Blood Born

 Luca Ambrus is a rare breed: vampire from birth, begotten by vampire parents, blood born. He is also an agent of the Council – the centuries-old cabal that governs vampirekind, preserving their secrecy and destroying those who betray them.

When a cryptic summons leads him to the scene of the brutal killing of a powerful Council member, Luca begins the hunt for an assassin among his own people. But instead of a lone killer he discovers a sinister conspiracy of rogue vampires bent on subjugating the mortal world. 

All that stands in their way are the conduits, humans able to channel spirit warriors into the physical world to protect mankind. Chloe Fallon is a conduit – and a target of the vampire assassin who’s killing them. When Luca saves her life, an irresistible bond of trust – along with more passionate feelings – is forged between them. As more victims fall, Chloe and Luca have only each other to depend on to save the world from the reign of monsters – and salvage their own future together.

This is a great book with the promise of leading into a fantastic series. There was quite a lot of description and character introduction which meant the pace was a bit slow at times. This is only to be expected with a new series and will hopefully lead to having further books following the various characters. When the pace picked up and the action kicked in though, it was worth waiting for.

Luca totally rocks, I loved him a lot and while he had his happy ending here, I hope he will feature prominently in future books too. Chloe was funny, spirited and quite pragmatic when it came to her life chances! The other characters were interesting and even the ‘bad vampire’ won his way into my heart – not the bitch vampire though!

There was some sex but this book was not as heavy as most other paranormal romances.  The romance was also on the light side when it came to the plot, but I have to say it didn’t need any more than there was. Stopping the uprising was much more important than hearts and flowers!

I was on the edge of my seat in parts and I think I physically jumped at one point! The ending seemed a bit rushed after all the build up, but I got my happy ending and was left salivating for the next book. Can’t ask for much more than that!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Linda Howard, Linda Jones
  • Format: Kindle
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Our Week in Books – Week 15, 2013

 Tracey

Another slow week for reading this week but I still managed to fit four books in. I finished Blood Born by Linda Howard and Linda Jones – a very good start to the series and I am looking forward to the rest, full review to appear later this week – 4 stars.

I then went back to my Kindle and started Scandal of Love by Janelle Daniels, I enjoyed it but it was a bit too short for me, I am not a big fan of novellas unless they are linked to a favourite series. The story was good though, definitely more of a pure romance and not really as scandalous as the title suggests. I do enjoy a good romance though and would look to read the others in the series if I could find them very cheap or free on kindle – 3 stars.

Next I started a review copy I received from NetGalley – What a Lady needs by Kasey Michaels (Published by Harlequin), and is released 30th April.  I loved this one and a full review will follow this week – 4.5 stars

Having been nagged constantly by my husband about reducing the amount of physical books I have, I felt I should read another and picked up a romance by Kathleen Creighton – The Sheriff of Heartbreak County. While I expected an enjoyable romance I actually got a good suspense story too. A good read which kept me glued throughout and of course a wonderful romance – 4 stars

Thats all for this week folks!

 Grete

I’m still trying to get up to speed with my reading as I have so many great books begging to be read!

I finished Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan which ended up really surprising me.  Find out why in my review in the next few days 😉

Next I turned to Darynda Jones and her Charley Davidson series.  I read, loved (and reviewed) the first book at the start of the year but with my memory being what it is right now, I wanted to re-read it so the characters were fresh in my mind before I moved on to the second.  So First Grave on the Right was just as good the second time round and I finished Second Grave on the Left yesterday which was fantastic.  A review will be coming and I am going to start Third Grave Dead Ahead tonight!

That’s it from me, time to get my nose stuck in a book 😉


Our Week in Books is a regular blog post from Tracey and Grete, catching up on everything they’ve read recently.

Our Week in Books – Week 14, 2013

TraceyTracey

I had a week off from work this week, lots of reading time I thought – it would appear not, not sure what I did all week but did not read anywhere near as much as I expected!

I started the week with book two in the key trilogy by Nora Roberts – Key of Knowledge. This is probably my favourite series by this author, it has a paranormal basis with of course a solid romance running through. I love the characters and am looking forward to reading the final book in this trilogy even if it is very far fetched. If you are thinking about reading it start with the first one – Key of light. 4.5 stars.

I then decided to read some books on my Kindle which have been building up. I started with Never a Mistress, No Longer a Maid by Maureen Driscoll and really enjoyed it. A very romantic story with strong characters – the heroine is working as an unofficial surgeon in a small village, shunned by people she once thought of as friends after a major scandal (for the 19th Century anyway!). The hero is part of a large ton family – the Kellingtons, the great thing is there are books about all the family members – yay! It did not always seem appropriate to the period in either language or deeds but I still enjoyed it – 4 stars

I then moved on to The Dying Game by Beverley Barton. I always enjoy her books, the plots are so good and keep you guessing all the way. Those of you who enjoy a good romantic suspense should give her books a try, she has a lot! 4.5 stars

My next book is currently in progress – Blood Born by Linda Howard and Linda Jones, very good so far – comments to follow next week.

Unfortunately I am now back at work – something else to interfere with my reading time!

GreteGrete

Well I failed miserably on the reading front this week, as I have been doing spring cleaning and getting some of the clutter out of the house. There have also been several PC games I have been waiting for, so in the last few weeks have finished the new Tombraider, Bioshock Infinite and Dead Space 3, all highly recommended!

I have read some more of The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan but am taking another break to start Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan.  It’s great so far, excellent beginning and there should be a review up this week!

That’s all from me for now… must try harder!! 😉


Our Week in Books is a regular blog post from Tracey and Grete, catching up on everything they’ve read recently.

Prey

 Angie Powell takes what she suspects will be her last two clients on a hunting trip into the mountains, her business is in ruins, her home is about to be sold and she sets the blame firmly on the head of her business rival, Dare Callahan.

The hunting trip goes terribly wrong and soon two killers are on the loose on the mountain – only one of the human variety. With Angie running for her life the last person she wants to have to depend upon is Dare, but they will have to work together if they want to make it off the mountain alive and in one piece.

Linda Howard is not an author I have come across before but I have to say I really enjoyed this book. It had a suspense element and of course the all important (for me anyway) romance.

The story was slow to start with but that was all necessary for scene setting. Once the proper story got under way I found it hard to put down.

From the beginning we know who the bad guy (and beast!) running around the mountain are so we do not have a whodunnit going on, more of a cat and mouse. That element did actually disappear for a large part of the book as we got to explore the developing relationship between Dare and Angie. In fact it was easy to forget this was actually suspense and not just a romance!

The author does not shy away from gruesome descriptions and her imagery is very powerful, I really could imagine being there on the mountain and you get the impression of very unforgiving weather and terrain. The language is definitely not hearts and flowers and there is quite a bit of swearing,  I feel it was appropriate for the situation and person though. I would have liked to have had more background on Dare, he clearly has history but it was nothing more than alluded to. I liked Dare and it was nice to see the guy knowing his feelings and the woman being the hesitant one.

I would say this is a romance with a suspense element rather than a suspense with a romance element which was perfect for me. The suspense aspect was good and there was the added uncertainty over the second killer stalking the mountain and what it would do next. I enjoyed the insights into its mind and how black and white its thoughts were, but I guess some people might find it weird being inside the head of a bear. Never fear it is only for short periods within the book and not too often.

So in summary there is romance, sex and suspense, although the sex came quite late and was minimal unfortunately! If you are looking for pure suspense do not buy this but if you love romantic suspense (heavy on the relationship side) then buy it, read it and enjoy it.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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  • Author: Linda Howard
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