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Blood and Fire (McClouds & Friends #8)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  1,323 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
Restless and impulsive, Bruno Ranieri has the temperament to fit right in with the McClouds. And just like the McCloud brothers, Bruno has a dangerous past to contend with - one that's about to come crashing back into his life...Bruno Ranieri has always lived at a chaotic pace, and that goes double lately. Since his uncle's untimely demise, Bruno is working himself to the ...more
Trade Paperback, 503 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Brava
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Mar 12, 2011 Auntee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series; romantic suspense fans
I love, love , love Shannon McKenna's writing, have read everything she's written and her McClouds & Friends series is an auto-buy for me and is probably in my top 3 romantic suspense series. I just love her heroes' crazy male POV, love their dialogue with their heroines, love how they fall hard for the heroines like they've been pole axed, love their fearlessness and protectiveness, and love the affection they show their family and friends. Blood and Fire is the 8th book of the McClouds ser ...more
This is how I pictured "my" Bruno:


He'd tried to convince Zia Rosa to take down that cover of the Portland Monthly she'd put up in the diner after the mag had done that 'most eligible' article about him. It embarrassed him now. But Zia Rosa liked his dimples in that picture, and Zia Rosa could not be reasoned with.

Yeah, I like his dimples too, and I can't be reasoned with either, LOL.
Sep 27, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Story Rating 5 stars
Character Rating 5 stars
Romance Rating 5 stars
Action Rating 5 stars
Heat Level 4 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating 5 stars

This story was AMAZING right from the start and kept me in aw of Shannon McKenna's talent as I writer. As I've said before in my reviews for SM book's, the woman sure does have a fantastic imagination to come up with the stuff she writes.

LOVED Bruno and Lily, they were fabulous character's and I would not have changed a thing about them.

You want action in your r
Oct 26, 2011 Jess rated it really liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

With BLOOD AND FIRE, the McCloud and Friends series continues, this time it’s Bruno’s turn – the little brother Kev grew up with when he couldn’t remember his own brothers, including his twin, Sean. Bruno is an interesting hero; he’s a very emotional guy, most times wearing his heart right out there on his sleeve. He’s tortured by his past through nightmares that won’t go away and he’s drawn to Lily, a woman who comes into his diner specifically to find h
Jane Stewart
3 stars. It was superficial but fun. Bad guys have listening devices everywhere and keep finding and fighting the good guys.

Several previous books were about the McCloud Brothers. In one of them, Bruno was a best friend to Kev McCloud. This book is Bruno’s story. His mother Magda was killed when Bruno was 12. He lived with his Uncle Tony and Great Aunt Rosa after that. He never knew who his father was.

Lily’s mother died giving birth to Lily. She was raised by her father Howard who w
Blood and Fire
4 Stars

When her father dies under suspicious circumstances and she finds herself on the run from shadowy assassins, Lily Parr follows a set of mysterious clues right to Bruno Ranieri. As a friend of the McCloud brothers, Bruno is no stranger to violence and danger, so when the beautiful, enigmatic and terrified Lily arrives on his doorstep, he knows trouble isn’t far behind. Soon Lily and Bruno are knee deep in a conspiracy that has its roots in both their childhoods. Can they unco
3.5 out of 5.

Bruno Ranieri is tormented by the death of his mother at the hands of an abusive boyfriend. However he doesn’t know the true reason behind her death - and what he doesn’t know is about to get him killed. Lily Parr is on the run because of unknown factors involving her own parentage-but what she does know is that Bruno has a key to unlock the mystery. Their pasts are intertwined- just as their present and future is about to be. Funny thing is, they may end up being perfect for each o
3.5 stars. Typical McKenna formula, perhaps a little lighter on the sex than usual. The villains' comeuppance is nicely done.
Mar 20, 2011 jenjn79 rated it really liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
First review in a while...let's see if I can still write one!

Series Note:
8th book in Shannon McKenna's "McClouds & Friends" series. There's a whole lot of backstory between these books, especially between this one and the last one so I would recommend reading the series in order. But that's just me.

