Friday, June 24, 2011

Embraced by Blood Review and Giveaway

Alfonso Serrano is a hunted man. For months he's managed to elude the Darkbloods, vengeful foes who won't rest until he's dead. But he still craves one dangerous temptation: Lily DeGraff, the sexy Guardian agent he'll risk anything to protect.

Lily is a wanted woman. Her talent for tracking Sweet—a rare blood type that's addictive to vampires—makes her a prime target for enemy capture. Her only hope is the stealthy vampire operative who stole into her bed…then left her in despair. Danger aside, Lily won't let Alfonso near her heart again—until an irresistible hunger threatens to draw them back together… and into an assassin's snare.

My Review:

I haven't read the other book or novella in this series yet- but after reading this one I know I want to read the rest.

I don't feel that I lost a lot of info by not having read the other books because it works as a stand alone though I felt there was more back story that would have helped my understanding if I had read the other book(s)( technically a book and a novella).

Alfonso Serrano is a tortured hero. In the past he was a double agent- working for both the good guys and the DarkBloods. The oath he pledged to the Darkbloods made going against them dangerous- once he betrayed them an assassin was sent after him.

Obviously his involvement with everything left him estranged from his family and the woman he was/is apparently in love with. I wondered if these people knew what he was really doing that he was a good guy undercover with the bad. If they did they didn't seem to care or he never bothered to tell them- there seemed to be more to the story...which hooked me so I kept reading.

Alfonso's been trying to stay out of things...away from the council, away from the DarkBloods, away from Lily even away from his family.

Now Lily's in town and the council wants Alfonso to do some work for them because the DarkBloods are planning something big to round up the Sweetbloods (humans with a much sought after type of blood- interesting twist and concept).

Lily just wants to raise her daughter Zoe (who I immediately wondered if she is Alfonso's), do her job and keep everyone, including her heart safe.

Lily's having issues with her tracking abilities that make tracking and training a newbie hard.

Even harder is having Alfonso back in the picture. The story that unfolds is dramatic- and in addition to the romantic drama there's a lot going on in this book that will keep you enthralled. The world building is good with a great cast of characters fully fleshed out- some of the secondary characters are fascinating and I hope to see more in future books.

This is a great new vampire world I've discovered- well worth the read.

And if you'd like a chance to read it, author Laurie London has offered to give away
one signed copy
along with a set of Sweetblood Trading Cards
to one lucky reader

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Bethie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win this.

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Laurie said...

Interesting review. I would love to win the trading cards and books.

debbie said...

I would love to read it, it sounds really good.

Alycia said...

This has got my attention I would love to win this and read it! Thanks for the giveaway.

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tjbedard said...

I would love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway.

Robin K said...

Thanks for the contest dear. I would love to be entered.

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Barb P said...

I am dying to get my hands on this book. It sounds Fantastic!!! Count me in please.

June M. said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. Everything I see about this book is very positive and I love a good vampire book. Thank you for the review and for hosting the giveaway. And thanks to Laurie London for the giveaway also!

GFC: June M.
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latishajean said...

This sounds so good I loved the last book very good! Thank you so much for the great giveaway!

Jo said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Becky said...

This sounds really good. I would love to win this book and trading cards. Thanks for the chance.


Sherry said...

I really enjoyed the review this sounds like it will be very good and I love trading cards.

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Miranda Grissom said...

This is a fantastic series!!! I would love a copy of Alfonso's book Embraced by Blood and some fantastic romance trading cards would be awesome as well!! :)


Stephanie said...

I love th first book and cannot wait to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed the review, I'm glad you shared your thoughts on this book. A new vampire story is always wonderful and I can't wait to read Embraced by Blood.

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Andrea said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway. I enjoy reading vampire books.

Estella said...

Would love to read about this new world!

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Cybercliper said...

I loved Bonded by Blood and really look forward to Embraced by Blood. Alfonso definitely has the tortured hero thing going and I love that! annhonATaolDOTcom

tetewa said...

My kind of read, count me in!

Jen B. said...

I have read the other posts about this book. I would love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

Tore said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. I love reading about vampires. Please enter me in contest.

Martha Lawson said...

I read and loved the first one and have been anxiously awaiting this one. Please enter me for it.

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JenM said...

I enjoyed Bonded by Blood and I'd love to win a copy of the second book.

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Tanya1224 said...

Thanks for another great contest. I love your blog ;) This does sound really good but I think I'll have to start with the first one and hope I win this one. The excerpt sounds to me like the first book explains how they come together so I don't want to miss that. Thanks for the chance to win and sharing Laurie's book.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book!! :)


StacieDM said...

It was so great to meet you at RT in Los Angeles Laurie! I'm looking forward to Embraced by Blood. Congratulations and good luck with your new release!

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wanda f said...

Cant wait to get my hands on a copy thank you for the chance to win it .I definately will be buying it if I dont win cause it sounds awesome .I love a story where the characters have a history .

Chelsea B. said...

This book sounds fantastic! I can't wait to read it.


lindalou said...

The book sounds great; the cards are gorgeous...
Thanks for the giveaway!

shadow_kohler said...

great interview! awesome giveaway. your book looks and sounds so good. thank you so much!

angie lilly said...

Can I just say that 1) I love your blog and your reviews and giveaways and 2) I really, REALLY want to win this book? LOL Thanks SO much for the chance!
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