Friday, February 11, 2011

Review: Bonded by Blood by Laurie London

Book Description:

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…


I usually try not to gush when I do reviews but lately I've been blessed to have read some really great books and Bonded by Blood is one of those books. The connection between characters is both beautiful and passionate without being mushy. Dom has such a force behind his personality. On one hand he is decisive and strong, not hesitating to take out an enemy or kill when necessary. On the other hand he takes things slowly, with kindness and patience, not wanting to spook Mackenzie away (like the scene with Mackenzie's mother in the nursing home) and he has issues from his past that he continues to struggle with. All these traits demonstrate exactly what he is capable of. He is powerful, hot, confident, dangerous when needed and sexy as sin. And, hello, he cooks too! I might make him my new fake vampire boyfriend. 

Mackenzie took longer for me to like but once her past was revealed I felt that she became more dimensional and a good match for Dom. She has a level head and cares a great deal about her family. I like that little streak of daring, like agreeing to pose for a nude painting or removing her panties because they showed through her dress, and found her passion for art to be contagious. Mackenzie is a smart woman and accepts the world of vampires without much difficulty. 

Another aspect of Bonded by Blood that I enjoyed and appreciated was that we bypassed some of the usual hemming and hawing that can ruin a good romance. It's not like they jumped in with both feet or anything, and they each had reservations, but they seemed to fall away once that spark between them was ignited. Both characters were amazingly open to the possibilities whiuch kept the story moving along. 

*slightly spoilerish part of my review*

The plot had some interesting twists and turns, along with some intersections of storyline that I wasn't expecting. Alfonso is Dom's estranged brother and his appearance towards the end made me crazy for more. I want to read his story so bad I can taste it. His relationship to Lily positively radiates sex, lust, and some intense feelings that need to be resolved. A book is always a success for me when I can relate to the characters, and when the secondary ones snag my attention it makes it all the better. Embraced by Blood is already going on my pre-order list for sure!

For more about the Sweetblood series, visit Laurie at her website. She also has a blog and I found it to be interesting as well as candid. Take a minute and stop by.

The next book in the Sweetblood series, Embraced by Blood, will be out in July!! I absolutely cannot wait!!! Maybe I'll start celebrating Christmas in July:)

A couple of days ago Laurie shared her inspiration for Dom with the VampChix:

Yep, new vampire boyfriend:)

*Reviewed by Anna Dougherty for Bite Club
*This was obtained from NetGalley for review purposes.

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