - EPUB
Urban Fantasy
ARC via NetGalley

Welcome to Crimson, Georgia. I’m Charley Underwood—witch, bar owner, and accidental demon hunter.

Crimson isn’t a regular town. With vampires, shifters, and humans living side by side, tensions always run high. I try to keep the peace, and most of the time nobody gets hurt. Most of the time.

Right now, Crimson is one bite away from all-out chaos.

A dangerous new wolf is stirring up trouble. A sexy vampire is on the hunt, with a gun full of sunlight bullets. And thugs from Atlanta are threatening my friends.

As if that wasn’t enough, my magic is running wild. One second it’s throwing bad guys through windows, the next it fizzles out to nothing. There’s only one way to get it under control—by taking lessons from Crimson’s terrifying old-school coven of witches.

I need to get a handle on it fast. Way out in the woods, someone is attacking young women, leaving them bitten and bloody. Is it a stranger or one of our own?

When police pin the attacks on one of my bartenders, it’s clear that none of this is random. Someone is coming after me and the people I love.

I’ll do anything to protect my crew. Even strike a deal with a vicious old enemy.

Because when I see what I’m fighting against, it’s clear I need all the help I can get.

Bloodlust Bites was an enjoyable continuation of the Charley Underwood series. In fact, I think I liked this second offering even more than the first, perhaps because, with all the introduction and world building out of the way, we could move straight into the drama unfolding. The pacing in this second book was excellent and I raced through it over a couple of nights. I was pleased to see a little more romance coming in for Charley, and I thought this volume tied up the tale started in book one well while also introducing the beginnings of a new thread for the continuation of the series. I would definitely keep reading for book three, and I am giving this book 4.5 stars. Recommended to urban fantasy fans, but you will need to read book one first.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  

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