ARC Review: Seduced by Blood by Laurie London

Posted July 19, 2012 by Carmel in / 2 Comments

Seduced by Blood by Laurie London

Title: Seduced by Blood
Series: Sweetblood #4
Author: Laurie London
Publisher: HQN
Format: eBook, 384 pages
Published: July 24, 2012
ISBN #: 9780373776696 / 0373776691
Genre: Paranormal Romance
My Copy: NetGalley
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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…

I really liked the structure of this book. London starts off slowly by first concentrating on building up the characters and their romance. This was one of the shortcomings of Tempted by Blood in my opinion, I had a hard time buying into the relationship because it was too much, too soon, too fast. I’m happy to report that Laurie London is back on track with this installment. Seduced by Blood is passionate, lively and well put together. This is my favourite book so far in the Sweetblood series!

The common theme throughout this novel was that things aren’t always as they appear. Roxy seems to be a hippy teacher who’s still in mourning over her dead husband and Santiago gives off a real tough guy, I don’t care about anything or anyone vibe. As the story progresses, Laurie slowly reveals that there’s more to these characters than meets the eye. Roxy and Santiago start off at complete odds; their attraction brings them together at first but as the facts start piling up they realize that what they have is more than just a passing fling. I really appreciated that London focuses just on them at the beginning of the book. The story won me over early on and I was even able to like Santiago who, as you know, comes across as a huge ass in the previous installments.

Another aspect that I enjoyed was how Roxy is the main butt kicker in this tale. Anyone who’s read a Sweetblood book knows that the men in this series can hold their own in a fight so there was never a doubt in my mind over Santiago’s alpha status. Roxanne was a different story. That was, up until the first few chapters when she single-handedly defeats a couple of Darkbloods, unarmed. Yeah. I was in awe of her from that point on. You know the saying: “those who can’t do, teach?” It definitely doesn’t apply to my girl Roxy! Not only that but London skillfully works this story in such a way that the strong female doesn’t take away from Santiago’s masculinity. I like that she was able to achieve a nice balance between her two main characters.

On top of telling a phenomenal love story, Seduced by Blood delivers a top notch plot as well. The story just keeps on giving; there’s a mole in the Guardians, a kidnapped Sweetblood, a cold case murder investigation and a beloved character fighting for his life. You won’t be able to put this one down until the end. It’s one of those “I’ll just read one more chapter before bed”, then something crazy happens and you can’t let go quite yet. Then one thing leads to another and before you know it you’re on the last page!

Seduced by Blood has all of the key elements that I look for in a good Paranormal Romance book: off the charts chemistry, bone crunching action and a captivating story. You can’t go wrong with this series; every installment seems to be better than the last.

Books in this series:
Bonded by Blood
My Review
Embraced by Blood
My Review
Tempted by Blood
My Review
Seduced by Blood

Recommendation: Ideal for Paranormal Romance lovers who are looking for a quality “light” read.
Like this, like that: Immortal Guardians series by Dianne Duvall, Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward and the Night Huntress World series by Jeaniene Frost.

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