Reviewed by: Amanda
Rating (out of 5): 2 stars
Josiah Wolfe’s been barely functioning for the past three years, ever since Anna Caldwell left him. When she calls him out of the blue and begs for help, he decides this is the second chance he’s been wishing for. He’ll help her with whatever she needs, and when it’s over, he’ll convince her to give them another shot.
Anna’s more worried about staying alive. First she stumbles on her brother’s dead body, then she’s forced to run seconds after watching his editor get shot. It seems her brother uncovered the one thing that almost anyone would kill for: immortality. Now the same people who murdered him want Anna dead, and they’ll take down anyone who gets in the way.
Blood Call was a severe disappointment of a book. Normally, I love a good suspense story, and I’m a fan of Lilith Saintcrow’s Dante Valentine and Strange Angels series. So when an author you enjoy turns out a book that misses the mark by a wide margin, the disappointment feels even bigger.
The central elements of the story—suspense, paranormal, romance—didn’t blend together. The paranormal aspect was slight, and she did a good job of tying it into the suspense angle. While it bothered me there were a number of unanswered questions regarding what Anna and Josiah were running from, that part felt more cohesive than the romance.
It fell flat. Josiah was interesting at times. I liked how he’d transition from a normal human to a hitman, or a liquidation agent, as he’s called. He could shut out the world when he was in job mode. But when he was around Anna, he was so focused on how much he wanted to get into her pants, it bothered me, and I didn’t believe that he actually cared for her.
Anna was a wimp. Part of it was understandable—she’d seen enough violence to shock even the most seasoned of combat vets. She’d occasionally stand up for herself, and I wish she’d done it more.
The biggest issue these two had was miscommunication. They just couldn’t talk to each other, and it eventually got on my nerves. While I get that having a serious, thoughtful conversation about how and why they broke up shouldn’t happen in the middle of a gunfight, when it did happen it lacked the gravity and weight it deserved.
Blood Call is not one of Lilith Saintcrow’s best, and that makes me kind of sad.
Sexual content: Kissing, references to sex.