Review: Blood Vow by Karin Tabke
Series: Blood Moon Trilogy #3
Author: Karin Tabke
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Published on: December 4, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: 352 pages, Paperback
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The coming of the Blood Moon will lead two Lycan packs into war, spur two rival brothers into conflict, and spark an act of vengeance so evil that its effects will be felt for generations.
One woman stands at the center of it all…
A volatile mix of both Lycan and Slayer, half-breed Falon is Alpha female of her pack, marked by both Lucien and Rafael—rival Alpha brothers that share equal hold on her heart. But when Falon’s mysterious past completely unravels, it is revealed she is the daughter of the Master Slayer who murdered Lucien and Rafael’s parents. The revelation throws her relationship with both brothers into chaos.
Falon begs them not to condemn her for her father’s deeds. She realizes before her Alpha mates that they are destined to be one and pleads with them to accept the unusual triangle. If the brothers accept her as their mate then the Blood Law of an eye for an eye would be null and void. But if Lucien and Rafael cannot overcome their pride and accept their fate, the annihilation of the Lycan race waits within the shadow of the Blood Moon…
The conclusion to Karin Tabke’s Blood Moon Rising trilogy is as pleasurable as it is provocative. Previously, I made the mistake of not realizing that this series is primarily erotica with paranormal elements but this time around my expectations were more realistic and, as I result, I thoroughly enjoyed Blood Vow. Falon spends a large portion of this book trying to convince two alpha males that they’re destined to be mated as a trio and really, what girl wouldn’t want two hunky men pining over her? This story is about so much more than just sex, even though there is plenty of that; it’s about love, forgiveness and letting go.
I enjoyed watching Falon trying to sway Lucien and Rafael’s stance on relationships throughout this book. As pack alphas, they’re tasked with immense responsibility; namely, the survival of their entire species. Their betas can’t conceive unless their leaders do and there’s a war coming that they can’t afford to lose. Regardless of the consequences, both alphas struggle with the idea of sharing Falon and, for that matter, what normal male wouldn’t? It’s an attack on their pride and goes against every one of their instincts plus the brothers’ personalities are very different. She uses every tool in her arsenal to convince them that they’re stronger together.
Needless to say, Falon’s greatest weapon is her body and, as a result, lots and lots of sex ensues. Luckily there’s no human-on-wolf action in this installment which was the one element in Bloodright that scandalized me to the point that I contemplated quitting this series entirely. I love all things werewolf but even I have my limits. There is every other possible type of nookie though and Falon spends about ¾’s of this book “convincing” Lucien and Rafael to accept their unconventional relationship.
I was surprised by the level of emotional depth that Tabke weaved into this love triangle. Falon isn’t selfishly monopolizing the two alphas attention because she genuinely loves both of them equally. Together they can tap into enough power to defeat the Slayers but only if the three of them give themselves up completely to the relationship. I loved watching Lucien and Rafael’s internal struggles with their past, present and future; even though they’re brothers, their worries are vastly different. Falon doesn’t get off scot free either because she has her own challenges to tackle as well.
The plot is pretty simplistic and accurately described in the blurb so I won’t go into specifics; the focal point really is the relationship between Falon, Lucien and Rafael. Blood Vow is the perfect book to keep you warm during these cold December nights and a fantastic ending to an unconventional series.