Blood of the Maple by Dana Marie Bell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Okay.... WOW!! Just WOW!! Dana Marie Bell hits this one out of the park! I loved Blood of the Maple! Ms. Bell puts a spin on the paranormal genre that is so original, comedic, and emotionally moving. She is, without a doubt, one of my auto-buy authors.
This book is a zany, delightful, yet moving story with a cast of colorful characters. The main story-line narrates a relationship between Parker Hollis and Amara Schweller. He is not your run of the mill male vampire. He is a vegetarian vampire who was cursed into such a state by a clingy ex-girlfriend named Terri who is a witch that has tormented him for years.
After a major life change, Parker and his best friend, Greg who is a ghost move to a town called Maggie’s Grove where different kinds of supernatural beings live in relative peace. Parker moves in next to Amara who is a reclusive dryad with few friends and is considered an outcast. As soon as Parker meets Amara, he is attracted to her unlike anyone he has ever met.
Parker learns he is able ingest her blood since, basically, she is green and leafy. Knowing he can have a meaningful relationship with Amara, he claims her as his own. The partnering of these two supernaturals is delicious (no pun intended) and titillating because they are so good together inside the bedroom and outside of it. They fight together to thwart the evil machinations of Terri’s jealousy and her need to claim Parker as her own. In fact, the actions which Terri is willing to take to have Parker to herself threatens the entire town.
Dana Marie Bell’s amazing writing ability allows us to delve into a unique world that the reader will not want to leave when the story has ended. Fortunately, Ms. Bell has left plenty of fodder to create more delightfully fascinating stories about the community of Maggie’s Grove and I truly hope she does entertain us with more narratives of this enchanting supernatural community.
Don’t miss out on this read! My summary of Blood of the Maple does not do justice to the story. There is so much more to this story than I have related in this review. You need to devour this wonderful tale for yourself. I have a strong feeling that you will not regret submersing yourself into this original and brilliant world the author has created for us to escape into.
Happy Reading from Bona Fide Reflections!!
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