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Review: Bonded by Blood by Laurie London

Bonded by Blood (Sweetblood #1) by Laurie London
Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Mass Market Paperback $7.99 (384 pages, HQN)
Ebook $6.99.
Audiobook $24.95

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two vampire coalitions battle for supremacy--Guardian enforcers who safeguard humanity and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors.
Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she's cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations--vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.
For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him--and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her....

Author Site: www.laurielondonbooks.com

Mesmerizing Blend of Fresh & Familiar (5 stars)

When Mackenzie Foster-Shaw's father went missing years ago he was just another member of the family who fell victim to the mysterious curse plaguing generation upon generation of Shaws. With little reason to plan for a future with someone special she buries herself in work and taking care of her Alzheimer's stricken mother. But when one of her jobs puts her at an out-of-the-way cemetery she stumbles upon a wounded vampire and her sweet blood saves his life.

Dominic's discovery of Mackenzie saves his life but almost takes hers and the blood passed between them bonds them in a way so rare and precious it's little more than legend. Passion and pleasure bring them together as Dominic is forced to reveal the secret that is the vampire world and the real reason her family seems cursed. But when the Darkbloods, evil vampires bent on a dark plot that threatens not just Mac but all Sweetbloods, come after her, Mackenzie and Dom are in for one heck of a fight.

There's a reason there have been people raving about Bonded by Blood and a reason some have been very unhappy with it. A vampire falling into rich lust with a beautiful young woman who's blood is like a drug? Certainly a trope the vampire romance fan is familiar with intimately. A group of bad vampires also want the woman for their nefarious purposes? Definitely seen that one before. So what redeems this from being a throw-away filler novel? A setting done to perfection, fresh, interesting characters and lush sensuality.

One of my personal needs in a novel where there are paranormal elements is a strong setting. If the world around the characters feels real the elements of the supernatural pop out more. London takes the Pacific Northwest (of which I am a former resident) and paints a dynamic backdrop for the vampire war of sorts that is happening. Using real locales instead of regurgitating the old "gee the Seattle area sure is rainy" to set her scenes she drew me in and dropped me right into the world.

Mackenzie surprised me. From the get-go I liked her. Her looks weren't overly discussed as I feel sometimes happens in romance, instead her personality and actions were the focus of her characterization. Independent, strong but not badass, accepting and loyal she was a multi-faceting and truly likable heroine. I didn't want to like Dominic. There were a lot of things about him I didn't care for but most of them were little things most readers of romance wouldn't mind. He grew on me quickly though and before I knew it I was kicking myself for liking him. The love scenes between the two were so smoking hot I did something I never do... I was rushing to get to the next one.

The overall plot of Bonded by Blood was a little contrived, a little generic and predictable. The resolution was almost too simple for my tastes but as this is romance I was able to excuse it as the hero and heroine get their happy ending. Many interesting secondary characters were introduced throughout this story and I really liked both Jackson and Lily so I will definitely be reading more of the Sweetblood series.

If you are a vampire romance lover and don't mind familiar tropes I highly recommend Bonded by Blood. Looking for a steamy but not overly erotic paranormal romance? Add Laurie London to your list of authors to watch!

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Notes: Received Review Copy via NetGalley.


Escape by Fiction said...

I'm glad you liked it - I loved it too!! Book #2 - Embraced by Blood is wicked good too!!

Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction :)

Rhianna said...

I have so many books I want coming out next month! June is gonna consist of me being buried in a book 24/7. :D


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