Bruno Ranieri has been struggling a bit since his adopted brother Kev McCloud returned to the bosom of his birth family. Though he's loathe to admit it, he's jealous of the McClouds gettin
Dec 31, 2011 Samantha rated it liked it
Bruno Ranieri lost his mother years ago and he closed that part of himself off or at least he thought he did. When Lily Parr walks into his restaurant, she brings a lot of drama. The one person who could help her is Bruno. Lily’s father is murdered but not before he tells her a painful secret he has been carrying…one that leads her into the arms of Bruno.

Lily is prepared to fire off questions at Bruno but she didn’t expect him to be so handsome and strong. The two have little time to explore the
Sandra  Valente
I have been waiting to read Blood and Fire, the 8th book in the McCloud series for a while and it didn't dissappoint! Actually, I think it's one of the best and I love all 7 previous books. Shannon McKenna just has a way of writing that pulls you in, tenses and twists you all up and promptly spits you out again - to only pull you in once more.

This story not only revolved around the main characters who are Bruno Ranieri, Kevin's "brother" and Lily Parr, it also resolved issues regarding the McCl
I've read most of Ms. McKenna's books and this seemed a little too boilerplate/formulaic to enjoy. The standard formula seems to be: girl is in trouble, girl meets boy (who's having his own set of problems), and both wind up running from bad guys that seem to have more toys available than James Bond. There's an intense sexual attraction that seems to lead to "love" by the end of the book after dealing with all of the drama caused by said bad guys. It's not that this was a bad book per se, but I ...more
Feb 05, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it
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I originally won this from the publisher but before I could read it, my brother gave it away (he was "helping" me clean *eye roll*) but I still wanted to read it. It took me a while to get around to it but I finally got it from the library.

Once I started reading it, I enjoyed it although it was definitely over-the-top and the author has some odd word choices and an unfortunate tendency to indulge in purple prose. There were two word choices that pulled me right out of the story - early on the h
What to say about this book? Anyone who's ever read a book by Shannon McKenna will know that she writes over-the-top romantic suspense plots with uber-alpha heroes who zero in on their heroine almost immediately and stay locked on better than any guided missile developed by the US military. Like this: When the chick with the black pageboy sashayed into Tony’s Diner, no matter how blitzed from lack of sleep he was, his glands promptly pumped a substance into his body that made him want to break ...more
Dec 11, 2011 Cecilia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
I raced through this book, partly because it was due at the library and partly because it was pretty entertaining. It did remind me at various times of The Boys from Brazil and Brave New World (while the complete details of the nefarious plot were not yet revealed) and then Star Wars while the final surprises were being unveiled, but on the up side there seemed to be a touch less of the gory sadistic details of what the bad guys were up to than what you usually get in McKenna's books. In fact, I ...more
As per usual I have loved another Shannon Mckenna book.
They seriously hook me in. The villains make my heart pound. The hero's ... also make my heart pound but in a totally different way.
As per usual the banter that is between the Mcloud brothers and Friends is awesome. They always have brilliant lines that make me laugh out loud.
Favourit of this book would have to be this one of Bruno's

"Leave my wife out of this," Sean said " Mounthy punk".
"I thought we had established that I've moved beyond pu
The eighth book in Shannon McKenna's popular McCloud & Friends series. I have enjoyed the novels in this series and this one is no exception. However, I didn't really care for the hero and heroine too much. They both have issues. Issues are fine but these two just rubbed me wrong. Still, the story was fast and exciting and hot and I was able to get through it regardless of my feelings for the main couple. There was unresolved isssues and I'll have to continue this series for that.
Aug 07, 2011 Wminbc rated it it was amazing
Now that's what I am talking about!!! McKenna is back with Blood and Fire...check out my review on!

Elizabeth (Liz)
May 23, 2011 Elizabeth (Liz) rated it really liked it
Due out 9/27/11
How did I miss out on this one?
Nov 15, 2016 Joan rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-z-2016
Love her books, great tension, storyline and hot guys. No better than that.
Feb 24, 2011 Emmi rated it really liked it
This was a great story line, but that kinda took the focus away from the relationship between Bruno & Lily. Shannon McKenna is a favorite author of mine and I enjoyed it, but it wasn't my favorite of the series... even though it probably had the best "bad guy" ever! If you've been following the series, you HAVE to read it, it'll be a compulsion. If you haven't read this series start at the beginning!!

