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Embraced By Blood (2011)

by Laurie London(Favorite Author)
4.02 of 5 Votes: 4
0373775865 (ISBN13: 9780373775866)
HQN Books
review 1: I won this book via a giveaway on a blog quite a while ago and it has taken me a long time to finish it. I just could NOT get into it. I don't know why, but there was just something that kept making me put it down and read a different book. I did finally finish it last night. After I got about 2/3 thru the book, I wanted to finish it. I wanted to see how it ended. I think a lot of the issues I had stemmed from the fact that this was supposed to be a romance novel but it really focused more on action. There were very few sex scenes and the ones there were tended to be short. I prefer more sex mixed in with my action, so this book was a rather boring read at times. I don't think its the author's lack of good writing though, but rather a personal taste I have. The w... moreriting was fine and the story good. The character development was excellent. I think I will check out the first book in this series (this is #2 I believe) because references to it in this book piqued my interest. I am hoping I will like it more, but who knows. Worth a shot! I would recommend this to vampire fans and action fans but not to erotica fans, as there is just not enough sex in it to classify it as such.
review 2: Requested from NetGalley by meOverall Rating: 4.0Character Rating: 4.25Pacing Rating: 3.75Story Rating: 4.0NOTE: Dang I read this out of order without realizing it was part of a series. I am definitely going to read the first one because I really enjoyed Laurie London's writing style!What I Loved: In Embraced by Blood, I was pleasantly surprised to read a story that I think harkened back to the beginning of paranormal romances. It felt like a classic good vs evil, paying for your sins, and realizing you deserve happiness once conquering your past type of story. Another thing I really loved was the balance of action and emotion. There was a scene between Alfonso (the leading man) and Zoe (the daughter of the leading lady) at a piano that was moving and ended with you laughing (Zoe was very serious about another character Jackson-whom I hope gets his own book- not taking the rest of the brownies). It was those moments thrown in between all the action and mystery that really made this book stand out.What I Liked: I really like the idea of trackers, agencies, and a full blown structure for both sides of the vampire species in this book. Though there are differences between the good and evil, it was nice to see a balance between them. It just means that the showdowns are evenly matched and unpredictable. It is a very interesting paranormal world that Laurie built.Complaints: The beginning was a little slow for my taste but once the story got moving it was very good. I wonder though if that is because I did not read the first book.Why I gave it a 4.0: I think Embraced by Blood had all the elements I like in a PNR: love, romance, hea, strong story, strong characters, emotional moments, funny moments, and a believable world that I could escape to for a few hours. less
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Very good with lots of action. I really cannot wait for the next book.
I thought this was great. I loved the story.
Rating~ 5 stars.
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