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[Tempted by Blood] (By: Laurie London) [published: February, 2012] Paperback – February 21, 2012
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- ASIN : B018EWSNBI
- Publisher : Mills & Boon (February 21, 2012)
- Language : English
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This begins a fast paced suspenseful and sensual sexy romance between Jackson and Arianna. There are villain aplenty, twist and turns that the readers will probably figure out. I enjoyed the revisit with all the lead characters of the other books in the series. I also loved that the world of Guardians, Dark Bloods and Sweetblood continue to grow and expand. There world is always enlarging as well as the PR capabilities of the Guardian. I Highly Recommend Tempted by Blood bk3 and the entire SweetBlood series by Laurie London.
Arianna is a human who lost her mother to vampires at a young age and has never forgotten what happened. She only saw shadows when the attack happened, but she is convinced there is something paranormal connected to the event. She has grown up believing in the paranormal and runs a blog feeding into these beliefs. She is also watching after her cousin, Krystal, who unbeknownst to her is a sweet-blood. Arianna meets Jackson when he comes in to save Krystal from some Darkbloods trying to capture her.
Since Jackson is used to women just falling at his feet, I liked that nothing really happened between him and Arianna for a while. Once they do finally get together it is hot, but I liked the slow build between them. I also adored how Jackson was trying so hard to make everything special for her and he did not want Arianna to feel like just another girl. He wanted things to be different with her. It was very sweet.
I also loved that we got to see characters from past books come into play here. Laurie wove them into the plot perfectly. Characters we have come to know and love came back as critical influences in the plot not just useless cameos. It was nice to see Laurie use their strengths to move the plot forward and aid Jackson and Arianna in their journey.
The threat of Darkblood is always running through the background, but the focus of the story really is on Jackson and Arianna, especially Jackson's journey to try and discover who he truly wants to be. I did like the danger that was there though and it did keep the story exciting. There were quite a few revelations about who is behind the Darkblood attacks and what they plan to do next and I will be interested to see that explored in future books.
Overall, this is another fantastic addition to this series. I was looking forward to this book for quite some time and it definitely delivered! I loved Jackson and watching him go from a lost soul to someone who had someone who appreciated him for who he was. I am looking forward to the next book with Santiago which is due out later this year!
Despite these flaws, I still think this is one of the better vampire series, especially because of its focus on the premise of "sweet blood." I'll purchase the final book in the series featuring Tristan Santiago, the regional commander of the Guardians. I just hope it prominently features Kip, the Guardian trainee who was captured by the bad guys. Too bad he doesn't have a book of his own. He's a lot more compelling than Jackson.