Review: Bonded By Blood (Sweetblood Series, #1) by Laurie London

Author: Laurie London
Others In Series: Hidden by Blood (# 1.5, novella), Embraced By Blood (#2, coming June 21, 2011)
Format: MM paperback, ebook
Pages: 378
Original Release Date: January 18, 2011
ISBN #: 978-0373775446
FTC Disclaimer: I purchased this book.

Bonded by Blood starts out with the characters in a cemetary. By the end of chapter one, the hero had been shot by the bad guys, the heroine had been attacked by the hero (O.o!!), and he was carrying her off to (at this point) parts unknown!! Now THAT’S the way to start a story.

Mackenzie Foster-Shaw belongs to a family plagued by heartache. With a history of family members simply disappearing, she lives her life free of many “traditional” attachments, just in case she’s the next one to go missing. Dominic Serrano is a Guardian, a member of the vampire race who protects humans from “Darkbloods”, those of his kind that hunt them. Unfortunately for Mackenzie, she’s got what vampires call “sweetblood”, something in her system creates an almost irresistable attraction to her blood. Humans with sweetblood are targeted and drained, their blood sold like a drug on the street. It makes her a prime target for the Darkbloods, and a top priority for Dom.

I really loved the way this story was put together. The action is there right from the start, the threat is known, but once Mackenzie and Dom meet, the spotlight is on them. Building their relationship is the main focus for a good part of the first half of the book. Now, that’s not to say that the threat goes away, or disappears from the story, it doesn’t, but there was time given for the couple to go from strangers to lovers, and for me to really care about them.

Then… all hell breaks loose!

The Darkbloods are evil. Evil in a way that gave me chills.

I love discovering new vampire stories, and learning a new author’s take on the mythology. This was no exception. There were a lot of “traditional” characteristics, and a few new ideas that made for some pretty impressive scenes. Overall, I was drawn in to the book from the get-go, and it didn’t let me down. And, for those of you who might make a comparison (like I did) to another story of a vampire drawn to a woman with “sweetblood”, let me just say, this is not YA, and there is no fade-to-black in Laurie’s world. Wowza!!

I’m really looking forward to the second book in this series, Embraced by Blood. Given what happens at the end of this book, I have some theories, and I CAN’T WAIT to see if I’m right. Luckily, I don’t have to wait long! This is definitely a series I’ll be keeping up with.

Laurie’s spending some time talking about what’s making her happy, and answering YOUR questions today!! Click HERE to see her feature. One commenter/questioner will be randomly drawn to win Bonded by Blood prizes! Ane be sure to check back on June 20th for my review of Embraced by Blood, and a chance to win MORE Sweetblood swag!!

3 Comments

  1. Comment by Donna/BLHmistress:

    I devoured this book , I am always looking for new takes on vampires and this one had it not one part of this book I didn’t like. Have you got the chance to read the novella yet , only part I didn’t like was it was too short.

  2. Comment by Mary Preston:

    New ideas mixed with ‘traditional’ is great. I do love some of the time-honored lore but a fresh slant is just that.

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