Review: Bloodright by Karin Tabke

Posted July 14, 2012 by Carmel in / 1 Comment

Bloodright by Karin Tabke

Title: Bloodright
Series: Blood Moon Trilogy #2
Author: Karin Tabke
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Published: April 3, 2012
ISBN #: 9780425243015 / 042524301X
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
My Copy: Penguin Canada
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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…
After years of waiting, the Blood Law is at last avenged. Lycan Alpha Lucien Mondragon takes revenge on his brother, Rafael. Lucien is poised to slay Rafael’s life mate, the Lycan/Slayer half-breed Falon- but cannot complete the kill. For Falon’s mystical powers and fiery nature awaken a heart Lucien thought long dead. Instead of ending her life, Lucien defiantly marks Falon as his own, tormenting his brother to insanity and spurning Rafael’s blood thirst for his own revenge. Though terrified by the savage Lucien, Falon finds herself inexplicably drawn to his primal rage and strength by a desire she cannot resist. Torn between the true love she has for Rafael and the burning hunger she holds for Lucien, Falon knows that the will of her heart will lead her to her destined life mate. But it may also doom the Alpha brothers-and the Lycan race-to extinction..

Blood Law was an okay read but Bloodright was… something else. This book’s in a category all of its own and not in a good way I might add. In all of my years of reading paranormal fiction never have I ever encountered an alpha wolf as weak and pitiful as Lucien’s character is in this installment. Add to that the fact that Falon has died three times in two books of a trilogy and then, don’t even get me started on the beastiality moments. The events that transpire in Bloodright are just so preposterous that I had a hard time taking any of Tabke’s words seriously. Then, to wrap things up, the tale comes to a close with the biggest ridiculousness of all.

After spending 352 pages with Lucien, I’m still hard-pressed to name one thing about him that I liked. He presents this hard face to the world and his pack but then Falon enters his life and he turns into a sniveling cry baby. I couldn’t stand him! He’s obsessed over the fact that his mate doesn’t love him as much as she does his brother, that she’s going to leave him, etc. He’s ridiculously insecure and more emotional than a girl on her period. It was impossible to find him sexy which is a major problem in a Paranormal Romance book in my opinion. I don’t always have to be head-over-heels-in-love with the lead hunk but it definitely helps, especially when the story is more romance based.

My other major problem with Bloodright is Falon. In the first book she comes across as strong and resilient while as in this installment she’s suicidal. She constantly plunges head first into dangerous situations, without back-up and ignores every piece of decent advice she receives. It made me wonder if she has a death wish. Falon dies once in the first novel and then again several more times in this one. I mean seriously, how many times can you kill/revive a main character in a trilogy? The whole thing was just absurd; unless it’s revealed in Blood Vow that she has secret “revival powers” I don’t really see how Tabke can save this sinking ship.

I can deal with boring characters and questionable plot twists but then when you throw beastiality into the mix you lose me completely. I love werewolves, that’s no secret. I’m all for them getting it on as humans and I can even deal with them doing it as wolves but when the author strays into that grey combo territory I become very uncomfortable. True, this series is shelved as erotica but I don’t think that that quite covers it. This book should come with a warning.

Bloodright is just so over the top crazy that I’m speechless. Yes, me a book blogger, at a loss for words. I’m tempted to read Blow Vow just to see how much farther Karin Tabke is going to take this sham. Then again, I already have a few traumatic mental images seared into my brain; do I really want to add more?

Books in this series:
Blood Law by Karin Tabke
My Review
Bloodright by Karin Tabke

Blood Vow by Karin Tabke

Recommendation: A good book for readers who like their wolves to be as raw as their erotica.
Like this, like that: The Moon Shifter series by Katie Reus, the Changeling series by Dani Harper and the early books in Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson Guardian series.

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One response to “Review: Bloodright by Karin Tabke

  1. I read the first book and after that ending I decided there was no way I’m continuing until the rest of the books are released. After reading your review I may not even do that now. I think I’ll wait until I see how the 3rd book does before deciding.

    Nice review Carmel!

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