Anthology Review – Red Hot Beginnings: Life Blood by V. M. Black

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Anthology Review – Red Hot Beginnings: Life Blood by V. M. Black one-half-stars
Life Blood by V. M. Black
Series: Cora's Choice, Red Hot Beginnings
Published by Malachite Publishing LLC on February 28, 2014
Genres: PNR, Romance
Pages: 105
Format: eBook
She wanted life. He needed her blood.

Cora Shaw will do anything to live. Diagnosed with terminal cancer in her senior year of college, she is given a choice: Call hospice, or seek out a mysterious man who promises an impossible—and insanely dangerous—cure.

She knows him only as Mr. Thorne, a reclusive billionaire who seems full of contradictions. A man with strange, impossible powers over her.

A man, she discovers, who is not a man at all.

In the first book of the Aethereal Bonds series, Cora makes a deal with a devil—and gets more than she bargained for.

In April 2015 I received a grabbed a copy of the anthology Red Hot Beginnings while it was still being offered for free by Amazon Kindle. Red Hot Beginnings is an anthology with fourteen (14) different full length series openers. I decided to start reading Red Hot Beginnings because it was an anthology and I am hoping to find a few good books and a few new authors.

Since Red Hot Beginnings contains fourteen (14) full length novels, I’ve decided to review each entry separately.

Note: Red Hot Beginnings is no longer for sale. Each book will have to be acquired separately – some are still free.

Fourteen NYT, USA Today, and top-selling authors have banded together to bring you 14 beautifully romantic, heart-pounding stories of love, passion, and thrilling suspense. These 14 amazing books are the beginnings to incredible series. Some of these alpha males are sweet, some are sexy, and some are furry or bitey. All will fight for their women and protect them in these 14 brilliant stories by authors you’ll love!

The Navy SEAL’s E-Mail Order Bride by Cora Seton
Life Blood by V. M. Black
Beauty Touched the Beast by Skye Warren
Rae Falling by Blair Babylon
Dazzled by Silver by Lacey Silks
Flourish by Sarah M. Cradit
Fight for Her by JJ Knight
Seek by Clarissa Wild
Adam’s Apple by Liv Morris
New York by JC Andrijeski
Tigress by Alica Knight
The Ghostwriter by Jacqueline Sweet
Sugar and Salt by Pavarti K. Tyler
Desired by Alisa Woods


Sadly for me, Life Blood is NOT a full length story. It doesn’t even feel like a Romance since most of the book is about the heroine and her struggles with her terminal illness. There is very little to no relationship development in this story.

Life Blood begins with our heroine, Cora. Cora has just been given 4-5 months left to live as she has leukemia and it’s resisting treatment. After giving Cora the bad news, Cora’s Oncologist gives her two options: call Hospice and prepare for death or call this random phone number on a blank business card.

Cora decides on the business card. She is immediately taken to meet Mr. Dorian Thorne (the hero?) and tested. Mr. Thorne offers her a procedure that will either cure her 100% or kill her right away. Fun.

Cora decides to take the cure. She also finishes up her semester in college and hangs out with her friends and a potential boyfriend. If that sounds mundane it’s because it is. I was intrigued at the beginning of Life Blood but I was getting bored by the end.

I also disliked the way the heroine’s illness was portrayed and the way the author seemed to go out of her way to let the reader know that Cora did NOT lose her hair. Cora’s hair is still long and luxurious. *insert eye roll here* Strangely enough, I do feel that the story was well written – I never felt like I was going out of my mind with boredom. I WAS going out of my mind with irritation. I was irritated by 99% of the interactions of the heroine with the hero and irritated by the whole idea of the “forced attraction.” And let’s not even talk about the overwhelming amount of insta-lust.

There’s not enough plot, character and relationship development to truly interest me. I left my read feeling unsatisfied and with unanswered questions.

Will I read any other books in the Cora’s Choice series? Not likely.

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