Book Review of When Blood Calls by J.K. Beck

Title: When Blood Calls

Author: J.K. Beck

Release Date: August 31, 2010

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Attorney Sara Constantine is thrilled with her promotion—until she finds out that she must now prosecute vampires and werewolves. The first defendant she’ll be trying to put away? Lucius Dragos, the sexy stranger with whom she recently shared an explosive night of ecstasy.

When Lucius kisses a beautiful woman sitting next to him at the bar, he’s hoping only to avoid the perceptive gaze of the man he’s planning to kill. But what starts as a simple kiss ignites into an all-consuming passion. Charged with murder, Luke knows that Sara is determined to see him locked away—unless he can convince her that he’s not a monster. And that might mean making the ultimate sacrifice.

My Review: While I was cruising the bookstores, with my awesome friend Susan, she recommended this book to me.  I have learned to trust her, so I bought the book and started reading.  I had not heard of these books before, but the summary sounded intriguing and I love paranormal so I started the book with an open mind.

Much of this story revolves around attorneys and legal jargon.  While I am a fan of shows such as Law and Order, it did take me a little bit to follow along with it all.  The story starts out with a bang, then fizzled a little while the author took time to set the scene.  I understand the need to set the scene, it makes sense, I just get a little too impatient for my own good.  The turning point for me was about 50 pages in when Sara and Lucius lives intersect again while he is on trial for murder and Sara is his prosecutor.  Since they have already spent the night together thinking they would probably never see each other again, it is beyond hilarious to me when they realize they now stand on separate sides of the law.

The pace from there on out was fast and I sucked up every minute of it.  I loved the banter back and forth between Sara and Lucius.  Their chemistry was fantastic and the fact that it was slow building made it easier to connect with them.  I enjoyed many of the supporting characters and felt like they were well developed and easy to connected with.  I am hoping they will appear in future installments so we can get another glimpse into their lives.

The best part of the book though was the twist towards the end.  I really thought I had it all figured out and then Beck throws us a huge curve ball where I think my mouth literally fell open.  I even read reviews before I read the book that talked about this, but I still did not see it coming.  The twist took the book to the next level for me, just when I thought things were winding down, Beck picks the pace right back up and I was engrossed again.

Overall I really enjoyed this book.  It was a good start to a new series that I am going to be sure to check out future additions of.

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