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Flesh and Blood

(House of Comarré #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,239 ratings  ·  289 reviews
With the Ring of Sorrows still missing, and the covenant between othernaturals and mortals broken, Chrysabelle's life outside the realm of vampire nobility is about to take another downhill slide. She's vowed to help the outcast Malkolm find a way to lift his curse, but that means returning to the home city of the vampire who's trying to kill her. The breaking of the coven ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Orbit
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I thoroughly enjoyed Blood Rights, but sadly its sequel, Flesh and Blood, had some story elements I found exceedingly irksome.

Before we get into anything that resembles ranting, let's review the book's premise. Flesh and Blood takes place a few months after Blood Rights. Chrysabelle has yet to fulfill her promise to enlist the aid of the Aurelian for Mal, and this breach of her vow has created barriers between them. Tatiana is back and hunting the Ring of Sorrows. She's not the only one, either.
Nov 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
A love triangle? Seriously, I am done with this book.

This book was one disappoint after another.
1.) The love triangle. We are introduced to Creek who is some not quite human vampire slayer (hello Buffy rip off). Of course, Chrysabelle starts lusting for him right away and she just "wants to get to know him". I find love triangles to be an overused trope and I dislike books that uses them.

2.) Mal! What the hell?! There was a complete reversal of his character. What happened to his character fr
Jan 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This quote is the perfect example of why this book is getting one star:
She closed the door, confident of only one thing. She wanted Mal and Creek in her life. How she would accomplish that without destroying them both remained to be seen.
The emphasis is not even mine. Anyone who have ever read one of my reviews knows that I hate love triangles with a fiery passion. I don't understand why writers use them or what they like about them, but I accept the fact that they do. As long as they are upfron
*Rating* 4.0
*Genre* Paranormal Romance


Flesh and Blood is the second book in the House of Comarre series. The year is 2067, and vampires, varcolai (shifters) and fae are prevalent in all walks of life. Paradise City, Florida is located in what is now the Southern Union. Ever since the covenant has been broken, more and more othernaturals are suddenly appearing in public to the chagrin of the humans in charge who didn’t believe they existed before now.

It has been two weeks since the events
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review for book 1:

Huhh, I have mixed feeling for this book. On one hand I really like the parts about the male lead gets out of control and acts lunatic, I also like the sexual tension between the lead couple, I like the fact that these two have barely ever kissed throughout these first two book. Plus the villains (the vampiress and the fallen angel mostly) are very cool too.

But! I'm seriously getting a bit tired of all these supporting characters (e.g. D
The story is interesting enough, but this one was a bit of a downgrade from the first. It's a trilogy and there are new people, new powers, new plots still being revealed. The introduction of the love triangle was disappointing to see, it's a stereotypical trope that I could have done without.

The cliff hanger ending at this book is heinous and insulting. The only reason I didn't grade down for it is because the third is due out in one month (Dec 1). I would have been very upset if I'd had to wai
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I liked this one even less than the first book... I only managed to finish it because I skipped enough.... My only interest lays on Mal,every other character is simply white noise.... I can't follow all the characters' pov.... Believe me they are plenty... Even though it's in third-person narration it follows every character and it's boring to death.... The other thing it was the non existent love triangle... I don't have a problem with love triangles in stories as long as the author gives reaso ...more
Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

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* If you haven't read Blood Rights, I don't recommend reading this review unless you don't mind spoilers!

I enjoyed Flesh and Blood even more than Blood Rights! Much more! I guess it could be because there was much less explaining of things. Painter just delved right on in.

This book takes place not long after the events of Blood Rights. Chrysabelle is living in her deceased mother's home now, and Mal is still living in his dilapidated b
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
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Flesh and Blood is the second in the House of Comarré series. It picks up about two weeks after the events of Blood Rights. I didn't find this book to be quite as strong as the first, but I still really enjoyed it and my actual rating would be 3.5 stars. One of the main reasons this book didn't work as well for me was the amount of POV changes. There seemed to be twice as many narrators in this book and the switches always occurred right
Yana (the duchess)
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I have dilemma with Kristen Painter's books. While I end up speed reading through a whole book, when I finish I always wonder why. Don't get me wrong, her writing is good and I enjoy her characters, but I can't seem to shake the thought that the books are still missing something. Case in point, I just finished the second book and have the third one in hand but can't seem to be bothered to read it right now. When I absofreakinglutely love a book, I'll devour it and all the books in the series the ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
I like the world, but the characters are annoying the hell out of me!
Apr 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020
I really did not enjoy this one. Everyone was out of character and making the stupidest out of all available choices. The whole love triangle thing - please, enough of this tired plot line already! I'm all for angst and drama, but this was just annoying.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Man, this book was so fantastic! A lot happens, and we get to meet Creek, and yeah, that ending was pretty brutal! I can't wait to read more!
Janet Robel
I've enjoyed this series so far. Looking forward to the last book to see how it all ends.
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
This second installment in the House of Comarre series builds beautifully on the events of the first book, returning us to a blindingly gorgeous pair of opposites who, for all their differences, are both struggling to escape the confines of a life not of their choosing. Ms. Painter is extraordinarily aptly named–an artist exquisitely capable of crafting characters who are carefully rendered studies in contrasts–wielding black type on a white page as opposed to brushstrokes on a canvas but creati ...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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Did I mention already how much I love the covers for this series? Yes? They are awesome!

