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Thursday, July 18, 2019
However, a prophesy has been making its rounds in the vampire community quicker than family gossip. Quinn might be their future, their salvation...whether she likes it or not.
Julian and his friends walk into Quinn's life one night, and getting rid of them proves to be a major pain in her ass. They must protect her to ensure that the haphazard vampire race does not rise with a twisted purpose, using her power for their personal gain.
Quinn is tough, sassy, and fun. Her slowly evolving relationship with Julian felt refreshing and realistic. Jumping in the sack right away might sound nice on paper, but it can become scripted. The slow burn is always worth the wait.
I have already started reading book two in this series, Arctic Fire.
The set-up is great. The idea for BLOOD VOW is great. I only wish Maria had held onto her ambitions to kill rogues. Her need for revenge kind of peters out when she realizes how much she likes Marak, who lies about who he is by giving her a different name. His friend's name. Why his friend's name?
Also, Maria is fighting against the patriarchy of the vampire kind. The males always protect the females, who are supposed to stay locked away, safe and bored. She doesn't want this in the least, to be someone's "little woman".
(SPOILER ALERT) So..she loses sight of her mission to avenge her sister. It's more important to be Marak's soulmate. Marak's nickname for her is "Little One", which I find degrading and a little creepy. Is she a child or a fully grown equal? And the difference between their heights is constantly referenced, which constantly gave me images of a tiny person with a giant. As a short woman who has dated taller men in the past, believe me, it never turned me into the size of a yard gnome. In the end, she gets married, so she really becomes Marak's little woman. (END SPOILER ALERT)
The writing is wonderful. The storyline has such potential! I'm just not sure I can overlook Maria's lackluster attitude for being a modern woman avenging her sister. Would I give the second book in the series a try? Maybe. I'm always up for redemption.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I think any paranormal vampire romance reader would enjoy BLOOD VOW. These are just my personal hangups that I have expressed in my review.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
I came across MARKED BY A BITE in a Goodreads group by chance.
Ryn is a believable character. She is a modern college student with relationship fears because of a recent breakup. But it is her easy attitude and smarts that won me over. Usually, I find myself yelling at a character not to fall head over heels for the guy. Not to lose herself and everything she has worked at being. Not to run downhill into a cheese grater. Ryn is a girl after my own heart. She has major feelings for Luke, but her reasons for not rushing into that good night are valid. Sane. And she isn't allowing her feelings to cloud her judgment when danger is close by.
Luke is harder to pinpoint. I tried to find a box and label, but couldn't. That was refreshing. He isn't pompous or pushy. And yet, he isn't a pushover. He is sexy and vulnerable in all the right ways (the broken glass scene, ah-hem), and Padgett leaves a lot to be explored in the series. There is much the reader is left wanting to know about Luke, like why he is allowing two ass hats to run a clave that obviously belongs to him in some way.
I will definitely read every future book in this new series, and anything else that Padgett has to offer.
If this sounds like a book for you, show K. J. Padgett some love. Find her on Goodreads, Amazon, or her Author Page.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
SKINNED is available for pre-order through Amazon next week. A huge thanks to my friend, Nhys Glover, for the extraordinary cover art for both FRAYED and SKINNED. I never thought it was possible to find a cover model who could capture Fray's beauty so perfectly. She has the magic touch. Nhys is also a wonderfully accomplished author. Be sure to check out all of her novels. There is a perfect moment and a book boyfriend for everyone.
It has been exciting to reconnect with Fray, as well as many memorable characters from FRAYED. While you will surely remember Blaire, the ex with a body worth driving through Hell for, and Darien, Fray's ever-protective brother, some new characters will keep you glued to the pages. Some may even work their way into your nightmares.
A race of snake shapeshifters -the serpentes- are ready to crown their first king in over one thousand years. Fray and her group, the Collective, must protect the potential kings from an outlier group of serpentes hell bent on terminating the prophecy in the most gruesome way imaginable.