From Auntee's research:

We met Bruno Ranieri in FADE TO MIDNIGHT, the story of Kev McCloud, t
Jan 26, 2014 Manja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Als die geheimnisvolle Lily Parr das Restaurant von Bruno Ranieri betritt, fühlt er sich sofort zu ihr hingezogen. Sie behauptet, von Verbrechern verfolgt zu sein, die es auch auf sein Leben abgesehen haben. Bruno schwört, Lily zu beschützen, doch die beiden geraten schon bald in größte Gefahr.
(Quelle: Egmont LYX)

Meine Meinung:
Lily führt ein nicht gerade leichtes Leben. Ihr Vater ist in einer psychiatrischen Anstalt, sein Drang sich umzubringen ist enorm groß. Während eines Besu
May 19, 2013 HK rated it liked it
Lily Parr & Bruno Ranieri. Lily's father, Howard who has been trying to kill himself since Lily was about 11 years old told Lily about people who are after him and her. He told Lily to go find the son of Magda Ranieri, who can lock in something. Soon after her father told Lily about Magda, Lily was chased by two guys, one was a cabbie who took her to her father's care home. She escaped the two guys in NYC and went into hiding, and looking for Bruno in Washington. She found his diner, and on ...more
Sep 29, 2011 Bookaholics rated it really liked it
Blood and Fire by Shannon McKenna
Romantic Suspense – Sept. 27th, 2011
4 star

Blood and Fire is part of the McCloud series and can be read alone but I would suggest reading at least Fade to Midnight. Fade to Midnight features the hero’s best friend, Kevin McCloud and will allow reader to better appreciate this steamy romance.

Lily’s father Doctor Parr did something he deeply regrets. It has driven him to drink and even attempt suicide to protect his young daughter from his dangerous knowledge.

Jan 22, 2011 Sandy rated it liked it
Blood and Fire is the story of Bruno Ranieri and Lily Parr. It begins not long after Kev's story ends. Bruno has been Kev's best friend for the past 18 years, which is where his story comes in. Lily Parr is a down-on-her-luck girl who writes term papers for money to support her father and herself. She finds trouble when her father is killed after revealing some secrets for why he has been so broken and scared all these years. She is lucky to escape but manages to research the names her father ha ...more
Nov 08, 2011 Dabney rated it really liked it
It’s safe to say I don’t want to live in Shannon McKenna’s fictional world. The bad guys are Machiavellian and ubiquitous, and way too much gruesomely horrifying stuff happens to reasonably good people. But, man, she’s fun to read. I had plans — big plans including a trip to Costco and Trader Joe’s (I needed some peppermint Jo-Jo’s) — before I started reading this book. A day later, I hadn’t done a thing but (briefly) sleep and read. From start to finish, Blood and Fire is a wild ride full of se ...more
Rita Kayla
Jan 14, 2014 Rita Kayla rated it really liked it

Here they are, Bruno and Lily. A couple that I wasn't fond of at first but couldn't help but love it as the story goes by. He's a gentle guy, a sweet talker who just learnt how to minimize his amount of words (even if I love when we get this image of Bruno who does not shut up) and she is a messed-up girl who is looking for answers after her fath
Little Butterfly
May 11, 2011 Little Butterfly rated it liked it
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McClouds & Friends (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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“You saved me, you moron!" she yelled. "You're being deliberately stupid and dense about this! My God, you ask a lot of yourself!"
He touched his forehead to hers. "I can't help it," he blurted. "I love you.”
“Oh, shut the fuck up," Sean snapped. "I love you, man, OK? I missed you. Is that so hard to take? Does that scare you so damn bad?"
Kev looked away. "No," he said quietly. "It doesn't scare me. I missed you, too. All of you. It was a really long eighteen year."
Bruno looked at all four men in turn. Seconds passed. Nothing.
His disbelief grew. That was it? That was all? Oh, for the love of Christ. These guys were emotional retards, every last one of them.”
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