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Bonded by Blood (Mills & Boon Nocturne) by Laurie London (2012-02-03) Paperback – January 1, 1818
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- Publisher : Mills & Boon (January 1, 1818)
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The storyline between the Guardian Enforcer Vampires and the Dark Bloods is good. The fight between humanity and inhumanity is at stake. Dark Bloods have started a program to find and repeatedly take and track all Sweet Bloods. There scheme is soon found out to be more diabolical then they initially thought. I finally did get quit engrossed in the story. Once it starts moving it doesn't let up. The romance between Dominic/Dom and Mackenzie is sizzling hot and quite sensual. I will continue to read this series. I do like the fact that these are the real type of vampires of old. With one exception they can eat food, but other then that are like vampires of old, which is a good thing to me. I am sick of the new style vampires who eat drink an go out in the day time. Neither do they have any special skills that vampire of old had. I am really happy that the author Laurie London is writing Vampires the way they should be written!!
Scouting movie locations for television and movie productions is one of Mackenzie Foster-Shaw's jobs. It puts her out in the field and has made her very familiar with the Pacific Northwest she calls home. After two weeks of haunting cemeteries near and far for her current client, she's finally found one that may meet her picky client's needs. As she sets up her equipment and starts photographing the site, she's startled by the sound of distress coming from under a pile of forest debris. Moving closer to investigate, Kenzie is shocked to find not an animal, but a man. An obviously wounded man in dire need of help.
It isn't until he lunges at her that she realizes an insane truth. He's not a man at all.
Waking up at home the next morning with no idea how she got there or what happened to her the previous afternoon, Kenzie is confused and concerned. She feels weird, first of all. There is a buzzing in her head, like static, and a strange feeling in her chest. She wonders if it has something to do with her family's curse. The Shaw family has been plagued with mysterious disappearances going back generations. Her own father disappeared, then a few years later, a cousin. Maybe what's happening to her is somehow a precursor of that horror.
Kenzie has no idea how horrifying the truth can be, but with one vampire intent on keeping her safe - even from himself - and an entire contingent of Darkbloods working on just the opposite, one thing is certain. She's going to find out.
I liked this series debut. London has a fluid, easy-to-read writing style, and the world she's creating is brushed with creativity and a bit of originality that adds a breath of fresh air to vampire-featured paranormal romance. The Guardian enforcers were a particular treat. Their presence and purpose added a covert ops military unit feel to their aspects of the story that I found appealing and thought a surprisingly nice blend with the vampire history and culture that London introduces.
Both main characters were likable and their individual backstories were fleshed out nicely and incorporated into their character development. They were not, perhaps, the most individual, unique, or remarkable hero and heroine I've ever read, but they fit well in their roles in the book and they did their job as the lead romantic pair. Neither of them annoyed or offended in any way - always a plus.
As a couple Kenzie and Dom had a solid amount of chemistry, and some of their scenes were hot enough to singe my fingers on the page (always a good thing), but I was a little thrown by how deep into the book I was before Kenzie is clued in on the existence of vampires. Half of the book is gone before she finds out they're large, in charge, and closer than she knows. In books such as this, where the heroine isn't aware that the guy she's lusting on isn't human, I struggle with my level of comfort with the relationship. It's hard for me to fully commit to a romance based on that sort of lack of information. Because of that, the emotional connection between Kenzie and Dom frustrated me a little for longer than I would have liked when I was reading it.
On a brighter note, I thought there was a nice balance between the world-building, the progression of the external plot conflict, and the evolution of the relationship between Dom and Kenzie. Too often lately I've read books that skew more heavily one way or the other to the expense of all three. Some of the elements could have had more thorough definition for my taste, but what's there combined well and worked together to create a satisfying story instead of detracting from it. The external plot conflict with the Darkbloods also added lots of great action into the mix.
The sum of all the parts of this book is what made this read work so well for me. It didn't have the same tired feel as so many in the genre have of late. London stirred her overlarge palette of romance standards and original story elements, then combined them in such a way that she created a surprisingly harmonious blend of comforting familiarity and exciting originality. I really enjoyed what I read and look forward to continuing the series.
"Friends don't let friends show up at devastatingly gorgeous men's homes without a warning. What if I had gone to the gym first and was all sweaty and stinky? Did you ever think about that?"
"You don't work out."
"But it's the principle."
Reviewed for One Good Book Deserves Another.
The book focuses on the world of vampires, with some new mythology thrown in which always helps distinguish the story from others. There is one familiar storyline though, a vampire who falls for a human who's blood is extremely appealing to him. Ring any bells? Before you jump to conclusions though, keep in mind that while this book does share some similarities to Twilight, Bonded by Blood is in another league. Twilight is for teenage girls daydreams and Bonded by Blood is for womens fantasies. With Dominic being the main focus of those fantasies.
