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Friday, 10 June 2011

ARC Review: Embraced by Blood by Laurie London

Embraced by Blood
by Laurie London
(Sweetbloods # 2) 
Paranormal Romance

This was such a turnaround, in my opinion, of the Sweetbloods series! I'm actually so excited! The book was amazing!!! I actually think my feelings on this have a lot to do with the fact that I liked the heroine, Lily, a lot. She was one of my 2 favorite characters from the first book, and I really felt for her then and now! And, well, Alfonso helped matters a lot. The sexy Spaniard with longish blond hair and piercing Paul Newman blue eyes with sexy dimples. What can I say? I'm sucker for a hot bad boy! And this one was so in love with Lily he was willing to sacrifice everything to keep her safe.

They have a history together, they were first together 10 years ago, before Alfonso turned bad boy for Pavlos. And neither one of them has been able to forget the other. When Alfonso comes in during book 1 as a secret informer so that they can bring down Pavlos and their sweetblood operation, they rekindled their romance. And the few, very brief moments we got then left me intrigued. But then Alfonso had to "fake" his own death, and Lily found out only to believe he didn't want anything else to do with her. Which has left her in a bad state. Her abilities are diminishing, she used to be the best Tracker, and now she has to rely more on the trainees with her.

But when the DarkBloods are kidnapping Trackers in order for them to find sweetbloods, Alfonso comes in to protect and guard Lily. Which she may have a bit of a problem with.

Lily is kick ass, independent, calls it as she sees it, and doesn't take shit from anyone. Alfonso is still head over heels in love with her, but having a blood assassin on his back trying to kill him, he decides to stay away from Lily to protect her.

There was so much happening in this one! Not only the trackers are being kidnapped and Alfonso has a blood assassin after him, but the DarkBloods are using a video game to promote a sort of "vampire feeding rave".

I enjoyed all the supporting stories as well, Jackson was amazing, I can't wait to read his book. Alfonso was adorable with Lily's daughter Zoe, and there's a wonderful twist there. But... what is up Dom's butt about his brother? I understand he played a part, involuntarily, in the death's of their parents, but I think he's been punished enough, and has tried to redeem himself. Give the guy a chance! In the end, see what a difference a book without MacKenzie can make!?!?!?!

I'm anxiously waiting the next installment in this series.

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Denise Z said...

Don't you just love it when you have that pleased feeling after reading a book. I sure do. Thanks for sharing today. I have not read this series and I think it is growing on me the more I hear about it.

Under the Covers said...

I love that feeling, Denise!! ;) Hope you like the series when you start reading it!

meggerfly said...

OMG you made me laugh! What does everybody have against Mackenzie? I loved Bonded! Did you read Hidden? Dom was a jerk in that too. I can't wait until Embraced comes out! I love these books! I'm happy you didn't say what the "twist" was about Zoe. I read another review not realizing that it included spoilers and they gave it away. Talk about letting the cat out of the bag! I was not happy. Anyways I really loved your review girl!

meggerfly said...

Never mind lol! I saw that you read Hidden!

Under the Covers said...

Thanks Megan. Yeah, that's kind of an "important cat" to let out of the bad, I try not to spoil when I can. MacKenzie.... hmmm... where to start? LOL I hope you like Embraced!

Jessica (Peace Love Books) said...

Oooh, I think I'm going to read these after your review! Kellan Lutz is honestly the love of my life, so any book that has someone that's exactly like him in it, I HAVE to read it!!! Awesome review :)

Under the Covers said...

Thanks Jessica! LOL I tried to do my best with the casting, he is hot isn't he?

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Oh, I can't wait to read this. I so love Laurie London's vamp world.

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