Blood to Dust

  • by L. J. Shen
  • Narrated by Michael Pauley
  • 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Bonnie and Clyde meets Kill Bill." - Jenna, Goodreads
His name is Beat, and I should hate him.
Bound, blindfolded and bruised, I'm tied in his basement, waiting for the men who stripped me from clothes and humanity to collect his debt to them. Me.
His name is Nate and I should hate him, but I don't.
I'm not supposed to know his real name, even worse, I'm not supposed to care. He is nothing to me but means to an end. The plan is simple: break free, collect the pieces of my broken soul, kill the bastards and run away.
His name is Nathaniel Thomas Vela, and I've never seen his face, though I hear that it's beautiful.
Behind the rugged and handsome exterior, there's a quiet murderer, a killer who thinks guns are for pussies and ends people with his bare hands.
His name doesn't matter, neither does his face, but what does matter is my heart. And right now, sadly, it's his.
Blood to Dust is a standalone, full-length novel. It contains graphic violence and adult situations some may find offensive.


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Powerfully Unexpected Love story

L.Shen is such a powerful writer. I never know what to expect. That's the beauty of her work. She is able to create unlikely characters that your heart and mind griws to love. In this story, it is hard to tell at first who you actually like, who to trust and who will steal your heart.

Because I don't want to give away the plot, I will just say that there is Prescott who wants to survive and she will do anything to make that happen...including giving of herself. What makes this even better is the relationship that develops from the one she attempted to give herself too. Out of everything in her life she finds that even broken people can find their other half...

What a truly nontraditional love story. Full of action, passion, hate, ultimate sacrifice and healing. I loved this story because Shen's heroines always are written so well. At times when you think they are at their weakest, they show greater strength with or without a man.

Michael Pauley is fantastic. He is not just a narrator, he is a true voice actor. Believable with his character deliverance and easily brings the listener deeper into the story! Pure perfection.
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- Bookin' Around Town


If you could sum up Blood to Dust in three words, what would they be?


What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood to Dust?

My most memorable moment was after Prescott seeks vengeance on Seb and she is near her breaking point..and Nate convinces her to keep fighting...“Promise me you won’t break.”“I don’t have any more fight in me.”He cups my face in his hands, so that I can’t escape his penetrating gaze. “Then I’ll give you some of mine.”Another favorite was when she refused to leave with the cops to save him and Nate gives this impassioned speech about how much he loves her.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to name! The scenes where they are on the run, blazing a path of destruction, exchanging razor sharp barbs, falling in love and having explosive sex!!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?


Any additional comments?

The Michael Pauley narration was off the charts amazing! He embodied these characters so viscerally that I was enraptured throughout. He emotes spectacularly, his inflections are brilliant, line delivery pitch perfect (and LOL funny!), and I also love his interpretations of each and every character. This audio solidified him as my alltime fave male narrator.

MY FULL REVIEW“This is a story of a boy and a girl fighting storms and trying to find peace in the most unexpected place. They try and find it in each other.”I thought nothing could top SPARROW by L.J. Shen, but Holy Wow, BLOOD TO DUST did just that! This Bonnie and Clyde romantic thriller with a gritty captivity twist blew me away on so many levels I do not have enough words to possible convey the gamut of emotions it stirred in me. It wrecked my heart, shattered my soul, made me laugh and cry and Feel. So. Much. While I have had the immense pleasure of reading many SENSATIONAL dark romantic thrillers, this one…this one I believe truly tops them all. One thing's for certain, it solidified Ms. Shen as an automatic 1-Click author for me.

BTD was brimming with so much intense emotion, BLAZING PASSION and nail-biting tension, it gave me heart palpitations throughout. It is dark and chilling…passionate and provocative…. beautiful and haunting…sadistic and sweet.... humorous and heartbreaking. All masterfully converging into one ADRENALINE-PUMPING masterpiece! There is just something so rejuvenating for me as a blogger to come across an author with the magnitude of talent that this author possesses. L.J. Shen has such a distinct narrative voice, unlike any I have read before. And her MASTERFUL character development is beyond compare!!! But what truly sets her apart for me is her ability to blend quirky, dark humor with gut-wrenching angst and thrilling suspense. She is truly a writing maestro!

The EXPLOSIVE chemistry between “Beat” and “Baby-Cakes” captivated me from the start, and their deliciously dirty, razor-sharp banter was a true highlight!!! Their odyssey from stern captor/sassy prisoner to CRAZY-IN-LOVE partners in crime determined to take down their enemies in a bloodbath of EPIC proportions was brilliantly depicted, harrowing and heartwrenchingly beautiful. Ms. Shen's craftsmanship of Nate and Prescott is absolutely phenomenal. These characters are so achingly flawed and endearingly complex with so many layers and dimensions…and I instantly fell in love with them both. They are Peace and Storm... two polar opposites whose fates become inexorably intertwined.

Prescott is one the bravest heroines I have EVER read. Yet what I l adore about her is that she is strong yet vulnerable. Hard yet soft. A beautiful, vibrant wildcard with dark, tormenting secrets she keeps locked down so deep inside because it is too unbearable to face. She could break, and does on occasion, but NEVER in front of her enemies. She has no one in her corner until she is held captive by Nate, a troubled brute of a man who would not only eventually offer her the key to freedom but also stand and fight beside her. “I’ll fight your war while I’m winning mine.”Ultimately, he becomes her savior (even though she does not need one and proves to be more than capable of fighting her own battles!) but also her best friend. Her lover. Her reason for fighting with every fiber of her being. And FIGHT and FIGHT and FIGHT she does. She never gives up…even when every bone in her body screams at her to do so.

Prescott defines female empowerment, but in the rare moments of weakness when she has no fight left in her, Nate lifts her up, takes on her battles as his own, and ultimately gives her the strength to keep going. Gah! I get goosebumps just thinking about what this heroine went through but she finally emerges victorious, reclaiming every single “piece of her soul” that Godfrey, Camden and Seb had so viciously stolen. Ultimately, “Country Club” proves to be a true Braveheart--through and through.

And Nate….OMGGGG. Nate!!!! I have a SERIOUS SCHOOLGIRL CRUSH on Nate/Beat/Christopher Delaware! I flove everything about him! His big, brawny physique, his tortured soul, his gruff tenderness, his roguish charm, his caustic wit!!!! His sexy tats! His big, beautiful heart. His bad side and good side and everything in between. And the ending?? My lips are sealed except to say the final climactic showdown was so harrowing and scary intense, I am still hyperventilating from the aftershocks!!

In closing, BLOOD TO DUST is without a doubt among my top five reads of 2016! It is a darkly entrancing, triumphant tale--pulsating with MEGA FEELS!!--about the miraculous resilience of the human spirit, surviving against ALL ODDS, and finding the courage to never stop fighting for what you believe in, even when you have to blaze a path of destruction to achieve it.And, when all is said and done, at its core, this novel is about discovering a soul-deep love beyond your wildest dreams that’s “beautiful and ugly and broken…and whole.”

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- Kim R.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-17-2016
  • Publisher: L.J. Shen