The slow building story leaves your toes curling with anticipation that is highly addicting. While the story is a little light on the action in the beginning, it is not missed. The character building and the budding romance between Dominic and Mackenzie more than makes up for it. The world is fascinating and I quickly found myself completely captivated.
The end of the book does leave you satisfied as a reader, but it was a little too neat and tidy for my taste. However, after finishing and reflecting on the book as a whole I really enjoyed it. There are still loose ends, which I am hoping will be addressed in future books. I am particularly looking forward to learning more about Alsfonso, Dominic's brother. There is a serious story behind that guy and I am eager to see what it is. Especially since it involves Lily, a fellow member of the Agency with Dominic, who is quick whitted and sharp tongued. I am sure watching the two of them together is going to be beyond entertaining.
Overall I loved this book, I was fully engrossed in it and cannot wait to see what Laurie has in store for us in the future. If you have not read this book yet, go out and get it. I am sure you will be happy to be swept into this exciting world too.
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Sie ahnt nicht, daß ihre Erinnerungen an die Begegnung mit Dominic Serrano gelöscht wurden. Er gehört zu der Fraktion unter den Vampiren, die es ablehnt, Menschen nur als ahnungslose Futterquelle niederzumachen. Nach dem tragischen Tod seiner Eltern hat er es sich zum einzigen Ziel gemacht, für die Gesetze des Rates der Vampire zu kämpfen. Diese verurteilen die Machenschaften der "Darkbloods", die die alten mörderischen Gewohnheiten nicht aufgeben wollen und zudem auf der ständigen Suche nach "Sweetbloods" sind, deren Blut ein ähnliches Suchtpotential hat wie für Menschen Heroin und das in den dunkelsten Straßenecken wie Drogen zu Höchstpreisen gehandelt wird. Nach einem Kampf gegen die Darkbloods schwer verwundet, scheint es für Dom zunächst die Rettung, als er, auf dem Friedhof versteckt, einen sich nähernden Menschen hört. Als er erkennt, daß Mackenzie eine Sweetblood ist, fürchtet er, die jahrelang antrainierte Kontrolle zu verlieren ...
Laurie Londons Debut bietet eine angenehme Überraschung. Nach der Auftaktszene entwickelt sich der Plot zunächst locker und alltäglich wie in einem Gegenwartsroman; wenn der Leser nicht wüßte, daß Dom Fangzähne vor Mackenzie versteckt, könnte man das langsame Herantasten der beiden zunächst fast für eine alltägliche Romanze mit vorhersehbarem Ausgang halten, die dann aber unerwartete Seiten entwickelt. Auch die Vampire in der Geschichte wirken eher alltäglich, sie verfügen über geringe übernatürliche Kräfte und leben unerkannt in einer Art Parallelgesellschaft unter den Menschen.
Dom verkörpert nicht den typischen Alpha mit Beschützerinstinkt; er wirkt eher zurückhaltend und wird von seiner ständigen Angst geplagt, die Kontrolle zu verlieren und damit alles zu verraten, wofür er steht. Einer gemeinsamen Beziehung räumt er keine Chancen ein und ist fest entschlossen, das Richtige zu tun und Mackenzie nicht der tödlichen Bedrohung seiner Gier auszusetzen.
Auch Mackenzie sieht keine Chance für beide als Paar; sie glaubt, bald dem Familienfluch zum Opfer zu fallen und möchte Dom Kummer ersparen, vor eine tiefere Bindung entstehen kann. Damit beweist sie eine Art von Mut, die sich angenehm vom gängigen Kickass-Muster abhebt. Wie sie mit ihrer an Alzheimer erkrankten Mutter und ihrem Bruder umgeht, verschafft ihr ebenso weitere Pluspunkte wie ihre Weigerung, sich hinter Dom und seinen Kollegen zu verschanzen, als es brenzlig wird.
Die Spannung wird durch die Action-Elemente ebenso hochgeschraubt wie durch den sich durchziehenden inneren Konflikt Dominics, der gegen seine Instinkte ankämpft und um seine Ideale ringt. Bei Doms Kollegen in der Agency finden sich einige gut gezeichnete und interessante Nebencharaktere (auch Frauen), die die Handlung bereichern. Doms Umgang mit ihnen zeigt ihn von einer anderen Seite, einerseits sehr professionell, andererseits als Kumpel, der ebenso gut austeilen wie einstecken kann.
Einige Handlungsfäden bleiben offen, so gibt es eine Nebenhandlung um Doms Bruder Alfonso, der eine undurchsichtige Rolle zwischen Gut und Böse zu spielen scheint, und um den sich die Fortsetzung drehen wird. (EMBRACED BY BLOOD soll im Juni 2011 erscheinen).