Blood Kissed by Keri Arthur
Series: Lizzie Grace #1
Published by Indie
Published on: May 9, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
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In a world where magic and science sit side by side, and powerful witches are considered necessary aides for all governments, Lizzie Grace is something of an outlier. Though born into one the most powerful blue blood witch families, she wants nothing to do with either her past or her magic.
But when she and Belle, her human familiar and best friend, open a small cafe in the Faelan werewolf reservation, she quickly finds herself enmeshed in the hunt for a vampire intent on wreaking bloody havoc. It’s a hunt that soon becomes personal, and one that is going to take all her skills to survive–that’s if the werewolves, who hate all things witch, don’t get her first.
I accepted this title for review without a second thought; it’s written by Keri Arthur, and about werewolves—going once,
going twice, sold! The protagonist in BLOOD KISSED is a witch, so although our four-legged friends have been cast as secondary characters, it’s safe to assume that we’ll be seeing a lot of them given that the story is set on the Faelan reservation, a place run by shifters of the lunar persuasion.
This novel offered up tons of stand-out content including a human familiar (say what!?), small-town mystery, and a heroine who’s outside of this author’s norm. I liked the way that Arthur gave readers enough facts on the different elements that will make up her LIZZIE GRACE series so that all the moving parts jived, but still left sufficient wiggle room to maneuver in future installments, and more importantly, left us pining for book 2.
As odd as Belle’s role sounded at first, picking her over a cat was actually quite brilliant. She’s a sidekick, BFF, business partner, and adviser all rolled into one who’s fate is closely tied to Lizzie’s. They have a long history of working together, and because of her lot in life, Grace is very permissive when it comes to issuing “orders” which is turn equates to sexy times that don’t take over the narrative (ex: SOULS OF FIRE, DARK ANGELS, etc).
I thought that the Psychic Café and Grace’s psychometry expertise were a good jumping off point. As much as I love the investigative style plot line in Urban Fantasy, I get tired of the protagonist always being a P.I. I also liked that Aidan couldn’t be more anti-witch because this will hopefully mean that his and Lizzie’s romance will be of the slow burn variety. The heroine is definitely a character who I can see myself wanting to follow long-term.
BLOOD KISSED is a fresh start by a seasoned writer.
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