Title: Black Market Blood
Author: Francis Gideon
Series: New Canadiana Book 2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 02-27-2017
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, M/M Thriller/Suspense Romance, M/M Paranormal, M/M Fantasy, Romantic Suspense, M/M Multicultural
Page Count: 404
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
A New Canadiana Novel
In a world where monsters are known to—and despised by—humanity, vampire Chaz Solomon hides in plain sight as a detective on the Toronto police force. But freedom from prejudice does nothing to alleviate his guilt over the lover he betrayed to gain his label of “normal.” He spends his days living a lie and his nights in a brothel, seeking company and black-market blood.
When a serial killer preying on both vampires and sex workers leads Chaz and his department on a twisted chase through New Canadiana’s supernatural underground, one of the brothel employees, Sully, becomes the only person Chaz can trust. There’s much more to Sully than a pretty face, and he’s slowly breaching the walls around Chaz’s heart with his intelligence and kind nature.
But as the body count rises and conspiracies come to light, the past Chaz has been trying to escape comes rushing back. Sully might accept Chaz as a vampire, but will he forgive Chaz’s other deceptions? And what will become of Chaz’s life if his secret is revealed? Before he can worry about a future with Sully, he’ll have to find the vengeful murderer threatening everything he cares about.
Do you know the saying never judge a book by the cover? Maybe we should add the description to that. I saw Vampire and said to myself “Nope pass,” but the title kept haunting me. I would look at the selection of books offered to review and I kept coming back to this one. In a weak moment, I agreed to read this book and let me say I am doing a happy dance. Now I have to go and read the first book of this series because book 2 was that good. So yes, this is the second book of the series. I did not realize this when I started reading it. To tell the truth, I didn’t realize it until I started my set up to post my review. Honest truth, you don’t need to read the first book of this series to enjoy this story. This is not your typical vampire story. It is a police detective story where the lead detective is a vampire who hides the fact that he is a vampire. Chaz/Chip is such a great guy. He is honest, well except about being a vampire, brave and tenacious. He meets Sully at a party. Sully is a human sex worker who lives in a brothel with other sex workers. Most of them are not totally human, but they all have one thing in common, they all have a past that they would like to forget. New Canadiana is a place where paranormal beings have little to know rights, but there are people working very hard to change that. When Chaz gets caught up in an investigation where a vampire is taking the lives of other vampires along with other magical beings, he stumbles into what must be a sex trafficking operation. The clues are not adding up and with the help of Sully, he starts to unravel a puzzle that is very close to home. The chemistry in this story is very emotional. It has trust, passion and is very loving. The relationship between Chaz and Sully is just beautiful. Another thing that I didn’t realize when I started reading this story was how long it is. The story never dragged. There was always something going on. If you like detective stories, this is up there with the really good ones. Although there is a definitive ending, I feel that there could be more to this story. I really would like to see the life that the main characters go on to live. There is good character development, but I feel that we may have learned more about Chaz in the first book. Don’t quote me on that, I have not read it yet. I plan on changing that real soon.