Now onto the book. Chrysabelle has stayed away from Malkom since coming back to Paradise City and the events at Corvinestri. This annoyed me a bit. She had made a promise to him to go the Aurelian to try and break his curse but with everything that happened she can't go back to Corvinestri. Does she realize what he did for her? So she just sends him blood with Doc in
Flesh and Blood, the 2nd book in House of Comarré, picks up shortly after Blood Rights left off. Malkolm helped Chrysabelle, but she's not yet ready to return the favor. She's given her word though, so he's trying to be patient. She's dealing with the recent changes and surprise revelations, but she hasn't forgotten her promise to help Mal find a way to lift his curse.

With the covenant (veil between othernaturals and humans) gone, "Paradise City was only beginning to wake up to the new reality t
Christi Snow
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
hmmm, book #2 in this wonderful series was....just as freaking good as book #1. If not even better because there was an intro to a yummy new character, a human Kubai Mata member, Creek. The Kubai Mata are a legendary group set out to defend humans from the vampires. Most people don't even think that they actually exist, but with the fall of the covenant (book #1,) they are re-establishing their place in this war. Creek's job is to protect Chrysabelle and locate the ring of sorrows. Thi
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires, 2012
I expected much more from this book and I was truly dissapointed!

In Blood Rights we read an original story but in Flesh and Blood the author uses two tools which I particularly don’t like a love triangle and cliffhanger .

Chrysabelle and Mal have a strong connection and the other part of the affair Creek isn’t a strong one to unbalance that no matter how much he tries.

Creek is a member of the Kubai Mata a secret organization to protect the humans from all the othernaturals, they are trained and
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I gave it 3.5 stars

I love that these books are being released back to back. Book 1 BLOOD RIGHTS was released Oct 1, and Book 3 BAD BLOOD is scheduled to release Dec 1. I would recommend reading BLOOD RIGHTS before you pick up FLESH AND BLOOD so that you don't miss out on some important back story.

FLESH AND BLOOD picks up shortly after the events of BLOOD RIGHTS. Chrysabelle is back at home and trying to get over the loss of her mom. She has a promise to keep to Malkolm and is finally ready to he
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Okay, I know that people haven't read the first one, so again, I will do my best to be un-spoilery (yes, it is a word! I insist! LOL).

This book is, to me, geared more toward the PNR than the fantasy of the first book. So, the relationship of the main characters become a bit more developed toward each other. There is also the introduction of a new suitor, Creek who I wouldn't mind meeting myself. *fans self* There are also introductions to some minor characters which fit into what is going on. So
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Overall Rating 4.50
Story Rating 4.50
Character Rating 4.50

NOTE: I read this shortly after reading Blood Rights! While I liked this one slightly more where the story was concerned, it took a bit to get used to the number of POVs used. I think this will bother some people more than me as shifting POVs are a preference thing. Once I got settled in, this was a Kick *ss roller coaster ride.

What I Loved: The introduction of the Kubai Mata was fantastic. They are another layer in this alread
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying Ms. Painter's urban fantasy series, House of Comarre. This second book is just as good as the first and introduces a new love interest, setting up a love triangle. I'm not a big fan of love triangles in general, but it definitely works here.

The book is action-packed, and it'll keep you turning the pages. For some reason I find my mind wandering with the "Tatiana" (villianess) sections, but I think this is a personal failing, as I do the same with Ward's BDB series and the ba
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shifters, series
I found Book 2 of the House of Comarre series to be a good read, one which shook up everything we knew about everyone we met in Book 1, opening up a wide range of possibilities for the future.

I was not frustrated by the lack of clarity in Mal/Chrysabelle's relationship, since they have some major issues to resolve and since I could see that they wanted each other, but were not yet in a place where that could happen.

The story line was interesting, though I hate being left in a big cliff hanger,
Nicole Luiken
Sep 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Good action scenes and world-building, but I didn't feel much forward momentum in this book from about p. 60 until the last hundred pages. I think it suffers a little from the 'middle book' syndrome where there is a lot of set-up for things further down the road (Katsumi, Aliza and Evie, and Preacher). Book one ended on a real things-are-worse complication, but the main plot of the ring of sorrows stayed more status quo at the end of book two, and I found the Doc subplot annoying. I liked Creek ...more
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: uf, vampires, shifter
While I liked the second installment in the series,I did not enjoy it as much as the first. I never really understood the attraction to Creek.While I like his character, I just didn't get the instant connection Chrysabelle felt for him.

For PNR fans,there is a kind of HEA but its for secondary characters.

I also didn't like the ending.It felt like the book just ended because someone decided the book was long enough and they should start another book.
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
3 stars

Not as enjoyable as the first book. I hate love triangles, so of course the author had to throw one in here. Once again the villains were one dimensional, and even as they are killed off one by one, I am looking forward to seeing the end of Tatiana. She as zero redeeming qualities, which makes for one boring bad guy (or bad girl, in this case). These are quick reads, so I will more than likely read at least the next installment.
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another solid installment to the series, I'm glad I have the rest of the series waiting on my shelf.
This slowburn tho....
Dec 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Someone really loves Laurell K. Hamilton.
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m giving this a 2.5 star rating and rounding up because I’m going to continue the series if only to see if we can turn this train around.

Because this didn’t exactly meet expectations.

I’m not about the love triangle. It’s a little too convenient. Which is not to say I don’t like Creek, it’s just I don’t love the instant gratification that comes with instalove (aka infatuation) which is what making him a romantic interest results in. He could be a really great new character, but all I get is obs
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Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning paranormal romance and cozy mysteries. The former college English teacher can often be found on twitter @Kristen_Painter, Facebook at where she loves to intera ...more

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