Monday, July 9, 2012

Seduced by Blood by Laurie London

Seduced by Blood
by Laurie London
Series: Sweetblood #4
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: July 24, 2012
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon/Book Depository

Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two vampire coalitions: Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors... Hot-blooded and hard-edged, Tristan Santiago has an uncanny ability to see beneath the surface-a power that serves him well as the Guardians' region commander. But when a deadly plot against his fellow vampires is uncovered, he must turn to the one woman he can't read: the beautiful yet mysterious Roxanne Reynolds, whose sensual presence soothes his tormented memories. Roxy had put love before duty once before, with devastating results. But to root out a dangerous traitor in their midst, she must put her faith in Santiago, the one man skilled enough to break through her defenses. Posing as lovers, Santiago and Roxy work side by side-and discover a powerful craving that threatens to consume them both....(synopsis from Goodreads)

Seduced by Blood is the fourth book in Laurie London’s Sweetblood series.  Each of these books can be read as a standalone and focuses on one member of an elite team of vampires who protect humankind from the Darkbloods.  This novel brings us Tristan Santiago and Roxanne Reynolds romance. As they search for a spy among his team, this undercover couple finds more than they bargained for. I consumed this in one evening as London quickly took me back to the Pacific Northwest and the headquarters of the Guardians.

The battle over humans continues as the Guardian’s fight to protect humanity and keep secret the existence of vampires. The Darkbloods continue their fight to rule and hunt mankind. Santiago and his team have a problem; every attack or mission seems to be compromised. To add insult to injury, Roxanne Reynolds a tracker instructor, uncovers a Darkblood nest within miles of the region’s command center on her way into town. She is in town to cover classes for her former student while she spends some much needed R&R with new boyfriend. Constantly trying to market Sweetblood (a particularly delicious and rare type of human blood) the Darkbloods are becoming bolder and someone within Santiago’s trusted team is giving them insider information. The team decides that Roxanne should go undercover as Santiago's girlfriend and use her talents to determine who the mole is. The tale that unfolds is smoking hot, intense, action packed, and gave me one heck of a ride.

Santiago is the Guardian regional commander. He takes his job seriously and will do anything to protect his team. He can be hard, crass and down right intimidating. He isn’t looking for any long term commitments with the ladies. His father was a womanizer and he believes it’s in his DNA. He never wants a woman to be hurt like his mother, so he keeps things light.  He totally tries to avoid Roxy and her hippie ways. Despite this he cannot help noticing her tone athletic body. Roxy is headstrong, centered and one heck of a tracker. She was once a guardian, but after her partner died at the hands of DarkBloods she moved to teaching the Guardian’s elite. Roxy isn’t sure she likes Santiago who seems to have an attitude problem, but she can appreciate his fine sculptured body and long eyelashes. When he smiles, her knees turn to jelly.  The interaction between these two was hilarious. He wants to step away and she is all in his face. Of course that is exactly what he needs. I quickly became caught up in their tale.

I love the world London has created and enjoy visiting. It’s a saga of good verse evil and each installment has fresh storylines that draw you in. There is substance to these mysteries that I enjoy. I like putting the pieces together and I love getting to know each character. While we get updates about other characters, I like how each book focuses on one character, a new problem and their love interest. London captures your attention on page one as you are immediately drawn into a confrontation with Darkbloods. The romance she spins is hot, believable and exciting. All of the men are complicated and completely swoon worthy. She keeps you engaged as she takes you from one action packed or steamy scene to another. Forget catching your breath, once you enter this world you are there till the last page, the last sentence..only to find you want more.

I highly recommend Seduced by Blood and the entire Sweetblood series to fans of paranormal romance and mystery. If you love tales of good verse evil, smoking hot vampires and epic love stories you will love what London has to offer. Laurie London is on my auto-buy list and I cannot wait for the next Sweetblood tale.

I want to thank Harlequin and netGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.

I gave this novel 5 coffee cups out of 5.
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At July 9, 2012 at 7:56 AM , Blogger Nick said...

Wow ! You gave the book 5 stars, so it should be good. I've never heard of this series before, but I'm always on the look-out for vampire books. I have to check this one out soon.
Great review, Kimberly ! I'm glad you loved it so much. :)

At July 9, 2012 at 8:58 AM , Blogger Samantha said...

I love this series, but wasn't really excited for Santiago's book. Glad you loved it!

At July 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM , Blogger Blodeuedd said...

Ohh a 5 :D Yes I could read hot PNR and I have heard good things too so I am curious

At July 10, 2012 at 1:42 AM , Anonymous Christy @ Love of Books said...

Oh that's cool that they could be stand alone. I probably couldn't read them out of order though, because it would bug me. This sound really good.

At July 10, 2012 at 6:42 PM , Blogger samantha.1020 said...

I'm adding this entire series to my TBR list! Sounds like my type of books :)


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