Blood Guard by Megan Erickson
Series: Mission #1
Published by Loveswept
Published on: September 12, 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Tendra: One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .
Athan: How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change my destiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.
So many vampire books, so little time… I do love a good vampire book and if it’s got a new spin to it, even better. And remember I said good, because there are just so many out there, but not all of them are good. I thought this one by Megan Erickson was good and I think it was due to it having an actual new to me, spin. My thanks to Net Galley for providing me a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review.
Tendra, or Ten as likes to be called, is pretty much alone in the world after her mother’s death. She lives in a rundown apartment with her cat, Brex, and works as a barmaid. After moving pretty much constantly her entire life, Mission City has been her home for five years. But she is thinking of moving on. When she is abducted by Athan, a vampire, he tells her that she has a part to play in keeping the human race free from bad vampires known as Valarian’s. Valarian’s have no love for humankind and seek to kill them indiscriminately for their blood. Athan is part of the ruling vampire family, the Gregorie Clan. His father is king, and his brother is the heir to the throne. And to keep things interesting, they have been waitng for ten generations of her family for Tendra to be born. She is human and wants to stay that way.
Ten is feisty, stubborn as the day is long, and has a snarky mouth, to say the least. Athan is strong, smart, and more than a little bit attracted to Ten-as she ultimately is to him. He was given the job to protect Tendra, pretty much when he as born. And because of his job, he is forbidden to have or act on any feelings for her.
What follows is a journey from Mission City to the Gregorie Clan stronghold. A journey that starts underneath the city in an underground world that only the Gregorie Clan can access. There they meet other vampires and slowly word gets out that Tendra has been found. Throughout it all, Brex is by her side and proves to be very helpful. Of course things happen to draw them out of the underground and that’s when a lot of the action and violence happens, because it’s not just the Valarians that are trying to keep Tendra from reaching the stronghold.
I love a story that features a feisty and strong heroine, in addition to a strong alpha male. And this book fills the bill for that. Add to that the underground adventure they share, the horrible bad guys, the forbidden romance, twists, betrayals, the violence they encounter and endure, and you have a book that will keep you reading into the wee hours of the morning. There’s a lot more to the story, but I think I will leave it at that.
This was my first book by Megan Erickson, but I promise you, it won’t be my last-especially since this is the first book in the series. There’s at least two other vampires that I would like to read a book about. I recommend this to adult paranormal romance readers and even some urban fantasy fans might like this book as well.