Blood Secrets: An Alexandra Sabian Novel by Jeannie HolmesBlood Secrets: An Alexandra Sabian Novel by Jeannie Holmes

Blood Secrets: An Alexandra Sabian Novel

byJeannie Holmes

Mass Market Paperback | July 5, 2011

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Alex allowed a case involving murdered vamps to get personal and is suspended from the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigation. Now she’s facing an official inquiry but has a chance to redeem herself. The catch: She must once again work with Varik Baudelaire, her former mentor and ex-fiancé, as he spearheads a search for a missing college student. But Varik has been keeping secrets from Alex, and his mysterious past is on a collision course with his present.

When Alex and Varik discover a carefully handcrafted doll at a crime scene, neither of them can see how close the danger really is or that a killer known as the Dollmaker has made Alex the object of his horrific desire. Now the only way out of the Dollmaker’s lair is through the twilight realm of the Shadowlands, where all secrets—for better or worse—will be revealed.
Jeannie Holmes is a Mississippi native and holds both bachelor and master of arts degrees in English. She currently lives in Mobile, Alabama, with her husband and four neurotic cats.
Title:Blood Secrets: An Alexandra Sabian NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.8 × 4.1 × 0.87 inPublished:July 5, 2011Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0553592688

ISBN - 13:9780553592689

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hangin' Out in Jefferson, Mississippi In this, the second installment of her Alexandra Sabian Urban Fantasy series, Jeannie Holmes continues the wild adventures of Alexandra Sabian, an FBPI Enforcer who’s one kick azz heroine complete with a heart of gold! Whatever the task, Alex has the bravery, determination, and an insurmountable strength of character to go up against anyone and to do whatever it takes in order to get the job done! And, make no mistake; the adventures Alex experiences in Blood Secrets are most definitely not for the faint of heart. With an impressive education in English, Holmes is not your average debuting author. I believe readers will be truly impressed with her astounding talent for story telling. From solid, well defined foundation and seemingly effortless world-building to a great cast of relatable, likable characters, readers will have no trouble immersing themselves in the trials and tribulations of Alex’s life down in Jefferson, Mississippi. Ok. So I’ve been pretty clear on the kudos for Jeannie, so let’s touch on a few points of which I found noteworthy. First and foremost, I tend to shy away from the “dark” side of any story. From bloody battles to brutal and murderous attacks, I just can’t stomach them. Love, love, love Urban Fantasy and kick azz protagonists, but there are some battles so bloody, so viciously brutal and intense that they make me cringe and turn the page. With Blood Secrets , Holmes has upped the ante in comparison to Blood Law and, (without wanting to share too much information on this new release), it suffices to say that the blood, gore, violence and intellectual brutality reaches a whole new level which may leave some of Jeannie’s more sensitive readers questioning his or her ability to continue. While I did struggle a bit through some of the more brutal, (and oh so effectively described), physical violence, there is one scene which literally made my skin crawl with the desire to creep between the pages and take a scalpel to the villain’s…eh hem…well, you get the picture! Though not bloody nor a particularly physically violent event, there is one battle that Alex fights in which she is subjected to a brutality that could easily be compared to rape. Though, in many past reading excursions I’ve been exposed to some pretty brutal and/or sexually violent assaults against women, I’ve never been quite as affected as I was with this particular emotional event. Well done Jeannie! While there may be plenty blood, gore, and murderous violence, Holmes hasn’t forgotten to keep her readers intrigued on an intellectual and emotional level. With a revealing sub-plot wherein readers learn more about the Sabian family history, Blood Secrets includes a journey of discovery when Alex stumbles upon family secrets which may have been better left in the past. From scenes rife with intense, dark and disturbing events to a jovial, light hearted comedic banter ever present between Alex and Varik (her love interest), Jeannie has a seemingly effortless ability to tell an “edge of your seat” adventure that is sure to keep readers coming back for more! (FBPI – Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigations, Jefferson, Mississippi)
Date published: 2011-06-29

Editorial Reviews

“Holmes combines original, fast-paced urban fantasy and classic suspense in a series that readers will devour.”  —Carolyn Haines, author of Them Bones