Keira is back in Texas, freshly trained and ready (she
hopes) to take up the mantle of Kelly Heir.
Before she's able to settle in to her new role, she receives
an invitation from a relatively new wolf pack and it's Alpha
to a football game in White Rock, the closest town of any
size to Rio Seco.
There have been many changes since Keira and Bea used to
hang out there on weekends during high school. White Rock
has become close-minded and insular. A proselytizing
religious group formed in the local church has infiltrated
the school board and city council, among other civic groups.
Normally that would not be a matter for Clan to handle, but
it turns out the church group has it in for anyone not
white-bread-Texan, and the local werewolf pack (an eclectic
mix of human ethnicity) is missing people who were last seen
on land abutting the church's back 40 acres. The wolves
could use any help she and her Family can provide to find
out what has happened. Keira has been well-schooled by the
head of her Clan, but only harsh experience will teach what
is truly expected of her as ruler.
BLOOD HEAT is the fourth book in Maria Lima's Blood Kin
series. The contrast of the paranormal elements with rural
Texas is compelling and realistic, providing a great basis
for the strong storyline. Better yet, Lima has a vivid
writing style that brings every dusty mile to life. She has
a gift for creating characters and connections between them,
and then connecting the reader to them on an emotional
level. Unlike other series with entrenched characters, I was
drawn into their world quickly and seamlessly, even though
this was the first of the series I had read. I guarantee it
will not be the last.
The summer heat wave thatís hit
Rio Seco, Texas, has even the vampires complaining, but
now that Keiraóthe Kelly Heiróis home from Vancouver, the
weather isnít the only thing too hot to handle. Keira
should be setting up her court and planning the big
reception at which she and her consort, vampire ruler Adam
Walker, will receive the magical leaders from the local
area, but pomp and circumstance just arenít Keiraís thing,
especially not with trouble smoldering in her domain.
werewolf couple has mysteriously gone missing from a local
pack, and when Keira is asked by their leader to
investigate, she finds that some dissatisfied neighbors
may have been taking, well, strong action against the wer
communityóaction that could be repeated and could involve
Keira and those she loves.
With the reception looming and
danger fast blazing out of control, the pressure is on
Keira to keep Texas safe for supernaturals. Sometimes,
itís just not that great to be Heir. . . .