Bonded by Blood : Sweetblood

  • by Laurie London
  • Narrated by Antonia Laury
  • Series: Sweetblood
  • 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two vampire coalitions battle for supremacy—Guardian enforcers who safeguard humanity and Darkblood rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors.
Now, Guardian team leader Dominic Serrano will be forced to choose between the vengeance he craves and the woman he can’t live without….

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….

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So Freakin' Boring

The story droned on and on and on, and never picked up. There were many times I almost gave up on it, but hoped it would get better, it never did. The narrator was just awful, she made the story so even worse. Save your time and credit.
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- Lucylu

Enjoyable but Mushy

This was a fairly good read. The characters and settings were well drawn out during the first half of the book, with enough plot progression during this to keep me tuned in. If you like formula paranormal romance without a whole lot of surprises, this is your book! It was a nice start to a new series. Sometimes the first book in a series spends too much time on "world building" and not enough time building the characters and the romance, but the author does a very balanced job of this.

I've seen some reviewers compare this to JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but I didn't really see it. In BDB, the good guy vamps fought bad guys who were supernatural, but not vampires per se. Also, the heroes in BDB were more over the top and bigger than life, even for vampires. I see more similarities (almost too many) in Lara Adrian's Midnight Breeds series, which, I might add, is a marvelous series for paranormal romance fans.

There are a few problems, which is why I only gave the story 3 stars. First, the book is loaded with the standard romantic fiction tropes that I, for one, am getting a bit tired of. The "gay male best friend", the "rushes headlong into danger despite all warnings because I'm a selfless person" and the "practically an orphan self sacrificing for my sibling" tropes, to name a few. Also, some of the dialogue between the hero and heroine was a bit over the top mushy. These are small things, but they did take something away from the book for me. Still, I have a tendency to like these series more the further I get into them, because I have more investment in the characters I suppose, so I have already purchased the second book.

The narrator did a good job, but tended to make the mushy dialogue sound even mushier out loud. I'm not sure if that's a product of the writer or the narrator, but the combination didn't really work for me. Still, this was only a bit of dialogue, mainly towards the end, so it was only moderately distracting. All in all, yes, I've read better, but I don't feel like I wasted my time or my credit.
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- Robbie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-01-2011
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books S.A.