Title: Bonded by Blood
Author: Laurie London
Release Date: January 18th, 2011
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she’s cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.
For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her….
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: Bonded by Blood looks to be the start of another promising paranormal romance series. That cover alone is worth picking the book up for, I mean come on, look at him. Okay, getting side tracked, sorry. Onto the review.
The book focuses on the world of vampires, with some new mythology thrown in which always helps distinguish the story from others. There is one familiar storyline though, a vampire who falls for a human who’s blood is extremely appealing to him. Ring any bells? Before you jump to conclusions though, keep in mind that while this book does share some similarities to Twilight, Bonded by Blood is in another league. Twilight is for teenage girls daydreams and Bonded by Blood is for womens fantasies. With Dominic being the main focus of those fantasies.
The slow building story leaves your toes curling with anticipation that is highly addicting. While the story is a little light on the action in the beginning, it is not missed. The character building and the budding romance between Dominic and Mackenzie more than makes up for it. The world is fascinating and I quickly found myself completely captivated.
The end of the book does leave you satisfied as a reader, but it was a little too neat and tidy for my taste. However, after finishing and reflecting on the book as a whole I really enjoyed it. There are still loose ends, which I am hoping will be addressed in future books. I am particularly looking forward to learning more about Alsfonso, Dominic’s brother. There is a serious story behind that guy and I am eager to see what it is. Especially since it involves Lily, a fellow member of the Agency with Dominic, who is quick whitted and sharp tongued. I am sure watching the two of them together is going to be beyond entertaining.
Overall I loved this book, I was fully engrossed in it and cannot wait to see what Laurie has in store for us in the future. If you have not read this book yet, go out and get it. I am sure you will be happy to be swept into this exciting world too.
FTC: I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley