Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bonded by Blood (Sweetblood #1) by Laurie London

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….(synopsis from Barnes and Noble)

Bonded by Blood is the first novel in the Sweetblood, paranormal romance series by author Laurie London.  This dark adult-fiction offers romance, mystery, sexy vampires and a struggle between good and evil.  London’s tale grabbed me from page one and I enjoyed the ride.

In the Sweetblood series we have two groups of vampires.  There are vampires who live among the humans. They follow society’s rules and drink donor blood. The second group known as the Darkbloods believe in the old ways. Where killing and turning humans is their right. The Agency is a military type vampire unit established to protect the humans and keep the vampires existence a secret. Recently the agency has noticed an increase in activity among the Darkbloods and have sent units to investigate.  One of their goals is to protect humans nicknamed "sweetbloods". These humans have particularly sweet blood, which can make a vampire lose himself. They often end up killing the human and the blood gives them a high.  Eventually the vampire becomes addicted craving more and more sweetblood. The agency notices an increase in the illegal sale of sweetblood and believes the Darkbloods are behind it.

While on a mission, agent Dominic is shot with silver bullets.  He manages to hide himself in a dark cemetery before sunrise.  Photographer and biker chick, Mackenzie-Foster Shaw believes she has found the perfect location for a film project. She jumps of her bike, and begins taking photos.  As she moves through the cemetery she thinks she hears someone moaning, "Help me'. Suddenly she stumbles upon Dominic, half hidden in a pile of leaves.  At first he thinks he will borrow her phone to get help, but then he smells her – a Sweetblood. He tells her to run, but Mackenzie wants to help, she bends down to look at his wounds……………..the next thing she remembers is waking up with a headache in her own bed. Dominic is back at the agency, but is concerned for Mackenzie. He wants to make sure the darkbloods can't find her. He finds himself thinking about her..a lot.  The tale that London tells, unfolds at a dizzying pace and I loved every suspenseful, steamy, intoxicating, minute of it.

London creates characters you can’t help but fall in love with. I really liked Mackenzie, she is grounded, responsible, and talented.  She rides a motorcycle, teaches art and works as a scout for films.  She can be a kick-ass and has a witty sense of humor. A family curse has kept her from getting to close to anyone.  There were a few scenes where her behavior had me giggling.   Dominic, is a tortured soul, who is determined to seek vengeance. He has suffered great loss and despite the tough guy exterior, he is really a romantic at heart. He is protective, loyal, smart and uber sexy. We meet some of the other vampires in the agency and I look forward to reading their stories. London has given them all unique personalities and I was drawn to each of them. The romance between Mackenzie and Dominic was hot and intense. I loved the banter between them, and how Mackenzie goes from fearing him to trusting him with her life. I must warn my more delicate readers, that while this is a mainstream romance it can get pretty steamy. 

The tale itself was intense and believable.  I love how London gave us Dominic’s back-story and weaved it into the present making the tale more suspenseful. There were scenes that had my heart racing, as I wondered how Dominic and Mackenzie would survive. There is villain to hate, and a traitor to feel sorry for.  London provides details and characters that give this tale endless possibility as a series. I like that while the tale of Good vs. Evil will continue, Dominic and Mackenzie’s tale is complete.

I highly recommend Bonded by Blood to fans of paranormal romance and suspense.  Next month I will be reviewing book two of the Sweetblood series, Embraced by Blood Bonded by Blood and the rest of the books in this series are available in both paper and eBook formats.  Laurie London is on my auto-buy list.

I gave this novel 4 coffee cups out of 5. 

Author's website:Laurie London

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At March 22, 2012 at 12:25 AM , Blogger MissKimberlyStardust said...

Oooh this looks really good, I love me a good paranormal romance!
-Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

At March 22, 2012 at 6:40 AM , Blogger Michelle Chew said...

Oh this seems interesting! Thanks for sharing! :)


At March 22, 2012 at 7:30 AM , Blogger Rebecca (Kindle Fever) said...

I love a man you can't help but fall in love with! *sigh* I'm so glad you liked it, it looks real good! I'm curious. ;o And that cover is intriguing... in an almost creepy way. LOL. Great review, K! :)

At March 22, 2012 at 8:52 AM , Blogger Mrs Q Book Addict said...

I haven't read any paranormal romance books. I should give the genre a try.

At March 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM , Blogger _yay_ said...

Every-darn-time I'm reading a review of a book in this series I'm asking myself *Why haven't you picked it up yet. WHY?*
The cover is awesome! Glad to hear that you liked the story as well.
Looking forward to your review of #2
_yay_ @ BookthatThing!

At March 22, 2012 at 3:34 PM , Blogger Blodeuedd said...

I like that cover, very nice ;)

And this one sounds like a good book for me. Oh yes I am sire I would like it

At March 22, 2012 at 6:38 PM , Blogger roro said...

lol count me in

drool worthy cover

mr vamp bite me pls

At March 22, 2012 at 7:22 PM , Blogger Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh this sounds like a lovely sexy read. :) Thank you!

At March 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM , Anonymous Sarah said...

Thanks for the suggestion! I've only recently gotten into paranormal fiction, and have only read dark thrillers like "Deadly Destination" by Cat Denison ( thus far. I LOVE the dark novels, but like the paranormal aspect enough to give a romance a try. Might have to add "Bonded by Blood" to my kindle, especially if it's a 4 / 5!

- S

At March 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM , Blogger Giselle said...

This sounds pretty good I love it when they write characters that really get you to feel for them. I hadn't heard of this one before Kimda. Awesome review and very hot cover! :D

At March 24, 2012 at 7:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great review! I love paranormal romance and this one sounds good. It sounds like the characters are really great. And of course the cover is sexy!


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